Louboutin loses red-soled case

Christian Louboutin has lost his court case against YSL, which looks likely to end the shoe-maker's monopoly on red-soled footwear. Louboutin had taken YSL to court in an attempt to prevent the fashion brand from producing stilettos with red-soles, but a judge threw out the case. Louboutin has vowed to appeal against the landmark ruling, arguing that if every fashion line can manufacture similar shoes, it will cause irreparable damage to his business.

According to Vogue, the judge argued that Louboutin didn't successfully convince him that the company deserved trademark protection for their red soles, 'Because in the fashion industry colour serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection.'

In their court papers, YSL argued that red soles were far from unique, noting the iconic image that ruby shoes now have, 'Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz. As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women's footwear, Mr Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false.' Louboutin has made a statement, saying that he will 'fight like hell' against the ruling.

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