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5 times Malaysia’s magnificence, fashion brands tried to copy others

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Imitation is a type of flattery – or so it appears. In Malaysia, increasingly more brands appear to be getting accused of ripping others off of their concepts.

Simply this week, it was Siti Nurhaliza’s magnificence model Simplysiti that was put on blast. The corporate has since denied it had any intention of copying a smaller model’s design packaging for facial cleaning wipes. In September, an area designer had a meltdown on digicam after discovering out that his magnetic headscarves have been being swiped by a “massive model.”

This phenomenon of duplicating different folks’s concepts doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime quickly, whilst extra folks rally to name out the copycats. Listed here are 5 times Malaysian magnificence and fashion brands have been accused of dishonest. Not solely a product concept but additionally an entire ass retailer (sure, you learn proper!).

Sefarra/ Sephora

A Sephora outlet at left, and the now-closed Sefaraa store in Kelantan. Pictures: Sephora, Sefarra/Fb

Malaysians conversant in the sweetness scene could bear in mind a retailer named Sefarra by social media influencer Farra Fareez again in 2017, primarily due to the model’s resemblance to French megastore Sephora, even down to its striped paper luggage. Her perfumes have been additionally bottled a la these from the French fashion home, Chanel. However the imitator didn’t cease there. After shutting Sefarra’s solely outlet in Kelantan, she produced a skincare product packaged in a bottle that regarded similar to the Virgin Marula Oil by Texan cult magnificence model Drunk Elephant.

At left is Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil and at proper is Farra Magnificence’s Breakout Serum. Pictures: Drunk Elephant, Farra Magnificence

doNUT Scarves/ dUCk

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dUCk and doNUT packaging side-by-side. Photograph: Okedkama/ Twitter

Followers of Vivy Yusof’s dUCk model could do a double-take once they see a field by native modest fashion retailer doNUT Scarves, which seems to be an area rip-off of the previous. doNUT was created in 2015, a 12 months after Vivy created dUCk. Vivy appears unbothered by the existence of a similar-looking competitor, as she has not referred to as them out publicly.

dUCk/ Soonaru

Nia Atasha at left, and Vivy Yusof pose for a photograph with their scarf. Pictures: Sleepyllama,  dUCk/ Instagram

dUCk itself was accused of plagiarising different folks’s designs final 12 months. The Artsy dUCk assortment regarded comparable to these by impartial designer and mannequin Nia Atasha Rosli, who launched her watercolor-inspired scarves two years prior. 

Anas/ Nars

Facet by facet comparability of lip merchandise by Anas at left, and Nars at proper. Pictures: Anas, Nars/ Instagram

Shah Alam-based make-up model Anas, owned by entrepreneur Anas Zahrin, as soon as launched beauty merchandise packed in bottles that regarded similar to these by French firm Nars. 4 years later, Anas has rebranded with slightly bit extra dose of originality. 

Christy Ng/ Chloe

Christ Ng’s Finley 2.0 bag at left, and Chloe’s Nile Small Bracelet Minaudière at proper. Pictures: Christy Ng, Chloe

Which native fashion fanatic hasn’t purchased a bag by fashion entrepreneur Christy Ng? In 2018, eagle-eyed observers seen that Ng’s Finley 2.0 purse regarded so comparable to the Nile Small Bracelet Minaudière bag by French fashion home Chloe. 

Nonetheless, Ng’s bag was extra inexpensive, costing slightly greater than RM100 (US$20) per piece, which is a thousand times cheaper than Chloe’s price ticket – US$1,500. 

Different creations that received folks speaking was the sold-out Felix V2 Quilted Handbag which appears to mix the weather of each a Chanel and YSL quilted purse.

Clockwise from left: Christy Ng’s Felix V2 Quilted Purse, YSL quilted bag, Chanel quilted bag.

Different tales:

Siti Nurhaliza’s brand pulls facial wipes over claims of copycat design

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