Having initiated one of the most talked-about – dare I say legendary – lawsuits in the fashion industry over the past several years (Louboutin v. YSL), Christian Louboutin is certainly no stranger to the need to protect your intellectual property. As such, it comes as little surprise that the Paris-based brand has begun filing lawsuits in connection with its relatively new beauty venture. You may recall that Louboutin, known for its red-soled shoes, launched nail polish last year and has since released lipstick, which will hit stores in September.
Well, as of this past, Louboutin has filed suit in Russia’s Moscow Commercial Court against four Russian companies to collect 11 million rubles ($170,000) in connection with the copying of its new beauty range. No word yet on what exactly the nature of the lawsuit is. The co-defendants in the lawsuit are Moscow-based InterPrestige Group, InterLuxParfum, Image Parfum and Klementina. According to a Russian court new sites, “the first two companies are mainly involved in the bulk sale of perfume and beauty products, with Kim Anthony Namri as their president. Image Parfum owns an online perfume store while Klementina mostly deals with textile sales.”
Oh, and while we are on the subject, Louboutin is also in the business of photo filters – apparently. Released on Friday, his “Louboutinize” app features three filters with more coming on either a monthly or bimonthly basis, according to WWD. The first, “Rouge,” adds the label’s signature red hue to your photo. “Legs” allows you to paste different legs onto your own body (a bit odd). “Crystallize” adds a kaleidoscope-like filter meant to mimic the effect of looking through a crystal-shaped bottle of the brand’s nail polish.