CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN takes YSL to court over red sole trademark

French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has just filed legal action against Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) in a New York court over alleged copying its trademark red sole. Louboutin claims he had been forced to take legal action as his reputation is at stake. His company’s US subsidiary claims 1 million USD in damages. 

"The defendants designed shoes that are almost identical to the trademark ‘red sole" of the applicant, which can cause and is causing confusion, error and deception among the buying public, "says the order presented in New York, which claims were registered as a trademark in the United States in 2008. 

Louboutin’s idea was born in 1992, when he painted with red nail polish the soles of a pair of black heeled shoes. His designs are sold in 46 countries worldwide and top international celebrities have been his worshipers for almost 2 decades.