Fashion giant Zara accused of stealing designs from independent artists

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — More than 20 independent artists and designers believe their work may have been copied by international clothing company Zara.

Adam Kurtz of Williamsburg, Brooklyn saw an uncanny resemblance between a wearable pin he created in 2015 and one that debuted at Zara’s European offshoot Bershka a few weeks ago.

"It is a really weird feeling when your art is stolen, or allegedly stolen," Kurtz told PIX11. "Because it’s so personal, its creative expression, it comes from the heart."

Kurtz claims he emailed Zara and they took down the near look-alike pin from their site, but then he noticed other designs sold by Zara that strongly resembled the creations of some of his friends from the design scene.

He created a graphic that shows the original designs and alleged copies by Zara, the document has over 42 cases of alleged near duplicate work.

Zara, headquartered in Spain, responded to the allegations in a statement sent to PIX11 News.

Their representative said they are in touch with attorneys for one artist, Tuesday Bassen and “we are also currently investigating other allegations of illustrations used on badges provided by external suppliers on a case by case basis.”