This past February we told you that Jeremy Scott basically copied a bunch of Santa Cruz-based graphic artist Jimbo Phillips’ work, put the images on some garments and called it his Fall 2013 collection. Well, it appears that Scott picked the wrong guy to copy because not only did Phillips sue him (we told you it was an illegal move on Scott’s part), but as of this week, Scott has agreed not to “produce or distribute” the collection and to pay Phillips a undisclosed sum for what likely amounts to copyright infringement. (This is great news for Phillips, but too bad Scott already has slapped a bit of the artwork on some Longchamp bags and distributed those – in “limited” quantities).
Bob Denike, the CEO of Santa Cruz-based skateboard company NHS Inc., which was a party in the lawsuit, put to rest any rumors that this has helped the brand, saying: “I do not believe in the idea that any publicity is good publicity. There was a lot of interest in this issue, but we do not need this type of PR to help grow our brands. It was actually quite damaging to us. We don’t want to be associated with Scott.” Ouch.
And Jeremy Scott issued the follow statement: “I regret that certain pieces of my February 2013 Fall Winter fashion line incorporated imagery that was similar to images owned by NHS and Messrs. Phillips. I now recognize my mistake and out of respect to their work and their rights, the clothing and handbags at issue will not be produced or distributed.”