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Style Blogger, Fisayo Longe, Calls Out Fashion Retailer for Copying Her Design

British-Nigerian fashion blogger, Fisayo Longe, says fashion retailer, SheIn, copied one of her designs.

Earlier this month, Senegalese designer, Sarah Diouf, penned an open letter about the stealing of creative property in the fashion world, after one of her designs was copied by YSL during Paris Fashion Week.


Diouf isn't the only designer who's had an unsavory experience with a major fashion brand in recent months. Fashion blogger and founder of online retailer, Kai Collective, Fisayo Longe, is the latest to speak out against what seems to be a growing trend in the fashion world.

Longe took to Twitter earlier to call out California-based retailer SheIn, for selling a skirt, which she says, was originally designed by her company. The skirt, which features black and white stripes and a red floral design, has been worn by a number of other well-known fashion bloggers, and it appears to have been on Kai Collective's website since last year.

The skirt being sold on SheIn is practically the same as Longe's, yet she's received no acknowledgement from the company. Longe's followers have noticed, and many have expressed frustration with the blatant rip-off.

This is one trend that the fashion industry needs to let go of immediately.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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