Post # 1
I have run into a problem while dress shopping and would really appreciate any insight on the issue.
So… I FINALLY found a wedding dress I love (I have tried on close to 50 dresses and didn’t really like any of them), and wanted to say yes to the dress, but when I went looking for the tags they were cut out. I asked the bridal consultant who the designer is and she said it is a “private label” then quickly changed the subject. Does anyone know what that even means? The dress is $1,700 and I cannot justify spending that when I don’t even know who the designer is… they wouldn’t even let me take a picture of it! I would love to look the dress up online and really analyze it before purchasing it as I do not want buyer’s remorse.
I have another appointment there this Saturday and I am not sure what to do… cancel it and keep looking or just suck it up and buy it?!?
Post # 3
@kmmartin: I assume they’re referring to the brand called Private Label by G http://www.privatelabelbyg.ca/
Post # 4
@kmmartin: Don’t by from that shop, report them to BB. Cutting lables is illegal.
Post # 5
Could you try and sneak a picture? I’m guessing they don’t want to tell you the designer because people will shop around for price (and they should!).
Post # 6
Not sure why some places do this but here’s the thing…if the dress is what you want and the quality is worth $1,700 why does it matter if it’s some big name designer or the seamstress in the back?
Post # 7
@kmmartin: if the tags are cut out that’s a HUGE red flag.
Post # 8
Unless it’s a second hand or used store they should have the labels in.
The term private label typically means that a company is producing goods under another companies name. For example with groceries, there can be one company that makes the store brand generic item for several different stores. Same item, but they put it in different packaging for each. Long story short, that term usually refers to a generic brand or knock off.
Post # 9
Does the shop have a website? Sometimes they list the designers they carry. That way you can narrow it down and maybe find which dress it is.
Personally, I wouldn’t buy from a shop that did that. If they have good customer service and the prices are OK then there is no reason for them to do something shady like that.
You now know what style of dress you like. Try to find that exact dress or something similar to it somewhere else.
Could you describe it? Maybe people will be familiar with the design and give you suggestions for the same or similar dresses…
Post # 10
Thank you so much for all of the replies!
The dress is lace, sweetheart neckline, fit n flare, beaded neckline, Swarovski crystals throughout the entire gown.
I looked at the Private Label by G and found one where the description is pretty bang on, but the photo isn’t that great. It’s Style # 12078 http://www.privatelabelbyg.ca/collection2.html?Collection=10
Post # 11
Definitely see if you can find the style # and look elsewhere!
Tag cutting is a SKEEVY practice!
Post # 12
@kmmartin: How would you describe the material? Did the dress have tule on the bottom like the Private Label dress?
Post # 13
I have a private label by G dress too! 🙂
Post # 14
And do a google image search of 12078. There are some better pictures that people took of the dress in person.
If you are up for trying a different dress, my dress sounds a bit similar to the one you like, its a fitted A-line/fit and flare (don’t really know the difference), lots of swarovski beading and I was blown away by the quality. It felt so light and wonderful on. I believe it’s silk and french lace. If you have a shop that carries Marina Liana check out the 419… Its a bit different through as it doesn’t really have the look of tule.
Post # 15
@ke_murphy: The material was lace. The chest area was a bit heavier due to tall of the beading and crystals and the skirt was light weight. Yes, it did have the tulle on the bottom. I just emailed Private Label by G to see if they have better photo’s and am waiting to hear back. I did a google search and couldn’t find many pic’s of it. Your dress is beautiful, I will look into that one as well.
@BrandNewBride: I agree and it threw me off. It’s very dishonest and when paying that kind of money the buyer should be allowed to know that information.
Post # 16
I would NOT buy if they are straight cutting out the labels. I don’t even think that’s legal. I bought an Allure Private Label gown, which I found strange because there was nothing online about it but found out it’s a true label. And, the tags and labels were NOT cut out, it just isn’t their regular line, it’s a boutique line.
Again, if it’s a dress you like it doesn’t really matter if it’s something you can find online etc… but the cutting labels out of the dress to hide it, is SUPER shady.