Local Queens fashion designer Vanessa Destin, 25, is suing VIM Jeans, after the national retailer obtained her trademarked logo and began to illegally sell t-shirts.
Destin discovered cheaply printed shirts with her logo – a set of fangs chomping on a wad of bills- being sold for just 9.99 a piece at one of the clothing chain’s stores. The designer had lawyers from Pardalis & Nohavicka send VIM cease-and-desist letters to get them to stop using her trademarked logo for her company AuFutur Clothing.
Her lawyer, Taso Pardalis, said, “This is a classic case of a big company trying to take advantage of a small designer.”
VIM did not respond to a request for comment.