Forever 21 Rips Off Indie Designer’s Print

Forever 21 just can’t keep its sticky fingers off of other people’s designs. Moriah Carlson and Alice Wu, the ladies behind the sustainable fashion company Feral Childe, claim that the mega clothing corporation up and stole not a shirt or dress design, but a fabric print with hidden teepees and crowns drawn into it. (You can see Feral Childe’s version in coral up top, and Forever 21’s copy in white below it). What’s the big deal? Well, fabric patterns can be copyrighted, and Wu and Carlson registered their “teepees” pattern with the U.S. Copyright Office. “How could anyone else come up with that combination?” Wu told Ecosalon. “Whoever at Forever 21 discovered our print and decided to co-opt it wasn’t looking closely and probably just assumed this was just an abstract ‘scratch print’ and didn’t notice our hidden pictures.” What we want to know: Why is it so hard for Forever 21 to come up with its own concepts and designs? Scribbles and lines shouldn’t be too hard for its cadre of in-house designers. I suppose they assume that indie fashion companies won’t notice their products being ripped off — or perhaps they believe they’ll consider it an honor? [Consumerist]