ASDA has come under fire after ‘stealing’ an independent designer’s Home S’cool T-shirts and flogging them at a cheaper price.
Faye Isaac, owner of Annual Store, was horrified to discover that an exact copy of her logo T-shirts was being sold on the supermarket’s website.
- Home S’Cool T-shirt, £18, Annual Store – buy here
The T-shirts, which normally retail at £18, also appeared on New Look’s website, with both being sold for £9.
Both the New Look and the Asda T-shirt were manufactured by a third party company Noisy May.
Taking to Instagram, Faye shared a snap of the copycat design with her followers.
She wrote: “They never approached me to ask if they could support me and work together.
“Sadly, I know this happens all the time. Thank you to all the lovely people who have taken time to message me about this, your support means the world.
“Home S’Cool is not just words, I coined this specific phrase nearly a year ago now. By turning a familiar phrase into a positive one.
“This phrase has supported our family through this pandemic and I hope, in turn, supported in some way or brought joy to so many families during these challenging times. A positive school uniform for the whole family and for our incredible teachers too.
“I hand print every t shirt and have done since the beginning, with help from my wonderful friend @helenhancocks when it was safe to do so.
“With the hours, days and nights I’ve put into this product and design to provide the best I can for my customers, I don’t want people to think this underpriced product is my own. I’ve worked hard over the past year to work towards printing on organic fabrics and I’m just about to move everything over to our high quality, eco friendly garments.”
She added: “We need to address big corporations taking the talent from creatives and using it to their lucrative advantage.
“They have the resources and staff to ensure this doesn’t happen. I’m not staying silent about this one.”
Following Faye’s posts yesterday, both New Look and Asda have since removed the listing for the T-shirt.
Fabulous Digital has contacted Asda, New Look and Noisy May for a comment.
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