Anushka Sharma finds herself in a copyright issue over her newly launched clothing brand. Last week, the actress launched her clothing brand with a collection of 160 pieces and a promo of her involvement in every step of designing was also released. Some of the designs of her brand are lifted from Chinese e-commerce websites, reported Mumbai Mirror.
According to the report, among the items that have invited particular scrutiny are a black bomber jacket with floral motifs, a pink bomber jacket, a parka, a tan trench coat and a pair of striped pants in monochrome.
“Several discrepancies have come to light over the last two days and we are in the process of getting to the bottom of this. We will not stop at taking the most stringent action required to resolve the situation and will share more details when we have complete clarity on the matter,” Anushka’s spokesperson told Mumbai Mirror.
Pawan Agarwal, Anushka’s business partner also released this statement:
“We have just got to know about the discrepancies in some designs of our brand NUSH and we are taking strict action about the same. Our process at Suditi industries was that the entire responsibility of designing and procuring samples was at our end and we have recently realised that some of our procured designs from the Chinese manufacturer were being available elsewhere too. This not only is a serious design and procurement process lapse from our design and procurement team but also a breach of trust by the manufacturing company in China with us. We are taking serious actions, internally and externally, against this breach of faith.
A limited percentage of the collection were manufactured by our Chinese manufacturer. And we follow either of the two processes with them.
1.) We design a sample and get it manufactured by the vendor by giving them our design and sample.
2.) We buy the design from the manufacturer exclusively for us and also get it produced by them.
As we have realised now, few of the design that we bought from the manufacturer was further produced and sold on a Chinese website. This is a clear breach of business practice implemented by this manufacturer and we are determined to take this up with our business agents.
We would also like to mention that some of the designs highlighted just have commonalities with prevelant fashion trends and are not copies as mentioned. So We along with our partner Ms. Anushka Sharma are also ensuring that these specific designs are not put on floor and will discard this out from our range.
This we believe is the most necessary step. This is an extreme situation and we have all hand on deck for this. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding towards our endeavour.
We would also like to take this opportunity to mention and clarify that our business partner Ms. Anushka Sharma was never part of our designing and procuring process. She was only involved in advising us on the styles that could go on the floor based on her personal style and sensibility for which she had dedicated a lot of her time and effort. We pride ourselves in partnering with someone known for her credibility, honesty and values she brings to the table as part of her imagery and more. We are committed to bringing the best of designs, at the best prices to the Indian consumers.”