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Gucci's New Handbag Looks A Lot Like This Celebrity Stylist's Design

"I absolutely feel like I was a part of the inspiration to create that Gucci handbag," the stylist and designer tells BuzzFeed.

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The luxury brand teamed up with graffiti artist Trevor Andrew, more commonly known as GucciGhost on social media, to do these designs for the collection.

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Andrew has built quite the following, painting Gucci's logo on everything from skateboards to worn stoves. Gucci Creative Director Alesssandro Michele saw Andrew's graffiti and brought him on as part of the label's design team.

But shortly after images of this particular bag began circulating the web, fans of an L.A. stylist and designer, Sonique Saturday, began questioning if Gucci had stolen the idea from her signature handbag line, Belladonna.


Saturday has been painting counterfeit designer bags, with phrases like "Fake Chanel" and "You Fake Like This Birkin," for four years now.

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She tells BuzzFeed that she was inspired to create the faux designs because she "wanted to let young people know that your substance does not lie in a fashion house's hands."


Although high-end fashion labels partnering with artists isn't new, the whole painted "real" and "fake" thing was too close for Saturday's fans to write it off as a coincidence.

I hate controversy but this situation really upsets me and I have to say something. My friend @soniquesaturday had her concept taken/used ( I believe ) by @gucci's new collection and I think credit should be given to her! It pisses me off to see a hard working black woman make a name and a brand for herself all on her own and it be taken away just like that. Some may disagree and that is fine but I don't think this is right! Please please tell @gucci to give @soniquesaturday her credit. Thank you! I don't want drama. I just want her to be recognized for what she has created.

Gossip site The Shade Room and followers of the designer also took to social media to question the fashion house:

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"#Gucci #milanfashionweek presentation has fans of #American designer @soniquesaturday accusing the luxury designer of copyright infringement. The urban designer #soniquesaturday has made a hit with her line of designer knockoffs aka #YouFakeLikeThisBirkin. Gucci's collection had #RealGucci on it. What y'all think? Can someone claim anything on obvious knockoffs? #UUAfrica by UUNISTA.COM"


Saturday, however, thanked Gucci for the exposure, and tweeted that she wasn't upset at the alleged stolen concept.

@soniquesaturday / Via Twitter: @SoniqueSaturdy

"I absolutely feel like I was a part of the inspiration, mood board, creative process to create that Gucci handbag," she tells us. "It is not about the paint or the graffiti; it is about the wording and juxtaposition."

BuzzFeed reached out to Gucci and Trevor Andrew for comment, but we have not heard back from either party.