According to reports, high-end fashion label Balenciaga is facing a lawsuit from City Merchandise, a NYC-based souvenir company, for copyright infringement.
The suit revolves around Balenciaga’s newly released “Multicolored New York Bazar Shopper”, which is currently retailing for $1,950 USD and looks strikingly similar to the souvenir NYC tote bag sold by City Merchandise for significantly less.
City Merchandise alleges that the “total concept and feel” between its own designs and Balenciaga’s are identical and describes them as “virtually indistinguishable.”
The editor-in-chief of Fashionista.com, Alyssa Vingan, was actually one of the first to notice the similarities, taking to her Twitter to share an image of both bags. She has since been named in the suit as proof that Balenciaga’s copyright infringing activity has already been notified by the public. You can see her original tweet below:
Left: A souvenir NYC tote bag in the JFK airport gift shop. Right: The Balenciaga version that’s retailing for $1950 right now. Demna, you sly dog! pic.twitter.com/dWG2Q3R3pP
— Alyssa Vingan Klein (@alyssavingan) February 25, 2018
City Merchandise is seeking injunctive relief, recovery of damages and Balenciaga’s profits and/or statutory damages, as well as attorneys’ fees.