Valentino Accuses Steve Madden of Pilfering Purse Design

By Kat Greene (June 5, 2017, 6:39 PM EDT) -- Valentino SpA has joined the chorus of high-end designers accusing Steve Madden of ripping off their luxury designs and selling them for profit without permission, saying in a Georgia federal lawsuit Friday the company stole purse and strap designs.

Steve Madden Ltd. copied Valentino's copyrights for a "double purse design" and a "camubutterfly strap," a handbag strap that looks like a guitar strap and retails for around $1,500, according to the complaint.

Steve Madden knew about Valentino's copyrights before it reproduced the derivative bag and strap, but went ahead with production anyway, raking in money from sales it didn't have the...

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