HELP! “private label dress” at a boutique?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would get a little more information. Where is it designed and manufactured? What is the fabric ( silk, polyester?) it could be very legit or they could be buying Chinese knock offs and giving them a heavy mark up. In the US, it is illegal to sell anything not labeled with those pieces of information.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If they don’t tell you the designer names, that is a red flag.  Most stores are PROUD to share the names of the designers they carry.  What’s the name of the store?  Do they have a website? If we know the “tier” of designers they carry, we might be able to help you track it down.

I found one exception: when selling samples.  Some designers want their names removed when a dress is sold for super duper cheap. 🙂

 

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

It is possible that they design and manufacture their own dresses, but I’d definitely be asking for more details!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

One of my local shops does the same thing! They take the tags out of the “name brand” dress. So, the dresses you try on are the top quality dresses. However, they either make them or order them from China. You end up getting a knock-off! I’d stay away if I were you!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Some designers will sell their gowns cheaper in certain boutiques under a ‘private label’, so it could still be legit.  I know that Marisa does this a lot, so maybe it’s one of theirs?  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

it’s illegal for them to withhold the manufacturer from you. threaten to report them if they don’t comply with the law.

Any violation of the Textile Act regulations or the Care Labeling Rule is considered an unfair and deceptive act or practice under the FTC Act.

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus39-wedding-gown-labels-unveiling-requirements

 

They can be fined up to $11,000 PER violation… that means $11,000 for each and every dress that they don’t have labelled properly with all the required information.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@socalmeli:What “designers” are willing to sell their dresses without labels? Designers and their teams are fiercely protective of their brands. The only possible candidates few such a practice could be the big companies where there in no single designer (Maggie Sottero is a good example…there is no designer named Maggie involved).

The dress isn’t Ines. It’s going to be a smaller name.

OP, I think you should shop elsewhere.

owever, if you want to find that dress, look at discontinued gowns by the brands they carry.

Post # 14
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1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That place is in China…seems about right.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Be weary. I would demand more information before you decide thats the dress. 

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