in a long line of recent rip offs, one of my designs can be added to the list.
i made a necklace called ‘i heart’ a few years ago and i spent a very long time on the design – maybe 8 months before i was comfortable that it was exactly how i’d imagined it & i would be proud to sell it. (i ended up making a few versions, including one which, when curled into the heart shape, had the numbers stamped upside-down & another that looked like it had ‘ears’)
and then a lovely customer emailed me the bad news – 2 online retailers, one UK & one US have been selling the same design under different names.
sure the quality is not the same – i’ve always been pretty confident that it would be hard to remake my jewellery & make a good profit, cause they’re so labour-intensive…but i was shocked about how it made me feel when i saw it.
it completely broke my heart, (no pun intended), i felt gutted.
it seems pretty common to have original ideas stolen & reproduced, it was only recently that it happened to Made By White & Simon MacEwan’s lost in the woods, (mentioned in an article here) & maybe it’s just a casualty of the internet but gee it’s a horrible feeling.
i’ve emailed both ShopCuffs & LoveHeartsAndCrosses and so far have had a reply from Shop Cuffs saying that they’re sorry that this has happened, they’re not the manufacturer & they’ll contact them to see what they have to say. I’m relieved to have had this reply but now have to presume that there’s another player that is selling them onto to others. How many others?
if anyone sees these copies around, could you let me know please?