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!

west elm’s commitment to Handcraft
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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.

Lori Gunnell

October 17, 2013

T think this is FABTASTIC! Way to have a conscience West Elm.

Brooke

October 17, 2013

So incredible to see a company doing the right thing and standing up for independent artists! Good on you, West Elm!

Dorothy Reinhardt

October 17, 2013

Thank you for supporting artists and not rip-off artists.

Renee

October 17, 2013

Bravo! I, too, will make a point to shop at West Elm and avoid stores that still carry Cody Foster wares like Anthro/Terrain/UO.

Anna

October 17, 2013

GOOD WORK west elm! I am even a more loyal customer now! BRAVO!

Wendy

October 17, 2013

Excellent response!

Gianna R.

October 17, 2013

Really applaud this decision and you West Elm! Love shopping at your stores even more now!

Stuart Hills

October 17, 2013

Bravo West Elm for taking decisive action.

jennifer mercede

October 17, 2013

aWEsome!!

Ali @Inspiralized

October 17, 2013

Definitely a win for West Elm!

Gerrie

October 17, 2013

Love your integrity and not just because I am Lisa’s Mom!!

teri

October 17, 2013

I support any business that supports independent artists and those that refuse to support crooks and liars. Thank you, West Elm!!

Moopshop

October 17, 2013

As a large retailer who markets themselves as a purveyor of artisan craft, handmade and small run products – this makes me really happy to see you upholding your ethos and using your position in the market for good. You just earned the support of another customer (and business owner). Kudos!

Nicole Block, The Nic Studio

October 17, 2013

I’m so impressed with this statement and effort to support our indy artist community. Thank you West Elm.

c owen smith

October 17, 2013

Well done West Elm. Well done.

CSage

October 17, 2013

You’ve just earned yourself a new customer. So great to see you support artists like this. Thanks, West Elm!

Katie

October 17, 2013

Huzzah! A great victory from independent artists everywhere! It’s so hard to break into the market. Promoting your wares through Etsy and other online markets is an almost necessity for artists trying to get their name and product out there, but unfortunately this open-floor exposure can make you easy prey for larger (and less talented) companies who can obviously easily rip off your art, ideas, and hard work! Good job, West Elm- I hope you find some awesome indie holiday craftsman to replace the sheisters in time for the season 🙂

Christopher Simmons

October 17, 2013

Well handled. Thank you!

Isa

October 17, 2013

Seriously impressed by your swift action and your continued support of independent artists and designers. Thank you!

Nancy

October 17, 2013

Thank you for your authentic actions and words.

Dawn

October 17, 2013

Target could learn a thing or two from you guys!

brenda

October 17, 2013

good job + like the idea of supporting original artists so goods might be available again

Ernesto

October 17, 2013

This is really Rad !!! this is what I need it to make me feel better for the 700 dollars I spent last week at your Emerville location jejejeje, Viva West Elm for standing up for the indies and Amazing like Lisa !!!!

Caren-Marie Michel

October 17, 2013

Bravo!

patti

October 17, 2013

Never have shopped West Elm before, but now I will.

Carolyn Edlund

October 17, 2013

Great move – timely and the right thing to do.

Susan Najarian

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm, for supporting independent artists and their crafts!

Sarah K

October 17, 2013

Very glad to see this announcement, and glad to see public attention brought to this issue.

Patrick Girouard

October 17, 2013

This is great news and West Elm deserves a pat on the back for standing up for independent artists. I know there are a variety of reasons why this might not be possible at this time, but it would be great if you could sell work from the actual artists that Cody Foster & Co. plagiarized.

Laura Daub

October 17, 2013

Kudos to you West Elm!!! Great to see!

Sup

October 17, 2013

Finally, a company who has the integrity to step up when necessary. Refreshing.

Mary

October 17, 2013

Great! Will be glad to shop with you in the future.

Kathleen Maunder

October 17, 2013

Bravo! May you be a shining light to your fellow retailers. You’ve made a lot of artists happy today.

Sonya

October 17, 2013

What an amazing corporate citizen you are! Thank you so very much.

Cubicle Refugee

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm for taking such quick action and standing up for what’s right. I hope more retailers follow your lead !! Awesome.

Rebecca

October 17, 2013

Well done!

Michele

October 17, 2013

I have so much respect and admiration for the position you’ve taken. Bravo!!

Courtney Russell

October 17, 2013

This is wonderful news.

Lucky Day Studio

October 17, 2013

You’re one of the ‘good guys” West Elm!

Viola | chewing the cud

October 17, 2013

Well done, West Elm. Thank you!

victoria

October 17, 2013

Right on, West Elm!

joel

October 17, 2013

This is awesome news. A company that shows integrity and respect.

Jessica

October 17, 2013

Well done!

Denise

October 17, 2013

As an artist coming upon his booth several years ago it was shocking how blatant the copy factor was of a MD artist who had to take medical leave, a promotor of a huge CT retail show was walking by & exclaimed in excitement thinking the MD artist had been able to come back to work!!

Amanda Nelson

October 17, 2013

I’m so, SO pleased to see this. Thanks for standing up for the small studio, I’ll be doing a lot more shopping at West Elm in the future!

Heather G

October 17, 2013

I am so glad to see a corporation stand up and do the right thing! I applaud you for running your business with integrity.

esther

October 17, 2013

I am impressed. I believe one of the only ways we can truly vote in the USA is with how we spend our money. And WE has my vote!

Patricia Barrios

October 17, 2013

I want to become a customer! What an ethical organization!!!

Maude May

October 17, 2013

Thanks for “walking the talk” . . . more businesses (see Modern Dog’s suit again Target/Disney) need to follow your example!

janice

October 17, 2013

Well done!

Pat Dolan

October 17, 2013

Applause! Thank you, West Elm, for respecting all artists and proving it by your actions in business!

Shannon

October 17, 2013

Sharing this far and wide. Thank you!

Danielle Pedersen

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm, for taking a stand for independent artists! I’ll make a point to shop at WE and avoid stores that continue to Carry Cody Foster products.

Sara Jensen

October 17, 2013

So much respect for West Elm! I promise to shop there more often now that I know you are willing to take big steps to stop companies like Cody Foster from copying!

Catie Magee

October 17, 2013

This is fantastic and so commendable. I am so appreciative of this kind of leadership in retail. Well done. Very well done.

