It looks like the Kardashians have found themselves in some more hot water after a Vancouver woman claimed Khloe Kardashian ripped off her trademarked slogan. In an interview with Narcity, the business owner dove deeper into the story and explained how the online community has been fighting against Khloe Kardashian to find justice.
Tamara Komuniecki is an independent business owner in North Vancouver, British Columbia. About four years ago, she bought the Canadian rights to her slogan “Strong as a Mother” and has been printing it on t-shirts and sweaters ever since. Now, she's accusing the multi-millionaire Khloe Kardashian of using that slogan for profit in her Good American line.
On Friday, May 3, 2019, Komuniecki found out that Khloe was reportedly using her slogan on a t-shirt. By Sunday evening, Komuniecki says her email and direct message box on Instagram erupted with concerned messages from clients and people she had never met.
Following the discovery of the used slogan, Komuniecki commented on a Good American Instagram post. In her comments, she reminds people, and Khloe, that her shirts are authentic and from an original small Canadian business. “Strong mamas support each other, not set in on each other’s hustle,” said Komuniecki to fellow mother Khloe.
Since she posted the comment, Komuniecki has received a lot of support.
“Lots of people have been reaching out. The support has been incredibly heart-warming,” said Komuniecki.
In her comment, she states that she owns the rights to the trademark in Canada only. According to Komuniecki, when she was applying for the trademark in Canada she considered going into the United States as well but her legal team advised her not to go through with it.
The legal team she was working with at the time told her a slogan in the U.S. was being used was too similar to another, stating that hers probably wouldn't get approved.
Other Canadians and concerned IGers took to the comments section to tell Khloe that she had reportedly ripped off Komuniecki. Many were upset that the slogan was the exact same, alleging that the Kardashian sister ripped of a Canadian businesswoman.
Komuniecki has told Narcity that it would be concerning if Khloe sold in Canada- which she does. Even though Komuniecki could take legal action, she has opted out due to financial reasons.
“I would have spent more in legal fees than what I would recover from sales. I would rather use the court of public opinion and let the moms decide. I would only respond in a legal way if they became argumentative about it.”
When asked what she would say to Khloe, Komuniecki knew immediately.
“Do your work. If you knew that someone else had put money, sweat, tears, and hours into the work then shame on you for taking it and running with it. And if you didn’t, you should have because you have the resources and a team behind you.”
Komuniecki gives back to the community through her sales, donating to a number of causes including Mamas for Mamas and Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network. She told Narcity that is Khloe wanted to make amends, she could donate some of her profits to one of these charities.
This is not the first time the Kardashians have been called out for taking someone else’s ideas. On May 8, a Canadian designer publicly called out Kylie Jenner for plagiarizing her creation at the 2019 Met Gala.
This is not the first time Jenner has found herself in the spotlight for stealing other people's ideas. She was also accused of allegedly stealing designs for her camo clothing line, coping other photographers for her promotional cosmetic images, and stealing someone else's design for her Kylie Cosmetic line. And that's just to name a few.
In the past, Kim Kardashian has also been called out for ripping off another companies logo in her "Kimoji's." In that instance, legal action was taken and she was sued.