Multiple sites, including the Daily Beast and Jezebel, have picked up Koerner’s story. Koerner is definitely not alone: It seems that this sort of thing has been going on since at least…2001. Both Koerner and Urban Outfitters have been contacted for comment.
Updated: Rich Tong, fashion director at Tumblr, has been in touch with Urban Outfitters’ PR team, who have apparently reached out to Koerner and “begun the process of pulling the items from UO.com.” We’ll continue to update as the story progresses.
One of my lovely customers sent me a message today with this link.
And here is my United/World of Love line:
My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the item name as well as some of my copy.
I’m very disappointed in Urban Outfitters. I know they have stolen designs from plenty of other artists. I understand that they are a business, but it’s not cool to completely rip off an independent designer’s work.
I’ll no longer be shopping at any of their stores [they also own Free People & Anthropologie], and I’m going to do my best from here on out to support independent designers & artists.
Please feel free to pass this link on. I really appreciate all the support & love I’ve received today.