It can be said that the issue of plagiarism is practically a constant within the fashion world. We have often witnessed the disputes of designers who copy each other, some more blatantly and some less. Sometimes, aspiring designers or emerging talents find themselves dealing with large companies, which use their work without permission. As happened a few months with Bottega Veneta, and now it’s up to Converse.
According to what is also reported this time by the well-known Diet Prada profile, this is the case of Cecilia Monge. Through a post with 2.8 million views and 800 thousand likes on TikTok, the girl denounced a rather problematic situation. The beginning of the story dates back to November 2019, when the 22-year-old applied to be part of a summer internship within Converse. It is a highly competitive program, which receives thousands of applications every year. To get noticed, the young woman wanted to present a project of her own free will: to interpret the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star 70 with a color palette that echoed the shades of nature of some national parks. Despite the brilliant idea, she was not selected, and with a little resignation, she threw the experience behind her.
However, almost two years later, the twist arrives: the US brand releases the National Park Pack, in which its flagship sneaker undergoes a chromatic variation. The inspiration? some sites like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. The similarities are all too suspicious.
In this regard, the Converse brand recently stated that the concept derives from a successful model conceived in April 2019 based on the Nor’easter storm map as part of the “Hybrid World” philosophy, based on exploring the physical and digital reality of modern life. Simple coincidence …