Sunday 25 February 2018

Zara pulls designs after being accused of ripping off a young artist (again)

Tuesday Bassen/Instagram
Tuesday Bassen/Instagram
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

A young artist has accused high street chain Zara of copying her designs in their collections for over a year.

LA-based artist Tuesday Bassen (27) accused the Spanish retailer of using near identical versions of her creations in some items of clothing for the last 12 months.

She is the latest in a string of independent artists who have accused Zara of the same, who once again resurfaced when she shared her story on Instagram.

"Over the past year, [Zara] has been copying my artwork (thanks to all that have tipped me off — it's been a lot of you)," she wrote.

"I had my lawyer contact Zara, and they literally said I have no [case] because I'm an indie artist and they're a major corporation and that not enough people even know about me for it to matter."

She included an alleged statement from the company stating: "We reject your claims here for reasons similar to those already stated above: the lack of distinctiveness of your client's purported designs makes it very hard to see how a significant part of the population anywhere in the world would associate the signs with Tuesday Bassen."

However, Zara's parent company Inditex has released a fresh statement to Refinery29 after the story went viral, saying they "immediately opened an investiation."

"Inditex has the utmost respect for the individual creativity of all artists and designers and takes all claims concerning third-party intellectual property rights very seriously," they said.

"[Inditex] immediately opened an investigation into the matter and suspended the relevant items from sale. Inditex's legal team is also in contact with Tuesday Bassen's lawyers to clarify and resolve the situation as swiftly as possible."

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