It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Benefit here at Wigs And Gowns. Many hours have been lost in the über girly confines of its Carnaby street store and many pounds spent on the kitsch and quirky makeup and beauty products (yes, I did need that sixth blusher). But it seems not everyone is so happy with the LVMH owned makeup brand.
According to a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York last month, Benefit Cosmetics is being accused of copyright infringement by an artist who designs wallpaper patterns.
Sydney Albertini of East Hampton, New York, claims that Benefit infringed her original wallpaper design. According to the complaint, Benefit bought 120 rolls of Albertini’s “Southern Flowers” wallpaper and had the pattern copied by a manufacturer. She also accuses Benefit of using the designs in its marketing materials without permission.
The wallpaper designer is seeking “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in damages and an award of “potentially millions of dollars in profits” that she said Benefit has reaped as a result of the alleged infringement.
Albertini, a French native, is known for her artwork which spans not only drawing, photography and wallpaper design, but also fashion design. The artist launched a capsule collection, SydneyToWear, last year for Upper East Side boutique FiveStory. She has studied at both Parsons in New York and the Atelier de Sèvre in Paris.