Forever 21 Plagiarizes… Again

Recently, during the month of April, Forever 21 has gotten many fans angered by their design in clothing. The store, which is disliked for ruining their clothing with cliche quotes, released new t-shirts and sweatshirts in their stores this month. Again, these items have their typical words on the front and back of their clothing. What is different about this that is getting fans and consumers angry? Forever 21 has stolen Kanye West’s clothing by using the same font and mimicking his style. Kanye West’s well known The Life of Pablo album was performed this past year, selling clothing merchandise also. This clothing line had a unique font which was called Planet Kosmos. Back in November 2016, Kanye West and Raf Simons both co-signed this font allowing them to use it on clothing together.

After the release of Kanye West’s most recent album, he has been performing it live in 2016 from August to December on various dates. At these venues, he also sold many different clothing which was specific and unique to the album itself. This included a variety of long sleeves, hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts. The authentic clothing itself sold on Kanye’s website for very expensive at around 75 dollars for just a t-shirt. On the front or back of the shirts had phrases such as “I feel like Pablo” or “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye.” It was well known for the different font that was not seen on any other clothing. Well, until now it is seen on cheap Forever 21 shirts that ripped off Kanye West.

This is not the first time that Forever 21 has stolen other people’s ideas, or plagiarized, on their own clothing. This has been repeated many times in the past, and Forever 21 has been called out on social media. For example, in February ForeverĀ 21 stole Thrasher’s Image result for forever 21 and sam larsonfamous flaming logo. Thrasher is another clothing line directed towards skateboarders. Instead of the flame saying “Thrasher” like it originated, Forever 21 slapped this font on the back of a wind breaker saying “Happiness” instead. This angered the Thrasher company, as they called them out for this on Instagram. This did not recently start happening, as Forever 21 has been doing this for years. In September of 2015, Forever 21 stole drawings from an artist in Oregon, Sam Larson. Many of his small designs have been shared with fans on Instagram, but they started appearing on the clothing of Forever 21 without his approval. Over the years, this company has done this to multiple other artists, which is frustrating to most.

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Kaws X Air Jordan 4

Brian Donnelly, or better known as KAWS, is an artist who started in New York. KAWS Image resultbecame known through his style designing clothing. He displays his art work through galleries including other paintings and sculptures. Born in 1974 in New Jersey, Brian studied a degree in the arts and worked for Disney after college. He contributed in well known animations such as 101 Dalmatians. Beginning as a street artist, KAWS later moved to New York and advertised his works on billboards and such. His career as an artist began to gain more popularity, allowing him to help redesign MTV’s statue for their music awards in 2013.

The brand Air Jordan started on November 17, 1984 when Nike was still a newer company and was not the grand, name brand we know today. To gain popularity, Nike Image result for nike air logodecided to look to Michael Jordan. After some time of convincing, Michael would later agree to sign a 5 year contract. In 1987, things were not looking good for Nike. After their release of the Air Jordan I, it was a huge success, but the Air Jordan II was not doing so well. Losing their two designers, Nike looked to Tinker Hatfield who would make Nike brand again from designing the Air Jordan III with Michael. Many years later in 1997, due to the strong popularity of Air Jordan shoes, the Jordan Brand became more independent as sub brand of Nike, still growing and being known for their quality, athletic shoes.

With background information of artist KAWS and Jordan Brand, on March 31, 2017 these two collaborated to make a new sneaker. The Spring 2017 shoe would include the Air Image result for kaws x air jordan 4Jordan 4 that would have a light grey colored upper made of suede. This sneaker is unique because of the glow in the dark sole with signature KAWS stitching inspired art. Instead of the Jumpman logo on the heel, this shoe has KAW’s “XX” company logo on it. Not surprisingly, this shoe was very difficult to buy on the day of release. It’s retail price was $350 but it sold out very quickly. Due to the high demand, this limited sneaker is being resold on websites such as Ebay for up to $2,000.

Where would a normal person find a shoe to buy like this? A high end, exclusive shoe like the KAWS X Air Jordan 4 is very difficult to find. Obviously, this show is, and mostImage result for online shopping likely always will be, available on Ebay, but at very high prices. On the other hand, you can still find this shoe in other websites or stores. Examples are Foot Patrol, END Clothing, Sole Fly, BSTN, or Patta. All of these websites are doing online raffles to give away a pair of these shoes. Although it might be a low probability of winning, it is still worth a shot for a shoe like this. Sivasdescalzo is doing a raffle on Instagram, and in-store raffles include SNS London, Titolo, and Trophy Room.