It is not uncommon to see knockoffs - from Chanel purse knockoffs to dress knockoffs. And oftentimes, the original design company cannot win a fight against a copier. Also, these companies must investigate, track down infringers and pursue them for intellectual property infringements. The latest story is of the creators of the Emeco Navy Chair against Restoration Hardware. Emeco Industries, Inc. sells the chair for $450 with a lifetime guarantee. Restoration Hardware produced a similar chair with a similar name and sold it for $129. Emeco has legally pursued Restoration Hardware and Restoration Hardware has since removed the chair from their sales line. Read the company’s history on the Navy Chair HERE. One beneficial side effect of this lawsuit (you can read the Complaint here, with photos of the alleged infringing chair), is that now a lot more people know about Emeco, the care taken to build this chair, the quality of their products, and they can check out the other beautifully made chairs.
If you follow me on twitter, you know I’ve been reading up on “fast fashion” and though I partake in it at times (mostly because of budget, rather than fashion), I have belatedly come to the realization that the phrase “you pay for what you get” is so heartbreakingly true.