Post # 1
So I went into a store to try on dresses and FEEL IN LOVE with a gorgeous dress within my price range. I asked the store what the designer or line was and they said it came from a manufacturer. I looked in the dress and there was no tag or anything. What exactly does this mean and would you be worried the dress would never arrive? Should I stay away from my dream dress?
Post # 3
I know plenty of people who have not bought designer or lines. They had no problem getting the dress. Check with the store and see what/if any issues they have had with the manufacturer.
Post # 4
Honestly, if a store wont tell you who designed the dress and if there are no tags on it, I would stay away. It just smells a little fishy to me. Were you able to take a picture of it? If you weren’t, go back to the store, smuggle your camera/phone into the dressing room, take a pic and post it here. If the sales person is in the room with you, tell them you’d like a few minutes alone. If they wont let you…then I think that’s a sure sign to look for the dress elsewhere.
Another thing you could do is see if the store has a website. They might list what designers they carry (or what “manufacturers” they carry?). Good luck!
Post # 5
Great advice! No the sales lady didn’t let me take pictures and she stayed with me the entire time while I was changing. I thought it was fishy as well that it didn’t have a tag in it. I LOVE the dress, everything about it, but I don’t know if I can buy a dress without a designer attached to it. What if something went wrong. I will try this week to go back and take a picture of it and post it here. I’m also going to take my bridal book which has tips on a quality gown … I’ll keep you posted!
Post # 6
A lot of times the stores won’t tell you who made the dress and remove tags so that you can’t go and try to find the dress cheaper elsewhere. It’s a shady practice, but if it’s w/in your price range, I think you’d be OK to buy the dress there.
Post # 7
I’ve only heard about this (the bridal shops removing tags and refusing to tell info) on WeddingBee … at the bridal store I went to they provided me with any information I wanted. I was and am completely comfortable … and what I can suggest is to just do what you feel comfortable with.
Post # 8
I think it seems a little weird that the store wasn’t able to provide you with any information about the dress manufacturer/designer. Even if you love the dress, I can understand you wanting more information about the manufacturer, just so you can make sure everything is on the up-and-up. I wonder what would happen if you told the sales consultant at the store that you loved the dress, but weren’t comfortable purchasing the dress without any specific information about the designer. I’d be interested to hear her response to that.
FWIW, I went to one store where the labels from the dresses were removed and re-numbered. I was able to tell the manufacturer of the dress, but not the style numbers. These were high-end designers, too. I found it a little sketchy.
Post # 9
Thanks Ladies for your help. I’m going back this week and demanding they tell me more about the dress or I will not purchase it. At least if they give me the name of the manufacturer I could look them up and see if they are a good business! Thank you!