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Roberto Cavalli vs. graffiti artists

Artists Revok, Reyes and Steel claim that the Italian fashion designer copied their work

By Andrea Tim | Published: 14 Nov 2014

Artists sue Cavalli
Photo: A dress from the Just Cavalli Graffiti collection (via Nordstrom Rack)

The Just Cavalli Graffiti collection has been in hot water since street artists Jason 'Revok' Williams, Victor 'Reyes' Chapa and Jeffrey 'Steel' Rubin filed a lawsuit against Roberto Cavalli's label for allegedly copying their graffiti art.

The Italian label called the suit "highly inflammatory," adding that it had "no basis," but the artist trio has released a statement to counter the comment.

"The mural that we created together in San Francisco was very special to us. We are offended and hurt that someone would allegedly copy it, and then issue a bizarre statement denying any wrongdoing, truly adding insult to injury. The evidence here – which anyone can see online – inexplicably shows these products covered in what appears to be exact copies of our original artwork, mechanically reproduced from our mural," read the statement.

A similar version of Revok, Reyes and Steel's work on Long Beach, California. (Photo via Street Art News)

The initial suit claimed that "Just Cavalli introduced a clothing and accessories collection in which every square inch of every piece (including clothing, bags, backpacks, and shoes) was adorned with graffiti art," as reported by The Fashion Law earlier in August.

Related: Chanel sues parody tee brand for Ghostbusters T-shirt


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