According to The Fashion Law, Walker Wear has now sued Off-White™.
The reports note that the New York streetwear label founded 30 years ago officially filed a trademark infringement and dilution complaint against Virgil Abloh‘s imprint. Walker Wear claims that a $2,234 USD jacket from Off-White™ features “a design nearly identical to Walker Wear’s storied WW XXL Athletic mark design.” Going on to note that customers have mistaken the jacked for Walker Wear founder April Walker‘s work while highlighting Virgil’s penchant for changing designs by “three percent” and claiming “the design as his own.”
“Given Ms. Walker’s iconic status in the streetwear fashion industry and Mr. Abloh’s knowledge of the industry, Off-White was almost certainly aware of the Mark prior to designing, producing, and selling the infringing jacket,” reads the lawsuit.
The lawsuit which mentions Off-White™ and retailers like Farfetch and Saks Fifth Avenue filed August 20 comes months after April Walker penned an essay outlining her claims of trademark infringement and sent off cease-and-desist letters to the aforementioned parties.
Walker Wear is seeking monetary damages from Off-White™ for violating N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 349, preventing deceptive and misleading business practices. Stay tuned for details as the legal dispute progresses.
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