I’m sure all of you remember our excitement back in August when we discovered the Steve Madden Seryna bootie knockoff of Alexander McQueen’s Faithful. I didn’t pre-order mine, so instead, yesterday I stopped into a Madden shop and found a pair on display. Sadly, just as a sales clerk was about to grab me a pair in my size, the store manager swooped out of nowhere and literally grabbed them out of my hand, stating, “These have been discontinued and are no longer available for sale”.
‘Cause McQueen is suing the pants off of Madden for the nearly identical knockoff.
The detailed complaint isn’t yet available online, but alleges that the Madden version is a “studied imitation” and “…The only design element of the ‘Faithful bootie’ that Madden did not deliberately copy is the zipper pull that contains the ‘Alexander McQueen’ trademark,” McQueen’s lawyers have been quoted saying. A cease and desist letter was sent to Madden in September, but no reply from Madden’s reps have been publicized.
I understand the point behind design protection, but from a personal standpoint, I’m always grateful for the knockoffs. Personally, I can’t afford thousand dollar and up shoes (even the $120 Maddens would have been stretching my budget right now), and I’m pretty sure most of you guys can’t, either.