Homewear specialist Rachael Taylor Designs is taking legal action against Marks & Spencer, after the retail giant was found selling clothing using her distinctive print.
As reported by Drapers earlier today, Taylor revealed the “strikingly similar designs” in a blog post, which included pictures of both her and M&S’ items.
M&S has apologised and withdrawn the t-shirts, insisting it bought them “in good faith” from an unnamed supplier. However, Taylor released a statement this afternoon (July 11), announcing her intention to take the retailer to court for copyright infringement.
“This design is my hand drawn original and has been part of my signature collection for quite some time,” she said in a statement.
“I’m taking legal action against Marks & Spencer as, not only has my design been used for profit without my permission, I believe in standing up for the civil rights of myself and anyone else who has encountered this in their own professional life.”
“It’s really important to raise awareness, to stop this happening to other independent designers.”
Rachael Taylor Designs’ signature ‘Etched Floral’ print has been sold internationally on numerous home décor products, including lamps, tea towels and greetings cards, throughout the UK, Europe and the US since 2008.
M&S declined to comment further.