Acclaimed U.S.-based artist Electra Printz Gorski is suing the Australian Cotton On Group for allegedly stealing her designs.
Gorski says that the clothing behemoth “flagrantly” knocked off a clothing design she created in 2011 depicting the slogan ‘LETTUCE TURNIP THE BEET’. She has since sold clothing, gift wrap, prints, stickers and tote bags bearing the slogan.
An Australian-based Etsy designer noticed a Cotton On store was selling tank tops in Melbourne bearing the same slogan and contacted Gorski to ask if she had sold her design to the Australian clothing brand, which has over 1400 stores in 18 countries worldwide. Gorski then sent a cease and desist letter to Cotton On Group accusing the company of willfully infringing her copyright and trademark, and alleging that a senior Cotton On designer ‘pinned’ one of her designs on Pinterest three years ago.