Isabel Marant is accused of copying Adidas
Stan Smith suit
Stocked in high-end retailers like Barneys, Net-a-Porter, Luisaviaroma, etc., Isabel Marant's Bart trainer, which retails for $475, could have a copyright infringement case on its heels.
The sportswear giant is now accusing the French designer of copying its iconic Stan Smith shoe, claiming that Marant has used very similar design elements, from the heel to the tab.
A very obvious similarity is the writing on the trainer, Marant's are a metallic red with 'Isabel Marant' written in white, while Adidas's Stan Smiths come in a red variation with 'Stan Smith' written in white. However, the fonts used are slightly different, as is the size of the text.
Adidas feels that the design similarities could lead to consumers thinking that Adidas is working with Isabel Marant, or that the two brands are somehow connected – a solid claim for trade dress infringement. There are currently no official statements from either brand.
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