Zara has addressed illustrator and designer Tuesday Bassen’s claims that the Spanish fast fashion label blatantly stole her designs. Speaking exclusively to Vogue.co.uk, a representative from Zara said:
“Inditex (Zara’s parent company) 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. Inditex was recently contacted by Tuesday Bassen's lawyers who noted the use of illustrations in some badges sourced externally and on clothes in its group stores. The company 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.”
This statement comes after Tuesday’s story trended on the internet. According to Tuesday, this was Zara's initial response to her claims:
“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.”
Meanwhile, this new round-up shows even more of Tuesday's art copied by Zara:
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