Last month Ivy Style reported on the suspicious similarities between an inexpensive, offshore-produced belt by Lands’ End and what many consider the real deal made by Rhode Island native Kiel James Patrick (disclaimer: an Ivy Style advertiser).
The post struck multiple nerves, including domestic versus offshore manufacturing and design integrity within the apparel industry, and became the most trafficked post in the history of Ivy-Style.com.
Lands’ End was approached for comment but never responded. But it evidently took notice of the tidal wave of negative publicity that spread around the web via social media, in which many voiced publicly that they would never buy from the brand again.
This morning Patrick informed Ivy Style that he was contacted yesterday by Lands’ End, which said it had had done nothing illegal but had no plans to continue manufacturing the belt, though it is still currently available on the company’s website. Lands’ End also made overtures regarding collaboration, Patrick says. Sounding both shocked and vindicated, Patrick said he is uncertain what the next step will be.
Lands’ End, I think, deserves a tip of the hat for attempting to rectify what many clearly thought was flagrant rip-off, but most of all cheers to you, the members of the Internet preposphere. Your beacon was seen through the thick corporate fog. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
Updated 4/25 at 11:04 AM.