On November 20, jewellery designer Laurel Hill obtained a message from her pal that contained a screenshot of a pair of hoop earrings from an Anthropologie e-mail. At first look, Hill’s pal assumed they had been Hill’s Gate hoop design (which she creates by hand), and never simply due to their uncanny resemblance — however as a result of Hill had labored with the retailer in 2015. In reality, Free People, which, like Anthropologie, is owned by Urban Outfitters Inc., additionally used to hold that exact model of earrings. “They’ve been a best-seller since I started marking them many, many years ago,” Hill tells Refinery29.
After studying that the earrings featured weren’t her personal, Hill reached out to Anthropologie’s patrons not as soon as, however twice, and didn’t obtain a response. That’s when she determined to take issues into her personal fingers. On Instagram, Hill posted a photograph of her earrings on prime of the Anthropologie pair, writing: “WHAT THE FUCK @anthropologie. This is so impolite. I am an individual! You’re a collective of individuals! Somewhere in there, somebody was like “WOW we like these earrings but we don’t want to support the designer or living wages or being decent humans so please send this ‘inspo’ pic of the original design to our factory overseas for cheap manufacture.”
WHAT THE FUCK @anthropologie. This is so impolite. I am an individual! You’re a collective of individuals! Somewhere in there, somebody was like “WOW we like these earrings but we don’t want to support the designer or living wages or being decent humans so please send this ‘inspo’ pic of the original design to our factory overseas for cheap manufacture.” DUDES COME ON. In the spirit of human-to-human interplay, I attempted reaching out to the client a couple of instances and… crickets. I actually anticipated extra. ⠀ Anthro is owned by the identical firm as Free People, and so they used to hold a bunch of my jewellery in 2014/2015. They provided to reorder a few of my different hoops they had been carrying, however at a fraction of the wholesale worth. I could not swing it and nonetheless cowl bills, so I declined. These hoops had been pictured in that e-mail change, in addition to being current on each line sheet they’ve obtained and used to put orders. I have been resisting the urge to publish this as a result of I did not suppose it was price losing the vitality on it, however each time I see an anthro advert pop up in my feed I get a little bit ragey and lose some vitality, so I suppose it is time for a public anger purge. I do know there are extra essential issues occurring on this planet, so I am gonna get this off my chest so I can transfer on to them〰️ #whatsgood #anthropologie #adventuresincopyright #knockoffs #womanowned #gobacktopartycitywhereyoubelong
Following Hill’s accusations, Anthropologie issued the next assertion to Refinery29: “We were disappointed to discover the similarities between the earrings designed by Laurel Hill and our Lunar Cutout Hoop Earrings, which were independently designed and brought to us by an outside vendor. As a result, we have immediately suspended all sales of the earrings. We take intellectual property very seriously, both in protecting what has been developed by Anthropologie’s own artists and designers and also respecting the intellectual property and designs of others.”
As it seems, the explanation Hill alleged Anthropologie copied her design is as a result of the retailer provided to reorder a few of her different items for what she calls “a fraction of the wholesale worth.” Since she couldn’t afford to swing the decrease price, Hill says she declined. But, as she explains, “these hoops were pictured in that email exchange, as well as being present on every line sheet they’ve received and used to place orders.”
She continues: “I wasn’t even going to publish something on social media. Because it occurs on a regular basis, and clearly this isn’t the most important factor taking place on this planet proper now, however after not getting any response from certainly one of their patrons, the identical individual I labored with years in the past, I made a decision to attempt to get their consideration publicly. I believed I would get a couple of offended feedback in solidarity, however individuals have been so uplifting and supportive.”
“Litigation is not actually my jam, however I have never dominated it out,” Hill provides. “So many individuals are calling for a lawsuit and recommending legal professionals (which I very a lot admire). We’re stronger than we notice, and SO robust as a collective. Not simply with our cash, however with our attitudes and beliefs. It does not matter how big you get, how a lot cash you may throw at lawsuits.”
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