Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.
On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneur.
Bendet began filming the conversation on her phone, with Madden heard saying, “Honey, if you’re going to be rude you can go f**k yourself.”
She replied, “Yeah? You said if I’m not copying people, I’m not doing a good job? That was you.”
“You can go f**k yourself. Okay. You copy people all the time,” the 62-year-old fired back, to which Bendet responded: “I have it trademarked branded Stace.”
In the caption of the now-deleted post, the fashion star claimed she saw Madden “lose his temper and become aggressive using vulger (sic) language” while she was stood with her four-year-old daughter.
“I am sharing this because his behaviour is not acceptable in business or life – he could have apologised or showed some remorse – but no, he responds with intimidation – we can’t stop bullies unless we stand up to them!!!” Bendet wrote, adding that she usually fills her feed with “positivity, female empowerment”.
The designer later made a statement on her Instagram Stories, and thanked her fans and followers for showing support after her encounter.
“And you know in truth as a person I think he just showed his true colours, which is like full-on pig,” she fired.
The feud was ignited in December 2018 when lawyers for Alice + Olivia sued Betsey Johnson, owned by the Steve Madden parent company, for copyright infringement after allegedly imitating the StaceFace bag, which features the image of a woman wearing round sunglasses and red lipstick. They reached a confidential settlement in June last year.
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