west elm committed to artist design community stand up against theft

As fervent supporters of handcraft, authenticity and the art of collaboration, we watched an upsetting issue unfold when Lisa Congdon first brought this to our attention with her tweet on Monday.

We were especially upset when we realized that west elm had purchased a selection of ornaments from Cody Foster, Inc..

After quick coordination from the west elm team, we have pulled all Cody Foster, Inc. product from westelm.com and stores. (It may take a few hours to drop from the site). In a further commitment to authenticity, handcraft and collaboration with artists, west elm will not be doing business with Cody Foster, Inc..

* Due to the nature of printing, some of these products will still appear in our outgoing catalogs. We urge the community to join us to continue to support independent artists — help us spread the word and explain why pre-orders were cancelled and why the product is no longer available from west elm.

These ornaments will not be available for purchase from west elm.

copyright lumberjack cody foster inc steal indie artist mimi kirchner
These ornaments will no longer be available at west elm.
log cabin west elm cody foster inc ornament copyright steal
These ornaments will no longer be available at west elm.
canoe cody foster inc ornament steal west elm
These ornaments will no longer be available at west elm.
cody foster inc ornament steal striped arrow west elm commitment
These ornaments will no longer be available at west elm.

Thanks to our community for bringing this issue to our attention!

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Khristian A. Howell

October 17, 2013

Wow! This is impressive. Way to go WE!

Rachel

October 17, 2013

I will make a point to do more shopping at WE to support you! Thank you!

Erin

October 17, 2013

So if west elm thought the designs were ingenious enough to put on their shelves, will they be reaching out to the original artists of these items to license and sell their work?

Natalya Aikens

October 17, 2013

Excellent news!!!

Heather Torre

October 17, 2013

Kudos to you West Elm. Great News.

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