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New 'SPAO x EXO' products under fire for copying actor Yoo Ah In's design

By yckim124   Wednesday, October 12, 2016   60,762   4,964   95
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E-Land Group, the creator of fashion brand 'SPAO', is under fire for copying actor Yoo Ah In's design for their latest collaboration with EXO.


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In 2014, Yoo Ah In dedicated his talent for a charity project with fashion brand 'NOHANT'. His unique design combining Hangul and the English alphabet to spell out the names of various cities became a huge hit.  Many celebrities were spotted wearing shirts and sweatshirts by Yoo Ah In x 'NOHANT'. You probably find yourself familiar with Yoo Ah In's design, which you can see below.  



Now 2 years later in celebration of Hangul Day, 'SPAO' revealed new products for their charity project with EXO. Despite the good cause behind the special collaboration, 'SPAO x EXO' is being criticized for a similarity to Yoo Ah In's design. The unique lettering combining the Hangul and English alphabet spells out the names of the EXO members, and the design appears to be similar, maybe even exactly the same, as Yoo Ah In's design for 'NOHANT'. When the products turned into a controversy, 'SPAO' took down several items off of their website, listing them as, "SOLD OUT. These products are no longer available."






Currently, many netizens are expressing anger toward E-Land Group's 'SPAO x EXO' for copying Yoo Ah In's work. They commented, "E-Land copies all the time. Something really needs to be done", "They are a clothing company and they can't come up with any new ideas and end up copying..", "Wow, copy and paste", and more.

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thealigirl8 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

i'm not condoning it but everyone and their mothers copy this design in Seoul. i even bought two while i was there

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mingkyjoey thealigirl8 Thursday, October 13, 2016

There's a big difference with fakes sold by small street vendors versus a large scale retailer stealing a design for a collaboration with one of KPOP's biggest groups though...

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5sosnichun Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Just when there's a fanwar going on, more drama arises. Exo needs to take a break and rest and not be dragged into any drama honestly.

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Lotus_Girl 5sosnichun Thursday, October 13, 2016

it's not their fault --" fanwar? thanks to ARMY's --" geer am really done ..

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iisstf28 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It doesn't look as good tho...  How do you get KㅏO I from Kai?! Really sad that EXO's name is being draged into this when they didn't have anything to do with the designs. They are just the models, it is not their fault.

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wearelife iisstf28 Wednesday, October 12, 2016

well ㅏ makes an A and OI makes an I so KAI. idk it makes sense to me but I can see how it can be weird for others

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