A settlement has been reached with high street retailer Next and fashion brand Scamp & Dude over claims that the retailer copied the smaller firm’s designs.
In a statement Next revealed it “will pay the profits from the design in question to Scamp & Dude, who will use the money for charitable purposes, including donation to two charities: Solving Kids Cancer and George and the Giant Pledge.”
Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder of Scamp & Dude, accused Next of “blatant infringement” of an animal print top featuring the Scamp & Dude signature lightening bolt.
In a post on Instagram Tutchener-Sharp said: “When a company makes £635m a year net profit, surely they have the resources to create their own designs and not take from independent businesses.”
Next will also be donating “all of the remaining clothing of this design to a charity for distribution to children in need overseas”.
Scamp & Dude, which creates clothes for kids and “grownups”, was started by Tutchener-Sharp after she suffered a brain haemorrhage and had to leave her children to undergo brain surgery.
This inspired Tutchener-Sharp to create a brand that “helps children feel more secure when apart from their loved ones”.