Stella McCartney Sues Steve Madden

• The American shoe brand is in trouble again. •

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The Stella McCartney “Falabella” bag. Via Stella McCartney
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The Steve Madden “BTotally” bag. Via Steve Madden

Stella McCartney is suing American shoe brand Steve Madden over a bag that McCartney alleges looks strikingly similar to McCartney’s Falabella bag. The claim, filed Tuesday in New York, alleges that Steve Madden’s $108 (about £70) BTotally bag is a “poorly-made copy” of McCartney’s bag, which sells for more than $1,000 (starting at £680).

McCartney fears the poor quality of the knock-off could tarnish the reputation she has built. The Falabella bag was released in 2009 and quickly became a popular item among celebrities, including Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Hudson, among others. While it has inspired knock-offs before, the quality of the BTotally bag is at the root of the issue. McCartney prides herself on not using animal products but rather ethical materials.

Steve Madden has been sued for allegedly copying shoes and bags several times before. Balenciaga filed claims twice against the shoe company, while Alexander McQueen and Skechers also sued over “studied copies” and patent infringement respectively. The McQueen case was settled out of court while Steve Madden paid Balenciaga an undisclosed amount the first time around, while their second suit, is still on going, as is Skechers’.

McCartney’s lawyers are seeking an injunction to prevent Steve Madden from selling the bags, along with a claim for undisclosed damages.

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