I'm crying as I type this and I shouldn't have to be doing this at all, but I feel I have to cause my reputation has been called into serious question and I've been put in the position to defend myself. Phoenix Chapman posted some serious allegations about some jeans I sell in my store. Namely the Punk as Hell 1984 jeans and the Dia De Los Muertos jeans, both made a year ago from a base jeans texture I purchased on SLex when I was just starting out. She claims they are taken from Torrid Midnight's jeans and I do see some similarity in the pictures. They're close and I dont even know if they came from her jeans or from the same photosource and they do look photosourced to me not hand painted.
The texture was bought in good faith and I had no reason at the time to think they were anything but something offered to new designers to help them get started. I modified the textures with my own wrinkles and filters. They were some of the first things I made when I only had a few items in my store. Now after a lot of practice and months of work and experience I draw just about everything by hand with very little photosourcing. It's taken a lot of hard work.
I have a lot of friends who are designers...and several of them have been ripped off. I've sat up all night and cried with them over it, encoraged them to file dmca's and it breaks my heart to think that anyone would think I would do something like that on purpose. I responded on this malicious post (one made without contacting me to hear my side or even inform me that this was an issue) I have taken down the vendors displaying these jeans and will NEVER sell them again. I apologise to Torrid and anyone else that may be involved in this. I've never gotten a DMCA or word from anyone on it before this morning. I heard about it from someone I hardly know sending me a link to her site in world.
This post of hers effects my RL income. It's libelous and wrong and I will be seeking legal representation unless it's removed and retracted or some sort of apology is made. I should have been contacted and given the chance to respond or repair the situation before my whole life was put at risk. So thank YOU Phoenix...you've just attacked and damaged an honest person who unknowingly made a mistake when she was a new designer.