In case you missed it, Khloe Kardashian was accused of copying designs from fashion designer, Destiney Bleu, via social media but it didn’t quite end there.
After Bleu outed the reality star on Twitter accusing her of purchasing items just to cop designs for her denim line, Good American, Khloe decided to ‘clap back’ with a cease and desist letter.
According to Refinery29, the cease and desist letter from Good American claims the bedazzled clothing concept was not stolen, but inspired by Cher, other celebrities, and the 90s time period.
It was also said that the Kardashians nor Good American didn’t have any prior knowledge of Bleu or her brand.
Although the brand has claims, Bleu has receipts dating back to November 2016 proving both brands have been in communication with one another.
Communication between both groups show the Kardashian and Good American clan going back and forth requesting a lookbook and different items to be sent to Khloe—that she ripped off, then later sported in her own brand’s campaign.
Once Bleu noticed the designs, she decided to contact Khloe’s team but received no response, until June 4th at least. That’s when Khloe released a video with bodysuits that closely resembled Bleu’s, via Twitter.
Although Bleu is not sueing at this point, she is being represented by The McArthur Law Firm in L.A., the same law firm to represent Manny Gutierrez and Vlada Haggerty against Kardashian’s half sister, Kylie Jenner.
Legally, her defense statement notes that the designs of Good American are not intellectual property infringement.
“It is not illegal for Khloé to copy Destiney’s designs — it is just tacky, disrespectful, and in bad taste… Destiney has a Constitutionally protected right to inform others that Khloé Kardashian has copied her designs. She will not silently abdicate that right in response to a frivolous, two-bit email from you threatening legal action… If you continue this meritless bullying and follow through with filing a lawsuit, we will welcome a court to set you straight.”“The Kardashians are like China when it comes to intellectual property — they care about their own IP, but not about others’ IP. They just don’t really have respect for other people’s designs,” says Julie Zerbo of The Fashion Law. While Zerbo is unsure whether Bleu would be able to countersue for trade dress protection, she seems to have a good defense that her tweets and claims about Khloé were not made with actual malice. “It’s worth noting that Bleu said that Khloé copied her, not that [Good American was] on the hook for copyright infringement or another type of infringement — there’s a big difference there. It seems that she honestly believes what she wrote. I don’t necessarily think that Khloé’s legal team will be able to show that Destiney was making the statement either recklessly or with actual knowledge of falsity.”The team at Good American sent the following statement: “Ms Bleu’s claim that Good American and Khloe Kardashian copied or stole her designs is flagrantly false and little more than a cheap publicity stunt and an attempt by Ms Bleu to get her 15 minutes of fame. Ms. Bleu did not create the concept or design of a bodysuit with crystals – a fashion style that has been around for decades as evidenced by the fact that Cher has been wearing these styles for over 25 years. The Good American design team designed a range of eleven bodysuits and had never heard of Ms. Bleu or seen her designs. The letter from her lawyer — sent to the press for no legitimate reason — is outrageous, defamatory and misleading in the extreme. Good American will absolutely not stand for anyone trying to damage its reputation and plans to deal with this through the proper legal channels.”Bleu also made reference to the optics of a powerful, white woman like Kardashian profiting off the work of less-powerful Black women like herself: “There is also something deeply uncomfortable about someone with Khloé’s wealth and power appropriating designs and fashion directly from a Black woman with a small business without crediting her, making cheap knockoffs, and then attempting to threaten her into silence.”She adds, in closing to Kardashian: “You should be ashamed.”