A Japanese manga artist has been a subject of controversy over her latest illustrations that closely resemble one of 55DSL's Fall/Winter 2006 ad photos.
Based on her illustration in â€œStand Vesselâ€ manga series, Youka Nitta is obviously a big fan of the clothing brand. Nitta admitted to copying the 55DSL's infamous â€œKiss on the Ledgeâ€ to come up with her own black and white anime version.
While copying is clearly a violation of intellectual rights for most of us, 55DSL surprisingly took Youka's imitation as a form of flattery. The Diesel subsidiary lightheartedly accepted the artist's apology.
Instead of suing the artist, 55DSL released a statement in its website saying, â€œNitta, don't worry, we're not that kind of brand, we consider this a tribute, only the greatest are copied, right?â€