Banksy has accused fashion brand Guess of using his work on a clothing collection without permission.
This elusive artist posted an image of the items displayed in the window of the Guess store on Regent Street in London.
He wrote: “Attention all thieves. Please go to Guess on Regent Street. They helped themselves with my artwork without asking, how can you do the same thing with their clothes is wrong?
His image shows what appears to be a replica of Banksy’s Flower Thrower, with five mannequins wearing costumes from the collection.
The words “Guess x Brandalised with graffiti by Banksy” were plastered on the shop window.
Guess has previously announced what it describes as a “brand new collection inspired by Banksy’s graffiti,” which includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as accessories.
Items available online include faux fur coats for £190, shopping bags for £140 and men’s long-sleeve t-shirts on sale for £70.
In a press release announcing the collection in Belgium, Guess said the items use “iconic motifs from Banksy’s graffiti”, describing it as a “must-have fashion line”. “.
It features a quote by Paul Marciano, Guess’s creative director, saying: “Banksy’s graffiti has had an extraordinary influence that resonates throughout popular culture.
“This new capsule collection with Brandalised is a way for fashion to express its gratitude.”
The press release says the works are in partnership with Brandalised, which is described as an “urban graffiti license whose mission is to provide Banksy fans with affordable graffiti collections”.
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Guess and Brandalised have been approached for comment.
Last week, Banksy confirmed he created a series of artworks in Ukraine after several murals appeared in the country.
A work in the town of Borodyanka, near Kyiv, depicts a man resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin being flipped during a judo match with a young boy.
Another photo shows two children using a metal tank trap as a seesaw, while a female gymnast balances on a damaged building.
Borodyanka, located northwest of the capital, was one of the towns that was heavily bombarded by Russia at the start of the invasion.
Russian troops invaded in February of this year, occupying the town for weeks before it was liberated in April.
Since then, the town has been the focus of reconstruction efforts, with several towers destroyed due to war damage.
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