|Image: courtesy of AdamJK|
If Zara thinks acting like a stuck-up prom queen after being called out on their theft is winning them any popularity contests, they are mistaken. It's very disappointing when the largest apparel, and accessories retail chain founded by Amancio Ortega (the second richest man in the world, and richest in Europe) has to steal from independent artists and sell ripped-off designs when there are much smaller businesses out there contracting with these same artists following all appropriate legal channels to bring lesser known or underground trends to larger audiences. If these businesses can accomplish this task, I'm sure Ortega and his ilk can figure it out as well ... if they want to.
Original artists listed left to right:
Adam J. Kurtz
Maria Inges Gul
Big Bud Press
The list just seems to keep growing ... At last count it appears ZARA has lifted 42 separate works from other artists and reproduced them. For a frequently updated running list please visit ShopArtTheft.com, and support the original artists.
For your reading pleasure:
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(Adam J. Kurtz)
(College Candy)Zara copied an indie artist's designs but said it’s NBD ‘cause she’s not famous
Indie designer accuses Zara of stealing work, Zara says artist's work isn't 'distinctive'
(The Daily Dot)
Copy cats: Indie designer claims chain store Zara 'copied' her work...and told her they reject her copyright claims because they have more followers than her
(The Huffington Post)
Zara has been accused of ripping off an independent artist’s designs