NEW YORK — The Louis Vuitton Malletier division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has filed a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement and counterfeiting against Fashion Express Inc. and Canada’s Aldo Group.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court last week, alleges infringement of LVMH’s new Louis Vuitton Murakami Toile Monogram trademarks, which populated runways on handbags first shown in October 2002 during the Louis Vuitton spring 2003 fashion show in Paris. The new designs, in collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, feature four collections of multicolored patterns and styles of handbag and accessories designs, including the now-famous Monogram Cherry Blossom pattern, featured in the Cherry Blossom Accessories Pouch, and the Monogram Multicolore, an avant-garde version of the famous Louis Vuitton Toile Monogram in 33 colors.

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