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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Smalltown Seamstress's $3.7 Million Lawsuit Against Chanel Goes to Court. I wonder what "Uncle Karl" has to say about this? Probably something like...
"She is stupid.. and she is always smiling so stupidly. She's not going to win vs Chanel." I can picture him saying that to his best girlfriend Claudia Schiffer.


Carmen at her fashion show in May.
(Paris)- Carmen Colle, a 61-year-old seamstress in a small town in Eastern France, is suing Chanel for $3.7 million over a crochet pattern they allegedly copied from her. She runs World Tricot, an ethical clothing company that handmakes haute couture for some of the industry's top designers.Colle has made pieces for Chanel before, but alleges they never bought the disputed design. She first saw a Chanel cardigan with the pattern in question in a shop in Tokyo in 2004. After four and a half years, her case is finally in court. Armed and ready for a fight, Chanel says they came up with the design all their own.

She adds:

"It is not just World Tricot at stake. It is the recognition of small businesses and their creations," she said. "[Big names] treat us as things they can take up and then throw away. It's a shame for them. The greatness of a country, and the greatness of a brand, is the respect it shows for its petites mains."

[Story Via. NY MAG]


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