We were recently copied this Ayame's iconic design Basket Lunch socks by several sock/fashion companies in Europe/UK. We feel so sad as this kind of thing happens everywhere and all the time. As soon as we noticed it and spoke immediately with them about this matter, we luckily received their sincere responses.
This basket lunch pattern was inspired from a fish&chips basket lunch when I was having a power lunch with @thec53 in East London in 2011, as well as combines with the sock machine characteristic and derived from the designer’s knowledge. Therefore it’s showing the sock to be very unique and highly creative. We always invest great effort and money in designing new and singular product.
We are very flattered that people have used this as a reference. Whilst being very similar and close to our own historical design we understand their needs to venture and "create" newness for their ranges, therefore if they wish to expand upon their great brand Ayame is always available to consult.
If this is of interest please let us know as we can offer over 20 years of sock design experience. Otherwise please desist in using any ?more of Ayames iconic designs.
We respect all genuine creative designs and keep up the good work.
All the very best,
Aya, the designer of @ayame_socks