Rag & Bone has a history of looking to classic work and military wear for reference points, but a recent lawsuit brought by boot maker Danner Inc. accuses the label of being a bit too inspired in one of its recent designs.
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The Portland, Ore.-based shoemaker filed its complaint in U.S. District Court in its hometown on Dec. 18. The suit accuses Rag & Bone of trademark infringement for selling a boot design named the Danner Combat Boot through Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. Danner listed both retailers as co-defendants.
Representatives for Rag & Bone did not return calls seeking comment Monday. Barneys said it does not comment on litigation and Saks said it had no comment.
Danner registered trademarks for its scripted logo in 1974 in the men’s and women’s footwear class, and its name in 2007. The company has sold boots under the Danner brand since 1933.
“Defendants’ actions have confused and/or are likely to confuse the purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing products and their affiliation with Danner,” lawyers for the company wrote in the complaint.
The footwear firm is seeking an injunction, recovery of lost profits, legal fees and other unspecified damages.