Perhaps this gets you into our mindset right now: When reader Jessica sent us a tip saying Forever 21 had knocked off a Marc bag, our first thought wasn't "How dare they steal this man's designs!" It couldn't be, because we're so unshocked at this point that Forever 21 would steal anyone's designs. It's like being surprised that Kate Moss smokes cigarettes. Instead, our outrage went something like this: "How dare they charge $30 for a cheap plastic bag that they didn't even design?! $30? Don't they know how much babysitting money that is?!" Although perhaps the inflated price tag means the shiny sack wasn't made in a sweatshop, a nice if wistful thought. Meanwhile, the original Marc bag, called "The Hudson," is sold out of Net-a-Porter, but 20% off, or $955, at eLuxury.
Adventures in Copyright: Really, Forever 21?
A reader sent in this tip--a Forever 21 T-shirt that says a bunch of nonsense in the exact same font and design as this Marc by Marc tote. We thought this was such a strange thing to copy. The tote bag is not even part of the main Marc by Marc collection, but a $28 "special item" available only at Marc by Marc stores alongside condoms and key chains. The tongue-in-cheek label hilariously reads "Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs." The Forever 21 Tee says something about "heritage" and "California" and blah blah blah.