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Please Do Not Buy a Designer Knock-off from China
So . . . I’m sure a lot of you have marveled, at least for a second, at the possibility of getting a designer gown for a couple hundred bucks in China. I never considered it for my own wedding gown, but I did do a double-take once or twice on Ebay at how a really gorgeous dress could be made for so little. Then, while planning my own line of gowns, I started reading a lot about bridal manufacturing and selling and realized what a problem this has become for the industry. It is NOT because everyone in the business is an a$$hole, trying to suck you dry, and can’t tolerate sharing a buck or two with anyone else, by the way. I get so annoyed when I read a thread of comments about why ordering knock-offs from China is okay because the stuff is too expensive anyway, and that designer makes a ton of money and won’t notice a missing sale or two. Oh yeah? Well . . .
BOOO! That’s ME! That’s my design and my picture! And that sh*t don’t cost $98 to make, by the way. Not even close. Don’t you think I would LOVE to be able to sell my stuff for $100? It would be flying off of the racks! I mean, I hope so anyway – geez. I charge as little as I can while also making enough money to put back into the next collection and eat a sandwich every now and then. And so does everyone else. Because we want you to buy it. Duh. We know that you are more likely to buy when it costs as little as possible, so we are charging as little as possible. Fabric is expensive, yo. I couldn’t even buy the fabric and trimmings and zipper and boning and horsehair and all of the junk for $98 – let alone sew it, photograph it, market it, or even make a pattern for it in the first place. These folks in China can, because they’re using grody fabric (and they’re obviously not paying to have it photographed – *ahem*). They couldn’t even include the other designs from my collection, because Swiss Dot is too fancy for them.
So you see, I’m not mean for charging what I do – I’m trying to build a brand of well-made, gorgeous pieces, and so I have to put more of my own money into it than if I were to use polyester and didn’t care about quality. They’re mean, because they’re stealing from me.
Amazingly enough this does not have me freaking out just yet. I mean, at least my marketing efforts have been working, right? And people must like the stuff. *high five* I just want everyone to know why ordering a knock-off is lame. Designers are not necessarily big-shots, vacationing in St. Tropez and sh*t. I work out of my dang dining room. Those sales mean a whole lot to me, and I treat them as such. I put a lot of love and attention into everything I do, and I hope the brides who come to me feel that. These jerks in China don’t care about you obviously, because they’re willing to make this dress in Royal Blue. And I would never, ever do that to you.