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Kardashian controversy: Andrew Cuomo calls out Khloe on T-shirt design
Uh-oh, the Kardashians are in another “kontroversy,” and the latest family dust-up has Westchester ties. Khloe Kardashian, and her two older sisters, Kim and Kourtney, had a pleasant Hudson Valley experience when they visited the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers last fall. But now Mount Kisco resident Gov. Andrew Cuomo is up in arms over Kardashian's sartorial choices, after she wore a T-shirt whose design matches a logo affiliated with New York State.
As first reported by the New York Daily News, the T-shirt in question is from the “Rich Soil” clothing line, which was started by Kardashian's husband, NBA star Lamar Odom. The shirt, pictured above, features a round logo with the Statue of Liberty and the American flag with the words “Rich Soil New York” encircling the design. Kardashian posted photos of herself wearing the top to her Celebuzz website last Tuesday (the photos have since been taken off the site).
The problem? The “Rich Soil” logo is extremely similar to the “Pride of New York” logo (pictured here), which has the same features as Kardashian’s: a circular design, Lady Liberty and the American flag. According to the website for the state Department of Agriculture, the “Pride of New York” logo was designed to “promote and support the sale of agricultural products grown and food products processed within New York State”-- which is perhaps why the only noticeable difference between the two is that the “Pride of New York” design features a farm, while in the same spot Kardashian’s T-shirt has a trumpet design, which is Rich Soil’s own logo.
The New York State Department of Agriculture provided Newsday the letter it sent Friday to the Rich Soil Clothing Company. In it, the department’s general counsel, Susan G. Rosenthal, states that the Rich Soil’s design infringes on the State of New York’s federally registered trademark, and that its use is a “misappropriation of its property and is likely to cause confusion to customers.”
“The State of New York has invested substantial time, effort and resources in creating the respect and goodwill associated with the Trademark,” the letter continues, noting that the design has its own website and that 3,200 local businesses employ the logo on its products. As a result, Rosenthal asks for the immediate halt to the manufacturing, sale and advertising of the "Rich Soil" T-shirt featuring the logo that shares design elements with the "Pride" logo, as well as an estimate on how much the clothing line has profited from the design.
The letter concludes that if Rich Soil doesn’t respond within five days of receiving the letter, the department may pursue legal action.
Kardashian and Odom have not yet publicly responded to the allegations, while Cuomo's office hasn't yet returned calls for comment.