Charlotte Russe, the fast fashion retailer, which hawks low-priced fashions via its e-commerce site and its 500+ stores nationwide, is selling an interesting design (in addition to the allegedly copyright infringing Mara Hoffman dresses): a t-shirt that appears to include the Louis Vuitton logo. The brand's "Los Angeles graphic tee" looks a bit too close to the Louis Vuitton logo for comfort. Upon closer inspection it appears that Charlotte Russe, or better yet, its supplier, has tried to mask its trademark infringing ways by turning the Vuitton "V" into an upside down "A." However, I'm not sure that the design depicted on their tee (pictured after the break) is different enough from the LV monogram logo to ensure that consumers won't be confused and thus, leave them in the clear in light of a potential trademark infringement allegation. The same goes for the tank-top version that singer, Rihanna, is wearing below. It seems to me that Charlotte Russe and whoever makes Rihanna's top are heavily tapping into the known appeal of the LV monogram and using it as a way to sell clothes.
Update: Charlotte Russe pulled the tee from its e-commerce site. It appears as though the retailer may have been on the receiving end of a cease and desist letter.