Christian Louboutin has revealed he still respects Yves Saint Laurent.
The footwear designer has told how he still has “the biggest respect” for the fashion house, despite taking the company to court for breach of copyright after the brand released shoes with red soles.
He told ES magazine: “My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don’t enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole.
“I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court.”
Louboutin registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1997, so it’s not exactly a new trademark, but it’s not completely clear if the patent applies to all red-soled shoes. Yves Saint Laurent will no doubt be hoping it doesn’t.