Hipsters at war in one of Australia's trendiest suburbs as store accuses competitor of mimicking its designs after opening 500m down the road in Newtown

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Two boutique stores are at war in one of Australia's trendiest suburbs over claims one is mimicking the other.

Hands, a well established lifestyle store, has been in operation in Newtown, in Sydney's inner west, for the past two years.

Sharing recently opened 500m away and has already been accused of selling 'fake copies and rip-off versions' of the products sold at Hands.

'This has been a nightmare for us,' the owners of Hands said in an Instagram post.

Hands, a well established lifestyle store that's been open for two years, on Wednesday accused Sharing, a new store in the area, of copying it

Hands, a well established lifestyle store that's been open for two years, on Wednesday accused Sharing, a new store in the area, of copying it

The comparison photos from Hands drew concerned comments from dozens of shoppers

The comparison photos from Hands drew concerned comments from dozens of shoppers

'From first hearing from our friends and customers that there was a shop on King St that copy-pasted us, to learning how far the copying really went.

'We could not believe that someone would do this, and the more we learned, the more disbelief we felt. 'Sharing' shop has copied our brand colours, fit-out, furniture, website design, and the brands we sell - our entire concept.'

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The small store shared several side-by-side photos comparing the two boutiques.

They showed Sharing had similar furniture and products to Hands.

'The more we find out, the more unfair it feels,' Hands said.

'Through the blood, sweat, and tears of building Hands, nothing has made us feel so truly sad and in disbelief.

'Sharing, we didn't agree to share anything with you.'

Sharing hit back at the accusations and suggested Hands had actually copied its name and branding from the Japanese department store, Hands.

The Japanese store has no presence in Australia and was rebranded from Tokyu Hands to Hands in late 2022.

'What position are you to say others steal?' Sharing said.

'We haven't even officially opened and we're already getting bullied. Why are you claiming we're selling fakes when you don't have any proof?

'We are very sad! We will focus on our business!'

While Sharing turned comments off on its post, the comparison from Hands drew concerned comments from dozens of shoppers.

Sharing recently opened 500m away and has already been accused of selling 'fake copies and rip-off versions' of the products sold at Hands

Sharing recently opened 500m away and has already been accused of selling 'fake copies and rip-off versions' of the products sold at Hands

Hands shared several side-by-side photos comparing its store and Sharing's, which is 500m away

Hands shared several side-by-side photos comparing its store and Sharing's, which is 500m away

Hands accused Sharing of of selling 'fake copies and rip-off versions of our brands' and copying its branding

Hands accused Sharing of of selling 'fake copies and rip-off versions of our brands' and copying its branding

The boutiques, Hands and Sharing, are just 500m from each other in Newtown, Sydney's inner-west

The boutiques, Hands and Sharing, are just 500m from each other in Newtown, Sydney's inner-west

'The exact tables and green sign is insane, what were they thinking?' one wrote.

'Alone I would say 'coincidence' but this combination of similarities is alarming. This is so not okay and they're in the same suburb? The audacity!' another said.

Sharing owner Ying Liu told ABC Radio they just wanted to do well as a small business.

'If Hands feels uncomfortable she [sic] can reach out to us directly. We will focus on our own business to satisfy everyone,' she said.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Hands and Sharing for further comment.

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