The retailer is saying that the designer Stevie Koerner, who sells her jewelry on Etsy, is making baseless accusations.
In a blog post from May 28, the retailer said:
“A quick search on Etsy for ‘state necklace’ reveals several other sellers with similar products (as seen here on Regretsy) who offered their wares as much as a year earlier than Ms. Koerner.
“We are not implying that Koerner stole her necklace idea from one of these other designers, we are simply stating the obvious—that the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be its originator.”
So, basically, creative lightning may have struck twice—in different places about the same time.