Forever 21 has defended itself against over 40 copyright infringement lawsuits by throwing their vendors under the bus. The company’s president, Do Won “Don” Chang, has said that their policy is to trust their suppliers not to break the law, rather than checking everything that they sell. So in order to cover all their bases, clothing label Feral Childe is suing both Forever 21, as well as the factory outside L.A. that supplied the copied design. The chain of blame sounds convoluted; whose fault is it, really, that Forever 21 is selling knockoffs? A lot of people’s, which is why it’s unlikely to stop anytime soon.
Feral Childe’s design, above; Forever 21’s fabric, below.