Urban Outfitters accused of stealing from independent designers

Have you ever been in an Urban Outfitters? Did you survive the experience without maiming yourself and wishing you'd been born without eyes or a rudimentary memory? If so, you'll be thrilled to learn that one of the most irritating shops on the high-street are now being accused of stealing independent designers designs. Again.

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The Village Voice effectively accused Urban Outfitters of stealing designs a while ago (more on that here) and now, it would appear they're at it again.

One young designer has a line of necklaces which features American states with hearts punched through them. The range are called I Heart Idaho and I Heart Mississippi and what-have-you. And now, Urban Outfitters are selling... well... exactly the same thing. Here is the independent designer's work. Here is the designer's accusation of idea theft. It's all very grotty.

Of course, it isn't the first time we've seen someone accusing a big chain of stealing an independent artist's work. We wrote about Paperchase apologising for making off with someone's designs. Poor form. Still, we imagine the worst element of all this, is the realisation that you have the same tastes as Urban Outfitters.


  • Euan
    Interesting counterpoint: http://www.regretsy.com/2011/05/27/urban-outrage/
  • PokeHerPete
    Wah wah wah, I wish these crying indies would shut up. Just like the point Euan raised, its hardly a original idea, I bet they probably stole it of someone else in the first place. And is it even copyright? Also on the plus side Urban Outfitters are selling them cheaper so everyone wins. They aren't gonna lose any business caus one disgruntled indie and the handful of their followers equally up their own ass don't shop there. It makes me laugh when you see them whinge saying they will never shop there. If anything it feels like a attention grabbing ploy by Stevie, no doubt they will get attention and more customers out of this. If I see one more shop copying my idea of shoes with laces on, Im going to complain.

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