The classic RUN DMC tee is one of my all-time favorite tees and so when I spotted Run Free by Fee Clothing I just had to share it. The shirt features the classic RUN DMC look, including the iconic red bars. Run Free does add a splash of color to the design, which is normally just black and red. You can pick up Run Free from Free Clothing for $18.
Johnny Cupcakes recently made a post on Emptees regarding some very very very similar looking items being released by Pastry, a brand owned by Vanessa and Vangela Simmons. Some of you might recognize the Simmons girls if you watch Run’s House on MTV – they are the daughters of Rap legend Reverend Run of Run DMC.Â
Johnny posted the following message:
“Last Spring I was alerted by a customer who happened to work at a popular mall sportswear store. This customer of mine caught a glimpse of his managerâ€™s catalog which had various items that were being released in the near future at all of their mall locations. One of the items in this companies catalog was a “Make Pastry Not War” t-shirt. Not only was it a very similar slogan, but it had the same EXACT placement, font, EVEN A CUPCAKE in the center of the t-shirt. This was no coincidence. Weeks later my inbox was flooded with furious Johnny Cupcakes customers who saw this same catalog with the ‘Pastry’ design in it. I could of made a big deal about it online, making everyone else aware of it. Instead, I decided not to be a cry baby and post it all over the internet, so I sought out a different route. I decided to contact my trademark attorney, who then contacted the owners of Pastry / Pastry Kicks. We got in touch with the President of a certain mall chain-store who ended up declining the order of all ‘Make Pastry Not War’ t-shirts.”
“Recently Iâ€™ve received several e-mails from confused and upset customers of mine. Now, 2 other designs have appeared on their website. You be the judge…”
Johnny caught them on this once before last year, with the Make Cupcakes Not War tee. It looks like the girls didn’t learn from their previous mistake. The new Pastry tees are too similar – way too similar. It is so shameful that they are doing such blatant rip offs of an already established brand. Shame. On. YOU!
Here is the information that you need if you want to voice your concern to Pastry. Let them know this is wrong and lame in every way.Â
Customer service toll free NumberÂ
Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM. Sat 10AM-5PM (ET).
Here are a few emails of Pastry representatives: