Monday, 7 June 2010

The Handmade Revolution Goes Designer...


Well now, It's been a while since I got chance to post because it has been super crazy at work. But finally I can sit at my computer and send you something interesting. This issue has popped up on a couple of the sites I frequent so I thought it would be good to mention it here also.

Apparently our love of handmade has now gone designer!
Sublime Stitching's Jenny Hart reported on her website of a Fendi handbag that comes as an embroidery kit. It is a plain canvas bad which you can embroider yourself. However, because of the designer label the price of this kit is $995!! I'll have two of those please, one for the week and one for the weekend!

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Recently, Louis Vuitton was asked to stop using a new line of ads by the Advertising Standards Agency. The ads showed models working on the products and claimed that they were 'handmade'. The ASA said
"We had not seen evidence that demonstrated the extent to which Louis Vuitton products were made by hand, we concluded the ads were misleading". In response Louis Vuitton sttod by their advertising, saying that they were merely an homage to the artisans that make such products.

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What do you think about big names such an Fendi and Louis Vuitton getting in on the handmade action? Are they pulling the focus away from us independent designers or are they making a larger market aware of the possibility to buy handmade?? Leave your comments to let me know!

Interesting links:

Sublime Stitching's post of the Fendi Bag

UK Handmade's post about Louis Vuitton

More info on the Louis Vuitton situation on Stylite

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