Derek Lam Accuses Ivanka Trump of Copying Shoe Design
The designer claims the "Celebrity Apprentice" star's Cadie wedge sandals are too similar to his Ayami wedges and has demanded they be pulled from store shelves.
Designer Derek Lam is alleging that Ivanka Trump has stolen his design for a pair of wedge sandals that are part of her footwear line.
The designers legal team sent Trump's company, Ivanka Trump Footwear, and the collection's distributor, Marc Fisher Footwear, a cease-and-desist letter demanding that the remove the shoes from stores within the next seven days, according to WWD.
Lam claims that Trump's Cadie wedge sandals (which sell for $150) are too similar to his Ayami wedge sandals (priced at $780).
Derek Lam CEO Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann told WWD that one of the company's shoe designers spotted Trump's sandals on bloomingdales.com.
“We have seen very similar copies before but we have never seen a shoe that perfectly copied,” Schlottmann said. “It’s such an investment to make a shoe. … We had to protest this.”
He added that he ordered a pair of the Trump-designed shoes and noted that they don't appear on her own website.
“I’m sure Ms. Trump doesn’t know her wedge is copy because it’s through a license," he said.
Marc Fisher Footwear denied the claims.
“The Lam wedge sandals are of a popular design type that has been used by numerous manufacturers for many decades,” the company told People in a statement. “There is nothing iconic about the appearance of the Lam sandal.”
Trump -- who stars alongside her father, Donald Trump, and brother, Donald Trump Jr., on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice -- also designs a line of jewelry and handbags.