Coldwater Creek Nicks New York Designer’s Bag

Neal Decker is a handbag designer in New York. After seeing our story about Urban Outfitters ripping off small designers, he wrote in with his own experiences with big-brand boning:

am a bag designer in NYC ( and a few years ago the cheesy knock off house Coldwater Creek kept a few of my designs for a suspiciously long time. They never placed an order, but completely
knocked off my tote.

Neal’s design is on the left, while Coldwater Creek’s is on the right. They do look nearly identical—right down to the flower treament.

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