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Brooklyn Zipper Innovator Sues the Gap


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Gap’s had a rough week. Today, WWD reported that a Brooklyn accessories and costume designer has slapped the San Francisco-company with a copyright lawsuit.

Kate Cusack, a Brooklyn-based accessories and costume designer, filed a copyright lawsuit against Gap Inc. in Manhattan federal court.

Cusack alleged that Gap sold plush bath products and handbags that contained elements that infringed on her copyrighted “zipper pin” sculpture. The case was filed March 2, but the documents were only recently made available.

This announcement comes days after Advertising Age revealed the Red campaign was pulling in a “meager $18 million.” According to the article:

It threatens to spur a backlash, not just against the Red campaign—which ambitiously set out to change the cause-marketing model by allowing partners to profit from charity—but also for the brands involved.

We guess Gap’s RED t-shirts, hoodies, and panties weren’t that inspi(red).

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