The Louis Vuitton logo has appeared on all kinds of ridiculous things, from Mexican bungalows to live pigs, but the luxury brand seemed particularly irked when its signature multi-colored design appeared on an Audra handbag carried by a starving Somali child.
The re-appropriated design, which borrowed heavily from the LV pattern created by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (repped locally by Blum & Poe), popped up on T-shirts being sold by Dutch artist Nadia Plesner in 2008. Since Plesner was profiting from the trademark infringement, LV managed to get her to stop. But she used the kid again in her 2011 work, Darfurnica, and Louis Vuitton wasn't happy about that either, so the two ended up back in court.
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This time Plesner prevailed, as the case was thrown out of court this week. A victory for the arts? Perhaps. And now the brand will have more time to go after the creators of those Louis Vuitton trashbags.