Lil’ Shop of Horror: Urban Outfitters
This horror story is a little different from what you’d expect. Indulge me.
So we’re all pretty much aware that UO and F21 are well adept at knocking off big designers, right? I mean, I can understand why. Most people shopping at those places aren’t on a designer budget. No biggie.
HOWEVER, I am starting to take issue with the increasing rips off of small, unknown designers that I’m seeing more and more of lately.
Case 1: Sunday, I popped into Space Fifteen Twenty, the extra chi-chi, well merched Urban Outfitters on Cahuenga. Being the masochist I am, I browsed for about two hours noting stuff that I was going to get my hands on come May 1. Then I saw this:
You can imagine the SUPREME side eye I gave this after posting about amerrymishap’s necklace and etsy store. Believe me when I say that the original (I’m willing to wager that her’s was first) is exponentially better in terms of construction and cuteness.
Case 2: While making my rounds about the blogoshpere and visiting the queens of Kingdom of Style, I caught wind of the Necklush, those wonderful, layered jersey scarves, and the etsy store where they are available:
While I was talking to J. about the first offense and looking for a photo to show her why I was outraged, I saw this:
Biting major designers is one thing. Biting etsy designers…that few people by comparison know about…who do things by hand and not necessarily for major recognition…who probably don’t get to show in markets or fashion shows…well, that’s just low. Very, very low…
Or Urban Outfitters is the originator and people are insanely creative and able to come up better versions of what they have to offer and should be lauded for their skills.
Double standards. I know. =P
But seriously, I will always side with small, independent operations. Always.
I’m not using this as a reason to never shop at UO again (that’s extremely unrealistic because I’m still on these boots and several other things), but I get pains when I see stuff like this happen. I think I’m going to start a campaign to support smaller designers when I can spend money again. Who’s with me?
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