Amazon, Valentino file joint lawsuit over shoes counterfeiting

FILE PHOTO: The Amazon logo is seen during a visit at the Amazon fulfilment center in Bretigny-sur-Orge near Paris, France, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian luxury brand Valentino and Internet giant Amazon have filed a joint lawsuit against New York-based Kaitlyn Pan Group for allegedly counterfeiting Valentino’s shoes and offering them for sale online.

The lawsuit regard’s the fashion group’s iconic Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, the companies said in a statement.

Amazon said it had shut down Kaitlyn Pan’s seller account on its platform in September 2019.

“Despite multiple notices of infringement and a cease and desist order, Kaitlyn Pan continues to import, distribute, sell, and offer infringing products on,” it added.

Amazon has long been rumoured to be readying a new luxury fashion site to rival Tmall Luxury Pavilion, owned by Alibaba, but LVMH and other top luxury groups say the risk of counterfeiting is high on such platforms.

Reporting by Agnieszka Flak, editing by Silvia Aloisi