NEW YORK — Maharishi said it has filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch for trade dress infringement in a Manhattan federal court.
The London-based Eastern-influenced apparel brand charged that the American specialty chain, with its Roll Up Pants styles, infringed on Maharishi’s trade dress by copying elements of its Snopants. The firm is seeking damages for past infringement and an injunction barring A&F from further infringement. Court records weren’t immediately available.
Maharishi’s Snopants, the company said, have been worn by celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Madonna.
Hardy Blechman, owner and creative director of Maharishi, said in a statement, “I was extremely disappointed when I first saw Abercrombie & Fitch’s Roll Up Pants being sold, as they were a direct copy of my Snopants. Not only did Abercrombie & Fitch replicate the distinctive elements of the [product] but it even went so far as to replicate the embroidered dragon on the back leg.”
Blechman said he sent a cease-and-desist letter ordering A&F to stop selling its Shi Ding Roll Up Pant. A&F, he added, “represented that it would discontinue selling the pant and did so for two years [but] resumed sales of variations [of the pant,] leaving me with no choice but to bring this lawsuit for trade dress infringement.”
According to Blechman, the two are in discussions trying to resolve their dispute.
A spokesman for A&F declined comment, saying the firm doesn’t discuss pending litigation.