Amira Rasool, founder of the online retailer The Folklore
, accused the pop star last week of selling merchandise that ripped off its company logo, which sells clothing, accessories and other designer products in Africa and the diaspora.
Rasool shared photos on Twitter and Instagram showing cardigans and sweatshirts with the words “The Folklore Album” on sale on Swift’s website.
“Based on the similarities in the design, I think the MERC designer ripped off my company logo,” she said. wrote July 24th
. “I’m sharing my story to shed light on the trend of big companies / celebrities copying the work of small minority business owners. I won’t let this blatant theft be unmarked.”
As of Tuesday, Swift’s website no longer sold clothing with the words “Folklore Album,” changing it to the new designs they read, “Folklore Album.” InStyle reported
Rasool called the design change “a big step” and said she and Swift’s teams were discussing the situation.
“I commend Taylor’s team for acknowledging the damage the merchandise caused to my company’s brand @TheFolklore,” he wrote Tuesday. “I recognize that she has been a strong advocate for women protecting their creative rights, so it was good to see that her team is on the same page.”
CNN contacted the Rasool and Swift publicist to comment, but did not hear from him again.
Thursday, Swift announced
which he gave to the company of Rasool.
“Amira, I admire the work you are doing and I am delighted to make a contribution to your company and to support the Black in Fashion Council (launch on 8/3) with a donation,” she wrote in response to Rasool’s tweet. . Later, Rasool he publicly thanked Swift
for his answer.
Swift’s decision to shake him and correct the route contrasts with the way Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, handled a similar situation.
The country trio announced last month
which should say “Antebellum” of her name because of the association with slavery and instead of “Lady A.” But it turned out that blues singer Anita White has been performing for decades under the name “Lady A”.
At first, it seemed like the parties would be able to sort things out. But things were broken down and the group filed a lawsuit in Nashville’s U.S. district court in the middle district of Tennessee. The lawsuit alleges the group received a trademark with the name “Lady A” in 2011, after several years of using it interchangeably with “Lady Antebellum” for its goods and services.
CNN’s Lisa France contributed to this report.