Here’s an update to the post I made yesterday about Urban Outfitters ripping off Etsy artist tru.che.
Apparently UO went into a tizzy after they were bombarded with tweets and blog posts regarding their theft of an Etsy artist’s design. UO has since pulled the knockoff necklaces from their website and stores. Adding victory to redemption, tru.che has done a lot of business over the past two days (approximately 700 sales!).
This has given me a warm, fuzzy feeling I hope gets to last…
My heart has been breaking over the devastation in the aftermath of the Joplin, MO tornado. As I write this, the death toll stands at 126 with 232 people still missing. Add to that the complete destruction of homes, businesses, and lives.
Even though I’m 800 miles away, there is still something I (and you) can do to help. Therefore, I am donating $10 from the sale of each burlap banner in my Etsy shop to the American Red Cross. In addition, $5 from each sale will still go to the World Food Programme. I was able to donate $30 to the Red Cross after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and I hope to do the same for Joplin.
I’ve included links to each banner below. Thanks for your support!
Last month I posted a Covet for the “I Heart Michigan” necklace from Etsy’s tru.che.
Sadly, I learned today that Urban Outfitters stole her design and made a cheap knockoff. You can read Stevie’s account here.
Stevie, of tru.che, deserves our support. Let her know via her shop, twitter, and tumblr that you know what UO has done and you won’t stand for it. Also, let UO know that they’ve lost you as a customer on their twitter page or by writing their corporate offices (5000 South Broad St, Philadelphia PA, 19112).
If we allow large companies to steal real designers’ work, then pretty soon there won’t be any more real designers!