Designer Thom Browne Wins Legal Battle Against Adidas Over Stripes

In a court spat with sportswear behemoth Adidas over the use of distinctive stripes on high-end athletic apparel and accessories, fashion designer Thom Browne prevailed. Adidas had accused Browne of utilizing striped patterns that were too similar to the brand’s signature three stripes, but a jury in a federal court in Manhattan found in favor of Browne.

Browne, who is renowned for his dramatic runway performances, started selling clothes in 2001 and has since achieved great success as a fashion designer. More than 300 sites throughout the world currently exhibit Browne’s business. Adidas said in a statement that they will “vigilantly enforce our intellectual property, including filing any required appeals,” suggesting that their battle may not yet be done.

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