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Louis Vuitton sues Belle International alleging copycat shoes

French luxury retailer says Hong Kong company’s shoe designs too similar to its own to be coincidental.

Luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton is suing two Belle International subsidiaries for copyright infringement.

The Chinese footwear brands are being taken to court over the design over a pair of trainers valued at HK$8950 (US$1140).

As the supplied photo shows, one of the trainer designs closely resembles the Louis Vuitton products.

A High Court document described the case accusing Hong Kong-registered firms Belle International (China) and Best Able Footwear of retailing sneakers substantially similar to its LV Archlight trainers. Louis Vuitton has demanded the firms cease all infringements and hand over or destroy the alleged copies.

The trial date has yet to be scheduled.

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