Stealing from Black designers is an unfortunate truth within the fashion industry. Anifa Mvuemba, founder of and designer at Hanifa, took to Twitter to say that one of her most popular designs has been ripped off by a fast fashion brand.
“Only because this sample took me monthssss to perfect. This is actually crazy. I’m not going to tag or mention them. But this is crazy,” she wrote in a now-viral tweet, keeping the copycat’s name under wraps.
Mvuemba shared snaps of the copy on the fast fashion site, and compared them to pictures of the original dress, named the Jax Knit Gown, on Hanifa’s website. They’re nearly identical.