H&M “Inspired By” Artist

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?