|Tori LaConsay 2008 Sign in Atlanta|
H&M is being accused of stealing an original design from the work of an American artist from Atlanta, Tori LaConsay.
In December 2008 Tori, from The East Village neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia painted ‘You Look Nice Today’ with a love heart on one side of a road sign so people could see it as they travelled past.
Tori found out through friends that her design was used by H&M on their home collection on things like bath towels, pillow cases and door mats, with no accreditation. The items in question were sold on the UK’s H&M site.
The artist wrote to complain to H&M got he following response from a customer service rep: “We employ an independent team of over 100 designers. We can assure you that this design has not been influenced by your work and that no copyright has been infringed.”
After that, she sent her history to the website Regretsy and H&M has now responded to the controversy via social media.
H&M removed the items from their e-commerce website and posted a further statement on their Facebook page on the 25 January saying: “We are very sorry for our customer service team´s reply, it is very unfortunate and we apologize for it. We are in contact with Tori LaConsay and will continue the dialogue with her directly.”