Wednesday, December 15, 2010

copycat? - hand wash


So, an homage or an (unlicensed) copy cat? What are your thoughts? (I saw these bottles at my local Big Lots this week. They're made by Swissco.) They even make them in pink grapefruit and french lavender scents. Hmm...

6 comments:

Karin said...

To be honest, I don't think they're similar enough to be copy-cats (maybe slightly, but who's to say anymore). And method definitely isn't the first to do grapefruit and french lavender...actually, I don't think those scents are very originally at all (and my least favorite). Sorry, not to sound all negative, I just don't think method is as creative as I once thought they were.

Missy said...

real methodites will know the difference. :)

Nathan said...

I definitely realize it's a subpar attempt. More clunky, not as stylish, etc. But the hand wash bottle design for method was a) designed by big time guy Karim Rashid; and b) the shape of the bottle is pretty much synonymous with the method brand. When I see "tear drop shaped bottle" I immediately think method.

So sometimes companies just like to watch out for copycats of this nature who might be attempting to take a percentage of their "brand style".

I also realize that some of method's scents aren't unique. I just think it's funny that two of Swissco's scents are exactly the same as method's; while the third seems to be a takeoff on sea minerals.

OR I could just be reading too much into it all. Hey, I'm not a lawyer. LOL

Karin said...

Do you know if Karim Rashid still designs for method? I REALLY liked their candles in the white ceramic pots...so simple but chic. I never bought another candle after they discontinued that design.

Jamison cOMBS said...

While these don't hit the mark 100%, you can tell that the companies intent was to copy Method. For that I think they should burn in hell... Well, that might be an exaggeration.

Nathan Aaron said...

Karin, method's in-house designer is Josh Handy now. He was a product director for Karim Rashid. Personally I loved the glass bowls they had at the end. I'll melt candles that come in ugly jars now, and pour them into those glass bowls. (though I loved the ceramic bowls as well.)

I think they hired Karim at the beginning so they could make a really big splash with their product design, and it worked! But I don't (think) he's done anything for them, for a while.

Jamison, SLIGHTLY harsh. :) Ha ha! I never said it was an exact copy, but it's just SO obvious what their intentions were.

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