Post # 1
Ladies – I see so so so many posts looking for the designers of dresses that you’ve tried on in a small bridal shop – where they refuse to tell you who made the gown!
THIS IS ILLEGAL!!!
Check out this article: http://www.windsorpeak.com/bridalgown/advice/step3.pdf page 5
The Federal Textile Products Identification Act, Title 15, Sec 70 (for you law buffs out there, the citation is 15-USC-Sec 70 exec) says all apparel sold in this country must include a label with the manufacturer’s name, the fiber content and the country oforigin.
Violations of the law are punishable with up to a year in prison or a $5000 fine.
Some shop owners make excuses for this practice:one common story we hear is that since they are not actually selling the sample gowns, they don’t need to have tags.We say,“nice try.” Part 303 of the FTC’s trade regulation rules (“Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act”) clearly states that samples used to sell textiles must be correctly labeled. We should also point out that nearly all bridal shops sell their samples too,but they don’t put the tags back in when they put them on the sale rack.
Finally, while you do have a right to know the name of the manufacturer of the gown, the style number is another issue. Consumer law does not require retailers to give you the style number ofa dress. As a side note,there is one unfortunate loophole to the law: shops can replace manufacturer’s tags with their own tags, as long as they indicate their store name,fiber content and country of origin.
Don’t do business with businesses that won’t follow the law! Reprimand the boutique owner, report them to the BBB or the FTC, and don’t give them any of your money!
Post # 3
Wow that’s interesting… especially that loophole.
What about my mattress tags… is it true I can go to jail for ripping them off?
Post # 4
hehe… MrBee I’ve heard once you own the mattress, you’re allowed to remove the tags. That’s a manufacturer thing too! Guess mattresses and wedding dresses have that in common?
Post # 5
Hmmmm, very interesting and useful piece of info. Thanks so much for sharing.
Post # 6
Wow….that is VERY interesting!!! I didn’t come across any shops that didn’t share the designers info and definitely would NOT purchase a gown from a place like that. What would be their rationale for not wanting you to know the designer info?
Post # 7
^So that you wouldn’t find out who made the gown and buy it somewhere else. That’s what I’ve heard.
Post # 8
Interesting – the first place I looked at dresses was a small upscale shop in my hometown. I’m not sure if they cut the tag out of the dresses because I couldn’t even touch them – but they would NOT tell my mom and I the designers of any of the dresses. Even when I asked point blank – who is the designer of this dress- they literally ignored me/pretended they didn’t hear. It was so odd and it definitely made me sure I did not want to do business with the shop.
Post # 9
I went to many shops like that – they tore out the designer tags. But unfortunately they would put their own tags on the dresses. So that’s not illegal then since they found the loophole? I wish they hadn’t put their own store tags on the dresses, then they could be busted!
Post # 10
Ya I really don’t see how this helps business. I would be turned off if they refused to give me information like that about the dress! So to me, seems like the practice would lose them more buyers.
Post # 11
I think the rationale is 1) they can mark up beyond the designer’s normal price as far as they want, and you ‘can’t’ comparison shop 2) you can’t go buy it online for half the price 3) they can market whatever crappy cheaper dresses for whatever price the want, and an undiscerning bride won’t know the difference between Vera Wang and aunt Sally.
it’s HORRIBLE business practice, whatever else. Help me spread the words bees – this makes me sick!
Post # 12
wow! i wonder if the same goes for here in Canada?
i have been phoning bridal shops galore to find the best deal for the dress i want (basically the gown i have but its wedding dress version) some were willing to give me quotes others not so much. one even went to saying “we do not want to be a part of a price war, and neither does the company who makes the gown you are asking about” well, sorry but the company who makes the dress actually suggested i phone around 😛 and in this economy right now, many brides want the best deal for their dream dress and for their money.
Post # 13
I went to a place in Connecticut – the Bridal Mall – because it’s where my sister got her dress and they have TONS of dresses. I had a very nice sales assistant helping me but the store policy there was to withhold the name of any dress designer/style etc… I got sneaky when I tried on one that I liked and was able to see the label as she helped me take the dress off but other than that they wouldn’t even leave the dresses in the dressing room alone with me!
Needless to say I didn’t buy a dress there and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless they were in a super rush and wanted something off the rack.
Post # 14
I’ve seen so many posts again about shops that refuse to release information on dresses, and just wanted to bump this PSA for everyone’s sake – it’s NOT okay for a dress shop to break the law. Don’t give them your business, report them, and let other brides know by word of mouth/vendor reviews so that these unethical businesses can be avoided!!
Post # 15
Price comparison isn’t the only reason they do it. There was a shop here that just got shut down, they were cutting out the tags and trying to pass off cheaper dresses as high-priced exclusive designer collections.
Post # 16
Bridal Gallery by Yvonne in Latham, NY
They rip the tags out then lie about the designer. Beware!