Two years ago the United States Postal Service admitted it made a huge mistake by issuing a “Forever” stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty. Not that Lady Liberty isn’t the perfect subject for a stamp, but because the agency used an image of a replica sculpture from a Las Vegas Casino. Back then it was all “shrug, everyone likes it so we’ll keep it.” Here is where what goes around appears to be coming around. [More]
Zombies are all the rage these days, and it can be hard to tell them apart what with all that shambling, shuffling and rotting flesh going on. But one makeup artist’s zombie work is pretty darn distinguishable, from the model’s bright turquoise face with splotches of green to her hot pink eyebrows and carefully painted, leering grin. So how could music artist Lil’ Kim possibly be confused over who owns that image? [More]
You’ve probably never heard of Cody Foster & Company, even if you own items that came from them. They’re a wholesaler with no public-facing catalog. You have to be a small gift shop or large-ish chain like Anthropologie to even see their site. You can buy directly from the independent crafters and designers who claim that the company took their designs, mass-produced them in China, and sold them to retailers with no compensation to the original artists. [More]
What is it about highly controversial designs that summon up dark moments in humanity’s past that are just so darn attractive to designers and retailers? To wit: A $68 Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirt currently sold by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and many others bears an image that closely mirrors that used on an album cover by Neo-Nazi skinhead band, Skrewdriver. [More]
UPDATE: A day after we posted the below story about Forever 21 selling a necklace very similar to an independent designer (which it had been doing since at least June), it appears the link has been taken down by the retailer. Forever 21 has still not returned our request for comment, but at least the necklace isn’t for sale anymore, or at least it seems that way. We’re still here, Forever 21, just in case you feel like responding publicly….
Oh, brother. Today Anthropologie is learning a very important lesson in the art of sourcing the products it sells on its site. Consumerist tipster Mike caught a whiff of what appeared to be a snatch-and-grab case of a big bad retailer swiping an artist’s design, but Anthropologie says it didn’t meant to steal anything, and instead just had an issue with a vendor. [More]