Trump Scion's Fringes Are Infringing, Italian Shoemaker Charges


Ivanka Trump

Among the things the real estate and fashion maven Ivanka Trump inherited from her father: A tendency to be drawn into litigation.

Trump’s fashion company IT Collection LLC copied the design of three different shoes produced by Aquazzura Italia, SRL, the Italian shoemaker said in a recent court filing.

The filing centers on Aquazzura’s Wild Thing sandal, which the company proudly notes a Harper’s Bazaar writer described as “fringed, fabulous, and fiercely fashion forward.”

Trump’s competing high-heeled sandal, the Hettie, boasts the same fringe above the toes and tassel around the ankle. Trump, who is an executive vice president at her father’s real estate company, also produces jewelry and fashion lines. Her fashion company sells footwear in cooperation with Marc Fisher Holdings LLC, which runs Marc Fisher Footwear.

Aquazzura charges in its complaint that Trump and Fisher “copied nearly every detail of plaintiff’s well-known and coveted Wild Thing Shoe” because they sought “the same success Aquazzura experienced but without having to put in the hard creative work.”

Trump’s shoe sells for $145 online, compared with $785 for Aquazurra’s.

The complaint describes two other instances in which Trump and Fisher allegedly copied Aquazzura shoes that are not part of this legal claim.

Trump’s Teagin Pointy Toe Pump with Tassel is a copy of Aquazzura’s Forever Marilyn Shoe, and her Necilia is a copy of Aquazzura’s Belgravia, the complaint said. To the untrained eye, the shoes are all lacy, high-heeled sandals.

Fisher sought a declaratory judgment, June 16, that the Teagin does not infringe the Forever Marilyn.

Aquazurra has also accused Steve Madden Ltd. of copying the Wild Thing with its Sassey sandal, which sells for as little as $91 online.