05 June 2014 by

Sneaker Spat! New Balance Is Suing Karl Lagerfeld Over Copyright Infringement

Karl Lagerfeld [Getty]

This season Karl Lagerfeld is championing the trainer, as he created the world's first Chanel couture sneaker which has been worn by Kristen Stewart and Beyonce. But this week the Chanel creative director has got embroiled in a sneaker spat. TMZ has obtained a lawsuit which claims that New Balance is suing the designer for a trainer in his own label, Karl Lagerfeld, which is similar to the brand's signature sneaker - with a K instead of an N.

“On June 3, 2014, New Balance filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld to protect our intellectual property rights related to our iconic Lifestyle footwear designs. Although we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, we believe it is vital to actively and vigorously defend our brand,” a New Balance spokeswoman said to Fashionista.

Left, New Balance, Right, Karl Lagerfeld

TMZ has a copy of the lawsuit and claims claims that it's the K which has got Karl into trouble, as it is in a similar font to the N on the New Balance design. According to TMZ, New Balance argues that they have been using this design since the '70s and fashion blogs have also noticed the similarity. They are using one blog entitled 'wait, did Karl Lagerfeld just knock off New Balance' - as evidence.

Karl Lagerfeld's sneakers are sold on Net-A-Porter at a higher price, but TMZ claim that the issue is that the design may cause confusion among customers.


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