Did Iris Apfel Really Copy Hanna Bernhard?

May 19, 2011 • Bling/Jewelry, Designers, Legally Yours

Which is which? Iris Apfel for HSN's brooch on left; Hanna Bernard's brooch on right.

Is it a counterfeit or just plain coincidence?

The husband-wife team behind Hanna Bernhard jewelry went on their blog today to accuse Iris Apfel of copying their toucan pin for her HSN jewelry line. Hanna Bernard designer Natalie posted a photograph of Iris wearing the “original” pin some years ago, which looks almost identical to one Apfel recently created for HSN. She writes on her blog:

“IRIS HAS COPIED ONE OF OUR PIECES! She has purchased a toucan head pin from one of our customers several years ago in Palm Beach FL.”
She continues that she tried to contact both HSN and Apfel, but it seems as if she’s had no luck. “Of course I have to talk to HSN people, I tried yesterday but could just get in touch with their customer service for orders. Also talked to Iris who could just wonder how my customer knew about it, telling me that she didn’t buy the pin from me, and ‘what we should do about it’! She was supposed to call back: I am still waiting!”

Uh oh… I feel a fashion smackdown coming soon…

-Taneisha Jordan

Source: HSN.com; Racked
Photo: NY Mag

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