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Guess Pulls Tote From Shelves After Accusations of Copying Telfar

Telfar logo large bag. Getty Images.
Telfar logo bag. Getty Images. (Edward Berthelot)

Guess was called out on social media on March 27 for the similarities of its G-logo tote bag to independent designer Telfar Global’s famed shopping bags. Guess pulled the product on March 28 from its own channels, as well as retailers such as Macy’s and Hudson’s Bay.

Telfar Global founder Telfar Clemens has not commented.

Guess is the latest brand accused of copying independent designers as social media users and media outlets both directly compare garments, creating viral posts that lead, in some cases, to the withdrawal of the products.

Paper magazine first reported that Guess had pulled the item. “Signal Brands, [the handbag licensee of Guess, Inc.], does not wish to create any impediments to Telfar Global’s success and, as such, has independently decided to stop selling the G-logo totes,” the brand said in a statement.

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