A big bag of emotions today for Christian Louboutin, I’m sure. Yesterday it was announced that the Court of Appeals of the 2nd Circuit, New York, ruled on the “red sole” appeal and both Louboutin and YSL came out victorious. While Louboutin’s red sole has in fact been recognized as a trademark colour for the brand, it has been ruled that it is only applicable when matching with contrasting uppers. Basically what that means is YSL can continue to manufacture and sell their red heels with the red soles as they are monochromatic. So you see, both come out winners here.
Christian Loubouin released a formal statement after the announcement of the verdict:
“We welcome the decision of the Court of Appeals and will study today’s ruling at great length. We are extremely pleased and gratified that the Appellate Court found our key arguments to be correct: first that color can and does serve as a trademark in the fashion industry, and that Christian Louboutin’s world famous Red Sole trademark is valid, protectable and enforceable.As we have said throughout these proceedings and we reiterate now, especially in the light of this decision, we will continue to take all steps available to protect our trademark.”
So for those of you out there using red soles freely, beware… it ain’t legal. And on a personal note, congrats to Christian Louboutin on a ruling that will protect the legendary red sole now and forever.