Menu

KTZ apologises for plagiarism

By November 30, 2015Fashion News

After a wild party headlined by Travis Scott and the TCG shoe collaboration release, The Well is introducing the Case 02 Editorial, from its collection,  The Well Basics.

As an influential lifestyle and clothing company headquartered in a Downtown Los Angeles retail space, The Well’s collection can’t be anything but one-of-a-king gifts. The 28-piece collection features elongated tees, tanks, henleys, button-downs, flannels and an assortment of bottoms all cut and sewn in LA. Choose your perfect look between white, black, off-white, grey, brown and oil-washed tees.

RESIZEDEyJ3Z0_SLSn74hpIZN_DrHuyo88GtrscBTnh57kTscA
RESIZEDxb9o5nTYGa1aLjXjNAWx2ipBTvhudtnFI6nQ7OH60EQ
RESIZEDJ_TDolOA9uKJkre4vUkyO3H5Wm-9pWIDSO-i2fRqN3Q,qBMf3UK0Wk12JU8KVN6e6ki3yxv8W1LJVyPn3Lb9sT4

RESIZEDW_NzZjP6HJ0jbovOQP3_Amuovzw4PS_Hzvbz-tQDlfk

RESIZEDbfj0aNOgustTaieXFjd9pr_JPOsS1TxEi-OMY47lj2I

RESIZEDtl4qW8Bz3ABvp7UcMGAmjIyyIzbCq8M9hgWfRBeoqNA

RESIZEDuZU0Al6JV1BJsbpyzk-ybn5kRUBgSCOcWbJrhP7Bx6g

RESIZEDRH9_7uQD93FhGIjUkST6D3DglgP58RLbmo1CHvPypsM

RESIZEDAwZyrfPg5ZNCj9VAnQlW6wvVD_6CgkfhAsGf2AXeEm4

RESIZEDzxE6gH-_aRLdC4eCUjkTGr-sqjT4oYACOJL0KlRGN3I

 

 

The entire collection is available exclusively at The Well basics.
After a wild party headlined by Travis Scott and the TCG shoe collaboration release, The Well is introducing the Case 02 Editorial, from its collection,  The Well Basics.

As an influential lifestyle and clothing company headquartered in a Downtown Los Angeles retail space, The Well’s collection can’t be anything but one-of-a-king gifts. The 28-piece collection features elongated tees, tanks, henleys, button-downs, flannels and an assortment of bottoms all cut and sewn in LA. Choose your perfect look between white, black, off-white, grey, brown and oil-washed tees.

RESIZEDEyJ3Z0_SLSn74hpIZN_DrHuyo88GtrscBTnh57kTscA
RESIZEDxb9o5nTYGa1aLjXjNAWx2ipBTvhudtnFI6nQ7OH60EQ
RESIZEDJ_TDolOA9uKJkre4vUkyO3H5Wm-9pWIDSO-i2fRqN3Q,qBMf3UK0Wk12JU8KVN6e6ki3yxv8W1LJVyPn3Lb9sT4

RESIZEDW_NzZjP6HJ0jbovOQP3_Amuovzw4PS_Hzvbz-tQDlfk

RESIZEDbfj0aNOgustTaieXFjd9pr_JPOsS1TxEi-OMY47lj2I

RESIZEDtl4qW8Bz3ABvp7UcMGAmjIyyIzbCq8M9hgWfRBeoqNA

RESIZEDuZU0Al6JV1BJsbpyzk-ybn5kRUBgSCOcWbJrhP7Bx6g

RESIZEDRH9_7uQD93FhGIjUkST6D3DglgP58RLbmo1CHvPypsM

RESIZEDAwZyrfPg5ZNCj9VAnQlW6wvVD_6CgkfhAsGf2AXeEm4

RESIZEDzxE6gH-_aRLdC4eCUjkTGr-sqjT4oYACOJL0KlRGN3I
The entire collection is available exclusively at The Well basics.

Plagiarism/inspiration is not something scandalous in the fashion world anymore. What is very new is to see an apology after doing it. KTZ just did it.

SalomeAwa_ktz

After The Evening Standard have reported that “They must have seen it and copied it. They even called the clothing Shaman… My great-grandfather was a very powerful and respected man and he has been used and violated. It was disgusting to see a sacred design used as a sweater… We are a proud people and our ancestors and traditions are very important to us. The way they have taken and degraded this design is unacceptable.” The London-based brand wrote a letter to the great-granddaughter of a Canadian Inuit Shaman, to apologise for “stealing” his design.

This is not the first time KTZ has been criticized for using indigenous designs. It is part of their DNA to “been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world”.

For Awa (the Canadian Inuit Shaman’s granddaughter) the apology was “bittersweet”: “I’m kind of happy about it but sad at the same time. They didn’t even mention an apology to my great-grandfather and they didn’t even offer any monetary gains to our family.”

When inspiration becomes plagiarism? How can you calculate the limit between those two?

Here is the full letter:

Dear Salome 
Thank you so much for contacting us and for giving us a chance to express our point of view.
Over the last 20 years KTZ has always been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world.
It’s part of KTZ’s DNA to celebrate multiculturalism as a form of art and to encourage appreciation for traditions, ethnicities and religions’ diversity. 
At the time the piece in question was released (January 2015) the Inuit community was credited in our press release and online features, viagra for example on Vogue.com
KTZ is a very small UK based company – with a team counting less than 15 people employed across the globe and with ethnic backgrounds ranging from Macedonian, Greek, Portuguese, Polish, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Nigerian, Chinese and Indonesian. Our work is never intended to offend any community or religion.
We sincerely apologise to you and anyone who felt offended by our work as it certainly wasn’t our intention. 
We have already removed the item from sale online and will remove the item in question from our stores.
Kindest regards
KTZ

Watch the Fall/Winter 15 menswear show.