PacSun Borrows New Ad Campaign

by The Editors on May 23, 2014

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The entire fashion world is based on clever carbon copy cloning. Big business lets the little brands do all the work and then when something starts trending they roll in and knock it off. Now, that’s what LA based micro label Echo Park Surf Squad is accusing our least favorite action sports mall retailer PacSun of doing.

Today (May 23, 2014), PacSun launched their new Golden State of Mind advertising campaign which features a slew of images of waves Photoshopped into photos of iconic locations where waves shouldn’t be. According to a post on Reddit this adding waves to photos is something EPSS has been doing for over a year. Above is photo evidence: top photo is EPSS’s original. Bottom photo is a PacSun knock off.

Here’s what EPSS says:

We’ve been a brand with integrity, sewing and making our clothes from scratch in Los Angeles since early 2012 and slowly building. It started off as a joke, us photoshopping a wave in Echo Park Lake and we just laughed. My friend and co-founder have been posting photos like this regularly on our Instagram account since then. . . Cut to May 23rd, 2014 (today) and I wake up to a bunch of emails saying Pac Sun lifted our entire campaign, our entire theme for themselves. . . Please help us get the awareness out there and know that NONE of your creative ideas are sacred.

We feel for EPSS, but also aren’t missing the irony of their complaints when most of their products are based on borrowed art/logos (Santa Cruz Skateboards, Powell, Suicidal Tendencies, Huntington Beach, etc. . . ) That doesn’t excuse PacSun’s “creative team” from blatantly ripping them off, but remember, PacSun’s highly paid marketing and design professionals are on deadline and under pressure. They can’t be expected to come up with their own ideas. That would be much too time consuming and in teen fashion it’s all about speed.

[Link: Reddit]

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