Yesterday, the Tony Duquette brand filed a trademark-infringement suit against Michael Kors. The suit alleges that Kors wrongfully used the Duquette name to market his resort collection. Also that Kors took images and patterns from the book Tony Duquette, which came out in 2007, to advertise the line.
Duquette, who died in 1999, was the first American with a one-man exhibit at the Louvre. He won a Tony for costume design for the original Camelot production on Broadway. Business partner Hutton Wilkinson took over the company when Duquette died, and continues to design and market the company’s products.
So was this intentional, or was Kors just inspired? The resort collection is in stores now, so what does this all mean? If Duquette wins, will the clothes have to be pulled? Ugh, that sounds like such a headache.