Sunday, February 24, 2008

Scarf Faced Liar?

Did you ever have one of those colleagues who would always claim credit for others' ideas or work? 

My entire career is littered by unoriginal thieves of this ilk. Plagarism and intellectual property theft are daily occurrences. Therefore, I have a deep abiding distaste and contempt for people without the talent, substance nor integrity to create their own self-expression.

I've always thought Marc Jacobs was rather boring but produced well-constructed fashion. So it was a bit of a surprise to read that he has "gotten himself tied into a pretty tight knot" as described by Backseat Cuddler

A Goran Olofsson from Arvika, western Sweden claims that Jacobs has blatantly copied one of his grandfather's design from the 1950s.

The elder Olofsson designed the original scarf as a homemade tourist item for the town of Linsell back in the day when Jacobs was not even a gleam in anyone's eye. These scarves appear to have been exported to the US by tourists and somehow found their way into the Marc Jacobs collection.

Marc Jacobs scarf is almost identical in design with the biggest change being the alteration of the word "Linsell" to "Marc Jacobs since 1984". 

Wonder what Gosta Olafsson would have felt about this but the grandson is highly unimpressed. As the lone heir, he feels he owns the original copyright and declares, 

“I would guess that he had about a thousand of these scarves made up,” said Göran. “I wrote at the weekend and am waiting for an answer.”

Tut, tut.