Ellen

October 17, 2013

Yay, West Elm! Thanks for taking a stand and setting the right example!

Kristin Calhoun

October 17, 2013

Thank you for having integrity! I’m sure you will thrive much more than places like Cody Foster in the long run.

Emily

October 17, 2013

Job well done West Elm.

Claude

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm for supporting independent artists.

happyreader

October 17, 2013

This is awesome!!!!!! Cody Foster, you’re gonna catch a cold, from the ice inside your soul!

Emily

October 17, 2013

Job well done West Elm!

lisa parks

October 17, 2013

you just won all my holiday business!!! way to go!!!

Erin Wilson

October 17, 2013

Y’all are the real deal. I don’t often have faith in corporations to do the right thing, and you just impressed the hell out of me. Thanks for doing the right thing.

Ginny

October 17, 2013

So impressed with your integrity and commitment to support independent artists!!

Kate

October 17, 2013

Bravo!

Alexis

October 17, 2013

Bravo!!!

Geoff

October 17, 2013

Why not contact the original designers/artists to review permission and royalties, then put the products back on your site? Everyone wins.

Diane

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm!!

Rachel

October 17, 2013

Thank you. As a handcrafter I will look to West Elm for my purchases.

Bethanne Hill

October 17, 2013

Artists and craftspeople everywhere say THANK YOU WEST ELM!

P. O.

October 17, 2013

wow! so impressed West Elm! count me in as another customer

John

October 17, 2013

Fantastic. I am sharing this with all 300 of my friends on FB.

Lilla Rogers

October 17, 2013

Well done, West Elm!

jHill Design

October 17, 2013

so amazing WE. this is very impressive.

Holly Abston

October 17, 2013

Wow, impressive leadership! Just earned yourself a fan and I will spread the word in my circles on social media and in real life thank you for this.

Sarah Fuller

October 17, 2013

Please track down the original artists and post links to their sites. That would be a big super cool move for West Elm.

Lindsey Paris

October 17, 2013

I will be shopping MORE at West Elm. Thank you WE!!!!!

Shari

October 17, 2013

It’s moves like this that show integrity and conscience that will keep customers like me, shopping wholeheartedly at West Elm! Thank you for supporting the indie artists that work so hard to have their own unique niche in this big, big world!!!! You rock!!!!

Cindy

October 17, 2013

The RIGHT thing to do!

Mimi Li

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm! We will shop here with confidence!

Allison

October 17, 2013

Excellent! It is wonderful to see a company doing the right thing! I loved your company before, and love you even more now!

Holly

October 17, 2013

Wow. This is awesome. I’m so impressed by this, and so happy to see that a company I already love is willing to take a stand against stealing from artists. You guys already had me as a customer, but you just gained an evangelist 🙂

Rosemarie Hanus

October 17, 2013

Thank you! I am very impressed that you have taken a stand on this issue. It is so very depressing (at the very least) to see your art stolen and someone else gaining from this thievery.

Morical House Garden Inn

October 17, 2013

Love west elm!!

SP

October 17, 2013

Thank you for doing the right thing, West Elm! <3

Anne

October 17, 2013

Good work, West Elm!

Sara

October 17, 2013

Well done, West Elm! Pretty sure those lumberjack ornaments were stolen from another artist as well, the amazing Mimi Kirchner: http://www.etsy.com/listing/151117152/classic-lumberjack?ref=shop_home_active

lesley

October 17, 2013

well done west elm. i’ve always loved the collaborations you do with artisans, especially your support of locals in each of your shops. kudos for keeping up with your ethics and following through like this.

jessica swift

October 17, 2013

This is fantastic! I love West Elm even more now. 🙂

Stephany

October 17, 2013

That’s great. And you should make those ornaments available from the artists who designed them!

Linda

October 17, 2013

Thank you for supporting authenticity! Customer for life now!

stephanie

October 17, 2013

much respect. i think of all the tasks that follow a decision like this (shudder) and feel so thankful that WE did it anyway, without hesitation.

diane hawkey

October 17, 2013

Thank You!

lynn

October 17, 2013

i would support West Elm in a heartbeat- you have my future business for sure!

Michelle

October 17, 2013

Well done.

Katie Runnels

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm!!! You have renewed my faith! As an artist that has been a dupe to Cody Foster’s underhanded ways, I applaud your decision!

Rae Padulo

October 17, 2013

As a handmaker myself, and in light of this event and the changes in Etsy policies, I want to say BRAVO, WEST ELM!!! Thank you, thank you, for holding fast to your support of handmade product. (Can you hear my applause from here??)

xo Rae

Juana Ryan

October 17, 2013

Proof that someone is actually listening to artists. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

DENISE

October 17, 2013

THANK YOU!

Red Prairie Press

October 17, 2013

Bravo and Thank You to West Elm! We small craft businesses sure notice and deeply appreciate when the big guys help our cause! Thank you for your commitment to hand made!

elizabeth

October 17, 2013

I have always likes a lot of products West Elm sells but now I will make a point of choosing to shop there over a lot of other retailers in my area (which include a number who have been also called out for selling Cody Foster & Co items). I think more retailers need to realize that where and how they source their products matters. I want to shop where copyright is respected and creative makers are credited and supported. Yay, West Elm!

Christine Phelps

October 17, 2013

Excellent! – as an independent artist this warms my heart. Great Job! Hopefully your swift action will have a ripple effect! Thank you!

Michael Evans

October 17, 2013

Really appreciate you doing the right thing. Thanks WE.

Tasia

October 17, 2013

Excellent! Ethical business is good business.

Jami

October 17, 2013

Thank you for taking a stand.

Leisa

October 17, 2013

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

Lesha

October 17, 2013

Great job!!!

Walter Silva

October 17, 2013

Well done! West Elm is now my favorite retailer!

Mr. Sir

October 17, 2013

Did you pay http://www.losttype.com/ for using windsor script in your header graphic? After all they are independent artists too.

Aaron

October 17, 2013

Hi — the typeface used in this post is Thirsty Script Rough from Yellow House Design.

jamie

October 17, 2013

It is amazing to know that a West Elm cares about it’s customers and vendors and not just the bottom line.

