Urban Outfitters Highjacks Brand...Again


Back in May 2005, we reported on an incident in which clothing company Crown Farmer claimed Urban Outfitter had stolen its designs and sold them without proper license. It appears the retailer is, again, up to no good, this time, with Johnny Cupcakes which claims the retailer has produced designs very similar to Johnny Cupcakes' which Urban Outfitters had previously seen but declined to license. It appears Urban Outfitters has borrowed heavily from a Johnny Cupcake bomb-dropping design. One time is, perhaps, a coincidence. Two times and it's time for Urban Outfitters to come clean.

UPDATE: Someone's started a blog called Urban Counterfitters taking Urban Outfitters and other retailers to task for their "borrowing" of other's designs.

by Steve Hall    Jan-18-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Bad, Brands   

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It does seem that Urban Outfitters is unnaturally wholesome and organic for a Gap-like chain. I agree. They should come clean and pay the right folks for the profits they're reaping.

Posted by: Dhaval M. on January 18, 2006 2:00 PM

My friend has been in a legal battle with them for years over an original design that UO had ordered from him for years, then suddenly stopped.

Whatta ya know they started making their own exact copy - not just similar - identical. He figures he's lost millions. I hope they get crushed. wankers.

Posted by: sid on January 22, 2006 8:50 PM