Rip Offs are all over the world of fashion and design. My furniture business original designs have been so copied that it’s beyond ridiculous ! And the sad part is, you can’t really do anything about it except keep ahead of the game. But every once in a while it goes too far and it’s time to say No! Sue!!!
Versace has produced a tshirt called Medusa that sells for $650! Well can you believe it sold out in 3 sizes! The problem is that this design was created by the designer Kesh for American Apparel in 2013! No, they are not exact but you can see the inspiration and pinpoint the creator ! But can she do anything about it ? Design is the hardest thing to protect!! Any deviation can be tagged as a non infringement! It’s bad enough when the cheap Chinese factories copy but Versace is really a sting ! I hope Kesh can be compensated!!
Stores like Zaras are always being cited for Rip Offs but that’s to be expected in the less expensive markets. Urban Outfitters is another retailer that scouts the designers then adapts for their young customers. When the mass markets Rip Off it’s usually ignored because the prestige is not there. But Versace is another scenario!
The shoe market is one of the biggest culprits in the Rip Off market but no one really cares! In fact, Louboutin expects it! But don’t dare to make the soles red!
And how many Rip Offs of the famous Chanel jacket have we seen ? These are not considered fakes because in reality they look nothing like a real Chanel ! However Louis Vuitton handbags are a different story !
It will be interesting to see what comes out of the Versace vs Kesh dispute! Maybe American Apparel should bring back their Tshirt??