Brian Lichtenberg, the creator of a celebrity-endorsed spoof clothing line that mocks the logos of high-end designers (such as replacing Hermès with “Homiès”) is suing his brother, Christopher, for $100 million. The suit comes as a result of an accusation by Brian that Christopher stole his “Ballin” design that mocks the Balmain’s logo (pictured above). Christopher Lichtenberg has been selling the “Ballin” shirts under his own clothing label, Alex & Chloe.
Page Six reported Alex & Chloe’s rep stating, “As we have always stated, the Ballin and Ballin Paris design is an Original design made by and for Alex & Chloe. The [designs were] NOT designed by Brian Lichtenberg. Accept no Imitations.”
Brian has reportedly pointed to his brother’s alleged alcoholism, depression and psychological issues as the reasons for bringing on the lawsuit. Interestingly, the “Ballin” products are currently being sold on both Lichtenberg’s and Alex & Chloe’s sites. The irony of this case is hard to ignore, but both brothers are completely committed to their ownership of the designs.
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