It’s not only the High Street that are copy cats… Chanel ordered to pay £161,000 in counterfeit case as former knitwear supplier accuses them of copying design

  • World Tricot tried to sue Chanel for £3.6 million in 2009

By Bianca London

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Christian Louboutin recently lost a court battle against Yves Saint Laurent over their iconic red-soled shoes.

But it seems they aren't the only designer brands locked in legal battles after luxurious French label Chanel was ordered to pay one of its former knitwear suppliers, World Tricot, a staggering £161,000.

The bitter relationship between the two companies began back in 2009 when the knitwear company tried to sue Chanel for £3.6 million.

Spectacle: Chanel models in Karl Lagerfeld creations at a show in Paris

Spectacle: Chanel models in Karl Lagerfeld creations at a show in Paris

World Tricot sought £1.3 million for 'wrongful termination of the business relationship' and a further £2.3 million for alleged counterfeiting of a white crochet pattern, which has become a key design on many of their luxurious bags.

 

After denying all the accusations, World Tricot were ordered to pay Chanel £161,000 euros for 'public disparagement' but the tables have since turned leaving Chanel in the firing line.

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has made the brand what it is today

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has made the brand what it is today

'This is the first time we have faced this type of situation, although we work with close to 400 suppliers.

'This very specific case is in no way a reflection of the quality of our relations with our suppliers,' said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion in an interview with WWD .

CHANEL: A BRIEF HISTORY

It is the brand most famous for it's stylish and classic designs, from quilted clutch bags to irresistible perfumes.

But where did it all start?

The infamous and iconic Coco Chanel was born in 1883 and set up the House of Chanel in 1909 when she opened the first millinery shop, Chanel Modes, in Paris.

This was a role that she maintained until her death in 1971.

As the fans became more famous, the brand developed and produced revolutionary new lines of clothing and accessories.

Today, it is a brand headed up by Karl Lagefeld and fronted by the likes of actress Keria Knightley and favoured by anyone with impeccable taste.


 

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Karl, its time for you to go to heaven.

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'Thunder birds are go' puppet.....

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It's a puppet!

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Vlad the impaler works for Chanel??? Next Frankenstein will be designing clodhopper wedge shoes for LK Bennett.

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"Dude...you are old. Accept it. You can wear all the leather gloves and high collars you want, AGE DOES NOT HIDE. You look ridiculous." He's oldschool and surely has a completely different outlook than you. Do you really think it's about "hiding age" ? lol !! Go study his work. Drawings. And then come back and talk. Don't look at things in a Towie wurst context !

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"who think his weird clothes are amazing just because some weird old man designed them" What a load of bull. Good cuts and lasting quality, that doesn't fall apart after a week.

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How can he even dare to comment on others when he looks the way he does.

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"Today, it is a brand headed up by Karl Lagefeld and fronted by the likes of actress Keria Knightley and favoured by anyone with impeccable taste." ================================================================= Anyone with no hips you mean?

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I wouldn't say Louboutin lost the YSL case, quite to the contrary actually,

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Does anyone else really want to punch Karl Lagerfeld every time they see him? He must be laughing as he rakes in the money from idiots who think his weird clothes are amazing just because some weird old man designed them

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