Mary Finlayson

October 17, 2013

Amazing! Great work taking such quick action and continuing to support artists and small scale production.

Tenaya Amelia

October 17, 2013

Yes! Awesome show of action in support of independent designers! Thank you!

tammie

October 17, 2013

thank you west elm! the artists of the world appreciate you!

Wayne

October 17, 2013

It’s nice to know you support authenticity. I look forward to doing my holiday shopping with you.

Jodi

October 17, 2013

way to go!

Mike McDowell

October 17, 2013

Bravo West Elm!! I will be in to shop with you this holiday season!

Tracey

October 17, 2013

I commend you for this decision!

jennifer cavan

October 17, 2013

Bravo! Kuddos to West Elm!

Michelle Rose Jorgensen

October 17, 2013

Great example, I will do the same in my shop. Its so sad because Cody Foster is such a great designer himself, I wish he would just stick to his own designs.

June Shin

October 17, 2013

This is awesome. I love West Elm!

Carlyn

October 17, 2013

I’m really impressed! It’s really nice to see a big retailer acting so quickly & responsibly. I’ve always been a fan of your products. I’m happy now to also be a fan of your ethics. Kudos.

Courtney

October 17, 2013

awesome!

Jill

October 17, 2013

Very refreshing to see a company stand up for what is right! Thanks for protecting the “little guys”!!

DML

October 17, 2013

A fabulous and prompt decision, thank you for acting. I hope others will follow suit.

Joanne Hus

October 17, 2013

YES!! SO refreshing to see a company doing the right thing! Count me in as one of your loyal customers for life!

Gayle

October 17, 2013

That’s great, way to go!!!

SashaK

October 17, 2013

Wow, I love you guys even more now.

Jodi G.

October 17, 2013

Wow! Amazing news and VERY well done!! Thank you!!!

Kristina

October 17, 2013

Thank you for supporting artists! It’s great that such a well known retailer is able to bring attention to Cody Foster’s fraudulent use of Lisa Congdon and other artists’ work.

Sonia

October 17, 2013

You probably lost lots of money by doing this, but it’s pretty obvious that you’ll be gaining a bunch new customers, with a higher respect for your company. Now if many other big companies could do what you’ve just done, that would be wonderful ! 🙂

Rebecca

October 17, 2013

Thanks for being classy and doing the right thing.

Marianne Wille

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm! I’m a big fan of Mimi Kirchner and was surprised to see this rip off of her artwork in my last catalog from West Elm. So glad that you are pulling these.

g napoleon

October 17, 2013

thank you west elm! you are now at the top of my shopping list!

Mara

October 17, 2013

Awesome West Elm!

Jeff Rivers

October 17, 2013

Great work, West Elm. You made a fan.

janeray1940

October 17, 2013

So refreshing to see a chain retailer show some integrity these days. I’ve done very little business with WE in the past, but hope to do more in the future!

Allison Waken

October 17, 2013

I’m sure this wasn’t the cheapest move to make but thank you SO much for your integrity and support. We need more companies like you.

Amanda Klausmeier

October 17, 2013

So impressed by your ethics!!!

Molly

October 17, 2013

Glad that West Elm made this decision, and I’m with others in hoping to see more independent artists on the shelves!

Rachel Biel

October 17, 2013

Excellent! This is great! Hopefully your move will inspire other retailers to do the same!

Laura

October 17, 2013

Bravo! Thank you for doing the right thing. Love West Elm even more now.

Erika {Delphine}

October 17, 2013

This literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, West Elm and Lisa Congdon, for taking a stand for independent artists. As an indie artist myself this day ranks as a banner day. Total highlight of my year.

Anne Holman

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm for taking action! Now, if all the other stores who realize they have been sold stolen designs will follow suit and stand up against immoral practices, such as that of Cody Foster, it will certainly be a huge victory for independent artists everywhere.

This copycat culture is NOT okay, yet it has become SO prevalent. A company as large as West Elm has the ability to get this message out there and to bring the awareness of authenticity to the eye of the public. As a small business owner myself, I thank you for your ethics!

Jennie

October 17, 2013

Awesome. Nice job.

Laura B

October 17, 2013

I’ve not shopped at WestElm prior to this, but in support of your stand against the theft of ideas, I will certain be shopping here now. Thanks for your courage.

Cathie Filian

October 17, 2013

Thanks West Elm! Long time customer who LoVes you guys for this!

Allison

October 17, 2013

This is really heartening news. It’s so refreshing to see support for independent artists and makers like this. Thank you West Elm for taking the time to make this decision and value the work of Handmade and Makers!

ginny branch

October 17, 2013

This is so impressive and I’m so proud of West Elm’s commitment to authenticity and support of artists/designers. I have always loved your collaborations but this truly sets y’all apart from the rest. Bravo!

Monica

October 17, 2013

Um, weren’t you legally obligated to pull the items once the copyright holder notified you with a C&D?

Also, if you’re so supportive of the handmade artist, why the partnership with Etsy whose site is chock full of resellers and has now decided to allow their sellers to shop their designs out to manufacturers, making them no longer handmade?

kel

October 17, 2013

Love West Elm even more for this!

Pamela

October 17, 2013

Bravo! Impressive ethics!

Molly Evans

October 17, 2013

Thank you Thank you 100X Thank you! West Elm, you are the best!

Jenny Holiday

October 17, 2013

This is so beyond fantastic!!! Bravo West Elm!!
Xo

Ava

October 17, 2013

AMAZING! You guy rule. Way to set the bar!!

Ann-Marie

October 17, 2013

Very happy to see this. Way to go, West Elm!

cleomade

October 17, 2013

Good Job!!

cathy

October 17, 2013

Well done!

Laurie Young

October 17, 2013

I applaud West Elm and support their quick response to this unconscionable situation. I will continue to spend my hard-earned dollars in the West Elm stores. I would Encourage the West Elm buyers reach out to the artists who created the original work and perhaps sell their products directly.

Kristen Hewitt

October 17, 2013

Your company standing up for the little guy, and for what’s right makes me love your store even more than I already did. Thank you for taking a stand and appreciating the value and work of artists. I will definitely be shopping and supporting your store knowing this.

Katherine Kelly

October 17, 2013

That is wonderful of you and to really bring it to attention what this horrible company did. Will continue to shop at West Elm for making this move!

janelle

October 17, 2013

Glad I saw this now.. Was literally just about to place a big order for my shop!!

