"Don’t, however, believe everything you read online or in the press. This was a very bad and dark experience for me, my family and business, and I learnt a lot from going through this. As the years have passed, I have been more careful with projects I have attached my name to, people I seek advice from and websites I work with. These issues have all been resolved and lessons learnt at great cost. One piece of advice I would give to all of your readers is always value and protect your name."
Righto, so we shouldn't believe that Mr Beaman took deposits from a number of customers and then simply failed to provide the garments that he had been paid to make, and also failed to respond to queries from those customers as to when the garments would be completed.
I'm sure that it was a dark time for him but he could have avoided it by either completing the work that he had been paid to do, or by being upfront with customers who had paid deposits, explaining to them that he was no longer able to complete the work, apologising profusely and refunding their deposits.
I hope that he has learnt a lot from going through that experience - I suspect that some people on SF learnt never to commission anything from Darren Beaman!