Kim Kardashian wins £2.1m after Missguided USA 'rips off' her outfits

4 July 2019, 05:07 | Updated: 4 July 2019, 09:28

Kim Kardashian West has been awarded $2.7m (£2.1m) in her lawsuit with Missguided USA after she accused it of ripping off her designer outfits.

The reality TV star took the so-called "fast fashion" retailer to court in California, claiming it knocked off clothes that she wore and used her stardom to sell them.

In February Kardashian West, 38, criticised online fashion retailers for copying her designs and selling cheap versions within hours of her being pictured wearing them.

She is known for wearing clothes from some of the world's top fashion designers, including her husband Kanye West, and said it was "devastating" to see the original designs copied.

The mother-of-four tweeted: "It's devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas.

"I've watched these companies profit off my husband's work for years and now that it's also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.

"Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site - but it's not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn't even been made to sell yet."

Kardashian West said her relationships with designers were "very important to me" and dismissed internet rumours she worked with online fashion outlets to "leak" the clothes to them.

Missguided USA failed to defend itself and a default judgement was made, awarding Kardashian West damages as well as about £47,000 in legal fees, court documents showed.

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A ruling delivered at the California Central District Court by Judge Virginia A Phillips added Missguided USA was banned from using Kardashian West's "trademarks in connection with the sale, marketing or distribution of its products".

Missguided was set up in Manchester in 2009 by businessman Nitin Passi.