Cavalli fashion empire sued for ‘copying graffiti’

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli's fashion house is being sued by a group of graffiti artists in the US for allegedly copying their work.

Cavalli fashion empire sued for 'copying graffiti'
Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is being sued for allegedly copying graffiti. Photo: Savo Prelevic/AFP

The Florence-born Cavalli, known for his exotic prints, is accused of infringing the copyrights on work completed by the three artists in San Francisco’s Mission district in 2012, a US website, The Fashion Law, reported.

Jason Williams, Victor Chapa and Jeffrey Rubin claim the designer’s Just Cavalli label “introduced a clothing and accessories collection in which every square inch of every piece – including clothing, bags, backpacks, and shoes – was adorned with graffiti art.”

They added in their complaint to the Central District of California court: "If this literal misappropriation was not bad enough, Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists – superimposing the Just Cavalli name in spray-paint style as if were part of the original work. Sometimes, Cavalli added what appears to be a signature, creating the false impression that Roberto Cavalli himself was the artist."

They are seeking damages and calling for the collection to be discontinued.

A spokesperson for Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Local.

The company also sparked controversy among Shia Muslims in June over a perfume ad, featuring Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia, which used a logo similar to a religious emblem of their faith.

Earlier this month it was reported that VTB Bank, a Russian lender facing Western sanctions, was in talks to buy a majority stake in the Cavalli fashion house.

READ MORE HERE: Sanctioned Russian bank in talks to buy Cavalli

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