In life, mistakes are made. No one is above making them. not even companies. It is my belief that it is how someone goes about handling their mistake , whether they choose to admit it or ignore it, and how they remedy it, that is the true mark of character.
As you know, A few days ago I made a post on this place speaking out about the plagiarism of one of my designs by a company called Brandy Melville. I expressed my frustration at the fact that my plea for them to resolve the matter had fallen on deaf ears.
Thanks to your voices, every single one of you who spoke out on my behalf, supported me and fought this battle right alongside me, I am announcing that Brandy Melville was willing to admit wrong doing immediately. Within two days of my post being on tumblr, I was in negotiation, within three, a licensing contract was signed.
Brandy Melville have bought the design, have given me their firm word that they will credit me for it, and provided compensation to me for the period in which the design was retailed without my consent.
I have no interest in being vindictive, that’s not in my nature. As an emerging artist I also have no interest in lengthy court battles, legal fees, and the emotional stress of litigation. My wishes were simple - I just wanted the design to be purchased ethically, and for the company to acknowledge that they had done something wrong, and to fix it. To their credit they have. They have even extended an offer for future collaborations if that’s something that i would like to do.
The trend of art theft in the fashion industry has reached an epidemic. To any company, anywhere who at one stage or another has “borrowed” from the lowest earning, hardest working sector of society, heed this warning:
YOU WILL BE CAUGHT
WE WILL NOT TOLERATE IT
SUPPORT EMERGING ARTISTS BY BUYING THEIR DESIGNS ETHICALLY, AND BY GIVING THEM A GLOBAL PLATFORM IN WHICH THEIR ART CAN REACH THE GREATEST AUDIENCE
JUST BECAUSE AN ARTIST IS “SMALL” , THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEIR VOICE ISN’T LARGE, AND IS CHORUSED BY EVERYONE WHO IS SICK AND TIRED OF THIS HAPPENING.
and to fellow artists:
Protect your work, be prepared, and don’t be afraid to speak out about your experiences - your outcry could provide your resolution.
I am one of the lucky ones. I feel relieved that this is over, and i can get back to work on my group show opening in August.
thank you so, so much to everyone. I couldn’t have done it without you. Bless bless.