Charles by Charles David "Bloum"
You may remember my rant on Dolce & Gabbana Knocking Off Marimekko. D & G used a pirated fabric, which looks like Marimekko's famed Unikko ® pattern, which was first launched by the Finnish textiles firm in 1964.
Marimekko ® "Unikko" (Poppy)
Now Charles by Charles David is following suit. I don't know whether they believe they are ripping off D & G or whether they knowingly infringe on the creative property of Marimekko — either way, they are unprincipled fashion pirates who deserve to be flogged!
Don't get me wrong, I think the shoes are gorgeous. Had they actually used a Marimekko fabric under license, I would have already bought this shoe and been telling you to do the same. However, grown wise to the deplorable antics of fashion thieves, I first emailed my contact at Marimekko in Finland.
They had not been aware of the existence of this product until my email. Marimekko's representative confirmed that "the fabric used is not an authentic Marimekko fabric, nor is it part of any cooperative licensing agreement with Marimekko."
There you have it. Charles by Charles David joins my black list. I am disgusted! I have nothing against people buying "inspired by" items, but there is a difference between "inspired by" and "stolen from." I would rather chop off my feet than wear shoes which were so obviously an act of thievery!
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Photo sources: 1. Charles by Charles David at Nordstrom. 2. Marimekko website. Images used for illustrative purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. If you object to the use of your image, please email and I will remove immediately.