Fashion designer sues Lego over leather jacket worn by toy Antoni on ‘Queer Eye’ set

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Lego is being sued over a tiny black jacket worn by a minifigure in a “Queer Eye” toy set released last year that depicts the original Atlanta loft featured in the hit Netflix show.

Fashion designer James Concannon, whose clothes are often worn by Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, filed a lawsuit against the Danish toy company in Connecticut district court in December. According to the complaint, obtained by CNN, Concannon claims that in 2018 he created a custom leather jacket with his “propaganda-soaked aesthetic” for Porowski, having previously featured several of his designs in “Queer Eye” since 2017.

The New York-based designer, who is seeking damages, accused Lego of making a “blatant copy” of the jacket without his permission.

A comparison of Concannon’s leather jacket and the Lego minifigure included in a copy of the complaint. Credit: U.S. District Court of Connecticut

Concannon claims that even if the show’s production team had always given permission for his designs to be used, Netflix would not have contacted him asking for permission to use the jacket on an episode of the show. 2019. Concannon says he assumed at the time it was an oversight and did not pursue the issue until the release of the toy set (sold as “Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft”) in September 2021.

A side-by-side comparison of the leather jacket created by Concannon and the Lego minifigure shows similarities like a peace sign on the left lapel and a skull design on the right side of the chest.

Concannon claims that Lego did not seek the designer’s permission to use “the unique placement, coordination and arrangement of individual artistic elements” on his original creation for the minifigure’s jacket and did not compensate him. For his work.

Lego did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

He goes on to state that Lego “operated the Concannon jacket throughout the aggressive marketing of the ‘Fab 5 Loft’ set and also created animated versions of the jacket.

Concannon claims to have designed the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018.

Concannon claims to have designed the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018. Credit: Christopher Smith/Netflix

The lawsuit further adds that a Lego customer service representative allegedly offered Concannon “a free Fab 5 Loft set – which sells for $99.99 – for his six-year-old son to play with”, only for the company later revokes this offer. , saying “Lego doesn’t give away its products for free.”

Concannon seeks damages for willful infringement.

Lego has been producing branded sets targeting adult collectors for years. Along with the popular ‘Star Wars’ series, fans can also purchase sets of their favorite movies and shows, including ‘Friends’, ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Harry Potter’.

The sixth season of “Queer Eye” debuted on Netflix on December 31.

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