Is this the most confusing example of “Adventures in Copyright” ever? The other day, super blogger BryanBoy was perusing various e-commerce sites for some new fall gear (as one does) when he came across a familiar looking sweater by JW Anderson on OKI-NI. The stripy cashmere jumper, from the designer’s fall/winter ’12 collection, was priced at an exorbitant £550 (that’s $852 to us Americans)–but BB knew he had seen it somewhere before. Oh right–in his own closet! He already owned an identical vintage J.Crew sweater, purchased at a vintage store in Paris “ages ago” for €25.
Bryan actually posted photos of himself wearing the LifeSavers-esque sweater on his blog back in March. “I feel like I’m on drugs for seeing the same sweater but I’m sober as hell,” he wrote. “I’m confused.”
So are we–the two tops are identical in nearly every way. Obviously, since the J.Crew sweater is vintage, it looks a bit more worn than its JW Anderson redux. But aside from that (which of course has nothing to do with the design itself), it’s the same sweater. BryanBoy even sent us photographic evidence of the tag on his old, moth-eaten sweater to prove the legitimacy of his discovery. As much as we generally love JW Anderson’s stuff, we’re having a seriously hard time believing that this is a coincidence. We’ve reached out to J.Crew for comment and will update when we hear back. Check out the side-by-side above: Is the JW Anderson version a blatant rip-off of old J.Crew?