Designer sues Barnes & Noble over backpack profits
New York • A former New York fashion student claims in a federal lawsuit that she hasn’t made any money off a top-selling backpack she designed for Barnes & Noble.
Diana Rubio designed the "everything backpack" in 2010 while at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Daily News reports the school had assigned Rubio to enter Barnes & Noble’s "Back to Campus" contest.
Rubio’s bag won the contest and sells for $39.95. The Barnes & Noble website identifies Rubio as the designer.
But Rubio says in a lawsuit Monday that she never received any money.
Barnes & Noble says it pays royalties to FIT and that the matter was between Rubio and the school. FIT says it’s looking into the matter and will "do right" by Rubio if she’s been wronged.