Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s entrepreneurial daughter and businesswomen, has hit headlines after a lawsuit was filed against her by the esteemed luxury footwear designer, Aquazzurra.
Aquazzura has filed a lawsuit against Trump’s brand for copyrighting their ideas and replicating their exact design.
From to the ankle tassel and fluffy toe band on both Trump’s “Hettie” sandal and Aquazzura’s “Wild Thing” sandal – the shoes bear uncanny similarities – except the price. The luxury designer pair retail for $785 [£594] whereas Ivanka’s retail for $145 [£110].
In an Instagram post shared by the Italian fashion designer in April, the brand said: “One of the most disturbing things in the fashion industry is when someone blatantly steals your copyright designs and doesn’t care. You should know better. Shame on you @ivankatrump! Imitation is NOT the most sincere form of flattery”.
Ivanka Trump has filed her own response in backlash of the original claims. CFO Mark Burris publicly stated that the lawsuit was “without merit” and “aimed at generating publicity”.
The 34-year-old businesswoman denies she engaged in any “unfair competition or deceptive trade” and is demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed from court.
Ivanka has stated “the shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style. There are similar styles made by several designer brands”.
This isn’t the first time the Trump family face hot water over copyright claims.
In July her stepmother, Melania Trump, was accused of lifting several parts of her speech from Michelle Obama’s past speech in 2008. Ivanka’s brother, Donald Jr, was also accused on plagiarism – his speech penned full sentences from a book published in 2016.