Yesterday Derek Lam sent Ivanka Trump Footwear a cease-and-desist letter requesting Trump stop selling her ‘Cadie’ wedge sandal, which Lam alleges “blatantly and intentionally copied” his Ayami wedge sandal. To glance at the two shoes, there’s no doubt about it: they look identical. “It’s such an investment to make a shoe…we had to protest this,” Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann, chief executive officer of Derek Lam told WWD.
But Marc Fisher, which produces Ivanka Trump Footwear, is refuting Lam’s charges. How? Fisher’s attorneys claim Lam’s shoe design is too popular to protect. Kinda like that Mark Zuckerberg line from the Social Network: “Look, a guy who builds a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who ever has built a chair, okay?” A Marc Fisher rep told WWD: “The Lam wedge sandals are of a popular design type that has been used by numerous manufacturers for many decades. There is nothing iconic about the appearance of the Lam sandal…The Ivanka Trump sandals prominently display the Ivanka Trump name, and there can be no confusion as to the source of the Ivanka Trump sandals. Therefore, Marc Fisher Footwear, the licensee of the Ivanka Trump brand, strongly denies Lam’s claims.”