Zadig & Voltaire has been handed a favorable ruling in an intellectual property battle with Yves Saint Laurent. YSL, which showed its first collection on Tuesday evening under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, filed suit in Paris’ commercial court against Zadig & Voltaire alleging that the French ready-to-wear fashion label established in 1997 by Thierry Gillier copied the protected layout of its own Paris-based store. According to YSL’s complaint, two of Zadig & Voltaire’s boutiques on Paris’ famed Champs-Élysées too closely mirrored the design of its Avenue Montaigne store.
As of this week, the court found that Saint Laurent failed to adequately make its case, and sided with Zadig & Voltaire. “The judges, repeating the arguments brought forth by the Zadig & Voltaire company, considered that the Yves Saint Laurent company’s claims were unfounded,” Zadig & Voltaire said in a statement. As a result, YSL has been ordered to pay €300,000 in damages and €100,000 in legal fees, or almost $450,000.