Street artist Banksy has launched a homewares shop in a dispute over a trademark, stating he had been forced into taking the unusual step of opening his own homewares store following a legal dispute with a greetings card company.
Gross Domestic Product mysteriously opened in Croydon on Tuesday on the site of a former carpet shop. It will trade for the next two weeks – though will never open its doors, with all sales being made online.
“A greetings card company is contesting the trademark I hold to my art,” he said in a statement.
To avoid cancellation of his trademark, Banksy is now in the difficult position to prove use of his trademark for what it’s registered for, so Banksy opened a shop.