Jessica S.

October 17, 2013

I already loved West Elm, as a brand bringing gorgeous furniture and decor to consumers like myself. Then, as a company that highlights artisans.

This action totally cements my loyalty to you. Integrity comes first!

Donna

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm for taking a stand in support of artists! As an artist I have been following the story and happy that with the help of social media these situations can go public. Unfortunately the practice is not uncommon, but I am encouraged that if more people and companies take a stand it will help discourage companies from blatantly copying an artists work and capitalizing on their designs.

Karn

October 17, 2013

I agree with this:

Geoff says:

Oct 17, 2013

Why not contact the original designers/artists to review permission and royalties, then put the products back on your site? Everyone wins.

xxxx

regardless, thank you for not ignoring this issue. west elm is now at the top of my list of places to buy from.

jr

October 17, 2013

Incredibly well done. Thank you!

Kelsey

October 17, 2013

This is wonderful to, finally, see a company with morals. Congratulations & thank you for not only having the integrity but the guts to pull these lines. Bravo.

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laura

October 17, 2013

High Five!

Rachel

October 17, 2013

This is great news. I have never purchased anything from West Elm before- now I will.

Taylor

October 17, 2013

“Why not contact the original designers/artists to review permission and royalties, then put the products back on your site? Everyone wins.”

No, everyone does NOT win in that case. Cody Foster should be penalized for their egregious plagiarism!

TerriH

October 17, 2013

Excellent move West Elm, this artist salutes you!

Aruna Kamineni

October 17, 2013

BRAVO, WEST ELM! Thank you!

meryl

October 17, 2013

You rock!

Barb Tourtillotte

October 17, 2013

Two thumbs up for this company with integrity!! Hooray for West Elm!

Tracy Carlson

October 17, 2013

You’ve got my business for LIFE, West Elm! Thank you for standing up for us! Hooray for indie artists!

Jenny

October 17, 2013

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

Lilla Rogers

October 17, 2013

We love you West Elm!

Shayla

October 17, 2013

AWESOME!!!
You Rock West Elm. Independent Artist / Small Business Owners like myself really appreciate your support and loyalty.

THANK YOU!

wendy addison

October 17, 2013

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU WEST ELM!!!
As an artist and designer I applaud your support of authenticity!!!
I will shop West Elm in the future with confidence in your ethics and attention to quality.
Sincerely,
Wendy Addison

Jules Madden

October 17, 2013

As one of the ripped off artists, this has restored my faith! Thank you! Jules from http://facebook.com/julesmadden.tummyache you can see my product on that page that they copied.

Michelle Russell

October 17, 2013

Yay! for doing the right thing. Yay!

Becca

October 17, 2013

Bravo!!! Hit Cody Foster where it hurts- as they obviously have no moral issues with what they are doing. Loved you product before…love them even more now.

Mike

October 17, 2013

Thank You West Elm for doing the right thing.

Denise Kester

October 17, 2013

Thank you West Elm!
It is hard enough to make an honest living as artists without people or companies stealing from us.

Carol Schepps

October 17, 2013

You have my respect!

Manette Gutterman

October 17, 2013

I question whether West Elm will reach out the original artist for future business, considering they were supportive of the copy cat initially….

Lynn Markarian

October 17, 2013

Cheers to you and thank you!!

Michael

October 17, 2013

Hooray! Way to go! I’m so glad Lisa has some fantastic support like that which you are providing! I’m even a bigger fan of YOUR store now also!

Kit Lang

October 17, 2013

Thank you so much! As an artist myself and a friend of Mimi Kirchner (original artist who made the lumberjack dolls) it was very upsetting to me that you sold these products.

Now I can go back to my normal state: loving and adoring all things West Elm. 🙂

Marta McCall

October 17, 2013

Thank you so much for being honorable, West Elm. As an artist who has been ripped off numerous times, I appreciate your stance.

Akiyo

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm!

susan

October 17, 2013

Definitely stopping by your store this weekend to purchase something!

Andy Mathis

October 17, 2013

Way to Go, West Elm!

Carrie @DreamGreenDIY

October 17, 2013

You are awesome. Just AWESOME! As a creative entrepreneur, you’ve completely restored my faith in the “Big Box” store.

Nanci

October 17, 2013

This is quote from their “About” page. What B.S.!

“When designing, I draw inspiration from many
sources but especially from offbeat vintage pieces and unconventional antiques.
Almost all our items are handmade, using honest materials and finishes.”

I guess one of those sources is other people’s work!

Tiffa

October 17, 2013

I am profoundly impressed; a quick, clear, perfect response to an awful situation. As I said to a friend, this is both a solid business decision, and the right thing to do. Way to go!

Lelah

October 17, 2013

This is great. Are the top doll ornaments ripped off from Mimi Kirchner? Her work is fabulous – I encourage anyone reading this to look her up.

Libby

October 17, 2013

Makes up for the fact the Bloody Mary Mix I ordered months ago is still unavailable. JK! West Elm is an amazing source of inspiration and products. Love their collaboration with Etsy.

Helen

October 17, 2013

Well done, West Elm. Thank you for supporting real artists.

keli

October 17, 2013

Way to go West Elm! This does not go unnoticed!

Jane

October 17, 2013

Bravo West Elm!

Terri Nelson

October 17, 2013

You just won yourselves a customer.

scribblenest

October 17, 2013

Very proud to be a West Elm customer and independent maker of handicrafts. Thank you for putting your money (or removing it) where your mouth is!

rachel demsick

October 17, 2013

EXCELLENT NEWS! Thanks WE:)

Christine

October 17, 2013

Great move! Sometimes it seems there is so little that can be done in these situations. You did the big and important thing that can be done.

Erin Turner

October 17, 2013

This is why I am a dedicated West Elm customer. Very impressed with such immediate action; well done, WE!!

Elisa

October 17, 2013

Wow!!! What an amazing response! This shows so much integrity. Thank you, West Elm!

Sharon McCartney

October 17, 2013

Thank you WE,
As an artist I applaud you, as a consumer, I will shop with you

Tammy Smith

October 17, 2013

Yay Yay West Elm!! You’ve got a loyal customer in me!

jessica

October 17, 2013

Thank You, West Elm! As one of the crafters they have profited from, I thank you.

suzy

October 17, 2013

Congratulations, I am so glad you have acted quickly on this, and that you are supporting independent creators and NOT supporting those who steal their work.

