Luxury Louis Vuitton seeks Supreme Court review of parody case


Fashion house Louis Vuitton has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court in a parody dispute with a company called My Other Bag.

The July 13 petition follows the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s decision to deny rehearing the case after it had affirmed a lower ruling that rejected Louis Vuitton’s claims.

Louis Vuitton had filed a trademark claim against MOB, alleging that tote bags featuring drawings meant to evoke iconic handbags on one side and “My Other Bag” on the other infringed and diluted its famous brand. It also argued that MOB infringed its copyright.

But in 2016 the fashion company’s case was rejected at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, before the Second Circuit upheld the decision. In February this year, the appeals court refused to rehear the case.

When surveyed, WIPR readers were closely split over whether the Second Circuit should have agreed to rehear the parody dispute: 55% of respondents believed the court should not grant the appeal, with one reader claiming that the case was “trivial”.

In its rehearing request, Louis Vuitton said the Second Circuit based its finding of a parody “solely on its subjective view” that the replica handbags were “obviously a joke”.

The fashion company added that the court “made no mention of the record evidence” that established that “consumers did not perceive MOB’s products as a joke, or even social commentary, but rather as a fashion accessory to complement, or even substitute for, the LV replica bags they owned or wanted”.

If the Supreme Court takes on the case, it would see the justices tackle yet another fashion-related IP case in recent times.

In March this year, the court ruled in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands that decorative elements of a cheerleading uniform may be protected by copyright law, in what one lawyer described as a “sigh of relief for fashion innovators and IP lawyers alike”.

America’s Cup bagged, Louis Vuitton replica bags biffed

New Zealanders, eh: First they stole the America’s Cup back – then they threw away the luxury replica bags worth thousands of dollars.

Footage from Sky Sport – via another website – showed the sponsor’s bags being presented to the winning sailors, before some were hurled in celebration into the crowd.

Team New Zealand’s victory today was a win, apparently, for the little guys over the billionaires. Go us. And, of course, to the victors go the spoils.

At the post-race celebrations, there were the obligatory bottles of champagne to be sprayed liberally about the place and quaffed from the Auld Mug.

There were also cheap Louis Vuitton travel bags handed out to the New Zealand sailors. The luxury goods maker has a long history of sponsoring the regatta, with the challenger series carrying its name. The sailors held them aloft, as requested, in all their glory and then unceremoniously hurled them into the crowd. Yes, hurled them into the crowd. It’s like throwing out gold bars – just softer.

Down below the fans practically stampeded to get their hands on the replica bags, which appear to retail for more than $2000 each. It wasn’t a pretty sight but the internet has embraced what it believes is a typically Kiwi approach in the face of such fine trappings.

Members of Team NZ celebrate their history-making win with a game of cricket with their kids.

You could, of course, also look at it differently and suggest it backs up those claims that the cup is a preserve of the rich.

Further evidence suggests, however, that the team, while they can walk on water, have their feet firmly grounded back on land – with a quick game of backyard cricket part of the later celebrations.

Cheap Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Arty Replica Bags


Louis Vuitton reveals its latest artist to collaborate with New York-based artist Jeff Koons in a new range of replica handbags and accessories. The collection features Koons’ Gazing Ball paintings, a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh, all Old Masters of the art scene.


These paintings have been transposed to iconic Louis Vuitton replica bags such as the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull. The bags also feature a reconfiguration of the cheap Louis Vuitton monogram bearing Koons’ initials, a first-ever for the Parisian house. Each bag carries a cute tag in the shape of the inflatable rabbit, a popular motif in many of Koons’ work throughout his 40-year career.

Jeff Koons’ Louis Vuitton replica bags are like marmite


Jeff Koons’ art has previously focused on giant metal balloon dogs. Now the artist has created a line of £300 replica handbags which borrow the work of the Old Masters.

Jeff Koons, who made his name making giant neon balloon dogs out of steel and selling them for over $50 million, has started making replica handbags. The artist is to put famous works by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Fragonard, Rubens and Titian on Louis Vuitton replica handbags, shawls, purses, clutch bags, backpacks and keyholders, all with the artist’s name right in front of every garment. It’s intended to increase appreciation for old works, bringing them in front of audiences who might not necessarily be familiar with work like Reubens’ The Tiger Hunt (or, indeed, with Koons).


