|admittedly the flowers are ALL identical, but many of them are direct copies of mine|
and the others are very definitely 'in the style of'!
oh, and mine is on the left! click on photo to make bigger.
if you follow me on instagram, you'll know this already, but i didn't make a massive fuss at the time despite my shock, because i felt lecien had the right to respond. well, i got in touch some weeks ago now and have emailed twice and it appears that either the email address i've got is redundant, or they are ignoring me. i know absolutely nothing about the designer of mina koko, in fact, very little info seems to be on google about them/her/him at all. lecien do have a twitter account, but it's rarely used and the only contact on their website is a contact form. i've searched high and low but mina koko don't appear to do social media at all. if anyone has any contact information for either lecien or mina koko, i'd be hugely appreciative!
in a way i guess it's flattering, and at the time i was hugely gobsmacked/angry/gutted/disappointed/hurt but i've had plenty of time to clam down but a little part of me is still rather outraged. i know that i'm only a little ol' designer, but seriously, if there's one thing i've learnt over the last few years is that the quilting world is minuscule - how on earth did they think it would go unnoticed???! moda say they will back me if needs be, and that this sort of thing happens more often than you'd think.
if you're interested, click through to the lecien website and see the other colourways (click on the cat closeup thumbnails) http://www.lecien.co.jp/en/hobby/minakoko/index.html (sorry, you'll have to copy and paste, blogger's not letting me put in links today!)