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M&S withdraws t-shirt after copycat claims

Marks & Spencer has apologised and withdrawn a t-shirt from sale after a designer complained of its “strikingly similar” design to her own products.

Homewear designer Rachael Taylor yesterday blogged about the design, including pictures that revealed the parallels between her signature “Etched Floral” print, which she created in 2008, and items in M&S showing the same design.

Taylor said she had received “numerous emails from concerned clients, customers and supporters of my work” and said she had decided to go public “to not be scared… to speak out and protect what’s rightfully yours”.

 An M&S spokeswoman told Drapers the t-shirt had been withdrawn from sale immediately after investigating the complaint.

She added that the t-shirt had been bought “in good faith from a direct supplier” although declined to name the firm.

“We are sorry for any disappointment caused to Rachael Taylor Designs,” the spokeswoman said.

Rachael Taylor Designs is expected to make a statement later today.

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