Twenty six-year-old designer Nareasha Willis went viral earlier this year with her “Black Vogue” campaign and collection of signature sweatshirts. The pieces were created to call attention to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. Now, Willis is under fire from Advance Magazine Publishers Inc, the company that owns Vogue’s publisher, Condé Nast Inc.
Advance Magazine Publishers Inc, filed suit last week in a New York federal court, claiming that Willis’s “Black Vogue” sweatshirt, which incorporates Vogue’s iconic lettering, could cause confusion among consumers.
The suit points out that Willis attempted to trademark her “Black Vogue” brand, but was denied by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office due to similarities between the fashion line and the long running fashion magazine.
Advance Magazine Publishers’ suit also claims that Willis refused to pull her designs after an initial request from Advance’s legal team.