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bought fabrics from. This company has great designed fabrics, and
although their quality is not great, they are cheap. There are plenty
of shops that stock their fabrics, and the usual retail price is £6.99,
although I have seen it both dramatically cheaper, and dramatically more
expensive. This all sounds like a great deal, right?
|Alexander Henry – Goo Goo Babies, original on the left, copy print on the right.|
the prints are copied. I am sure that some lovely prints are available
from this company that are entirely their own designs. But while I can’t be sure of the original prints from the company, I can be sure of the copies, as we have previously sold their original counterparts in our store.
company where we have stocked the original, yet a cheaper ‘fake’ is
being sold around the corner for half the price. I’ve thought about
saying something. I haven’t. I have spoken to the company, but each
time I have mentioned it to them they have protested ignorance, and
blamed their ‘german factory’. They have told me that once they know a design is a
copy, they withdraw it from sale. I have been through their fabric
racks, and shown them which ones are, where they can find them, and yet months later still see them
being shown at the trade shows. After noticing this company, I became aware that there is more than one
UK company out there selling these same fabrics, or others in the same
vein. I haven’t said anything further than
this, I’ve thought about it, I’ve stopped buying their products, but I
haven’t said anything about it on any public sphere.
|Another Alexander Henry print.|
This week, I read this article: https://whileshenaps.com/2014/11/fabric-designers-earn.html – if you
haven’t read it, you should, it’s an interesting portrayal of how much
the designers we all know and love earn, and what, precisely,
they have to do to earn it. It made me stop and think. It made me
realise that there’s more to designer copyright than just the ‘kudos’ of
having designed that print. It costs them money. Very few designers
earn a living wage unless they have more than one string to their bow.
|Alexander Henry Goo Goo Babies – this one was obviously popular, as it’s now available in all the prints and colours.|
I have a
store, here in the UK. We focus mainly on designer ranges of quilting
fabrics, and also stock a lot of modern Japanese prints. We are not
known for being ‘cheap’, yet I (hope) we aren’t equated with bad value
for money, either. We value good design, and want to share our love of
print and pattern with our customers. Our relationship with our
customers is important, and it’s important for them to feel they can
|echino by etsuko furuya. The colours on this one has been changed, but that’s it.|
unnecessarily. I do not want our products to be undervalued by their
cheaper counterparts. And yes, on a base level, I do not want to lose
my sales to another company selling the ‘same’ fabrics at half the
any way an altruistic act.
|Kokka Trefle – this entire range of hedgehogs, scottie dogs etc in all colours has been copied.|
also have friends who are in the design world. They rely on their
designs for their living. They don’t make much, often. They are
successful, and busy, yet royalties from fabric design can be pennies, as shown in
the link to the blog above. These copies are, in effect, robbing what
small income these people have. It’s entirely probable that the designs won’t
get reprinted, if sales are being lost to elsewhere.
|ok – so I couldn’t find an original picture for this. But it is a Cosmo-Tex print we stocked several years ago.|
|kokka – j’aime le ballet – je n’aime pas le copy|
|robert kaufman metro market (this collection seems to have been popular.)|
|robert kaufman metro market? guess which one.|
|this is a print a few years old from Kokka – original on the left, copy on the right|
|Sevenberry Strawberries? Or an identical print?|