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29-06-2009
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This reminds me a bit the Olsen twins shoe project. I don't understand why people who has an excellent taste and own amazing collections want to use their name for products of less good quality and less original design. From what I can see on the pictures these shoes are neither very good quality nor unique design.

 
 
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This reminds me a bit the Olsen twins shoe project. I don't understand why people who has an excellent taste and own amazing collections want to use their name for products of less good quality and less original design. From what I can see on the pictures these shoes are neither very good quality nor unique design.
but then again, Urban Outfitters is not necessarily known for their quality shoes. Perhaps it's not a flaw in Jane's design but rather poor production by UO.

 
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but then again, Urban Outfitters is not necessarily known for their quality shoes. Perhaps it's not a flaw in Jane's design but rather poor production by UO.
You are right, but she would know about that.

 
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i reread my post and don't want to be mistaken - it's weird how as soon as it's someone closer to you (she is a member, so eventually it touches me more if she feels sick about the comments) your way of 'typing' can change ...

my problem in this collaboration doesn't stand at all in jane living her passion - she obviously loves shoes, so that's good she's been contacted for shoes - and not outfits for instance.
my problem is that she's now part of this dirty marketing-business fashion thing which call 'young celebs' only to make $$$ on teens' back ! and in the fact that she absolutely didn't design anything (it's sooo obvious ! but a word of hers would be good !) which is purely fake !!! ... she just sort of sells her name (in a word herself - a bit pushy am i, perhaps) ! and at such a young age (she's what ? 17 ? 18 ?) !!!

so eventhough it's great to live your passion, there's certain way to do it !
i'm sorry but i may sound old-fashionned .... but that's what i think.

i just hope this opportunity will make her happy and that in the future she will eventually do her OWN line of shoes !

 
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I'm not going to knock the girl for doing her thing. Opportunities come your way, you take it. But I will say it's unfortunate that it's with UO considering the owner's past history and "issues".


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^ what do you mean?

 
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^from wiki

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Controversies

The company has sold a number of controversial products, some of which have drawn strong criticism.
In 2003 the company released a Monopoly parody called Ghettopoly. The game was criticised as offensively racist by a local chapter of the NAACP[5] and black clergy[6] among others.

[edit] Products alleged to be anti-Christian

On March 14, 2004, Jesus Dress Up sparked controversy when a Philadelphia man, known only as "Gerry", voiced his outrage after seeing the magnets at an Urban Outfitters store in the King of Prussia mall.[7] He wrote a letter of complaint to the chain and brought his story to his local NBC affiliate WCAU-TV when he received their response: Urban Outfitters stated that the magnet was not being sold to offend anyone, but to reflect a diversity of opinion among its customer base. The story was broadcast on NBC in Philadelphia, then MSNBC’s Scarborough Country,[8] on which it received coverage alongside the premiere of The Passion of the Christ. Urban Outfitters received more than 250,000 complaints, due mostly to organizational efforts from activism group websites sponsored by the American Family Association.[9] Following the controversy on March 17, Urban Outfitters cancelled its remaining orders with the artist and publicly stated that they would no longer order the magnets to carry on their shelves but would sell their remaining stock. [10]

[edit] Products alleged to be anti-Jewish or anti-Israel

A t-shirt released in 2003 with the phrase "Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl" surrounded by dollar signs was condemned,[11] though the Anti-Defamation League welcomed the decision to discontinue the shirts, saying that they hoped "that this experience, combined with another recent controversy surrounding an Urban Outfitters product that reinforced stereotypes, has served to sensitize the company to the sensibilities of its customer base and all ethnic groups."[12] The ADL later condemned them for other incidents of insensitivity.[13]
In 2007, complaints by Jewish groups over their sales of keffiyehs (which had been marketed as "antiwar" scarves)[14] led them to cease carrying that item.[15] Urban Outfitters issued a statement “Due to the sensitive nature of this item, we will no longer offer it for sale. We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.” [16]
In May 2008, after concern in the Jewish community, Urban Outfitters discontinued a T-shirt that featured a Palestinian child holding an AK-47 over the word "Victimized." According to a company representative, "[W]e do not buy items to provoke controversy or to intentionally offend. We have pulled this item in all of our locations and will no longer be selling it online either."[17]

