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January 13th, 2008

Mossimo is a mid-range American apparel company, founded in 1986. Mossimo specializes in youth, teenage, and adult male clothing. It draws from street, urban and sport styles.

mossimo_demolay.jpgIts local outlet in the Philippines had produced and released into market a T-shirt printed with a defaced insignia of the Order of DeMolay. Active and Senior Members of the Order of DeMolay in the Philippines are now up in arms against Mossimo!

The DeMolay seal is a property of the Order of DeMolay. It is worn with pride and honor by millions of DeMolay members all over the world. Like the Masonic Square and Compasses its usage is bounded by rules and confined exclusively within Fraternal domain. Our emblems are strictly not under public domain – “like the cross” or, the swastika!.

The DeMolay insignia was designed by the founder of our great Order, “DAD” Frank S. Land. He designed it as a pin and symbol that recognizes us as DeMolays. This emblem is to be worn only by DeMolays and their representatives. Every part of this insignia has a particular significance, and we as DeMolays know them by heart.

demolayseal.gifAs DeMolays we are reminded, “… to wear this insignia proudly, whether it be on a pin or a crest. Don’t wear it any place where you would be ashamed to take your mother or your sister. Remember, in all humility, when you wear this emblem, you are representing and speaking for over three million other DeMolays scattered throughout the world, who cannot, for the moment, speak for themselves.”

Whatever reason Mossimo has, it cannot justify the use of the DeMolay emblem for any purpose, much so deface an emblem revered by millions throughout the world.

From where I come from, wearing an insignia of a fraternity which you don’t belong is dangerous to your health…defacing that insignia, is a fatal mistake and a sure prescription for disaster!

What Mossimo did is an insult to the Order of DeMolay in particular and the Masonic family in general.

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  1. January 18th, 2008 at 23:36 | #1

    hay, sad.

    if only people were more conscious about the things printed on the clothes they wear eh, things like this wouldn’t happen. say for example, a lot of people wear che guevarra and bob marley shirt without having any idea what they stand for. nagiging pang-porma lang lahat! dapat mahiya ang mossimo!

  2. jullienne
    January 19th, 2008 at 06:47 | #2

    bro, this is sis jay. i just found out about this from the friendster bulletin boards and i am really shocked. the nerve of mossimo to use your emblem AND defacing it. they should be ashamed. they don’t know what they’re messing with.. or , it’s a black propaganda. if you google it bro there are a lot of responses.

  3. Ariz
    January 19th, 2008 at 21:40 | #3

    dapat mahiya ang mossimo sa ginawa nila tsk tsk

  4. January 20th, 2008 at 09:32 | #4

    nakalagay sa statutes ang proper use of the name,insignia and any regalia belonging or describing the Order or the Supreme Council so tlgng dapat mging accountable ang mossimo sa gnwa nila. biruin mo, pti ung letter “R” s ilalaim ng emblem eh gayang gaya nila. are there any legal actions that have been made to make them aware of what they have done and make the necessary responsible correction they should do to at least appease our enraged brethren (including me!)

    Bro. Kelvin John H. Reyes
    Senior Councilor
    Kalilayan Chapter, IOD
    Lucena City, Quezon

  5. laverne singson
    January 22nd, 2008 at 06:51 | #5

    mossimo co. shame on you and to those people who are behind this never mess with our order we are not playing you insult us.

  6. Denison Rey
    January 23rd, 2008 at 10:13 | #6

    Tsk… Such a shameful engagement The Mossimo brand engaged in. Tsk. Tsk.

  7. JM
    January 23rd, 2008 at 11:56 | #7

    A wise person thinks first before doing an action. Shame on Mossimo
    Master Councilor
    Diego Silang Chapter, IOD
    San Fernando City, La Union

  8. Michael Pulia
    January 23rd, 2008 at 16:11 | #8

    this is an insult to our order. it’s like they cut off our heads for messing our emblem. what is their purpose of of using our emblem on their shirt? I think they really did it on purpose.

    Past Master Councilor
    Pagadian City Chapter
    Pagadian City, Zambo. del Sur

  9. January 23rd, 2008 at 22:17 | #9

    anu ba yan?!..
    ginamit ba naman ang emblem..
    mossimo think 1st..
    million of our bro were affected..
    after wat u’ve done..
    face the consequence..

    Diego Silang Chapter, IOD
    San Fernando City, La Union

  10. January 23rd, 2008 at 23:43 | #10

    Brethren ang puwede nating gawin as protest ay i-boycott ang Mossimo. Hikayatin natin lahat ng Chapter members natin, Senior Brethren, Dad Masons, Moms, Sister Rainbows and Jobbies, Family members and friends…LET’S NOT BUY MOSSIMO PRODUCTS!!!

    Pinugutan nila ng helmet ang Seal natin, symbolically ito ang pinugot nila:

    “The HELMET is emblematic of chivalry which we as DeMolays display through our Courtesy and respect for womanhood and without which there can be no fineness of character.”

  11. Brother Fifth Preceptor
    January 23rd, 2008 at 23:56 | #11

    Dapat may direct action tayo…of course hindi beyond sa bound of laws…direct action like:

    1) Boycott Mossimo
    2) Lets Print a Tshirt ourselves, with the SLOGAN: MOSSIMO SUCKS!! or P’Mo! MOSSIMO!! hehehe(sample lang yan, mga tol…)or anything. Try to be creative.
    3) Lets troop to MOSSIMO stores …whatever you want to do there is up to you 😉
    4) Schedule a MOSSIMO Bashing day, in the campus….wherever…


    Let no one trample upon our Honor!!

    Rio Grande Chapter
    Order of DeMolay

  12. Michael Pulia
    January 24th, 2008 at 09:00 | #12

    nice idea brother fifth preceptor… i think this is the right way to revenge.

  13. Michael Galvez
    January 24th, 2008 at 11:54 | #13

    kalokohan n toh…
    hnd lhat ng bagay ay pang porma…
    tsk tsk tsk!!!!

    “P’mo MOSSIMO”….
    dpt gnto nln print ng tshrt nila….

    Diego Silang Chapter,IOD
    SFC La Union

  14. Michael Pulia
    January 25th, 2008 at 06:45 | #14

    ano meaning ng p’ mo?

  15. bambit
    January 27th, 2008 at 17:19 | #15

    I took a step further and sent email to Mossimo last Thursday, Jan 24, 2008 through the contact form on their website (the australian one as their main .com site has nothing on it but their logo). I briefly told them about the bastardization of the DeMolay logo on shirts for sale here in the Philippines.

    I got an autoreply saying:

    “Thanks for submitting feedback to Mossimo!


    This message is just an automated response to let you know that we
    have received your feedback, and a real human being will respond
    to it soon.”

    … and nothing else since then.

    Another way to strike back would be to mailbomb them … *hint* … 😀

  16. Jerome Jovellanos
    January 28th, 2008 at 10:13 | #16

    I believe it would be in the best interest of the Order to file a legal suit against Mossimo for copyright infringement. Perhaps the Philippine Supreme Council can also inform the International Council about this “crime” against DeMolay.

    With so many legal eagles among us, I believe we should make Mossimo pay for this, figuratively and literally.

    This is a serious matter bros.


  17. Puloi DeMoloi
    January 28th, 2008 at 12:55 | #17

    pede ba ito e post sa news sa demolay.org or na e post na? jejeje!!!

  18. January 28th, 2008 at 22:04 | #18

    hey brothers,
    i find this design and article of clothing an outrage and a severe insult and the author is true to his words saying to disrepect a fraternity emblem such as this puts the wearer’s life in grave danger. with that said do not let me catch some punk wearing this and i see it, or i will carry out my obligations and give my life if need be for what 3 million brethren and have sworn to protect.

    Kendall J. 2*
    Order of DeMolay
    Lynn Skyner chapter

  19. Iggy
    February 4th, 2008 at 03:56 | #19

    sana maaus na ang gusot na kinasasangkutan ng mossimo.. maling mali eh..
    at kong paninira man ang pakay ng gumawa nito gudlak na lng dahil anlaking kasalanan pra smin mga brethren ang ginawa mu..

    t.r.y. chapter
    olongapo city

  20. PeeJay
    February 4th, 2008 at 04:08 | #20

    Brethrens this is peejay. ang dami pa nman nag tatangkilik sa mossimo pero ganun pala sila.
    hndi nila naicp na pwede sila madimanda sa ginawa nila.
    dahil ginamit nila ang emblem ng international order of DeMolay.
    at kht alam pa or magpaalam sila sa atin hndi parin pwede kc ang emblem ng DeMolay or shirt ng DeMolay ay pang DeMolay Boys Only!
    sana matuto sila gumawa ng sariling design. kilala pa nman cla.
    nakakahiya ang mossimo! sobra! dapat hindi pinapaglagpas to.
    managot na kung sino ang managot sa ginawa nila.

    at para sa gumawa neto Goodluck sayo!!!
    sana nag isip ka bago mo to ginawa. wala kang isip!!!

    Zambales Chapter and Teodoro R. Yangco Chapter.
    Iba, Zambales and Olongapo City.

  21. Chris
    February 4th, 2008 at 04:23 | #21

    mossimo’s damage against our organization shook most of us brethrens here in olongapo, i personally dont know yet how big the damage is, but one things for certain. what mossimo did was plainly disrespectful. i am plainly disgusted with what they did, not to mention how many lives this wonderful organization have changed for the better. we demand an explanation. and it better be a good one.

