Urban Outfitters denies stealing Chicago jewelry artist’s necklace design

    Rumors spread like wildfire, but they spread even faster when Miley Cyrus’ Twitter account gets involved.

    That was what Philly clothing-and-accessories company Urban Outfitters found out after a Chicago jewelry artist tweeted that Urban Outfitters stole her necklace design.

    Urban Outfitters said that it has not copied the work of Stevie Koerner, who makes silver necklaces in the shape of American states with hearts punched in the middle.

    Koerner took to Twitter after seeing necklaces similar to hers on the company’s website, accusing Urban Outfitters of ripping her off.

    Koerner found herself with an enormous amount of support when Miley Cyrus and, by proxy, her more than one million followers began criticizing Urban Outfitters.

    Urban Outfitters responded to the outrage Saturday via blog post. The company said that there are several designers with similar designs and posted pictures of those necklaces, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    “We are not implying that Koerner stole her necklace idea from one of these other designers,” the company said in its statement. “We are simply stating the obvious – that the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be its originator.”

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