In retaliation for yet another email I got from a designer who said I was “mean”, I print this email I just got (anonymously because I didn’t ask for permission):
I’m about 3/4’s of the way through your book and I truly wish that every fashion diva designer had this book. One quote that rings true is “If you think others have a better handle on things….they just fake it better than you and have more money to waste.”
I’ve been working as a Design and Production Assistant in NYC for some of these “hot shot” (notice the quotes) designers and it’s so true they just need to LISTEN to the mass amounts of people from the pattern maker to the factory worker that are trying to offer them FREE advice…
Being dissatisfied with working for “princess type” designers I am
venturing out on my own and have taken your advice when dealing with contractors and suppliers and really truly and honestly being respectful and understanding of their knowledge and expertise and you will never imagine how much they really appreciate my respect for them! They tell me horror stories of designers who don’t have a CLUE on production etc. yet insist on having everything their way, causing waste after waste after waste…. then turn around and blame the very person who was trying to give them advice in the first place!
Just because I refuse to lie to designers and tell them that they’re doing everything wonderfully, does not mean I’m mean. If you want to make it, I’ll tell you the truth. I’m not saying you’ll like it but I think it’s meaner to go broke, laying people off through waste that could have been prevented if you’d only listened; people are depending on you. Business men never complain that people are mean to them. Business is not a popularity contest.