It's about time! Luxury jewelry house, Cartier slapped the designer behind those "Cuntier" accessories with a cease and desist letter. Turns out, the KTHANKSBYE designer is a Fahad Al Hunaif (see him after the break), a Parsons design student and graphic designer. He appears to be going along with Cartier's demands, as the products have since been removed from Soho boutique American Two Shot and from his site. I guess he doesn't want to battle Cartier in court over trademark infringement because guess what - unlike what most fashion blogs are reporting - the "Cuntier" pieces much like the Giraunchy, Homies, Ballinciaga pieces are not necessarily parodies. Now we don't blame the fashion blogs for not knowing that there is legal significance to the term "parody," since they are fashion blogs and not fashion law blogs, but this is yet another example of why they should stick to reporting about fashion week and the trends for spring. Anyway, don't be fooled. Just because bloggers and the creators of such tees and accessories are referring to them as parodies, there's really no saying that they aren't plain old trademark infringements.
For those out there who are making the argument that Cartier is overreacting, the fact is this: for any entity with a trademark, it is the trademark holder's burden to police its mark to avoid it becoming generic and merely descriptive thus, useless. Further, if you had IP that was worth even remotely as much as Cartier's is, you'd be policing your mark, too.