Nokyoung Xayasane
May 01, 2012

Louboutin Sues Yves Saint Laurent Over His Trademark Red Soles (VIDEO)

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin sues Yves Saint Laurent and its parent company PPR for “infringing” on his trademark red soles.

This lawsuit comes on the heels (pun intended) of the exhibition Christian Louboutin at London’s Design Museum. The retrospective follows Louboutin’s early fascination with Parisian caberet costumes, his work at YSL and Chanel, and his first boutique established in 1991. Also, glimpses into his creative process via sketches and the finished products are also on display. The exhibition runs from Tuesday to July 9.

Why is Louboutin all in huff over the use of his trademark soles? “What PPR does via Yves Saint Laurent is breaking my trademark, which I find incredibly offensive,” Louboutin says. A panel of judges have not made a decision yet, but they have rejected the designers appeal to stop the sale of YSL shoes that are red all over, including the soles.

When asked if he was overreacting, the sole-minded designer says “It’s very hypocritical because [YSL]… own colours. I just don’t understand how you can say well, you cannot own a specific colour on a specific place when you yourself own different colours.”

Louboutin’s trademark shoes have been the go-to gear for elite Hollywood celebrities, and the designer feels very passionate about his designs: ”If you integrate so much of your life, your professional life, your personal life, there is no way you cannot not be emotional about it.”

Word is still out on who will win sole ownership (pun still intended) of the red trademark? What do you think? Is Louboutin’s outrage founded?