‘Queer Eye’ Lego set: Vogue designer sues business in excess of leather jacket worn by toy Antoni Porowski

Published by Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Lego is being sued in excess of a tiny black jacket worn by a figurine in a “Queer Eye” toy established, released very last yr, which depicts the authentic Atlanta loft showcased in the hit Netflix demonstrate.

Manner designer James Concannon, whose apparel are frequently worn by Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, submitted a lawsuit versus the Danish toy company in a Connecticut district courtroom in December. In accordance to the criticism, acquired by CNN, Concannon asserts that in 2018 he created a tailor made leather jacket with his “signature propaganda-infused aesthetic” for Porowski, having by now experienced several of his patterns seem in “Queer Eye” due to the fact 2017.

The New York-centered designer, who is seeking damages, has accused Lego of creating a “blatant duplicate” of the jacket without the need of his authorization.

A comparison of Concannon's leather jacket and the Lego figurine included in a copy of the complaint.

A comparison of Concannon’s leather-based jacket and the Lego figurine involved in a duplicate of the grievance. Credit rating: US District Court of Connecticut

Concannon claims that although the show’s creation workforce experienced usually cleared his designs for use, Netflix allegedly didn’t contact him to check with for authorization to use the jacket on a 2019 episode of the demonstrate. Concannon claims he assumed at the time it was an oversight and didn’t go after the problem right up until the release of the toy established (offered as “Queer Eye –The Fab 5 Loft”) in September 2021.

A aspect-by-aspect comparison of the leather jacket established by Concannon and the Lego toy figurine present similarities like a peace indicator on the remaining lapel, and a skull style and design on the right facet of the chest.

Concannon claims that Lego failed to seek the designer’s authorization to use “the special placement, coordination, and arrangement of the individual creative aspects” on his first development for the figurine’s jacket and did not compensate him for his function.

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

He goes on to condition that Lego “exploited the Concannon Jacket through the aggressive promoting of the ‘Fab 5 Loft’ set and also produced animated variations of the jacket.

Concannon asserts that he designed the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018.

Concannon asserts that he created the leather jacket for Porowski in 2018. Credit score: Christopher Smith/Netflix

The lawsuit even further adds that a Lego client services agent allegedly available Concannon “a cost-free Fab 5 Loft established — which retails for $99.99 — for his six-calendar year-outdated son to engage in with,” only for the organization to later revoke that supply, stating “Lego does not give away its products for absolutely free.”

Concannon is trying to get damages for willful infringement.

Lego has been developing branded sets concentrating on adult collectors for many years. Moreover the preferred “Star Wars” sequence enthusiasts are also equipped to buy sets from their favourite videos and displays such as “Good friends,” “Seinfeld, “Household By yourself” and “Harry Potter.”

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