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Stella McCartney sues Steve Madden for copying bag design

Again, Steve Madden is caught ripping off designer bags

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Oct 2015

Madden copies Stella
Steve Madden's Btotally bag; Stella McCartney's Falabella bag (Photo: Steve Madden; Net-a-Porter)

Steve Madden has been accused for copyright infringement (again), this time by Stella McCartney. The British designer filed a 22-page lawsuit against Steve for selling a bag that looks very much like her iconic chain-rimmed Falabella bag.

His Btotally bag costs $108 (approx. RM450) while one of Stella's snake-effect faux leather Falabella goes for £725 (approx. RM4,625) on Net-a-Porter, almost ten times the price of the so-called knock-off.

WWD reports that the suit lists "trade dress infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, trade dress dilution, and design patent infringement" as the charges against the footwear company. That's not all – the document calls Steve's design "a poorly made copy." Neither party has commented on the lawsuit.

Last year, Balenciaga sued Steve Madden for how the latter's Btalia bag closely resembled the European fashion house's iconic Motorcycle bag.

Related: Olsen twins sued by unpaid interns


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