- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2005
The designer makes what I think is the key point in all this, people who are buying $200 knock offs were never customers who were going to buy a designer dress for several thousand dollars anyway.
True, but they may have been “customers” in her store at one point, trying on her gowns then ordering a knockoff. It really hurts the small designers the most. I live in Portland, and I am familiar with her work. Her gowns are incredible, and the price reflects that. I understand that a $2000 dress is not in a lot of brides budgets, but this article really puts things in a whole new perspective.
Yeah, I can really see the issue from both sides. Fact is, clothing designs aren’t legally protected, and it’s not like the knockoffs are exact anyway. Somehow, knocking off a big name designer doesn’t seem as bad as knocking off a small time shop that’s just trying to make it. I’m not sure if that’s fair though.
I thought it was really interesting that she ordered a knockoff of one of her own dresses. I would have liked to see a side by side comparison.
I do definitely have a problem with the knockoff shops’ practice of using other designers’ photos to advertise their work. That, for me, is crossing a line. If someone wants to send them a designer photo as part of an order, fine, but they should advertise their work by showing the dresses they’ve actually made.
I don’t get the moral outrage that is associated with replica wedding dresses. Thousands of so called replica phones, TV’s, jewellery, cars etc are sold all over the world everyday. Wedding dresses are no different. There will always be varying markets within the sale of any item. Some people buy books brand new from the bookstore, some buy secondhand and some borrow from a library. Some people buy the same style dress from a designer, some buy it from Saks and others by it from Target.
Why do designers never get upset with other designers for creating similar dresses but they do with chinese factories? Most wedding dresses of the same style look alike.
I also think that anyone who buys a chinese dress know what they are buying and does not expect the craftmanship of some designer dresses.
I, too, can understand why large companies [with any product, really] would be upset about someone making “knock-off” products, and honestly, I think it all comes down to the price tag.
Obviously, more people might opt to spend $400 on a dress similiar to one that costs $8000! And when it comes to wedding dresses, I can totally understand!
That being said, I think it’s a little crazy to get upset on dresses that are “similiar”, because let’s face it.. there are MANY dresses that look almost the same, but made in differant colors, fabrics, or have a changed waist or bustline.
Like mermaid gowns for instant – made my numerous companies but mainly, have the same look! I mean, there are only SO many types of wedding dresses, and honestly, some of them DO look the same, but minor changes.
That being said, alot of the “designer” dresses, are made in china also! So really, how can someone complain if their OWN company’s products are made in china?
I do have a problem with chinese sellers using the original stock photo of the dress, I think they should at least have a picture of their actual version, not the stock photo.
And, yeah, sometimes china dresses can be awful quality, and sometimes, you end up with a real gem. I think it’s up to the buyer to do their own extended research.
In the end, I’m purchasing a chinese dress. It’s not a “knock off”, in fact, I’ve NEVER seen another dress like it! And in the event I get a tulle covered piece of crap, well, then I learned my lesson. But I will for sure take a chance on a dress i LOVE for $150, then a dress I a dress I would settle for at $1200.
Just my opinion!
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