Thursday, 12 November 2009

Chanel Forced To Court Over Crochet Pattern – 12/11/09

A crochet pattern is at the centre of the legal battle between Chanel and Carmen Colle, founder of an ethical clothing company. Colle claims the crochet sample was created by her tailors not Chanel’s.

Colle, whose clients include Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Givenchy, is suing for €2.5m (AU$4m) of damages for alleged counterfeit and breach of contract. If she wins, the Guardian newspaper suggests “her case could empower the petites mains who work as tailors and seamstresses for powerful brands in France.”

A spokeswoman for Chanel denied the allegations, saying, "The making of a crochet sample on the basis of precise instructions given by Chanel's creative studio does not mean that a pattern's creation can be claimed.”

We’ll keep you in the loop on this case…

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