K. Michelle can't catch a break when it comes to staying out of drama that will keep her on a positive path. This time around, she's going head to head with an Atlanta-area furniture company that claims she ripped off their designs.
Earlier this week, the singer announced she'd be debuting a new home goods line that would include custom designed furniture, doggie beds and candles, as well as bed and bath accessories. Upon posting an Instagram picture of the new line, Huff Furniture fired back with accusations of K. Michelle stealing images from their showroom.
A company owner wrote on Instagram:
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. We say it's simply poor form especially when it's done using images from within our showroom. Folks if you want to actually find a gossip page you can trust, check out @spillth3tea2 as opposed to people with an agenda instead of slanting the truth. @theshaderoominc continually post half truths to suit their interests instead of truths. Repost that! #clapbackseason
A rep for Huff Furniture added in another post:
"Let me explain this business [to] our IG family and obviously KMichelle, too. When you do a 'collection' and call it 'The KMichelle Collection' you obviously work with the manufacturer to set up exclusivity. Usually, you will even work hand in hand during the design process to confidently call it your collection. In that process, you also set up exclusive rights that money from every piece ever sold is paid to you. None of this was done in this case. To top it all off, our imagery was lifted from our showroom and claimed as the KMichelle Collection. If KMichelle doesn't know better her interior design friend she references sure should have known."
K. Michelle eventually caught wind of the issue and posted a pair of messages about the line, arguing that she and Huff Furniture have the same distributor. She stated:
It's the lifestyle! An Upscale affordable home good line created by Kimberly Michelle for the EVERDAY ladies who desire to "Live Like A Queen" Coming to a store near you. @nicologyrules we are more than ready! Custom orders will be available! Pick your own colors! ***THANK YOU NEW AGE UPHOLSTERY for this design, and making all my other designs. *** I'm pretty sure you've made other beds for other companies and they sell them. Hate to upset you, but me and Huff have the same distributor. Mine will be several different colors and textures. They will be on sale soon! Sorry, not sorry.
Once again such a positive thing turns into a smear campaign. Wow. It's really sad. I would never lie about a product I've been working my butt off to produce. Not only do we have special beds that we're licensing out but we have 10 special "exclusive" beds which are trademarked and made directly from us and our vision,NO ONE will have these but us. I'm happy we found the perfect manufacturer to design such crazy, unique, and affordable beds. Can't wait for you guys to really enjoy this amazing collection of all things lifestyle. Me and my designer have stayed up many sleepless nights making sure that this is perfect. I feel like all women deserve the finer things in life, so instead of ripping you ladies off, by tripling the price like most😳 Its been my goal to create affordable, durable, luxurious products! #stillexcited
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