    Bro, Christian Sharma
    Teodoro R. Yanco Chapter Order Of DeMolay Phillipines.

  22. February 4th, 2008 at 18:35 | #22

    dapa t pagbayaran nang mossimo ang kalapastanganan nila dapat ginagawan cla nang action para madala at hindi na muling umulit

    Lj Saclolo
    E.C Mangahis Chapter Mt.Mainam Lodge #49f&a.m

  23. February 5th, 2008 at 20:35 | #23

    Kahit hindi man ako rainbow o job’s daughter, ang asawa ko DeMolay Alumni na PMC pa. Kaya mga bro, tingnan nyo ang wikipedia entry para sa Mossimo. With my wiki account I managed to edit their wikipedia entry. Sana hindi ito matanggal ni wikipedia administrator. Tingnan nyo while its still there. Kung mawala man, eto ang screenshot na kinuha ko after I succeeded with the edit.

  24. February 5th, 2008 at 21:13 | #24

    We all share the same sentiments bro. I also posted a similar entry on my blog. I hope the Mossimo management is aware of the disrespectful act that they have done. Advertising without permissions, and redistribution of copyright contents. These are such grave offenses.

  25. Ian
    March 2nd, 2008 at 12:50 | #25

    i, strongly condemn the act made by mossimo, Philippines for whatever reasons they might have in defacing & printing our beloved emblem on it’s T-shirt…

    our beloved seal/emblem is for the exclusive use of DeMolays alone and the Masonic Family around the world… i urge the National President of the Order of DeMolay here in our country (Philippines) as to the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay to write the Officers of Mossimo, Philippines and if necessary file the corresponding court-complaint in what they’ve done… they did not only violate the printing of our said insignia but the production of it to be worn by people (especially young men) not a member of our fraternal organization…

    the leaders/officers of Mossimo, Philippines should be taught a lesson in what they did… that they should first ask/obtain the corresponding permit/approval from the corresponding order/organization of they choice in mass producing an exclusive use/property of the said organization…

    i appeal to my fellow demolay… brethrens to boycott the said company and for our brethrens whom are lawyers by profession should file the corresponding lawsuit on the said company… WE as DeMolays OWE A PUBLIC APOLOGY from this company…

    Emmanuel Baja Chapter
    Order of DeMoaly
    Cavite City

  26. March 7th, 2008 at 04:16 | #26

    Prudently unacceptable! I’ve heard about this for weeks already and I have mentioned it on my blogs. I would like to know the status of this conflict between Mossimo and the Intl Order of DeMolay, has there been legal actions taken? Oh my.

    Sis Sheena Pimentel
    Bethel #23, IOJD Philippines

  27. Paul Peter John S, Enoy
    March 26th, 2008 at 01:28 | #27

    alam nyo bro, lets not be violent, lets face this prob and submit some complaints on the mossimo franchise, ,.. lets not jump to harsh conclusions, lets just do it in the proper way, we are DEMOLAY’s and we are not savages, but hey, if they continue on producing our emblem’s like this, we should put the matter, in our own hands,. lets make a shirt : SAYING MOSSIMo SUCKS, Emblem THIEF: or anything, be creative brother demolay’s , LETS STAND and Be united… This issue should not be taken lightly,… Hmpf, d na aq bibili ng mossimo products,…thats my current action for now,… hehehe ^_^

  28. jan tura
    April 1st, 2008 at 18:24 | #28

    mossimo sucks….!!!!!!!!pag meron akong nakitang may suot nyan isasampal ko sa kanilang mukha!!!! gat. andres bonifacio chapter

  29. Jalbert
    May 9th, 2008 at 14:17 | #29

    may na encounter na akong tao na naka shirt ng mossimo w/ an emblem of demolay… I ask him kung “brod sya?” and he answered “cno ka ba?” i feel so insulted on that time that’s why i went to the nearest mossimo outlet at cubao and ask them kung may stock pa cla ng shirt na may emblem ng demolay? at yun nakita ko marami pa!!! grrr… kinausap ko manager nila at sinabi ko na “our emblem is not for sale” f*ck Mossimo P’Mossimo

    Jalbert P. Lumabad
    Emmanuel Baja Chapter

  30. Bro. Ads
    June 10th, 2008 at 16:47 | #30

    The Supreme Council should take action for the bastardization that mossimo made in our seal.

    They beheaded our seal and they think it’s alright, but they don’t know that it’s like beheading us the members and brothers of the International Order of DeMolay. We shouldn’t let this pass, because this is a big insult for our Fraternity and our Brotherhood.

