Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Inspired By Others?

It always saddens me when large companies, instead of being new and original, look to the small independents and either copy, or are "inspired" by their work.

We have seen it happen many many times before and this morning it seems to have happened again.

Bookishly, who by the way are fantastic, check them out here. create some fantastic artwork, (that I am definitely going to be looking at buying) and have a great unique style,

Here are some of their pieces.

See what I mean? Fantastic. I want one from the Alice In Wonderland collection.

And this morning, Louise from Bookishly was shown this,

From the Marks & Spencer SS'14 collection.

What do YOU think?

It is also online, although apparently Out Of Stock at the moment.

What do YOU think about this?

Is it a coincidence? Or another example of a company using existing design work and selling it as their own?

Marks & Spencer do have a history of this happening, Rachael Taylor accused Marks & Spencer in 2012 of stealing her work after they launched a range using her very distinctive signature design. Marks & Spencer swiftly withdrew this line saying that they had bought them in good faith.

So what do you think?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x



  1. Wow! That looks absolutely blatant to me. This reminds me of a story I saw about a designer who worked on promotional material for the US remake of Old Boy.

  2. This may be and I can see how it would be extremely annoying, but can you expect a business like M+S who sell thousands of products to check each one is not sold elsewhere? They may have simply not realised... :/

  3. There are literally hundreds of variations on this theme (Bold printed saying over a page of old book, framed) on etsy. So I have no idea who copied whom. I have been thinking of printing one for myself tbh

  4. It's a bit sad. Although, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (so they say).
    Although, that doesn't pay the bills, does it.

    Those originals are lovely. x


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