Tina Benavides

October 17, 2013

Loved you before, love you even more, <3

Karen from CT

October 17, 2013

Thanks West Elm-will continue to support your stores.

Maria

October 17, 2013

Congratulations West Elm for taking a stand! It’s great to know a company that supports the arts. I will definitely be shopping there. Thank you!

Shell Rummel

October 17, 2013

Impressed by your responsiveness, West Elm. Well done.

Sherry London

October 17, 2013

Bravo!!!!

Rick Eddy

October 17, 2013

This is horrible that West Elm would pull products with out knowing all the facts in the case! I do not believe the stories posted on the media! A lot of what is on the internet is not true & I think that this is another one. It is beyond belief that social media would impact a store (west elm) that I thought had class. I guess I’M wrong I will not be shopping at West Elm!

Rick

October 17, 2013

This is horrible that West Elm would pull products with out knowing all the facts in the case! I do not believe the stories posted on the media! A lot of what is on the internet is not true & I think that this is another one. It is beyond belief that social media would impact a store (west elm) that I thought had class. I guess I’M wrong I will not be shopping at West Elm!

jenny

October 17, 2013

wow!
i’ll make sure to do some christmas shopping at west elm this year!
thank you for fighting the good fight!

Barb

October 17, 2013

This is terrible news. I have never seen such horrible cyber bullying in my life! Now a company has supported this. I think it is the wrong move for West Elm. West ELM supports bullying, people being harassed & death threats! I will never go to West Elm & I will tell everyone of this story!

Jean

October 17, 2013

After reading all the information I HATE West ELM!

Swirly Designs

October 17, 2013

The artist community thanks you WEST ELM xoxo

John

October 17, 2013

Shame on you West Elm!

Marie

October 17, 2013

I am against this story! I think this is way too extreme to be true. I can’t fathom the reason why West Elm would get sucked into social media.

George

October 17, 2013

This is totally unethical & trashy! Why would any company want to associate themselves with the nasty blog of Lisa Congdon! Did West Elm actually read all the posts on her page. People are crazy & fooled.

Martha

October 17, 2013

I’m really pleased about this. I will definitely be more likely to shop West Elm now!

Robyn

October 17, 2013

This makes me like West Elm even more after hearing seeing how this situation was handled.

Melissa Crowe

October 17, 2013

Wonderful! And I will become an even more enthusiastic customer of West Elm!

Mary Tanana

October 17, 2013

WTG West Elm! thanks for supporting the “real” creatives!!

Kathi Roussel

October 17, 2013

West Elm– I salute you! Thank you for operating with integrity and for supporting artists and handmade work. You did the right thing removing the Cody Foster rip offs from your stock. Hopefully this will send a message to Cody Foster and those companies that operate in bad faith by stealing independent artist’s work. Thank you! Thank you!

Laura K Aiken

October 17, 2013

Thank you!

Al

October 17, 2013

Thank you for sticking up for independent artists! I hope you’re one of many who take this step. Will be saving your site for browsing and buying 🙂

jengoff

October 17, 2013

THIS IS RAD! THANK YOU!!!

Janie Bynum

October 17, 2013

Thank you, thank you. Love you more now. I hope more retailers can follow your lead with this kind of integrity and commitment to authenticity. —from another artist

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

October 17, 2013

This is SO great…bravo!

Charlie

October 17, 2013

Thank you, West Elm!

Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald

October 17, 2013

As a full time artist I Thank you!

becka

October 17, 2013

Bravo. Thank you for supporting the artists. West Elm is a class act.

Wendy addison

October 17, 2013

A BIG THANK YOU!!!! For standing up for the true creatives in the design industry!!!! West elm is the best!!! You will get my patronage from now on,

Jenny

October 17, 2013

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.

kimi

October 17, 2013

Yay for doing the right thing — I’ve always loved West Elm, love you even more!

Susan Molnar

October 17, 2013

Well done! You’ve certainly earned my respect.

Goemon

October 17, 2013

Bravo!

shannon berrey

October 17, 2013

Fantastic job, West Elm!!!

Kate Spain

October 17, 2013

Bravo! What an admirable testament to your company’s integrity.

Klay

October 17, 2013

Way to be! Congratulations on being an amazing role model and for standing up for what’s right!

shana

October 17, 2013

amazing!! i’m thrilled to hear that despite much evidence to the contrary in the corporate world, integrity abounds with your company. excited that your new store will be opening by me any day.

thank you!

Brett

October 17, 2013

Hats off to you folks for doing this. The handmade community needs more large retailers willing to take a stand for what we call in the LAB: #DesignRespect: http://www.iamthelab.com/design-respect/ This is a small but welcomed victory for the handmade community.

Monna

October 17, 2013

Wow!!! Impressed

Teresa

October 17, 2013

Kudos West Elm!! Thank you for stepping up and doing the right thing! You just earned a big fan!

Monna Morton

October 17, 2013

I knew there was a reason I love West Elm!

ez

October 17, 2013

why not buy the art from the original artists instead?

laura

October 17, 2013

THIS artist will shop and promote West Elm!!!
THANK YOU!!!
~ Laura of SilverFreckles.com

Donni Webber

October 18, 2013

Very impressive, West Elm. I wish other large retailers in similar situations would behave with the same integrity. I will go out of my way to shop at West Elm
Donni of Fairyfolk and The Magic Onions

Karolina

October 18, 2013

Thank you West Elm for doing the right thing! Re: those negative posts on this, the story true you can check it out on a number of sites besides Lisa Congdon’s – ask around in the artist community and you’ll find this kind of blatant rip of is unfortunately not all that unusual. And as to the poster who referred to Lisa Congdon’s blog as nasty – What are you talking about?!? She posts about art, silly ~

alexia

October 18, 2013

Well done. One more reason I love WE.

Susan

October 18, 2013

Thanks! This is a very good move and I am really proud of West Elm!

Amber

October 18, 2013

Hooray West Elm!

