San Francisco Street Artists Sue Roberto Cavalli

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    Joe Rosato Jr.
    Mission District street artists are suing Roberto Cavalli, alleging the fashionista ripped them off.

    Mission District graffiti art has made its way onto a famous fashion designer's clothes, backpacks and shoes.

    And that's a problem.

    Three Mission muralists -- Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin, who go by Revok, Reyes, and Steel when painting street art -- say that Roberto Cavalli stole their work for his new line of clothes, according to reports.

    Just Cavalli used the street graffiti all over its new line of items, including "superimposing" the name of the company over images of the street art, the trio allege in a lawsuit.

    The Hollywood Reporter brings word of the suit, which further alleges that the way Cavalli presents the art on his clothes lends the impression that the designer was the one who had spray paint can in hand, making the graffiti himself.

    At the heart of the lawsuit is intellectual property, the website notes, but street art cred has a lot to do with it, too. For starters, having their art on "European chic" clothes gives people the impression the trio has sold out.