UPDATED 3/27, 8:36 p.m. ET: Guess has provided the following statement to PAPER on behalf of their handbag licensee Signal Brands.
Signal Brands, the handbag licensee of Guess, Inc., has voluntarily halted the sale of its G-Logo totes. Some on social media have compared the totes to Telfar Global's shopping bags. Signal Brands does not wish to create any impediments to Telfar Global's success and, as such, has independently decided to stop selling the G-logo totes.
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Another day, another fast-fashion knockoff. The culprit this time? It would appear to be Guess, whose embossed logo G-totes are going viral on Twitter for their similarities to Telfar's famous (and hard-to-get) shopping bags.
The resemblance is truly hard to miss. Between its compact size and rectangular shape, the placement and size of the logo with a round border and the familiar shoulder straps, it's hard not to assume they had the Queens-born designer's signature bags on their mood board.
While the styles are not available on Guess' e-commerce site, they're currently popping up on third-party retailers like Hudson's Bay, Macy's and Dillard's. While Telfar's faux-leather totes go from around $150 for the smaller sizes to $250+ for larger ones, Guess' version is retailing between $78 and $95.
The product descriptions for the Guess bags, which are being sold in white, red and black, state that it's a "smooth, faux-leather tote bag with dual top handles and a shoulder strap for a versatile look." Meanwhile, users are also pointing out the similarities between Guess' Little Bay Shoulder Bag and Prada's nylon mini-bags. See, below, for more online reactions about the Guess styles.
We've reached out to Guess for comment and will update if we hear back.
GUESS Embossed Logo G-Tote / Telfar Medium Shopper: https://t.co/EcBRqwEMAj