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Fashion retailer in a pickle over selling artists’ designs

Posted On: Jan. 12, 2017 9:57 AM CST

Fashion retailer in a pickle over selling artists’ designs

Women’s fashion retailer Francesca Collections Inc. may be forced to take the advice displayed on a quirky enamel pin of a bright green pickle that it had been selling online and in stores since the summer of 2016: Dill with it!

According to a lawsuit filed Friday by 11 artists against the retailer in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the retailer had been selling a number of whimsical pins featuring designs created by the artists without their permission or benefit. 

The copyright lawsuit was accessed by Business Insurance at, a site created by the plaintiffs. Two accessories suppliers were also named in the suit, which also accuses defendants of wire fraud, willful infringement and mail fraud. 

The plaintiffs’ website features a display of the pins that were sold at Francesca’s, alongside photos of the artists’ original designs — designs the defendants accessed by creating fake accounts on craft-retail websites such as, purchasing the original products and copying them. 

The pins include such designs as a pickle with the words “Dill with it!,” a pizza slice with the words “True Love” draped across, a black cat with the proclamation “Cat Lady,” a pink strawberry, a frosted and sprinkled donut and a banana split. 

According to the lawsuit, “enamel pins are again one of the hottest trends in fashion.”

Plaintiffs are asking for $25,000 per violation, attorneys fees and punitive damages.
The pins are no longer visible on Francesca’s website.