Brian Sherwin

October 18, 2013

Her designs are not authentic though. She clearly borrowed from Nordic designs elements even though in her article she states that it all came from her imagination. I call foul. I also see a connection to Inuit design and mythology. We are talking about universal patterns and designs that are rooted in several cultures. The same can be said for the entire concept in general — look up Nordic and Scandinavian folklore. There is nothing original here. Heck, the design elements are strikingly similar to Native American designs as well. Not to mention that such imagery has graced the pages of fantasy novels for decades!

I’m not exactly siding with Cody Foster. In fact, I’ve never heard of him or his company until an associate of mine sent me a link to Congdon’s blog. I strongly support copyright law. However, this situation — from both sides of the fence — involves a lot of ‘borrowed’ cultural, mythological, and design elements. My experience dictates that Congdon does not have much to walk on IF Foster’s legal team connects those dots. I wrote about it here – http://faso.com/theartedge/66675/lets-have-an-artgument-you-stole-my-idea-lisa-congdon-vs-cody-foster-and-company

Romy

October 18, 2013

Integrity and capitalism are compatible after all! Thanks for taking the high road, West Elm. I’ve never been to your store,, but clearly that’s about to change.

Someone somewhere

October 18, 2013

West elm you guys still don’t impress me.
It’s an obvious PR stunt you’re pulling and the herd effect certainly works.

Everyone’s going on about how good you are, truth is, you still work with other retailers
who just haven’t been exposed yet.

Leveraging the story of the media regarding this incident and showing the whole world how good you are by ax’ing any business with these guys is half way.

You’ll get my applause when you’ll start supporting your local artists.

Showing off and taking pride in your actions concerning this particular corporation just after its been exposed doesn’t impress me. Truthfully, it surprises me that it impresses anyone.

Aaron

October 18, 2013

We appreciate everyone’s opinions! Sorry “Someone somewhere” that you feel this way. If you have a chance, please check out the $35 million handcrafted commitment we recently made, supporting artisans locally and around the world. We can assure you, it’s not a PR stunt.

And if you are in New York or Atlanta keep an eye on our stores there as we roll out local assortments in the next few weeks. This is a pilot that we are working to replicate across the country, continuing to support artisans and makers in our own backyards.

Anna’s Ceramics

October 18, 2013

good on you!!

Jean

October 18, 2013

Its great that that West Elm pulled Cody Foster’s items off.
But what about pulling off all the other items that West Elm ripped off themselves?!?!?! Calling out Cody Foster’s wrong doing does not make them a hero or any more respectable of a company especially when West Elm still does the same thing with hundreds of items!!!

I was sad to see (but knew we had it coming) some dipped flatwares at West Elm just last week that looked a lot like our dipped servers, which we started in 2010. It’s different shapes but the concept is pretty much the same.
ours: http://ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com/items-in-shop/superior-servers

Westelms: h ttp://www.westelm.com/products/mrk-dipped-flatware-red-d1038/?pkey=e%7Cflatware%7C18%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C11&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

If you see works that you like, why not just send us a simple email and collaborate? versus ripping them off? We would have been more than happy to work with you if you even tried to contact us.
If West Elm see the injustice in what Cody Foster is doing, then West Elm themselves SHOULD STOP ripping off other people’s work off themselves, too, and not be a hypocrite.

Link Love / 04 | The Barn

October 18, 2013

[…] company that supports authenticity. Way to go West […]

Janet Goff

October 18, 2013

Thank you for your honesty and for supporting artists who work so hard at their craft. Because of your integrity I will continue to support you and shop at West Elm. THANK YOU!

A little Moregeous curation before the West Elm UK store hits our shores | MOREGEOUS : Making Homes More Than Gorgeous

October 18, 2013

[…] in Twitter yesterday was a link to a blog post written by west elm themselves entitled We Love Authenticity, distancing themselves from a previously worked with designer/company after it was discovered there […]

Karine Fortier

October 18, 2013

Bravo! Really impressed 🙂

Worthy of the Week | Oh hey, what's up?

October 18, 2013

[…] Well done, West Elm. […]

Colleen Attara

October 18, 2013

I feel so good about shopping in your stores!!!!! Integrity so matters……!!!!!!

Abigail

October 18, 2013

Thank you so much west elm! I saw that blog post too! What a shame! Thank you for taking a stand! Faithful shopper forever!

Terrill

October 18, 2013

love West Elm even more now! Thanks so much for the integrity!

sarah

October 18, 2013

This is great.
I would love to be able to support the REAL artists behind this work. Anyone know where to buy these items?

Thanks

Aaron

October 18, 2013

Hi Sarah — the lumberjack photo links to the Etsy shop of Mimi Kirchner.

Lana Manis

October 18, 2013

How wonderful to see West Elm recognizing the importance of supporting independent artists!

Seafayer

October 18, 2013

Have always liked WE products, but I am impressed with their integrity now, above all.

Marita Torbick

October 18, 2013

I totally support West Elm response. Well done!

Amanda

October 18, 2013

Fantastic turn around West Elm, I love you even more now!

Emily Pearce

October 18, 2013

Thank you, West Elm! I hope in the future you’ll be more careful to check out your suppliers, and yes, you should partner with the original artists.

Dawn

October 18, 2013

Ok, at the risk of redundancy, thanks west elm. Those of us who make our living “making stuff”. Salute you!

Meanderings | Flee Fly Flown

October 18, 2013

[…] Nice work, West Elm. I love authenticity, […]

Kelli Austin

October 18, 2013

West Elm, you have done the right and noble thing. You will be blessed many times over for this effort. Thank you!

Soja

October 18, 2013

Thank you, West Elm. I will be making an extra shopping trip to West Elm this season.

Soja

October 18, 2013

Hold the phone.
Aaron – I’d like to see a response to Jean’s 10/18 comment.

Mary Garner-Mitchell

October 18, 2013

I miss your store in Richmond VA … But THANK YOU so much for doing right by independent artists and our creative industry as a whole.

christi

October 18, 2013

WEST ELM has been a champion of handmade with their pop-ups and now again by supporting Lisa Cogdon – thank you!

BJ

October 18, 2013

SO, West Elm, WILL YOU BE CONTACTING THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS TO BUY THESE DESIGNS DIRECTLY FROM THEM? Please do! And please answer our question. A few people here have asked the same thing. Thank you.

