A Los Angeles based independent designer has sued Khloe Kardashian and her company, Good American, for allegedly ripping off its design for bedazzled bodysuits.
In the legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the company ‘dbleudazzled’ accuses Kardashian and her team of borrowing several items from the company under the pretense it was for her personal use.
But, they claim at some point in the future, Good American launched its own version of similar bodysuits.
According to the documents, “This case is about dbleudazzled, a small and independent women’s clothing company whose designs and trade dress were copied by Defendants Khloe Kardashian and her clothing company Good American.”
In the suit, the company alleges Kardashian “purchased and borrowed numerous pieces of Planitff’s clothing, user the false pretense that the clothing items were for Kardashian’s personal use.
They continued, “Instead, months later, Kardashian and Good American launched a new line of Good American bodysuits better (her) designs, without acknowledging (her) or properly compensating for the designs.
The company was founded in 2011 by Los Angele based fashion designer Destiney Bleu Lewis who is known for the intimate, swim, and other clothing bearing distinctive crystallized designs.
In the suit, Lewis claims her designs have been worn by A-list celebrities over the years — including Beyonce, Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey and has been featured in movies and at Award Shows.
As for the initial contact with Khloe’s team, Lewis claims “From November 2016 through May 2017, Kardashian, through her assistants, repeatedly contacted Ms. Lewis and others at d.bleu.dazzled to order at least sixteen made-to-measure garments under the false pretense that these garments were for Kardashian’s personal use…At no time, did they disclose to Ms. Lewis or anyone at d.bleu.dazz.ed that they were planning to create their own clothing line with similar designs.
The company blasts Kardashian, saying simply, “Good American decided it would be easier to knock off the proven designs of an independent designer.”
After the story went public several years back, the company claims instead of working out an agreement, Kardashian’s lawyers sent the company a cease and desist letter.
At the time, Good American issued a statement about the situation, saying, “Ms Bleu’s claim that Good American and Khloe Kardashian copied or stole her designs is flagrantly false and little more than a cheap publicity stunt and an attempt by Ms Bleu to get her 15 minutes of fame. Ms. Bleu did not create the concept or design of a bodysuit with crystals – a fashion style that has been around for decades as evidenced by the fact that Cher has been wearing these styles for over 25 years.
They continued, “The Good American design team designed a range of eleven bodysuits and had never heard of Ms. Bleu or seen her designs. The letter from her lawyer — sent to the press for no legitimate reason — is outrageous, defamatory and misleading in the extreme. Good American will absolutely not stand for anyone trying to damage its reputation and plans to deal with this through the proper legal channels.”
The case was filed Friday in Los Angeles County Court.