It seems as though a sandal from Ivanka Trump‘s collection could easily double for one of Derek Lam‘s.
Lam claims that Trump “blatantly and intentionally copied” his Ayami wedge sandal. Lam, who sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ivanka Trump Footwear and its licensee, Marc Fisher Footwear, Wednesday, has given the socialite seven business days to pull her Cadie wedge sandal off the market. While Trump’s Cadie wedge retails for just $150 and Lam’s Ayami wedge sells for $780, lawyers for Lam contest that consumers will be confused by the similarities of the two shoes.
“We have seen very similar copies before but we have never seen a shoe that perfectly copied,” said Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, chief executive officer of Derek Lam. “It’s such an investment to make a shoe…we had to protest this.”
Representatives for Ivanka Trump and Marc Fisher Footwear declined to comment.