Designer Showdown: Derek Lam vs. Ivanka Trump
Looks like Ivanka Trump set herself up for a little holiday scandal! Just days ago, designer Derek Lam sent Ivanka Trump Footwear a cease-and-desist letter over her Cadie wedges (pictured on the right) which happen to look almost identical to his Ayami wedges (over on the left).
The worst part: since Trump’s sandals are a wallet-friendly $150 compared to Lam’s super-pricey $780 wedges, we’re expecting he’s been losing out on sales big time.
A representative for Marc Fisher, the brand’s licensee, told WWD that Ivanka Trump Footwear did nothing wrong.
“There is nothing iconic about the appearance of the Lam sandal…The Ivanka Trump sandals prominently display the Ivanka Trump name, and there can be no confusion as to the source of the Ivanka Trump sandals.”
We get it: wedge sandals can look a bit similar. But when every last stitch is the same, we can’t help but side with team Lam.