Today I came across an article tweeted by Lauren O’Neil (@laurenonizzle) of the CBC that caught my eye. No, it wasn’t another scandalous Rob Ford story (I think we’ve all had enough of those at the moment), it was a story about the popular Canada Goose brand apparently suing Sears over some ‘knock off’ jackets.
Now neither of these brands really appeal to me (I haven’t shopped at Sears since I was 11 years old, and Canada Goose products don’t quite fit my university student budget), but it caught my eye because I instantly knew what jackets were causing the controversy. Only because I totally remember seeing these jackets on display as I passed through Sears a few months ago at the mall and thought, wow those really look like Canada Goose jackets.
The original article can be found here, along with an image of the original Canada Goose jacket. I tried to find the imitation Sears jacket on their website however, it seems as though it may have been removed for the moment. But a similar bomber-style can still be found here. And it’s still an imitation because Canada Goose also sells bomber jackets.
Now I think both jackets are equally nice, and the price of the Sears version is obviously more appealing since CG jackets run about $700, but I think there’s a really sad aspect to this whole thing. Someone among the Sears design team (is that a thing? obviously they have something along those lines) decided, hey – let’s just stick a new logo on this money making design and let the profit roll in. Meanwhile, there are some really awesome fashion designers out there that are struggling to get their designs out because these huge corporations are too scared to take a risk. Lilly Pulitzer and Christian Dior are probably rolling in their graves. I’m all about staying on trend, and I’m not trying to say I haven’t tried to figure out how to make a CG jacket happen in my life; but as someone who has often considered getting into the fashion biz, it’s truly depressing to see the creativity sucked out of businesses with each new season.