Date of Design
40 mm L, 48 mm W
Black & White
The subversion of the CC logo, by Tobias Wong for CITIZEN:Citizen. This limited edition matchbook offers commentary on branded goods and reappraises the value of disposable objects.
Our second cease and desist came from a French-based clothing brand Chanel who through their lawyers in NY
It’s surely somewhat difficult to understand what rights we have without the funds to fight the argument, this country like it’s former colonial ruler is built upon case law
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
April 29th 2008-04-29
Dear Mr C
I am writing in connection to your email dated April 18th, 2008, regarding the infringement of Chanel, Inc. trademark.
CITIZEN:Citizen works at the forefront of art and design, commenting on how an object’s meaning and function is ultimately determined by the culture they inhabit as much as it is by the initial design process. As such, it has never been and never will be our intention to damage or mar another company’s reputation.
I, therefore, have to disagree with the position Chanel has taken on this, the work of Tobias and the other artists we work with is commentary and a type of cultural hybridization. Their work is in the collections of globally recognized museums and is very far away from the issues of fakes, grey imports and the vendors on Canal St NY.
I think at the end of the day Chanel benefits more than us with the hybridization, Tobias had done something similar with another fashion brand who took the plagiarised work and built it into their next ad campaign to great success.
There are two items that you mention, firstly the ccPhone a limited edition phone with a personalized address book. The phone has no association with Chanel only a photo-shopped logo placed on the image, we will change this image on our website and our press images. There is no way we can control anybody reusing existing images on any sites for that you’ll have to contact them.
The second item you mentioned the ccMatches are produced by us CITIZEN:Citizen (CC) as a limited edition work by the artist, the edition is near complete and we will, therefore, take this from our collection.
If your client or yourself would like any further information or are interested in purchasing anything from our collection please don’t hesitate in contacting me.