Most of you who read this blog are also people who spent heaps of time on social media, so you probably already know about this situation.
Basically, Urban Outfitters, a large chain store in the US, Canada, and I think the UK (is it anywhere else? Online too I guess) has once again copied and mass produced an artist's handmade design.
The obvious response from Urban Outfitters, after receiving negative feedback from all over the internet, is that they have stopped selling the product on their website. They have pretty much said "Oops, sorry about that."
An apology is just not good enough. If you continue to buy products from unethical stores, like Urban Outfitters (or American Apparel for that matter) then they will continue to steal designs and make money from them. They are only making products that they think that they can sell. If their (copied, sweatshop made, sexually exploitative etc) products do not sell, they will not sell them next time. They will either go out of business, or come up with new ideas and things will get better.
In a broader sense, why don't you just think about everything you purchase. Research and understand what is advertising jargon designed to make you feel better about buying something. Buzzwords like 'organic', 'handmade', 'GM free', 'all natural' etc can mean a lot of different things, and do not immediately mean something is better or more ethically produced. Don't just take things at face value, even if they are pretty and shiny. An example of something which frustrates me to no end is when people buy fake designer furniture... if the original, beautiful wooden lounge chair is specially made by craftspeople and out of your range monetarily, getting a factory made copy is exactly the same as buying an Urban Outfitters version of a handmade necklace.
Being an intelligent, informed person is fun and rewarding (if a little disheartening sometimes), but I definitely recommend it if you want to live the best life you can (eudaimonia, man).