Urban Outfitters Responds to False Allegations by Necklace Designer
Urban Outfitters unequivocally denies copying independent jewelry maker Stephanie Koerner.
One of Urban Outfitter’s core missions is to provide a platform for emerging talent in design, art and music. You can see this in the products we sell, the people who work in our company, even the music we play. This deep commitment to emerging talent has perhaps found its fullest expression over the last three years in our series of Designed By: collaborations
. The main goal of this program is not profit, but giving emerging designers access to our resources and helping them to build their businesses by reaching a wider audience.
We have also been supporting the Etsy community for years, buying wholesale from numerous independent Etsy designers including Yokoo, CelaPiu, Loyalty and Blood, We Dream in Colour, Laura Lombardi, Erica Weiner, Species by the Thousands, and others, giving them much needed exposure on our blog and marketing.
In her recent blog post and on Twitter Koerner claims that Urban Outfitters stole her designs or was inspired in some way by the items in her Etsy shop for our I Heart Destination necklaces. In fact, a quick search on Etsy for ‘state necklace’ reveals several other sellers with similar products (as seen here on Regretsy
) who offered their wares as much as a year earlier than Ms. Koerner.
We are not implying that Koerner stole her necklace idea from one of these other designers, we are simply stating the obvious—that the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be its originator.
Normally we would not respond publicly to Koerner’s allegations, but we believe the media response to her campaign is threatening to impact the dozens of independent designers we work with on a daily basis. For many of them, having their work sold at Urban Outfitters is a very positive turning point in their careers, and we will not allow their hard work and commitment, or ours, to be undermined by these false allegations.
We're going to continue to sell our collection of necklaces, and they'll be back up on the site and in stores tomorrow.