29 Dec '15, 2pm

Inspiration or Copying? You Tell Me?

When I used to shine shoes as a job I remember getting a good amount of Berluti shoes brought to my table. And every now and then they would come with these plastic shoe trees that came in black with gold insignia indicating the brand (not the first time I had seen trees like this but these ones did give me the inspiration). This was right at the time that the airlines were starting to jack up the prices for luggage and lower the weight restrictions in order to make money off of us travelers. As NO ONE IN MY DIRECT SECTOR OF THE INDUSTRY had done so previously, I decided to create an idea out of it and make a product coined “The Travel Shoe Tree.” Now I won’t lie, I looked at the bottom of those trees, found the manufacturer and ordered the product to sell under my own label. But of course as not to directly copy Berluti’s product (who doesn’t even sell these but rather ju...

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