[edit] Products alleged to be pro-violence

In 2006, the retailer was criticized [18] for offering sparkly handgun-shaped Christmas ornaments in its hometown of Philadelphia, a city that had seen over 1,700 shootings and over 300 gun-related murders for the year.[19] On November 15, 2007, the company announced that after the murder of officer Charles Cassidy, the gun-shaped ornament would no longer be sold.[20]
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i don't think any of those are so bad to be honest

whenever someone does something ~controversial~ there's ALWAYS going to be someone who's going to be offended and speak up. UO is just always trying to be 'edgy' and 'hip' and sometimes fails, that's it imo

 
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this is not about who is an actual designer or not.
it is very simple:
she has style, came up with a blog called "sea of shoes", has some great shoes (between her and her mum) and has an immense following
so UO has been very clever to ask her. it is all about marketing.
her readers include a lot of UO target customers and vice versa. whoever really 'loves' her and her blog will actually RUN to UO.
not everyone who does fashion is actually a designer. that is just how it is
UO is clever and so is she...
JANE,
make the most out of it

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i don't think any of those are so bad to be honest

whenever someone does something ~controversial~ there's ALWAYS going to be someone who's going to be offended and speak up. UO is just always trying to be 'edgy' and 'hip' and sometimes fails, that's it imo
It's not really controversial, but I wouldn't support a company, that in the past, has contributed money to politicians that would compare my lifestyle to incest, bigamy and adultery.

Anyway, the shoes look like something you would buy at UO.

 
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There is definitely a lot of hate directed towards Jane. Just read the comments that are regularly posted on her blog. People questioning the morality of not only her, but her mother and entire family. I personally find that to be incredibly disgusting and unnecessary. But it comes with the territory, naturally...

The shoes are definitely rip-offs of far superior designs. Anyone who was expecting anything revolutionary was kidding themselves. Like many have already said good taste does not equate into good design. However, Urban Outfitters, as terrible as that company and the people running it are, chose Jane for a reason. She and a few other bloggers just have that 'it' factor... this is smart MARKETING people, it's not about design or aesthetics... it's about making money.

If Jane came off as self-satisfied and entitled or if she was pushing the same look as every other wannabe 'Kate Lanphear, Erin Wasson, Olsen-twin, Paris Vogue editor' blogger out there, I too would be a bit miffed by this. She's not though and that's why I can't help but applaud her for how far she has come by just being herself. Again, congrats Jane!

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BerlinRocks, you articulated my thoughts perfectly.
she simply isn't qualified to *design* a shoe collection
plus most of her appeal and fashion knowledge comes from being very wealthy. plus she is bitting off what has already been done.

Very similar to what the Olsen twins are doing but with them it's even worse since their stuff is ridiculously overpriced.

But on the other hand she was offered an opportunity and understandably didn't spit on it. I would do the same in her position.

I don't like the shoes but am happy that she is able to realize one of her dreams.


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It's not really controversial, but I wouldn't support a company, that in the past, has contributed money to politicians that would compare my lifestyle to incest, bigamy and adultery.

Anyway, the shoes look like something you would buy at UO.
i only read it really quickly but i didn't see anything you're talking about? anyway, it doesn't matter.

the whole thing, whether people like jane or not (which i in particular do) is only going to bring up the whole people-getting-famous-for-nothing discussion, like internet celebrity cory kennedy that also become famous because of her 'style' and scored plenty of jobs and media attention just because of that at the age of what, 16?

i think no one's hating on jane, only questioning how valid the whole thing actually is, much as they've done with cory before..

and like everyone said, i wouldn't be silly to turn the opportunity down either. it's just the way the world works

 
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People are just jealous of her, because she gorgeous and succesfull at such a young age!

I think she's very pretty, has an excellent taste, very inspiring and talented!

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^ok some seriously need to stop with the "jealous" ... especially on there where obviously nobody hate her or is even jealous ...
how can you be jealous ??? you're just proud and happy for her ... i'm happy for her ...
as i am for what's happening to susie-bubble and other tfsers !

now we're just "questioning how valid the whole thing actually is" - Katie123

what i think is hypocrite is that everybody here seems happy and clap their hands but when it comes to other people (and C Kennedy is the one and only example which comes to mind !) everybody is 'meh' .... and question A LOT !

why can't we do it with Jane ?

i like questioning .................. whoever it is !

 
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