Scottish Knitter Claims Chanel Ripped Off Her Sweater Design
A knitter in Scotland claims fashion powerhouse Chanel copied one of her Fair Isle designs without permission.By Katie Link | December 7, 2015
This walk around a runway in Rome may have just landed Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld, in some trouble. That's because those cozy-looking sweaters looked a little too familiar to a knitter in Fair Isle, Scotland. (Video via Chanel)
Mati Ventrillon posted this picture on Facebook and wrote, "Earlier this summer two Chanel staff visited Fair Isle and bought some of my stock garments with the understanding that the garments were for research."
Months later, a very similar product appeared on the runway in Rome during a show meant to appreciate "the fine craftsmanship that its artisan partners bring to the house's collections." But Ventrillon says her designs were plagiarized.