Sarah Burton can sleep easy in her bed tonight. It’s been eight short days since the Hells Angels filed a Lawsuit against Alexander McQueen after the fashion house used the biker’s famous “Death Head” logo on a clutch bag, knuckle-duster ring, pashmina and a jacquard dress.
Now, however, the design house has settled with the Angels according to their lawyer Fritz Clapp, who spoke to WWD. McQueen has to remove all of the merchandise featuring the logo from sale on their website, stores and concessions and – get this – is going to be forced to recall any of the goodies which have already been sold and DESTROY them. >gulp<
The Angels are also in line for some financial compensation from the label, though just how many notes are going to be changing hands is still up in the air.
According to Clapp, the crux of the problem is that for the Hells Angels, the “Death Head” represents a great deal more than just an on-trend flourish; as we reported last week, it can take years for a Hells Angels member to receive a logo patch which they can sew onto their jacket. ‘They consider it quite exclusive’ he told WWD, ‘They consider themselves members, not someone who bought a $495 ring.’