Skepta's clothing brand MAINS has been accused of plagiarism

Images of families struggling to success in a third-world country have been used by Skepta's MAINS brand.

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  •  BY Jack Lowe

Top image: A screenshot of Ilyes Griyeb's original photo next to the Instagram by Skepta's brand MAINS

Skepta's new clothing brand MAINS has been accused of using images taken by Moroccan photographer Ilyes Griyeb without permission, adding a MAINS logo and posting them to the company's Instagram account. Griyeb states he has tried to speak to Skepta about the matter multiple times, including asking him to remove the images, but so far has not received a response.

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Griyeb details the issue in a statement to The FADER, stating that the series of photographs features family members and their struggle to "struggle to succeed in a third-world country". He adds that Skepta's use of such images to advertise a clothing range amounts to "new-age colonialism".

Griyeb also claims that the MAINS lookbook, which was shot by Dexter Navy, "hijacks" his work. "We can see some pictures on Dexter Navy's Instagram and they clearly recreated my pictures of my series 'Moroccan Youth' to shoot their campaign... and just found some Moroccan dudes to replace the characters," he said in the statement to The FADER.

Sekpta has yet to comment on the matter.

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Moroccan youth, Meknès, Morocco 2014.

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Source: The FADER
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