Though it’s far from uncommon, it’s always upsetting to discover a fashion designer has ripped of another designer’s work -- or the fruits of an artists’ labor without paying credit where credit is due. Such is the case with a T-shirt currently stocked at Paul Smith. Jason Kottke (of the namesake blog) published an excerpt of a post from San Francisco-based blogger and designer Robert Hodgin this morning. It turns out, following a recent visit to Paul Smith in New York, Hodgin discovered that an original image he had uploaded to Flickr had been turned into a T-shirt for the British-born fashion designer, unbeknownst to Hodgin.
In his post, Hodgin provides ample evidence that the image was absolutely lifted. Fortunately, he likewise maintains a sense of humor about the bold graphic plagiarism, going so far as to sport the T-shirt himself. But, fact is, the fashion house owes him an apology. Or, better yet, a portion of the profits earned from sales of T-shirt that costs a cool $235.