Friday, October 19, 2012

favorite & not-so-favorite things friday




favorite: When an adorable celebrity wears something that makes you take a double take -- in this particular instance it was a headband that, for a second, I legitimately thought that somehow ol' T-swift had gotten a hold of a Fayette Headband without me knowing! She rocks this style so well & effortlessly. You can too!


not-so-favorite: When you find out where that headband actually came from. A well-known online boutique - where I had actually have previously entered my beloved Fayette headbands into a contest -now sells an almost identical headband to the Fayette. I didn't win the contest I mentioned, but I guess they liked it enough to get some made in China. 

I'm choosing to give them benefit of the doubt. Maybe it was an innocent mistake, which is why I don't want to make a HUGE fuss over it ((yes, I did mention it on twitter & Facebook. i'm a social media addict, after all)) but I AM hoping that my readers, loyal customers, and fellow handmade advocates will help make it right.

Support Handmade. Buy the Original Fayette, 
((which is actually less expensive, comes in exclusive vintage fabrics, and is NOT imported from China. win-win))

Use the code SAVEFAYETTE ((oh yes. that's very dramatic)) for 10% off your original Fayette through Sunday night at midnight. Thanks for having my back, y'all!

love.

19 comments:

  1. Sad day. Maybe an original Fayette would make T Swift have better posture :) Unique handmade > mass produced copies!

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    1. Thank you! Every time I see this picture I just cringe and want ti say "stand up straight!". Even if you are ridiculously tall and gangly, neither of which I am.

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  2. That isn't fun that your design was copied! It is very cute though!

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  3. The Fayette headband looks just like a rolled up bandana tied at the top. Housewives in the 1950s rocked this look while cleaning house. Did they steal the look too? It's not a very creative idea no matter how cute and vintage the fabric is.

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    1. Good job, Sam. You must have had a long week and needed to cut someone down to make you feel better. I'm glad it was me and not someone else. I've actually said from the beginning that a large part of my inspiration comes from 50's housewives and uppity ladies alike who wore bandanas tied up at the top. The description of my headbands in the shop actually alludes to that quite clearly.

      That's silly of you to claim that it's not a creative idea, when I took something retro & put a modern twist on it...not only in the planning & developing stages, but also in the marketing & photoshoot stages. There was no one that sold this design when I started making them and now there are many. Not only are they designed with carefully selected vintage & vintage inspired fabric, but they are also designed so that there isn't a ton of bulk under the head, like with a bandana, so they are less likely so slip off your head. Also, they can be worn in a variety of ways. Our idea of "creativity" must be different.

      Sorry you don't like them! They're definitely not for everyone & I'm thankful for a community of readers & customers who do love and appreciate them and support handmade.

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  4. Turi here with ModCloth. This piece was not produced by ModCloth. Please know that it is never our intention to “steal a style.” Thank you so much for the feedback; this will help us be more informed and work more closely with our designers in offering the best possible pieces and the most unique items to our community. Please reach out to me at bloggers@modcloth.com and I can relay your concerns to the appropriate team, and get back to you.

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    1. How can you say that it is not produced by modcloth?

      http://www.modcloth.com/shop/hairaccessories/through-the-wire-headband-in-red

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  5. @Anonymous We sell products designed and produced by other vendors. Our buying team travels the globe looking for unique clothing and decor from independent designers. We began by selling one-of-a-kind vintage items (we still offer one true vintage item daily) and our mission remains to offer unique, vintage-inspired clothing for women. Turi, ModCloth

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  6. Kim, I love you and your blog but I have to agree with some of the above commenters. Your headband idea (although adorable!) isn't exactly the most original idea.. as the commenter above stated, we've seen a similar look since the 1950's. That's not to say yours are not the cutest and best quality, because I'm sure they are! However, I do think it's a little self indulgent to think a large company such as Modcloth ripped off your idea. Who knows, maybe you didn't win that contest because they already had something similar in the works. Again, I'm not saying it's not a fantastic idea. I'm just saying it's possible others had the same idea without exactly stealing your design. I have a friend who constantly thinks other people (myself included) are "copying her" and I find it so incredibly self indulgent. Her insecurity has actually ruined our friendship. I still love you and your blog and products, just had to put my thoughts out there. <3

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    1. thanks for your comment anonymous. i actually admitted much of this yesterday on my facebook page...that maybe i jumped the gun. admitting it. is that better?

      however, i do think that every artist and designer as every right to defend their work. unlike you, most of us are proud to stamp our names and/or brand on everything we do.

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  7. I actually wore one of my two fayette headbands from your shop today. Maybe my head's a little big, but I fold them in half long ways so they fit me better. I love them. Who had the idea first is like the old chicken or the egg debate, but either way, I support small handmade businesses over big businesses any day. My first fayette headband got lost in the mail and you were SO great to work with on getting a second one out in first class so I got it ASAP. I loved your work ethic and devotion to your customers so much (and how adorable the headband is) that I ordered a second one. Thanks for being dedicated and passionate about your handmade business, because it keeps us loyal customers coming back time after time.

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  8. I love your handmade Mondays! Such cute tutorials. Time to bust out the machine for some Christmas gifts.

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  9. Argh. That's all I have to say about that.

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  10. What a shame on them. Honestly, I appreciate yours more. The bow is more delicate. :)

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  12. oh that is awful!! I can only hope that they already had their orders in to China but that def seems too much of a coincidence. & why cant celebrities buy handmade? not like those huge shops need more promotion from them anyway... oh sign. yours are SO adorable though and i am def considering it as an xmas gift. I always shop handmade or secondhand whenever possible (aka all but undergarments usually). Keep up your great work! Oh, & i also was trying to comment on a few posts earlier w/ the cute fall outfit & fall leaves but didnt see the comment option, is that intentional?
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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