High-end fashion label Balenciaga is accused of ripping off the designs of (now defunct) San Francisco-based leather jacket makers East West Musical Instruments. (We know, the name is confusing.) East West sold to the likes of Janis Joplin and other rockers, and originals can fetch thousands of dollars. Balenciaga's "borrowing without asking" has started a debate about when influence trespasses into the territory of plagiarism. We say, bring on the homages! Also, we've helpfully rounded up some other only-in-San Francisco looks that Balenciaga might be interested in incorporating into their next line.
1. Burning Man Fur
This ubiquitous Burning Man staple easily carries the wearer from the playa to the office. Well, not really, but it happens anyway.