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May 2011

Boycott Urban Outfitters for Ripping Off Indie Designers

I heart New York

I heart New York by Stevie K

The latest account of Urban Outfitters' ripoff of indie artists alerted me to the fact that there's a long history of such ripoffs by Urban Outfitters. It's really sad when what appears to be a relatively innovative chain does it off the backs of independents.

Amber Karnes shares her role in the social media exposure of Urban Outfitters blatant ripoff of Chicago indie jewelry designer Stevie K of Truche - Handmade Accessories & Creations. The above I heart New York piece, one of a series of such works, was blatantly ripped off and displayed on Urban Outfitters' website as Stevie K revealed on her Tumblr blog.

Web response was powerful and the piece was removed relatively quickly from Urban Outfitters' site but it's simply another chapter in an ongoing series of ripoffs:

Urban Outfitters Rip-Off Artists

Urban Outfitters’ rip-off goonies strike again

Urban Outfitters Steals Johnny Cupcake Concept

For Urban Outfitters, it’s bling there, done that

Are Brooklyn Fashion Designers Being Ripped Off by Urban Outfitters?

Urban Outfitters doesn't deserve the support of Asheville shoppers and as one of the few chain stores in downtown Asheville should be the subject of boycott at the very least.


Asheville Street Style: Downtown After Five & Local Steampunks

If you're familiar with Asheville Fashions then you probably know Alli Marshall's Asheville Street Style blog over at Mountain Xpress.  Because our interests strongly differ, despite the fact that we say we're working similar terrain, one could look at our blogs and think they were from different cities!

However, recent outdoor events have turned Ms. Marshall's eyes towards more of the kind of thing that interests me and since I'm pretty darn random at this outpost, I want to direct readers to the following posts at Asheville Street Style:

Kids and Converse: Downtown After Five

Steampunk 101: Local steampunks

The all-seeing eyes: Downtown After Five

Enjoy!


Firestorm Fashionistas in a Dance of Power?

Libertie Meg

Libertie & Meg at Big Love Fest

I checked out the Big Love Fest on May 1st hoping to find some creative fashion action but it was pretty dead on that front, at least, when I was there. So I was quite happy to encounter the two most fashionable members of the Firestorm Cafe & Books collective.

Libertie Meg

A Quick Readjustment

They had a rather playful, jostling moment which an old school analyst might have reduced to a simple power struggle and drained all of the life out of the moment, as happens far too often in left/anarchist political settings. But they seem more like friendly siblings at play in these pics.

Libertie Meg

Libertie & Meg

I actually rearranged the order to try to create a modest sense of that play. Hope I haven't taken unfair editorial advantage of Libertie and Meg.

Hmmm, that suggests another power dynamic but, since I rule Asheville Fashions, we'll leave it at that!