One of the Biggest Influencer Controversies of 2020

With all of the significant news that 2020 has brought with it, influencer are still managed to make headlines.

In mid-January, fashion influencer Jade Myers of @fashionwithouttrashin and the holder of Poshmark resell account Ornamental Stone took to her Instagram to explain that We Wore What influencer Danielle Bernstein was threatening to shut down her business over an internal error that led to Myers acquiring unreleased samples from Berstein’s upcoming collection with Onia.

She said that the conflict started when she vested the unpublished pieces from a local charity, where an employee dropped off the samples for donation. When Myers uploaded the pieces to her Poshmark site, Bernstein contacted an Instagram message asking Myers to take down the pieces. Bernstein offered to repay Myers for the pieces.

Myers, who had already used her own funds to photograph the pieces and store them in her inventory, asked Bernstein to pay the resale value of the pieces to cover her losses, which Bernstein initially agreed to, according to screenshots of their conversation that Myers had shared. Bernstein then put Myers in contact with someone from her team to coordinate the payments.

She then pulled all 100 of the unreleased samples from her site and gave Bernstein’s team the total cost, which ended up being more than Bernstein had thought. Bernstein responded, saying that she believed there was some confusion between the two.

“I am not paying you for the retail value,” Bernstein wrote in an e-mail to Myers. “I’m paying you for the cost of what you paid for the goods, which I was actually under the impression that they were very cheap.”

Myers went on to explain to Bernstein that she would be at a loss of profits given that she paid a model to wear the looks and an employee to list the pieces and put them in her inventory. She also reminded Bernstein that she had initially agreed to pay the resale value.

Bernstein was under the impression that Myers had acquired the products through a local Goodwill because that’s where the Onia employee accidentally dropped off the samples and was confused by the hefty price tag Myers was demanding. During the dispute, Bernstein also stated that she was in contact with Poshmark’s chief executive officer about having Myers’ shop pulled off the web site.

At that point, Myers began posting the e-mail and Instagram message screenshots to her Instagram Stories after receiving an e-mail from someone who appeared to be an attorney representing Bernstein. The e-mail included the subject “Poshmark: Trademark and Copyright Infringement” and asked Myers if she had counsel that could represent her company or if they could communicate to her directly. The screenshots caused a social media uproar with many upset over what they deemed to be bullying tactics by Bernstein.

Both influencers, shortly after, released statements on their Instagram accounts stating that they were working together to resolve the issue.

Myers shared a lengthy post on Instagram on Jan. 24 with their agreement, stating that she met with Bernstein without any lawyers. She stated that Bernstein apologized for the misunderstanding and that she would cover the costs associated with Myers listing and removing the products from her shop. Myers also received new items from WeWoreWhat’s current Onia collection that she could sell through her shop.

“I have seen a lot of misconceptions, stories and gossip that have been untrue and/or hurtful,” Myers wrote. “I tell you all the truth so you don’t have to wonder about these things, this is part of why I am open with you!”

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