Real Gucci or Fake Birkins: Fashion Law in the 21st century

Fashion law is a growing field in the United States. Fashion law is a unique type of intellectual property and differs greatly from entertainment law. Fashion law includes but isn’t limited to international trade, civil rights, business and finance, international trade, and intellectual property. Fashion lawyers work for designers, fashion houses, retail stores, manufacturers, and modelling agencies. In 2015 Fordham University’s law school launched the first ever academic programs in fashion law.

Several interesting fashion lawsuits have risen over the past year. Following, fashion week celebrity stylist and handbag designer Sonique Saturday has filed a law suit against Gucci for stealing her idea. Sonique’s BellaDonna handbags have been worn by Amber Rose, Erykah Badu, and Mona Mi. Sonique’s handbags gained a lot of attention when Amber Rose was seen while feuding with the Kardashians, at LAX wearing the famous BellaDonna bags that say, “You Fake Like This Birkin.”

During Milan Fashion week Gucci debuted a handbag in its Fall/Winter collection that Sonique believes is idea theft. She said on her snapchat, “…On that note Gucci, the fashion house… the fashion brand that we love so much, y’all dead wrong for stealing my idea.” The bag sprayed painted by New York Graffiti artist Trouble Andrew also know as GhostGucci says, “Real Gucci” which Sonique believes is similar to the concept behind her bags that say, “Fake Hermes.” Check it the bags below and decide for yourself if Gucci has stolen Sonique Saturday’s idea.

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24: A model walks the runway at the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016/17 on February 24, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

(Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

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