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Designer Drama: Urban Outfitters Accused of Stealing Artist's Designs
CNBC.com | May 31, 2011 | 01:15 PM EDT

(**This story has been updated to include a comment from Urban Outfitters.**)

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but independent artist Stevie Koerner, who quit her job to be a full time jeweler, is not flattered at all. The Chicago artist took to the Web to express her displeasure with the fact that retailer Urban Outfitters had copied her line of necklaces.

“One of my lovely customers sent me a message today…My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job... I understand that they are a business, but it’s not cool to completely rip off an independent designer’s work,” Koerner wrote.

Koerner’s post has gained a sympathetic ear nationwide with supporters criticizing the retailer on both Facebook and Twitter. The hash tag #Urban Outfitters was a trending topic on Twitter Friday.

“I think it’s time to boycott Urban Outfitters. They have done this to so many independent artists. NOT OK” one user tweeted.

Even teen queen Miley Cyrus spoke out about the incident. “Love that everybody is hating on Urban Outfitters,” she posted on her Twitter account Thursday.

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