Spanish high street retailer Zara is currently under fire for stealing designs from Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen.
Tuesday, who has earned a cult following for her playful patches and pins, talked about the incident on her Instagram page. She posted side-by-side comparisons of her merchandise and those from Zara, and included a snippet of Zara's response to her allegations.
According to Tuesday, Zara has been ripping off her works for the past year. She finally decided to speak up about the matter when her attempt to reach out to Zara was met with indifference.
“I had my lawyer contact Zara and they literally said I have no base 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 said on Instagram.
Tuesday also shared that she had to shell out $2,000 just to have her letter sent to Zara. “It sucks and it's super disheartening to have to spend basically all of my money, just to defend what is legally mine,” she explained.
Tuesday has also tweeted about the incident, expressing her unhappiness through the following posts:
Meanwhile, Tuesday's supporters have been making their voices heard on Zara’s Instagram account:
“Super disappointed in your response to @tuesdaybassen. It's one thing to produce fast fashion inspired by high-end runway designers, but blatantly ripping off the little guys is so much lower. And to then effectively say it doesn't matter because you have a larger distribution/market? Zero points for class there, Zara. Definitely on this #boycottzaratrain.” - kittenhotep
“@zara corporate bullying and art theft is unacceptable.” - kkerley
“Pay for your designs and art like everyone else, you have the ability to hire people to create new ideas for your brand but instead you just steal!!” - zarhara.s.art
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