DID JIM JONES BITE?
It's no secret that the fashion world and the commercial music scene share lots of commonalities. For one, both industries are as competitive as they come. Add in a melting pot of movers and players that are constantly creating and exchanging, and you'll realize how relatively easy it is for the line between inspiration and cloning blur. Which leads us to the following story between winter drygoods brand, Psyberia, and Harlem-based rapper, Jim Jones (The Diplomats).
According to Psyberia, Jimmy and some of his cohorts were given complimentary jackets courtesy of the upstart brand. The hope, as with any infant line, was for publicity–to have Jim Jones and company rocking the "Psyberian Coat" was a golden opportunity! And it was, that is, until a couple of months later Jimmy and competing brand, Parish Nation, show up on the scene with a collaborative line called Protocol that includes a winter jacket that looks awfully familiar.
So here it is, a rundown of the entire "exchange" process:
Psyberia Drygoods debuts Winter 2010/2011 line and Psyberian Coat.
Jim Jones receives complimentary Psyberian Coat.
Jim Jones uploads TwitVid of himself wearing coat during Winter 2010/2011 snow storm.
Jim Jones artist, Sen City, wears Pysberian Coat in brown.
2011 Parish Nation X Jim Jones "Protocol" video w/ Psyberian Coat on sample table.
Jim Jones "Ski Jacket" for Protocol Winter 2011/2012.
As the saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery, but we're really scratching our heads over this one. Is it possible that Jimmy was so "inspired" by the Psyberian Coat design (chest pocket and all) that he had to go ahead and create his own? And if so, where is the line drawn between borrowing and copying?
Given the evidence presented, we're letting our readers' comments decide this one.
Did Jim Jones bite?