Valerie Claff

October 18, 2013

Thank you for really walking your talk, West Elm. I am an artist and will feel good about shopping with you from now on.

Sharyn Sowell

October 18, 2013

I, too, will shop you even more for your not-just-for-show doing the right thing. Thank you for supporting the artist community. We will in turn support you with enthusiasm.

Andrea Porter

October 18, 2013

Thank you West Elm! This means a lot to the handmade community and hopefully the larger community as well

Alicia

October 18, 2013

Thank you for doing the right thing.

Gina

October 18, 2013

Fantastic! Well done!

Maureen Smullen

October 18, 2013

I want to cry. I am so thrilled that someone supports us little guys! This is amazing and…Impossible to express how grateful I am!

Beth Picard

October 18, 2013

I have always loved West Elm, but as an artist- you just became MY FAVORITE STORE!!! I wish more were like you!!!

Cori

October 18, 2013

I’m going to do much of my holiday shopping at West Elm now because of this. BRAVO!

8 Things of Note | Clementine Daily

October 18, 2013

[…] supporters of handcraft, authenticity and the art of collaboration. West Elm’s quick reaction to ripped-off […]

Karen

October 18, 2013

Way to Go West Elm…I loved you before now I love you even more!!!!

Fred B. Mullett

October 18, 2013

I applaud the decision. Maintain this philosphy, please.

#DesignRespect: Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Often | IAMTHELAB | Your Handmade Laboratory

October 18, 2013

[…] the real win came when West Elm got the hint and decided to pull all of Cody Foster & Co’s products from off its shelves […]

Peter Phillips

October 18, 2013

Kudos to West Elm! This is very impressive. I do not usually shop at West Elm, but will will make a point to by something there this holiday season and will make sure to get my shopaholic friends to spend big $$$ there this year.

Jo in NZ

October 18, 2013

You just won yourself another customer.

On stealing ideas | thecre8ive

October 18, 2013

[…] among the hordes of bloggers who have helped to spread the word. And guys, it’s working. West Elm and Fab (I loved seeing this on their site) have both pulled Cody Foster items from their holiday […]

Yaco Roca

October 18, 2013

Great move, quite decent of you to support originality.

aimee

October 18, 2013

I’m a big fan of Lisa’s work and really happy to read this post. Bravo to WE for standing up for artists!

Artists everywhere

October 18, 2013

Wow! Very responsible and impressive. I might come back to West Elm now!

Lara

October 19, 2013

Thank you, West Elm!!! As a consume who cares, I applaud you.

Kathy

October 19, 2013

Kudos to you, West Elm!

Cindy Ohara

October 19, 2013

I hope other retailers will act with the integrity that you have shown by this decision. WTG West Elm!

West Elm pulls all Cody Foster products following copycat accusations – New 2000 | New 2000

October 19, 2013

[…] posts eventually went viral, capturing the attention of West Elm, who recently made a $35-million commitment to hand-crafted goods and regularly showcases the work […]

Colina

October 19, 2013

Absolutely did not expect any big company to do the right thing in this situation! The fact you have is wonderful, and you have a new customer! I have bookmarked you for my X-mas shopping so that any loss for having done the right thing, will come back in even better sales! It’s hard to not to want to buy from a company, that in this day and age, has dignity! I will make it a point to start my shopping with your company first!

Cara H

October 19, 2013

Bravo, West Elm! Thank you for taking this seriously and taking such quick action in removing these rip-offs. You just won a new customer!

Jessica

October 19, 2013

Thank you, West Elm, for supporting independent artists!

Lori

October 19, 2013

Bravo! Thank you for being brave enough to do what is right, for standing up for independent artists, and for sharing the story! Bravo!!!

Patricia Griffin

October 19, 2013

I’m yours! Thank you West Elm!

Jody Smith

October 19, 2013

Smart and kind. That is the way to run a business. I will recommend you to my friends. Great job!

Oakland artist’s work was stolen for profit–and she fought back « Oakland Local

October 19, 2013

[…] of the piracy–were pulling Cody & Foster items from their stores and catalogs. West Elm immediately pulled their goods from their line, saying “We love […]

Lonnie

October 19, 2013

Thank you for taking a stand and doing the right thing!

Lindy

October 19, 2013

so amazed at the significant actions you talk in support of artists thank you love you

West Elm pulls all Cody Foster products following copycat accusations | Digital News Daily CA

October 19, 2013

[…] posts eventually went viral, capturing the attention of West Elm, who recently made a $35-million commitment to hand-crafted goods and regularly showcases the work […]

Camille

October 19, 2013

Thank you for supporting independent artists! Will keep shopping at westelm!

ripped off again | Doll

October 19, 2013

[…] Elm reacted quickly once the story came […]

Bridget

October 19, 2013

A very good decision and I will happily shop at West Elm this holiday season!

Bri

October 19, 2013

definitely making it a point to shop at WE more. sp proud of you guys for taking a stand. well done.

Create & Thrive : Sunday Reading {Week 42, 2013} | Create & Thrive

October 19, 2013

[…] We Love Authenticity – West Elm {On the Lisa Congden Cody Foster horribleness} […]

Patti Gay

October 19, 2013

What WE has done will be what makes a difference in companies doing this. Great Move. Thank You!

Jean

October 19, 2013

Aaron, I see that West Elm have invested a lot into this new artisan program, which is great. But I still see a lot of things that looks like other people’s product made by West Elm.
SO I ask why be a little bit less worse than Cody Foster when you guys can just be a GREAT company by working with more designers and artists and not be the company who practice authenticity only part of the time.
We were actually contacted by west elm little over a year ago, that you guys are interested in making our servers but for flatwares. our pricing to make them ourselves would have been too high for you, so that was that. we didn’t even get the opportunity to do licensing work with WE, as that’s something we would have been happy to do.
we’re a small design studio, and know that we can’t legally fight big companies. All we hope that our voices gets heard.

Jean

October 19, 2013

Our NOT so great experience as a designer working with West Elm….
http://ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com/latest/2013/10/18/west-elm-love-authenticityreally

Matt Beaudoni

October 20, 2013

Being a good corporate citizen is getting you a LOT of great press. I haven’t looked at your site in years, and by doing the right thing, you are getting noticed. Thank you for supporting our fellow artisans and keeping your integrity something to be emulated!

