Steve Madden has issued an apology to Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet for losing his temper during a filmed altercation earlier this week.
On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of her encounter with the footwear entrepreneur in a hotel lobby, with the footage showing them having a heated exchange in which Madden tells her to “go f**k yourself” when she confronts him about allegedly stealing her brand’s designs. He also returned the accusation by saying, “You copy people all the time. We were making faces way before you.”
The allegations relate to a lawsuit Alice + Olivia lawyers filed against Betsey Johnson, which is owned by Madden’s company, in late 2018 for allegedly copying their StaceFace design. Both parties reached a confidential settlement in June last year.
Madden has now apologised for his outburst by issuing a statement to New York Post’s Page Six.
“I’m sorry for losing my temper with Stacey. I have the utmost respect for her… I was raised better than that,” he said.
Bendet took to her personal Facebook page to suggest Madden follow up his apology with a $1 million (£776,000) donation to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
“I feel like his ‘apology’ should really include a 1 million dollar donation to the CFDA to create a legal protection fund for designers when their work is copied or trademarks are violated,” she wrote.
She also announced she was setting up an initiative to help women through the sale of her Stace products, which feature the face of a woman with round sunglasses, a top knot, and red lips.
“In the near future, I will announce a #Stace initiative where our Stace product (no longer being copied by any of the Steve Madden brands) will be sold to support programs that support women who don’t have the platform that I am so grateful to have,” she wrote on the Alice + Olivia Instagram account, before asking for suggestions for organisations to support.
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