The bag on the left is Botkier’s ‘Trigger Clyde,’ which debuted in Fall 2009. The bag on the right is from Sears’ Kardashian Kollection, which hit stores this week. See the problem?
Botkier certainly does. The contemporary womenswear brand, which launched in 2004, took to their blog to vent: “We just discovered how our Botkier ‘Clyde’ was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don’t think so…”
They aren’t taking it lying down, though: A spokesman from the brand told us in an email this afternoon that the company is in the process of sending a cease and desist letter to Sears Holding Co. regarding the purse. Botkier will also be seeking the support of the CFDA who recently launched the You Can’t Fake Fashion Campaign against design piracy. Interestingly, the Kardashian Kollection handbag in question is no longer viewable on Sears.com.
This isn’t the first time the Kardashians have been caught shilling something less than legit: Last year the sisters endorsed a prepaid credit card, which was exposed for targeting teenagers and having predatory hidden fees. The Kardashians promptly withdrew their name from the product and are now being sued by the credit card company.
We’re sure the Kardashian sisters didn’t have that much to do with the actual design process for the collection but given their history they should know better than to lend their names to a knock-off.