Ivanka Trump Footwear Denies Copying Designer Derek Lam’s Design

New mom Ivanka Trump may seem to have it all- and a daddy that hands her a role on primetime TV and bankrolls her design business- but the spawn of the Donald has been served with a cease-and-desist letter after designer Derek Lam alleged her footwear company blatantly ripped-off one of his line’s designs.

Trump doesn’t design the footwear that bears her name herself- the items are licensed and sold under her name, as is common with celebrity lines. But one of her wedge designs, the “Cadie” sandal, bears a very striking resemblance to Lam’s “Ayami” model. (See above.) In the letter, Lam’s company acknowledges that inspired-by designs are not dreadfully uncommon in the industry, but notes that Trump’s version is basically an exact copy.

Derek Lam CEO Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann spoke to fashion trade mag Women’s Wear Daily, explaining that a designer for Derek Lam spotted Trump’s copy on the Bloomingdale’s website, forcing the company to speak up:

“We have seen very similar copies before but we have never seen a shoe that perfectly copied. It’s such an investment to make a shoe. … We had to protest this… I’m sure Ms. Trump doesn’t know her wedge is copy because it’s through a license.”

Marc Fisher Footwear, the company that distributed the design, denied that the shoe was copied directly:

“The Lam wedge sandals are of a popular design type that has been used by numerous manufacturers for many decades. There is nothing iconic about the appearance of the Lam sandal.”

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