1. Two independent Canadian designers are accusing Zara of ripping them off, just a day after Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen levelled similar accusations at the Spanish clothing giant.
Stephanie Drabik and Rose Chang, co-owners of the Toronto boutique Crywolf, say the design for one of their lapel pins was taken without permission.
A friend of theirs found a similar pin available at a Zara store and sent them a photo, Chang told BuzzFeed News.
3. Chang said this isn’t the first time a major retailer has ripped them off. “It feels really horrible. We wouldn’t have even known until someone pointed it out. It’s just so hard to track these things.”
Chang said that even after finding out, it’s really hard to know what to do against a large brand.
“As a small company ourselves, we can’t even really afford any kind of [legal] representation.”
4. Although these pins no longer seem available for sale online, the images are still hosted on the Bershka website.
Inditex did not immediately respond to questions about the pin.
In response to earlier accusations of theft, however, Inditex told BuzzFeed News that it “respects any third party’s creativity and takes all claims concerning third party intellectual property rights very seriously.”