The just-released Kardashian Kollection for Sears includes a pretty direct knock-off of a well-recognized Botkier handbag. The small label has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sears. Designer Monica Botkier says that in fashion, intellectual property theft is "not necessarily about sticking on a fake label," but can occur when "you are actually taking someone's design idea." (The law on this point, at least in the U.S., is currently somewhat vague in the scope of its protections.) Steven Kolb, the director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, says, "All designers deserve the right to design protection and only the creator of an original design should profit from that design. Taking someone's work and calling it your own is wrong and robs the designer of a rightful return of their investment." [WWD]
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