Hot on the heels of our CFDA/eBay ‘YOU CAN’T FAKE FASHION’ project and we are feeling good! We were one of 50 designers supporting the effort to stop design piracy and knock-offs. Ironically we just dicovered below how our Botkier ‘Clyde’ was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don’t think so…
The Botkier Clyde above, the Kardashian Knock-off below
“Design piracy, the blatant copying of another’s designs, is akin to counterfeiting without affixing the fake designer label. Sadly, because of a lack of adequate legal protection, design piracy has become a way of life in the fashion industry in the U.S.
Design piracy is unfair to designers and is detrimental to competition within the fashion industry. It effectively allows others to plagiarize the original designer’s creative ideas and reap the benefits of the creator’s labor and assumption of risk.” – CFDA website