There’s nothing newsworthy about a powerhouse brand stealing ideas from lesser known talent, but when it’s as blatant as what Versace’s done to LA-based artist KESH, such shameless mining is absolutely inexcusable. In summer 2013, KESH collaborated with American Apparel to create a full line of graphic black-and-white clothing all inspired by her solo artwork. Only a few years later, Versace has rolled out a t-shirt that looks like a twin to one of the KESH x American Apparel pieces, only priced at a steep $650 to AA’s mere $50. “Versace’s flair for contemporary prints can be seen with this statement t-shirt,” reads a description of the rip-off on Selfridges & Co. This really should read, “KESH’s flair for contemporary prints…”
Read a statement from KESH, posted to her Instagram, below:
$650.versace rip off.
sold out in 3 sizes.
what is this madness?
from huge designer labels to small boutiques to giant pop stars to fame hungry former friends. what is this? Why can’t these companies . these brands . these people create their own work?
why do these people think that everything that they lay their eyes on instantly belongs to them?”