John Geiger Hires Former YEEZY Lawyer to Lead Defense in Nike Lawsuit
Nike has been relentless in its mission to shut down designers who they feel are piggybacking off their trademarked designs. The famous case of Warren Lotas was only the start, with the Swoosh hunting down customizers large and small with undoubtedly fearsome lawsuits. The next in Nike’s crosshairs is fashion designer John Geiger — a man who’s clearly not going to back down from the big wigs in Beaverton.
Despite the fact that others, including The Shoe Surgeon, copy designs entirely, Nike Inc. has gone after Geiger and his Air Force 1-inspired GF-01 sneaker, regardless of the significant changes made to its design. In a post to his Instagram, Geiger has issued a statement claiming that Nike has been benefiting from the customizer and bespoke sneaker community, and is prepared to fight the lawsuit.
Geiger was at the forefront of the bespoke sneaker customization that started years ago, most notably known for his “Misplaced Checks” Nike Air Force 1 High, and also his contribution to the design process of the Nike Zoom Revis which dropped in 2012.
“Misplaced Checks” Nike Air Force 1 Custom via @johngeiger_
He also states that there is no secret that his GF-01 was inspired by the Nike Air Force 1, but significant changes and redesigns have resulted in his own trademarks. To continue that clarity, Geiger states that he’ll be transparent and vocal about what happens with the future of the lawsuit.
Update 09.03.21 // As reported by Hypebeast, John Geiger LLC, has hired sneaker industry expert and lawyer Kenneth Anand to lead his team in their lawsuit with Nike. Anand currently serves as the Counsel to Jayaram Law and was Kanye West‘s former General Counsel of YEEZY Apparel and a co-creator of Sneaker Law, a business and legal textbook about footwear industry.
Sean Davis, CEO and founding partner of John Geiger LLC. also commented on his intentions of moving forward in this dispute. “A lot of people in our position would seek the most inexpensive and easiest path for conflict resolution,” Davis says. “But in this scenario, John and I welcome the opportunity to defend our brand, and we look forward to seeing this lengthy process through.”
Take a look at some examples of his GF-01 silhouette below, and we’ll aim to keep this article updated with more news as it develops.