Why Designers Hate Lawyers: Roth's Retrenchment
Bad news for those of you already queuing up to buy Christian Francis Roth's preppy parody -- it's been withdrawn from production at the advice of counsel.
The good news from the master of clever creativity himself, however, is that this is only a temporary silence. Here's his message to Counterfeit Chic:
I have to say, I was impressed with your spot on interpretation of my parody polo "Accost" dress. I was hoping to be able to change the icons enough to produce this item for Spring 2009 in store, but my lawyers tell me that even with further changes to the current artwork, it would be a serious roll of the dice. That being said, I'm going to have to create my own preppy looking animals and let them battle it out!
As the whales, griffins, and other potential contenders for greatness gird their khaki-clad loins with colorful canvas belts and prepare for battle, one victory is assured: that of Christian Francis Roth himself, whose humorous imagination knows no bounds. Especially not those pesky legal ones.
Look for the Francis line for Spring '09!