Kim Kardashian is flying high right now, thanks to her two-part E! wedding special and the success of the Kardashian Kollection, her collaboration with her sisters and Sears.
However, not everyone is drinking the Kardashian Kool-Aid these days - especially jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. The design king told The New York Post that he walked past the Kardashian Dash boutique in New York City's SoHo neighborhood and realized one of the earring designs is strikingly similar to his.
"I haven't talked to Kim about it, the truth is she might not even know. She might be so far removed from it (the design process), and her designers just go shopping and knock things off," Bittar told the Post, noting that he didn't plan to sue the Kardashian Klan.
Still, Bittar's relationship with the Kardashian sisters is over.
"But we are definitely not lending to Kim any more, she has been barred," he added.
Not the First Plagiarism Claim
In August, handbag design house Botkier sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Kardashians, claiming that one of the bags sold in the Kardashian Kollection is a direct rip-off of their Trigger Clyde bag, released in 2009.
"We just discovered how our Botkier 'Clyde' was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don't think so…" the design house wrote in their blog. The purse was quickly pulled from the virtual shelves on Sears.com
Other Celebrities With Plagiarism Problems
Supermodel Heidi Klum was forced to shut down her sterling silver jewelry line in 2009 after a copyright infringement lawsuit by jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels.
"We fought with Van Cleef & Arpels for over a year and a half, but we were a small fry next to a company like that," Klum told Women's Wear Daily at the time. "But looking back, I'm quite happy to be doing something new."
That something new is her new line - in collaboration with QVC - called Wildlife by Heidi Klum.
Why Does This Happen?
In all honesty, Kardashian and Klum aren't actually designing the pieces they stamp their names on. Instead, they either license their names to an apparel company or enlist their own designers to come up with something. They have little-to-no say in what actually goes into the collections they shill.
Sadly, it won't end - celebrity-endorsed clothing and jewelry are big sellers and money talks in Hollywood.
Do you buy celebrity-endorsed products because a celeb's name is on them?
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