Just before New York City's September Fashion Week, lawyers for fashion designer Jeremy Scott said he will not be selling clothing designs that looked conspicuously like the work of Santa Cruz artists Jimbo Phillips and his father Jim.
In a statement reported by the skate site highsnobiety.com, the designer said: “I regret that certain pieces of my February 2013 Fall Winter fashion line incorporated imagery that was similar to images owned by NHS and Messrs. Phillips. I now recognize my mistake and out of respect to their work and their rights, the clothing and handbags at issue will not be produced or distributed."
Jimbo Phillips, 38, was first flattered, then angered by the similarity of the fashion designer's clothes to his own skateboard imagery. See story and photos here.
His father, Jim, may be best known for the screaming blue hand logo. Jimbo's art is colorful, bright, almost sci-fi like, and deeply loved by Santa Cruz action sports aficionados.
NHK skateboard owner Bob Denike filed a cease and desist letter with Scott saying the designer violated the copyright of designs owned by his company. There was no comment as to whether there was money as part of the settlement.