9 M S bags that look too much like a The main difference, however, is that the M version sold for a bargain price of just 9.
50, while the Jimmy Choo version, the Cosmo Silk Satin Evening bag with jewel buckle, is an eye popping 495. The incident is the latest in a growing number of cases where high street chains have effectively been accused of copying the designs of chic catwalk brands. Clearly, there will be huge costs in junking the bags. However, at least M will win jimmy choo fashion designer some plaudits for offering cutting edge design at high street prices. The Jimmy Choo label has leapt into the public consciousness through its association with the cream of the celebrity classes, such as Jennifer Aniston and Beyonce, together with TV series such as Absolutely Fabulous and Sex and the City. The company, which is owned by Lion Capital, has taken a decision to aggressively pursue high street firms that it believes have copied its designs. In September, New Look, the downmarket fashion retailer, had to withdraw thousands of pairs of its Bonbon shoe from sale and pay compensation of 80,000 after Jimmy Choo threatened legal action. The designer brand claimed a financial settlement to cover damage to its reputation, infringement of its intellectual property rights and legal costs. Such hardline actions have been made easier with laws that jimmy choo sandals online let a brand take a single defining aspect of design, jimmy choo london such as a buckle, an unusual heel or a tassle, and demonstrate that it has been copied. Previously, a designer had to prove that an item of clothing or footwear was identical something that is close to impossible. Hannah Merritt, Jimmy Choo's head of legal services, said: "Jimmy Choo always vigorously protects its intellectual property rights. "We find it unacceptable that others attempt to trade and benefit from our creativeness and distinctiveness. As a luxury brand, with unique designs, we will continue to be vigilant." Jimmy Choo is being advised by the law firm Shoosmiths on the possibility of proceedings against four other retailers. The lawyers said they were bound by a confidentiality clause which meant they could not discuss the case. In the summer, it emerged that the fashion label Chlo was starting a fight back against copycat rivals who it accused of stealing its designs. The luxury French fashion house issued a High Court writ against Kookai over claims it copied a sought after handbag. It argued the Kookai "Whip Stitch Pocket Bag", which sells for 35, was a look a like version of Chlo's snakeskin Silverado bag which retails for 1,086. A number of high street chains stores are thriving on the back of designs which are uncannily similar to catwalk designer label originals. Earlier this year Monsoon launched a 200,000 claim for damages against Primark over claims it copied six of its best selling products, including a bikini. In May 2005, Primark agreed to pay Monsoon 23,000 in a settlement covering copies of Monsoon Girl's Brittany top and a butterfly dress. Primark has also been pursued for damages by H over the copying of its designs. Tesco caused controversy when its Florence Fred label saw huge sales of a kingfisher blue Grecian dress, heralded as a budget "must have" by fashion magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, Red and Grazia. The dress was virtually identical to an original by Chloe, however costs just 35 versus 1,400 for the cat walk version. Tesco always denied it was a deliberate copy. Simon Clarke, of the law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and a director at pressure group Anti Copying in Design, demanded harsher penalties for copycats. He said: "Unfortunately, the law is not generous jimmy choo shoes new for compensating people in these cases. We are lobbying the Government to try to increase the amount of compensation available, to act as a proper deterrent." M has made no admission of liability.
It said it was unable to comment beyond an agreed statement with Jimmy Choo. This says: "Jimmy Choo and Marks Spencer have reached a confidential financial settlement, to the satisfaction of both parties, involving a design right dispute. "Jimmy Choo alleged that Marks Spencer had infringed the design rights in its Cosmo handbag by designing and offering for sale a Marks Spencer gift product handbag.
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