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Cautionary Tale About a Couch

Celebrities license their names to all sorts of things. You name it, a celeb is probably backing it. Ideally, permission is given well in advance of the product hitting the shelves. This, however, was not the case concerning the “Ian Leather Sofa” from Crate & Barrel.

A tribute to the Studio 54 owner turned hotelier Ian Schrager, the businessman is putting the furniture company over a barrel with a cease-and-desist letter concerning the namesake couch.

Why? Schrager reserves the use of his name for his own brand.

Crate & Barrel take note: Discussing a licensing agreement with Schrager right off the bat probably would have avoided some embarrassment.

You live and you learn, right?

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