As one lawsuit against Philipp Plein escalates, the brand has lost another.
Luxury leather accessories brand Perrin Paris said its year-old lawsuit against Philipp Plein, accusing the brand of ripping off a patented design for a glovelike handle on clutch bags, has settled in its favor. The brand said a court in Hamburg last week ordered Philipp Plein to pay a monetary settlement and forbade the company from selling designs using the glove handle.
Michel Perrin, the chief executive officer and chairman of the 125-year-old brand, declined to specify the settlement amount, but said he’s “very pleased” with the court’s decision.
“[The ruling] not only reinforces the value of our unique Perrin designs, but continues to legitimize the importance of protecting intellectual property, original creativity and the integrity of design,” Perrin said.
A representative of Plein could not be reached for comment.
The settlement with Perrin comes around the same time Puma received a court injunction against the brand, halting the sale of Philipp Plein Sport products emblazoned with a leaping tiger logo allegedly similar to Puma’s long-used panther symbol and brand logo. That case is also taking place in Germany, where Philipp Plein was founded, and the injunction only applies to goods sold there. Plein has a store in Berlin and one in Düsseldorf and sells through various other retailers and licensed stores, but it’s now based in Lugano, Switzerland.
Undeterred, the eponymous designer took to Instagram on Thursday, posting a short video featuring the tiger logo with the tag line, “Don’t be a puma, be a tiger” and offering customers who ship in a pair of Puma shoes a 50 percent discount on all new Philipp Plein Sport products. Any shoes collected will be donated “to the less fortunate,” Plein added in a post.
The designer has 935,000 followers on the platform and the video post had more than 101,000 views by Friday.
For its part, Puma has likely had things on its mind other than bickering on social media. It’s now-former parent company Kering on Thursday spun-off its majority stake in the athletic brand, following months of speculation.
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