Monica Botkier Sues Sears Over Kardashian ‘Knockoff’ Bag

Botkier Clyde Kardashian Kollection knock-off


Botkier's Clyde bag (left) and Sears' Kardashian Kollection bag (right)

Are the Kardashians headed to kourt?

Designer Monica Botkier has filed a cease and desist against Sears, whose just-released Kardashian Kollection line includes a handbag that she alleges is a copy of her Clyde bag, Women's Wear Daily reports.

Though the Kardashian version, which is no longer available on the Sears Web site, boasts leopard print, both it and the Clyde have slanted front pockets, drawstring sides, and a similar frame.

The discovery of the lookalike bag comes just as Botkier has signed on to participate in the CFDA/eBay You Can't Fake Fashion project targeting design piracy.

"Ironically we just discovered below how our Botkier ‘Clyde’ was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears," Botkier writes in an August 10 blog post titled "K is for Knockoff." "They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don’t think so …"

Clearly not. Though Botkier admits that Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian may not be aware of the alleged copycat, she's nonetheless fighting to protect her design.

“In a case like this, it’s upsetting because it’s a trademarked shape for us, and people recognize it by sight," she tells WWD. "It’s a lot more complicated because it’s hard for independent designers to do anything against mass retailers or megabrands. It really calls attention to what Steven Kolb and the CFDA are really working towards—its not necessarily about sticking on a fake label, you are actually taking someone’s design idea. This definitely hurts people in the industry and it makes it more difficult that you can’t protect it by law. The CFDA is working on trying to change these laws and make designs more protected.”

“All designers deserve the right to design protection and only the creator of an original design should profit from that design," adds Kolb. "Taking someone’s work and calling it your own is wrong and robs the designer of a rightful return of their investment."

 Meanwhile, the Sears line may also have inspired another fashion lawsuit.