May 13, 2021

Two Artists Accuse Gucci of Copying

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SYDNEY — Gucci’s copying flak doesn’t end with Dapper Dan.
Three weeks after the Italian luxury brand addressed allegations that its cruise 2018 collection included a copy of a puff-sleeve bomber jacket designed by the Harlem tailor in 1989 — with a Gucci spokesperson issuing a statement describing the look as an “homage” — the company is facing more pressure over two artworks also featured in the collection.
At press time two artists who claim their designs have been copied by Gucci were briefing lawyers, after multiple attempts to discuss the matter with the company in recent weeks were ignored, they said.
At issue: Gucci’s white T-shirt emblazoned with a graphic of a snake inside an ovular shape made from three lines of bold type, the largest over the top reading “Guccify yourself.” The other design was a tote bag featuring a graphic of a roaring panther on a rock encircled by two lines of large bold type, one reading “Guccification.”
The T-shirt was worn by several models in the show, as well as by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele when he appeared during the finale.
Bali-based New Zealand artist Stuart Smythe contends the snake artwork is a copy of a logo he created in

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