    Brethren please don’t let this pass what mossimo had done to our Brotherhood. Please Take Action! Thanks

    Your Brethren,
    Adrian-Lei Bustamante
    Teodoro R. Yangco Chapter, Olongapo City

  31. June 17th, 2008 at 12:38 | #31

    I dont know if anyone has passed this on to the
    ISC but I plan on e-mailing them this link im surr
    something will be done. it is a copyright issue

    M. Myers
    Sr. DeMolay
    Past District 14 Scribe
    Chester Pike &
    Ches-Mont Chapter
    PA DeMolay

  32. Bro. KALTOG
    November 4th, 2008 at 12:06 | #32

    WTF… this should be a lesson to MOSSIMO comp. and to all demolay’s too.
    We must respect are emblem.. Are emblem is not just a logo..
    It represent are Chapter. and being a member of International Order of Demolay…

    Long Live Demolay

    Senior Demolay: Bro Frederick D. Maderazo
    Sesinando Bugarin Chapter
    Calapan, City, Oriental Mindoro

  33. Joji Bulawin
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:51 | #33

    where did they got that idea of fashion?

    Hala, BOYCOTT MOSSIMO!!! I’ll burn kaya may mossimo jacket?

    huhuhu sayang yata….

  34. Brod Aris Young
    February 10th, 2009 at 16:04 | #34

    mga P mossimo kayo! hwag nyo kaming subukan….baka tuluyan kayong magsara.

  35. Brod Aris Young
    February 10th, 2009 at 16:07 | #35

    And dont even think to do it again… mga brother ng Mt. Apo Chapter we boycott P mossimo.

  36. Thomas Turvey
    February 11th, 2009 at 08:26 | #36

    You people are a pack of idiots!! seriously think of the exposure that could be gained from this but no it’s more important to have a bitch about something that isn’t quite right!!!

    Tom Turvey

  37. roy
    February 19th, 2009 at 17:54 | #37




  38. March 6th, 2009 at 22:29 | #38

    indi bagay gamitin niyan for commercial purposes. not for sale ang logo at emblem natin. para lang sa mga demolays niyam . . gardu d corps. . sv aguilar chapter. viva demolay

  39. March 6th, 2009 at 22:30 | #39

    its an insult to our organization and fraternal brotherhood.

  40. Jesse Emmanuel C. Garcia
    March 19th, 2009 at 22:21 | #40

    Slam mossimo down!!!they don’t know our journeys in recieving and earning such as honor to be a member of the Order of DeMolay.

    they should be punish bad…d;)

    Past treasurer,preseptor
    Leon Kilat Chapter
    Dumaguete city Negros Oriental

  41. Bro. Pennard Estrellado
    May 4th, 2009 at 23:20 | #41

    This is a total outrage, i for one, patronize mossimo products, but after this encounter, i am sickened by the sight of mossimo brand t-shirts, is it possible that they have never heard of copyright law?..

    how insolent and stupid of them to vandalize the Insignia of our great order…

    Bro. Pennard Estrellado
    Master Councilor
    Werner P. Schetelig Chapter, San Pablo City Laguna
    Sponsored By: Malinao Lodge #25 F.&A.M

  42. Bro. Pennard Estrellado
    May 5th, 2009 at 00:02 | #42

    Thomas Turvey :You people are a pack of idiots!! seriously think of the exposure that could be gained from this but no it’s more important to have a bitch about something that isn’t quite right!!!
    Tom TurveyPMC MSA RD

    I strongly disagree with u..we are not some cheap Logo that could be sold..wearing the DeMolay emblem is a privelege earned by a man by proving himself worthy of our namesake..if you agree with this brother..i seriously suggest that you rethink your statement..and we are not a pack of IDIOTS..we are concerned DEMOLAYS aware that non DEMOLAYS are wearing our insignia..and who knows..a time may come that someone may frame our Order for a crime..using this fake emblem as a decoy..

    think wisely brother before you act or even speak..

    think twice before speaking..

  43. Orlando C. Corpuz
    May 31st, 2009 at 19:52 | #43

    Mossimo,, lulubog na yan… Boycott natin sila. sa dami ba naman ng DeMolay sigurado bagsak sila.Shame on Mosimo. kailangan pa nila gumimick na gamitin ang emblem natin.

    Orlando C. Corpuz
    TRY Chapter
    Olongapo City

  44. 99%ofThePopulation
    July 7th, 2009 at 01:46 | #44

    “pag meron akong nakitang may suot nyan isasampal ko sa kanilang mukha!!!! gat. andres bonifacio chapter”

    — Judging by your responses, I have lost all respect for your brotherhood. It is what faced with adversity that true colors come out.

  45. Tom
    July 13th, 2009 at 22:03 | #45

    I further disagree with you. I agree that there is the possibility of the incrimination. However, look at the pedophile cases in DeMolay in the USA you can’t tell me that the damage from these cases is going to be less harmful than that of the logo on a shirt. Therefore based on your implications you are condoning those who may be pedophiles to use our insignia because, they, in the past have proven themselves worthy. @Bro. Pennard Estrellado

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