Imitation, it has been said, is the sincerest form of flattery. But in these modern times, it can also sometimes be the sincerest form of intellectual property theft. H&M has recently released items in its housewares collection bearing the message “You Look Nice Today” in black lettering followed by a little red heart. Look familiar? The artwork above was created by Atlanta resident Toni LaConsay and was meant, she says, to be “a small gesture that I genuinely hoped would make my neighbors feel good.” Now that H&M has begun using virtually the same design (sans the period at the end, a miniscule difference, at best), we can’t imagine LaConsay is feeling good at all. The story has garnered coverage all over the world wide web, and the reaction from consumers towards H&M is overwhelmingly negative. Many have written messages on their Facebook page stating their outrage. One comment in particular seemed to say it all, “You look like a Pirate today.” The negative comments have since been erased and H&M says they are reaching out to LaConsay to discuss the situation.
Will this change the way you feel about shopping at H&M?