Jeremy Scott and Santa Cruz Skateboards Reach Settlement Over Plagiarism Claims
Allegations surrounding Jeremy Scott‘s 2013 fall/winter showcase as a breach of the creative integrity of Jim Phillips‘s deck designs for Santa Cruz Skateboards and NHS, Inc first sparked controversy in February this year, and now it looks like the two parties have come to a conclusive agreement, with Scott ceding the designs and terminating production of the collection. With blatant design references being lifted from the iconic skate-art designer, the controversy sparked revolt throughout the skate and streetwear communities, resulting in enthusiasts questioning Jeremy Scott’s integrity, but also – according to NHS, Inc CEO Bob Denike – stirring a backlash of negative effects for NHS, Inc as well.
“I do not believe in the idea that any publicity is good publicity. There was a lot of interest in this issue, but we do not need this type of PR to help grow our brands. It was actually quite damaging to us. We don’t want to be associated with Scott.”
Although the information regarding further details of the settlement, particularly in regards to finance, is limited, Scott did also issue the following official apology statement:
“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.”