Lego’s eye for style has set them at odds with a designer who statements the toymaker copied his one-of-a-kind leather-based jacket developed for Queer Eye” host Antoni Porowski, according to a new lawsuit.

In a complaint submitted in a Connecticut district court last month, artist James Concannon alleges that Lego “intentionally” and “painstakingly” copied a jacket that he’d created exclusively for the Fab Fiver, to be worn all through filming of the Netflix collection, without see or compensation.

Fairly than payment or public attribution, Lego reportedly sought to make amends by supplying Conannon “a free Fab 5 Loft set – which retails for $99.99 – for [his] 6-calendar year-previous son to engage in with, only to afterwards revoke that give, telling [him] that Lego does not give away its products for cost-free,” the fit states.

Now, Concannon is suing Lego for copyright infringement, in an ongoing scenario initial reported by the Vogue Legislation website.

Leather jacket worn by Antoni Porowski
The upcycled style began with a simple black leather-based jacket, “to which [James] Concannon extra his initial artwork … to mirror his signature aesthetic,” according to courtroom paperwork.
US District Court docket of Connecticut

The Publish has achieved out to Lego for comment.

According to court paperwork, Porowski has worn a number of Concannon’s pieces since 2017, for all of which Netflix sought clearance from the artist, apart from a person piece: a leather jacket commissioned expressly by Porowski to be worn throughout filming of their fourth period in 2018. At the time, Concannon “figured this was simply just an oversight on Netflix’s component,” the accommodate said. Nevertheless, considering the fact that seeing his jacket on the Lego model of Antoni Porowski, Concannon claims it is no coincidence that Lego created a jacket intensely impressed by that distinct piece.

Fab Five of "Queer Eye" on Netflix
Porowski, next from still left, wore the jacket during the fourth period of “Queer Eye” on Netflix.
Christopher Smith / Netflix

The New York-based mostly designer conceded that he’d unsuccessful to need that Netflix codify a license to exhibit the jacket, “as he experienced in prior situations the place his operates were showcased on the display,” but additional that he’d also “certainly never ever agreed to allow Lego — the biggest toy enterprise in the globe, with in excess of $5 billion in annual revenue — to commercially exploit his artwork for cost-free,” the plaintiff wrote.

The upcycled design and style was “created utilizing a simple black leather-based jacket that Porowski despatched to Concannon, to which Concannon added his initial artwork, composing and arranging just about every artistic aspect to replicate his signature aesthetic,” the criticism states. He further alleged that Lego “painstakingly copied not only the person creative aspects of the jacket, but the exceptional placement, coordination and arrangement of the personal artistic things, as effectively.”

Concannon, who maintains a copyright registration with the US Copyright Workplace, issued a stop-and-desist letter that he claimed went all but ignored by Lego, whose counsel warned that “it would be an ‘uphill battle’ ” for Concannon’s attorneys. Moreover, they asserted that his “gifting” the jacket to Porowski had “ ’implied license’ to Netflix to use the jacket in any method it happy — such as sublicensing the do the job to Lego.”

Concannon is seeking an unspecified sum in restitution for “all damages [he] endured and for any gains or obtain by [Lego] that is attributable to” their infringement.