Banana Republic in legal battle over distinctive ampersand

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(Image credit: Banana Republic)

Bringing new meaning to the idea of punctuation pedantry, global apparel brand Banana Republic is being sued due to its use of typography. A super-fancy ampersand, to be exact. Pointing the finger is graphic designer and typographer, Moshik Nadav, who says that Banana Republic has been using his typographic property without permission – and on a global scale.

Believe us, we know the importance of the ampersand. With a flourish that can make or break a typeface, the 'and' sign is full of personality and the favourite of many a graphic designer (see our pick of the best ampersands right here). So we're not surprised that Nadav feels protective. But does he have a case?

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.