Jessica Smith

October 20, 2013

Marilyn

October 21, 2013

KUDOS to the big guy looking out for the little guy. Awesome way to show your support for true artisans!

WellerWishes

October 21, 2013

West Elm rocks. It would be so awesome if you developed some dolls and product based on them, with Mimi Kirschner. Her brilliant work needs a wider audience!

gmel

October 21, 2013

Thank you West Elm! When retailers with market clout step up to the plate on the infringement issue, it sends a meaningful message that copying is bad business. Kudos.

Something Good | A Thousand Shades of Gray

October 21, 2013

[…] of other indie ripoffs, and Is Giant Folk Art Company Cody Foster Stealing From Small Artists?, and We Love Authenticity, and How A Company Gets Away With Stealing Independent Designers’ Work, and Drawing the Line […]

Friday Links #2 | Andy Fehrenbach Design

October 21, 2013

Valerie

October 21, 2013

Well done!

Jennifer

October 21, 2013

Thank you West Elm, for supporting the independent artist community. Without your voice, it would be virtually impossible to fight this problem alone. I will be sharing this with all my friends.

outi harma

October 21, 2013

As an artist I thank you so very much!!

Dawn

October 21, 2013

This makes me incredibly happy. Thank you for making these changes and supporting REAL artists.

Marcia Ceppos

October 21, 2013

I have been in the gift ware business myself for twenty years and I am very aware of the unethical behavior of Cody foster. He is a shameless rip off artist and I have refused to buy from him for years. I applaud west elm for their decision to put good ethics into practice – I am sure the good karma will come back to you. Sincerely Marcia Ceppos of Tinsel Trading.

Wendy addison

October 21, 2013

I’ve read a few comments critical of west elm – I have personal experience with them – I am an artist and designer myself. A couple of years ago they approached me to so some licensed design work for them and the whole experience was very positive. Everyone was extremely respectful, the product was well made, and I was well compensated. They are not your ordinary corporate thinkers and I believe they really are a company with a conscience. Sincerely Wendy Addison

Indie Craft Parade

October 22, 2013

[…] were thrilled to see retailers like West Elm and Fab drop Cody Foster wares in a show of support for artists, but there is still plenty we can […]

Pam Brown

October 22, 2013

Bravo WE! As a graphic designer in today’s world, the art of imitation can go horribly wrong for us, as in this Cody Foster case. Thank you for supporting authentic artistry! Just another reason why I love WE!!

Artist Alleges Wholesaler Copied Her Work: A Look at Copyright Infringement in the World of the Independent Artist – Grossman LLP

October 23, 2013

[…] on several media sites, including Twitter.  In response, major home décor retailer West Elm announced on its blog that, “[a]s fervent supporters of handcraft, authenticity and the art of […]

Jamie Kalvestran

October 23, 2013

Thank you for your action!

susie

October 23, 2013

Yeah for West Elm! Going to spread the word about your quick and fair action!

Kathryn Hedges

October 24, 2013

Thank you so much for doing the right thing. I’m sure this is going to cost West Elm, and it would’ve been so much easier to just ignore the matter or cut them from your next year’s buying lineup.

If you deal with artists directly (not just wholesalers who ought to be licensing from artists), I’d love to chat sometime.

Megan Winn

October 24, 2013

This is so encouraging! Make me even more excited to be connected to West Elm “Meet the Makers” event in Indy. Well done! Very impressed.

Spoonflower Ghosts Contest and Designers’ Rights | Adventuress Chronicles

October 24, 2013

[…] I am more ecstatic to report is the response from big companies like West Elm and Fab.com who have put their money where their mouth is. Both companies have always committed to […]

Kim

October 24, 2013

Kudos, West Elm!

Anthropologie joins West Elm, Fab in pulling Cody Foster products – New 2000 | New 2000

October 24, 2013

[…] Elm was not carrying the designs Congdon blogged about, but on Oct. 17 the store said it had reviewed the artist’s blog post and was pulling all Cody Foster products, canceling […]

EBrown

October 25, 2013

I want to congratulate WE on its ethical stance. I for one will make sure your stance is known to friends and family and that they can be sure that WE has integrity when it comes to dealing with artists and craftspeople. Thank you!

Anthropologie joins West Elm, Fab in pulling Cody Foster products | Digital News Daily CA

October 25, 2013

[…] Elm was not carrying the designs Congdon blogged about, but on Oct. 17 the store said it had reviewed the artist’s blog post and was pulling all Cody Foster products, canceling […]

Whistleblowing Design Thieves – Maker's Nation

October 25, 2013

[…] independent artists and retailers who have relationships with companies like Cody Foster. West Elm announced publicly that they are pulling all Cody Foster merchandise from their shelves the day after Congdon […]

Karin Dahlstrom

October 25, 2013

So proud that we are taking a stand! As an artist myself, I know how awful it is to see your work hijacked by another, giving no credit to you. Job well done guys!
~Karin Dahlstrom @ West Elm Estero

Friday Social 22 | Raspberries and Running Shoes

October 25, 2013

[…] We Love Authenticity […]

amy

November 6, 2013

KUDOS.

Kitty Forseth-Nikolai

November 11, 2013

Good for YOU!! Thank you!! A friend of mine, Jo James has just discovered that her owl design was stolen and is being sold at Home Goods’ stores.. this makes me as an artist and friend SO angry! Thank you West Elm for your support of us small independent artists and for doing the right thing!

Sincerely,

Kitty Forseth-Nikolai
Sweet Invocations

Jean

November 13, 2013

Maybe someone needs to investigate West Elm & Anthropology. They may be well-known for copying items themselves!

Janet

December 7, 2013

Way to go WE! Thank you for supporting independent artists.

Milo

February 14, 2014

First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Cheers!

Winfred

February 26, 2014

That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise info… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!

The Freelancer, by Contently

May 20, 2014

[…] Metcalf isn’t the only one calling out brands on social media for illegally poaching designs. Last fall, San Francisco-based illustrator and designer Lisa Congdon pushed for a campaign against major retailers that were buying pieces resembling her work from wholesale company Cody Foster, Inc. Congdon’s public protest led to tangible results: In October, West Elm pulled all Cody Foster products—as did Anthropologie and Fab.com—and publicly cut all ties with the company in a blog post. […]

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