A FILM BY BREN SIMSON AND ALEX GABBEY - 52' - AL JAZEERA ENGLISH - 2007
April Snow - Al Jazeera English - TVE
Carmen Colle is a former steelworker who worked her way up to become a luxury hand- stitcher for some of Europe's top fashion houses. Now she has decided to sue Chanel for €3.3million in damages for alleged counterfeiting and €2million for breach of contract. The claim comes after she spotted a cardigan bearing a crochet design which she says her company submitted to Chanel as an idea– and which they turned down.
Chanel stridently denies the claim and is counter-suing Colle for €500,000 (£340,000) for "moral prejudice" and tarnishing the company's image.
People & Power reports on a case unheard of in Paris, where fashion super-brands are litigious in stamping out imitators.