Zara's sister store Bershka was accused of copying the work of Bassen's friend Adam J. Kurtz too. Kurtz decided use it as a call to action.
After a lot of back and forth, Zara finally admitted defeat. Its parent company, Inditex, stated that it had "suspended the relevant items from sale," according to a statement Zara gave to The Cut about Bassen's designs. "We are also currently investigating other allegations of illustrations used on badges provided by external suppliers on a case by case basis."
Forever 21 and Rue 21 were accused of copying items by Valfré last year.
Although Valfré isn't that small, it's still relatively new (it launched in 2013) in comparison to bigger brands. "People come to Valfré for unique products that aren't mass produced," artist Ilse Valfré said to Fashionista in 2017. "Forever 21 is in the business of mass producing and that's how they are able to offer the pricing that they do."
Forever 21 allegedly copied a rainbow phone case, while Rue 21 allegedly copied Valfré's lipstick, a seashell phone case, and a "boys tears" milk carton design. The items are no longer up on the Forever 21 and Rue 21 websites.