The collaboration has been met with disgust on Louis Vuitton’s social-media pages, and praise by Koons fans, but there will be one key parameter to judge the masses’ appreciation: counterfeit sales. If Koons-Vuitton knockoffs and reproductions are quick to appear on the black market, Canal Street, Hong Kong’s Ladies Market and on Leicester Square, then Koons has won. Like HBO’s boss Jeff Bewkes, who was quoted saying how proud he was that Game of Thrones became the most illegally downloaded show in TV history, Koons should follow suit.

In fact, it already feels like Van Gogh’s/Koons’ “A Wheatfield With Cypresses (1889)” bag has been available to buy on Leicester Square for the last 50 years. The Mona Lisa bag will probably be counterfeited the most. Duplicating Da Vinci’s work is already a grand tradition and a few more fakes won’t make a difference. Will Koons ever break or melt an original Fragonard painting, or a Van Gogh into a truly original bag or scarf? At the moment he’s just selling expensive prints. Psychologically you think you’re buying an original Koons by buying a real cheap Louis Vuitton. But you’re not. An “original” Louis Vuitton gets you a reproduced Rubens print. Is the art legacy as strong as the fashion legacy?


I spoke to numerous thinkfluencers to find out what they think. One, the actress and writer Julia “Jelly” Morrison from NY, gave her initial reaction to the clutch:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this is some weird hybrid that a Senegalese man made in his kiosk outside the Metropolitan Museum,” she said. “Good artists imitate and great artists steal, so who did Koons steal this Mona Lisa bag idea from? Da Vinci is dead. The Mona Lisa is like Enola Gay – you have to see it in person to really understand its magnitude. A bag or a magnet won’t cut it. Like Keith Haring and Basquiat – they wanted to bring art to the masses. I want to see something original. Is that the best Koons can come up with?”

British chef Tess Ward said she “feels like art and fashion are inextricably married, but this is more like a tourist souvenir than wearable art”.

Model and ClaudRobe founder Claudia Gould happens to adore the collection, saying, “The aesthetic of this collab is a total masterpiece, utilising the classical sublime of great masters and embellishing the glory of such iconic visuals with the universally recognised LV outlet uk print, in poster paint pastel hues of red, blue and teal. There is something so unexpectedly nail-on-the-head about this clash, you either get it or you don’t.”

London-based She Zine editor Diana Chire had a different reaction. She said, “I don’t think the replica bags are terrible looking. But the problem is what the bags represent – that art is only for the very rich. An exclusive, not inclusive, club. I can’t imagine any artist I know going out splurging £300 on a fake bag. Jeff is totally taking the piss.”

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander modelled the bags in the desert with Koons, in an unusual pose for the semi-reclusive “Balloon Dog” artist. Koons is rarely seen in anything other than a plain suit, typically leaving the colours to his art. This new fashion agenda made him a different man, and artist, in many respects.

Grandmother Uses Louis Vuitton Replica Bag to Carry Fish

This “Neverfull” handbag from Louis Vuitton was used as a fish carrier by a grandmother in Taiwan.

An old woman in Taiwan is so fab that she uses a $110 Louis Vuitton replica bag to carry fish she bought from the market.

The old woman’s grandson, who gave her the bag as a gift, posted the funny story on social media. He wrote that his grandmother didn’t know that the replica handbags she was using to carry groceries and fish – the slimy and scaly ones you get from the wet market – was actually one of the most iconic bags of the luxury brand.

The grandmother told him happily that her new fake bag was waterproof but also a little heavy.

The grandson gifted her the bag after seeing that his grandmother has been lugging an old handbag for years and decided to buy her an expensive one. He said he was so shocked when he saw that she was misusing the fake handbag, but also thought her naivety was funny. He hadn’t told her grandmother yet about the bag as he saw that using it to carry fish made her so happy.

The Neverfull replica handbag is one of Louis Vuitton’s classic models.