A young Florida designer has accused the shoe giant Converse of having copied two of his designs, which she claims she introduced to those responsible for the brand when she opted for a position as an intern.
On a viral TikTok with over 10 million views, Cecilia Monge showed two sneakers that Converse currently sells and next to it, two designs that she claims to have made, which he created based on natural landmarks in the US.
According to the designer, their models are too similar with which Converse has put up for sale.
“I was surprised, because two years ago I applied for a design grant with Converse, and I was very excited, I really wanted the scholarship, “he explains in the video.
“So I went to the interview and I made a slideshow inside my portfolio that I sent them for the interview… and this is what I designed, “he explained showing his ideas, based on the colors and shapes of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.
“This is the second shoe they released and I think it’s also very interesting because the color palette is exactly the same that I sent you, down to the order of the colors and the actual shades of the colors, “he says in the video.” Look at the yellows and the greens … it’s the same color. “
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence. And it’s sad when bigger companies ‘borrow’ from smaller designers, “complained the young woman, who claims to have presented her models in November 2019.
Given the repercussion, Converse has responded by means of a statement, in which it says that indeed at that time there was a call for scholarships, but that “Converse did not request portfolios / design samples to be submitted. As a matter of standard legal policy, we do not share unsolicited portfolios of job applicants to the entire company, “they point out.
“In October 2020, we released a design called Chuck 70, which was inspired by the Nor’easter storm map patterns. It was conceived and designed for the first time in April 2019“, argues the brand, showing that its design would be prior to that of the young designer, without explaining the reason for the similarities.
“Due to the popularity of the style, we continued it in 2021 under our ‘Hybrid World’ design concept, which explores original design concepts inspired by the physical and digital realities of modern life. The Great Outdoors and specifically, national parks served as inspiration for various color palettes, which were applied in a series of executions on Chuck 70, Chuck Taylor All Star and Apparel, “concludes Converse.