Last Sunday, the AmeriKat was recovering from a nasty bout of bronchitis. To cheer her spirits, she decided to grant herself a dose of pre-planned enjoyment in the form of live music. Wrapped up warm in a navy blue trench coat and various cashmere sweaters, she braved the incredibly fresh 'summer' skies to watch the acclaimed My Morning Jacket perform in the grandiose arena of Somerset House. The crystalline cry of the guitars, pulse-rattling base, and atmospheric harmonies melted many an audience member as the band waltzed through their set. When the first smoky chords of Wordless Chorus were played, the audience immediately geared themselves up to sing one of the most popular, and IP apropos, lyrics by the band:
"We are the innovators, they are the imitators."
"This is the lifeblood of this company, the red sole. When people see the red sole on the street they think Louboutin."
"Red outsoles are commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz. As an industry leader who has devoted his entire professional life to women's footwear, Mr. Louboutin either knew or should have known about some or all of the dozens of footwear models that rendered his sworn statement false."
"We don't know what we are and what we are not allowed to do. Even Mr. Louboutin does not know. "
“Our designs are born in our imagination. We create something from nothing at all,...By far the majority of apparel is based on garments already in the public domain. Nothing about the proposed legislation will change that. Nobody will ever be able to claim ownership of the T-shirt or pencil skirt. This bill is intended to protect only those designs that are truly original."
"Ladies and gentleman—with the degrees conferred upon you today, you will lead the course of history by innovating & implementing; and by building & making. Innovation bridges cultures through new channels of communication; innovation renews hope in villages plagued by disease; innovation stems the tide of environmental degradation; innovation builds new industry; and innovation affords a young mind the chance to dream and the chance to make those dreams come true."