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Everyone's favorite relatively sex-crime-free alternative to American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, has allegedly stolen jewelry designs from independent designers.
Etsy seller Stevie Koerner's line of pendants, called "A World of Love," feature small states and nations with a tiny cutout heart. They're exactly the kind of vaguely creative, cute necklaces that go straight from the internet to the necks of skinny, possibly feather-wearing girls everywhere. "Wear your love," reads Koerner's copy, under a New York-shaped necklace called, unsurprisingly "I Heart New York."
Meanwhile, Urban Outfitters just launched a line of jewelry called "I Heart Destination Necklaces," with the tag line, "Wear your locale love." Coincidence, right?
Look, the fashion industry is rife with theft, as is every creative field. I know that, you know that, and Urban Outfitters certainly knows that. But the interesting thing is that they've got a long track record of this, and they're aware of their reputation — apparently their practice is sort of an open secret in the industry.
Personally, I think it's kind of sad. I mean, if you know that you've got a reputation for stealing independent designers' work, wouldn't you make sure to steal better ideas? Something with owls, maybe?