Kim Kardashian is suing an up-and-coming lookalike for copying her personal style. Now Kardashian and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney are found to be kopying themselves.
The Kardashian Klan this week released an online-only pre-sale (with 30% markdown) on their new Kardashian Kollection of clothes, accessories and handbags for Sears (which hits stores on August 25th) — and were swiftly slapped with a cease-and-desist counterfeit claim against one of the designs.
Take a look below to kompare, and hear from the designer now at odds with the Kardashians.
Exhibit A: the Kardashian Kollection for Sears bag:
Exhibit B: Botkier's Trigger Clyde bag, released in Fall 2009:
New York-based designer Monica Botkier's attorneys filed a cease-and-desist letter this week to get the Kardashian klone pulled, and Botkier has been flagging the knock-off on her brand's Facebook and Twitter pages, in addition to writing a stunned blog post titled "K is for Knock-Off."
She also tweeted the Kardashians and Sears directly to flag the issue (but received no public response):
Avid tweeter Kim last mentioned the Sears debut in a tweet the day before Botkier's legal action:
In an interview with Good Morning America, Kim had commented before the Sears collection debuted, "This was our ultimate dream ever ... (to) create our own clothing line, go into bedding and home, denim, lingerie, ready-to-wear, everything... from shoes to accessories, handbags... Fashion is our life."
Today, Botkier, a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America who (ironically) participated in the CFDA's "You Can't Fake Fashion" anti-counterfeit campaign this summer, commented to brandchannel:
"Most likely the Kardashians have no idea but should definitely pay closer attention to the products they put their name on. The licensee probably does know and the design department within. Shame on them, it's a small industry. That's why the CFDA, which I am a member of, is fighting so hard to protect original design and fight piracy. Brands and companies are built on that, piracy is extremely devastating."