There have been loads of copycats since this series of admittedly simplistic t-shirt designs, created by Alyssa Zukas, first appeared at Urban Outfitters in 2007. Most of the biters were clever enough to change things a bit, but not this time:
They even had the nerve to use the original Urban Outfitters product photography, AND Alyssa's name, all over their site. The original tees have "Alyssa Zukas" and a bio screenprinted into the inner neck tag area, along with Urban's made-up store brand "Spark in the Dark." The oh-so-clever counterfeiters actually re-typeset everything, changed the name to "Lovely Kate," and retained Urban's "Spark in the Dark" logo in the exact same location. You'd think they were counterfeiting Louis Vuitton bags or something with this level of detail, not Urban t-shirts.
In case the aforementioned link gets altered in any way, here's a comparison.
Alyssa's original designs, photography by Urban Outfitters
Counterfeit versions on the UptownGirl.tv website
Nice of the ripper-offers to give Alyssa credit and all, but this was not an authorized situation, and Urban Outfitters was not granted permission to relicense the design to any third party. Straight up rip-off, through and through.
If you like the designs, support the original designer by buying the designs from her Etsy store
Yes its a fun design that has been in my line DIRTYJAX for several years now and is currently a best seller karmaloop.com. The print used here features a foil heart and 3M reflective ink and retails for $32 - $36 retail.
This is mixunit.com's cheap bootleg imitation that sells for $16.99. Whats even better is this is THE SECOND TIME they pulled this shady shit. The first time it was basically MY EXACT DESIGN (they added hair to the female). I contacted them (owner Mike Rios), they apologized, removed the shirt and promised to write an order with me. That never happened but instead they decided to bootleg the design once again - IN MULTIPLE COLORWAYS! Maybe they thought I WOULDN'T NOTICE.
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