Is Kim Kardashian a Design Thief?

Is Kim Kardashian a Design Thief?

One designer refuses to loan the reality star any more pieces because he says she’s ripping off his ideas.

Published October 7, 2011

Kim Kardashian slaps her name on a lot of stuff that she probably didn’t create concepts for, but is her lack of design skills causing her to go as far as poaching other designers' ideas? Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar thinks the reality star's "Kim Kardashian Belle Nolle" jewelry line is starting to look a little too much like his own pieces.


The CFDA award-winning designer told the New York Post, “In the reality TV world, there are so many people coming out with lines to capitalize on their TV shows. They are not designers and they are just stealing. I passed the Dash pop-up store on Broadway, and I saw that Kim’s pieces were very similar to mine, and she definitely has been taking note [of my designs].”


Alexis Bittar jewelry is a Hollywood favorite for celebs on the red carpet and everyday sidewalks, so the designer has a feeling Kim’s been taking notes as she’s worn his pieces. "The tricky thing is that we have sent pieces to Kim in the past to wear, so now I have told my staff we cannot send anything to her. She was definitely influenced by my designs without a doubt."


The designer said he won’t sue and doesn't rule out the possibility that Kim might be so far removed from the design process that she doesn’t even know there are some look-alike pieces, but either way he says “we are definitely not lending to Kim any more, she’s been barred.”


Ouch! Guess Kim will actually have to pay for her Alexis Bittar jewelry...or start getting some use out of her alleged knock offs.


(Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Written by Nakisha Williams


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