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I Received a shocking e-mail from my dear friends at Hanna Bernhard this morning regarding the announcement of Iris Apfel’s line of jewelry for HSN.   There really is not much to be said.  The pictures tell the whole story.  I’m really saddened by this.  I have always admired Iris Apfel’s style.  There is just no good explanation for her to brazenly copy one of Hanna Bernhard’s designs.

See below Iris’s Toucan for HSN.

And the original Hanna Bernhard Toucan purchased by Iris.  Wow!!

A photo of Iris wearing her Hanna Bernhard Toucan….

Clearly Hanna Bernhard should be compensated for their original design.  Every piece they produce is one of a kind.  It makes me so angry to see Hanna Bernhard’s original design being put into mass production and they are not  even being acknowledged.

  • candice
    May 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    very disheartening indeed!!! it’s not right. hanna shld explore her legal options..


  • Erin
    May 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    That is out of control! I can’t believe that! Very sad.

  • mr.freddy's mom
    May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Iris is one my fave fashion icon and a person whom I look up in fashion. I remember I went to her exhibit in Salem Museum. I love her clothes and shoes! This is obvious that this is a copy cat from the design and colors. All I can say, an original is always an original. Hannah’s original Toucan is always the best.


  • sassenach
    May 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The HSN jewelry forum is very active. When Iris debuts I am sure people will light up the message boards about this. You would be suprised by the expertise their users have in jewelry.

  • Karina
    May 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    First time I have heard of Iris Apfel. Can you really call someone an icon for buying stuff to wear? People who make stuff and contribute new ideas should be icons. She is just a good collector. Obviously she cannot come up with new ideas on her own. Sadly, this is how business is run.

  • julian
    May 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I just want to say that it is really commendable what you and Jane are doing. A lot of people would brush this off and say it isn’t their problem. But you and Jane have put your neck out in order to point out a serious wrong doing. As an avid followers of both your blogs, I know that both of you are more than just two people who adore material objects. It really saddens me when I have conversations about fashion and all people can do is point to personal blogs and think that these blogs represent consumerism and should be looked at as something ‘wrong’. More often than not those people have never even properly looked at either of your blogs. Because fashion is much more than what most people can make of it, and anyone of your loyal followers know that you two are much more than what many people think. This turned comment turned out longer than expected lol. Just to end the note with, keep doing what you guys are doing because it brings a lot of joy to many people.

  • Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
    May 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Shocking. There is NO excuse for plagiarism like this. Iris and HSN should have known better! Lots of people have vintage or second hand pieces that they’ve considered recreating, but if you’re responsible, you do your homework and try to find out who the original creator was and subsequently get their permission or the permission of their estate to use their design.

    Sadly, lots of stuff like this has been going on lately. I just read about Tiffany & Company doing a ring very similar to Kiel Mead’s Forget Me Not jewelry. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from Tiffany’s took a trip up to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and saw Mead’s ring in the museum gift shop . . .

  • Alexis
    May 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wow – that is a shockingly blatant rip-off. I wonder if Hanna Bernhard would consider suing for copyright infringement?

  • Marla
    May 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I was trying to think, is there a way that this could have happened by accident, like sometimes people see something and they totally forget that it was someone else’s idea and then accidently copy it. But, it looks almost EXACTLY the same… it seems like it would be impossible for her to have made the one for HSN without looking at the original. Without some sort of explanation from Iris, you have to assume that she blatantly copied it.

    It looks like she has a lot of other things up for sale on HSN as well… why did she have to include this piece? Why not just sell all her other things and make money off of those instead of taking a risk on her credibility? Unless those are copies too that we just don’t know about yet.

    She seemed like a sweet old lady with a really cool style. It is really sad to see this but it’s good that you and Jane are bringing this out in the open.

  • Prêt à Porter P
    May 19, 2011 at 2:00 am

    A lot of times a lot of people coming up with these collaborations just spin off pieces that they’ve already had, for example, kate moss for topshop.Of course the craftmanship in no way will match the original.

  • Nikki
    May 19, 2011 at 7:50 am

    You know, I googled this whole thing after I read your post and saw that Iris is quoted as saying similar to having recreated some of her museum-quality pieces. Ok fine. So how about consulting with the original designers first? Or crediting them? I wear wear an HB piece in a second if I wasn’t saving up for a house now. What people need to understand is that if you can’t afford the real thing, get something different altogether. I’m a librarian, so you can imagine how plagiarism of any kind burns my boat.

  • letiziabarcelona
    May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for sharing, the truth had to be told. Very sad and disappointing story!

  • style odyssey
    May 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    hmmm…very wrong, obviously. i wonder how much iris has to do with this. whatever, it’s quite disappointing to see!
    as nikki commented: “if you can’t afford the real thing, get something different altogether”, i could not agree more!

  • Yvonne
    May 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! A blatant violation of current copyright laws protecting the original designs of artists. Under Section 102 of the Copyright Act, original jewelry designs are considered “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works” and are protected by copyright law. Copyright protection is automatic under federal law when the original work is created in a fixed form.