Jeanswest might fit best, but it’s not so good at being a copycat. The Australian retail chain has been pulled up for ripping off a pair of biker jeans by mega Dutch clothing brand G-Star Raw, and will pay up big for its wrong-doing.
Inside Retail reports that yesterday, February 18, Justices Ellen France, Tony Randerson and John Wild granted a permanent injunction on Jeanswest’s Dean Biker Slim Jean, and was ordered by New Zealand’s Court of Appeal to pay G-Star additional damages of $50,000 after being found liable for primary infringement. “The net result is a substantial success for G-Star,” the written judgment by the appeal court judges said.
Jeanswest launched a limited run of the Dean Biker jean in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in January 2010, and claims the jeans were inspired by how the rain had stretched out a motorcyclist’s pants over his knees. But, according to G-Star’s claim, a French designer working for the Dutch brand came up with the design for the Elwood jeans in 1995, going on to become a signature product which sold millions worldwide. (more…)