Ugg Boots Ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Dishes on Her Memorable Trip of a Lifetime

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There’s nothing quite like cooling temperatures, shorter days, and the arrival of pumpkin spice-flavored everything to get us in the mood for fall. And that’s the exact mood we were in Thursday night, when we joined iconic footwear brand Ugg and its first-ever global brand ambassador, actress and supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, for an intimate dinner at Little Beach House in Malibu, Calif., for a kick-off celebration for their fall collection.

While the blonde bombshell and street style aficionado of course gabbed all about her love for cheap Ugg boots, she definitely had more to talk about than just footwear; she also dished on the life-changing experience she got to cross off her bucket list this summer—and let’s just say, she gave us all the feels.

Huntington-Whitely, the fiancée of hot Brit actor Jason Statham, has gone on the record more than once to say that her love affair with Ugg boots began at age just 16, when she saved up to buy her first pair. And although these famously furry boots have been an It-girl status symbol for more than a decade, the brand has somehow been able to adapt and adjust to stay on top.

“What’s so cool about the brand is that it’s kind of reinventing itself,” Huntington-Whiteley told InStyle. “They’ve always kind of been a staple in off-duty dressing, and that off-duty style is such a big thing. Especially with social media, we’re seeing a lot more of it and I love seeing different women’s style.”

And as for those select few who we’d consider experts in off-duty style, Huntington-Whiteley, who wore an impossibly chic sequined Rachel Zoe dress with a pair of black Ugg boots, definitely tops the list. The snaps she shared frolicking about with her adorable dogs and generally living the life on Instagram all summer were nothing short of envy inducing. But her summer travels included more than just leisurely vacations—she took a life-changing trip that changed her perspective on the world around her.

“In the summertime, you tend to go away and party, but this time I really wanted to do something that was a bit more meaningful, so I went to southern Africa to an area called Lesotho for a UNICEF trip,” the English model shared. “I’ve been working with UNICEF now for a few years and they asked me to visit Lesotho where there’s unfortunately a really bad case of drought and a lot of HIV in the area, so I went to a lot of the health centers and hospitals, and just to really see the work that UNICEF is doing and how they’re helping people over there.” An angel with a heart of gold, swoon.

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But it wasn’t all work and no play for Huntington-Whiteley. While in Africa, she also got to cross one super special experience off of her bucket list. “I was lucky enough to take a couple-day safari afterwards, so I went to South Africa to the Kruger Park, which is like a bucket list thing—if you can do it in your lifetime, I really, really, recommend it,” she gushed. “It’s a deeply grounding and spiritual experience to see animals in the wild and in their environment, and just to get to observe them. It makes you feel very small and really it’s a humbling experience.” Consider it added to our laundry list of must-visit destinations!

Ugg boots Australia: the battle over trade mark rights

Court case pits American company against Australian manufacturer

American footwear giant Deckers has taken court action against local company Australian Leather for selling sheepskin boots called Ugg in the UK.

Ugg boots a local phenomenon since the 1970s

In Australia warm woolly Ugg boots outlet have been a winter staple since the 1970s. The sheepskin boots were warm and easy to slip into. The woolly boot has grown into fashionable footwear and a billion dollar industry around the world.

Local company Australian Leather argues that the name “Ugg” has its origins in Australia as a generic term for sheepskin boots and that Deckers should not have been allowed to claim a trade mark on a name that was already in use.

American company claims it has exclusive rights to “Ugg”

American company Deckers claims that it holds the trade mark to the name Ugg in the UK and many other countries. According to Deckers, this means that nobody else can use the name Ugg to sell sheepskin boots.

Was the US trade mark on Ugg based on a falsehood?

According to Australian Leather, the US trade mark application falsely claimed that the word “Ugg” had no prior significance in the footwear industry. The Australian company claims that the current trade mark on “Ugg” held by Deckers should be cancelled, pointing out that Australian-made cheap Ugg boots were exported to the US well before Deckers bought the US trade mark from an Australian entrepreneur in 1985.

Importance of protecting your intellectual property

The Ugg boots case revolves around the question of who has the trade mark rights to the word ‘Ugg’ in relation to sheepskin boots. The case demonstrates the importance of establishing trade mark protection in every jurisdiction in which a product is to be sold or distributed. It is crucial that trade mark protection is obtained early, so that would-be competitors do not have the opportunity to claim the trade mark for themselves.

The battle over the rights to “Ugg” is comparable to the battle over the right to use the term “champagne”. The French blocked the rest of the world from using the term on the basis that Champagne is a region of France. Consequently, we now have to label similar products as “sparkling wine”. It seems that Ugg boots are on the path to the same international legal battle.

If Australian Leather wins its case, the Ugg name may be available to all Australian footwear manufacturers to use when selling their products overseas.

Ironically, according to media reports, Deckers had been selling its boots stamped Ugg Australia, even though they are made in China.