Nordstrom says no to Cowichan knock-offs
US-based retailer Nordstrom, which is getting ready to open in Vancouver this year, has agreed to stop using the “Cowichan” name on a line of sweaters it sells.
The department store chain made the move almost immediately after hearing concerns late last week.
The sweaters in question are “inspired” by the designs of traditional Cowichan knitters, but there’s no other connection.
The Cowichan Tribes dealt with a similar issue during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when the Hudson’s Bay Company included a Cowichan sweater knock-off in its Winter Games line.