Monday’s Food for Thought: Truly Original?

Who doesn’t love to shop at Anthropolgie?  I mean really…I drool over almost everything in the store.

Who doesn’t love unique, funky, cutting edge and original clothing?  I thought I did and I thought I knew where to find it. But I had to think again.

My heart sank as I read this article…and then realized that there are dozens of other articles just like it out there targeting Urban Outfitters (Anthropologie’s sister brand).  So I googled ‘Urban Outfitters’ and ‘infringement’ and found almost a million hits relating to this mega store ripping off small designers and clothing labels.  Really?  Sigh…I don’t even know if half of them are accurate or just exaggerated, but either way it has gotten me thinking.

Thinking thoughts like:

“What does it mean to be truly original?”

“Is all the art/design/advertising etc. that I see around me really only a replication of something else?”

“Have I ever considered myself a ‘social-justice’ minded shopper?”

“Should I look into all the other companies I so quickly ‘love’ and endorse?”

Does this stir up some of those thoughts for you as well?  Please share!

-M.C.

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