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Steve Madden Is Being Sued by Aquazzura

Courtesy of Aquazzura and Steve Madden
Aquazzura's "Wild Thing" sandal (left), and Steve Madden's "Sassey" sandal

The luxury shoe label is cracking down on copycat designs after its recent lawsuit against Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump isn't the only one Aquazzura is taking to court. The Florence-based footwear brand has filed a lawsuit against shoe designer Steve Madden in federal court in New York for allegedly copying founder Edgardo Osorio's designs. 

The lawsuit, submitted in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges that Madden's "Sharlit," "Lewcrew," and "Sassey" silhouettes copy "nearly every detail" of Aquazzura's "Sexy Thing" cut-out heels, "Christy" flat and "Wild Thing" sandal, respectively. (Madden's "Sassey" style currently retails for $129 at macys.com, while the "Wild Thing" sandal costs $785 at barneys.com.)

The legal document states: "Defendant’s flagrant copying of multiple of Plaintiff’s well-known designs is likely to cause consumers to falsely believe that Defendant’s products come from or otherwise are associated with Plaintiff and to harm Plaintiff and the substantial goodwill it has developed in its proprietary designs and trade dress."

This isn't the first time Madden has been sued for allegedly copying other designers' creations. The American designer was sued by Stella McCartney last October for allegedly infringing on the copyrights of her popular Falabella bag with his BTotally bag.

"We will continue to fight and try to stop these actions," Aquazzura CEO Jean-Michel Vigneau said Tuesday in a statement. "Authenticity and originality are at the core of our brand, and we will defend them at all costs."

The suit against Madden comes shortly after Aquazzura filed a case against Ivanka Trump and her manufacturing line, Marc Fisher, for allegedly copying the "Wild Thing" style with her "Hettie" shoe.

Steve Madden declined to comment on the lawsuit.

7:48 a.m. Wednesday, June 29: This post previously included the incorrect infringed styles from Steven Madden. It's been updated to reflect what was stated in the lawsuit.

 

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