NEW YORK — Ivanka Trump is being sued by an Italian shoe company that claims the fashion line carrying her name is selling heels that are a knockoff of one of its designs.
The suit was filed Tuesday by Aquazzura in federal court in New York against the Republican presidential candidate's daughter. It also names Marc Fisher Holdings, which produces the shoe line for Ivanka Trump.
Aquazzura is claiming infringement over one shoe in particular and is demanding a jury trial.
"One of the most disturbing things in the fashion industry is when someone blatantly steals your copyright designs and doesn't care," the company said in a post on Instagram three months ago. "You should know better. Shame on you @ivankatrump! Imitation is NOT the most sincere form of flattery."
Marc Fisher CFO Matthew Burris caled it "a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity." He said "the shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style" and isn't subject to intellectual property law protection.
The lawsuit includes side-by-side pictures of its shoes with those from the Ivanka Trump Collection in order to illustrate similarities.