- Apr 10, 2011
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No,that bar sounds kind randomly too high?
We were just having this convo in another thread about pad stitching.A bespoke suit is a good example of something that needs human skill that isn’t easy to replicate with a machine.
kind talking pass each other.No,
Not interested in basic clothing that is easy to replicate. Of course there are certain things like making Patterson cutting large amounts of garments that it makes perfect sense to automate.
I’m a stickler for efficiency and support that as long as it does not diminish the quality of the aesthetic beauty of the product.
A bespoke suit is a good example of something that needs human skill that isn’t easy to replicate with a machine.
I’m not against automation. I can make buttonholes by hand. My good friend GBS does on all of his clothes.kind talking pass each other.
I'm sure there are things can't be done automatically (for now), but there are a lot can be done. Point being bespoke is not a representative of the garment/textile industry, don't think automation is a threat to bespoke/artisans product yet, but if automation is a threat to 80% of the guys who are currently being employed in the textile industry then that sounds disruptive enough to me, then we go to the creative destruction argument, and how much is machine helping thus increase output vs. outright replacing etc., though point being measure automation on bespoke as an overall "threat' to the labor in that industry is probably kind not what I'm thinking about
many of them are buying "blanks" doing "drop shipping" and all kind of nonsense
Interesting story about "ghost brands" in apparel. Points to an odd consequences of lowering costs to branding and merchandising online. Easy to show a simulation of a real brand (whatever that might mean, but I think that's sort of in question) with little cost and see if it can draw in some dollars.
The artist / author Jenny Odell is mentioned. If you haven't read it and have time, I'd recommend her article on free watches.
Seems like by now Internet-savvy folks should know when something is too good to be true.The story behind the Rogue Territory Supply Jacket is an interesting example of this. James Bond wore it in the new movie and it was featured in some of the promotional photos, so it was identified by Bond fans pretty quickly and the info was shared around. As a result, RgT saw a healthy growth in interest in their company from lots of new potential customers.
Pretty soon after (mid 2019) a copy shows up on Amazon from some brand called Maden for $89. It's there for a 3 or 4 months before it gets pulled. But it continues be offered on Ebay for around $52. And on AliExpress for $42.
And now the same jacket is back on Amazon for $88.99 from some company called Omoone. Same product pics, but they've blurred out the neck tag.
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I see this kind of thing all the time and not just with clothing. For example, a lot of the furniture you see on Wayfair (and other places like Raymor and Flanigan) can be found for less on AliExpress. It happens with luggage, electronics, garden furniture, etc. It's the whole FBA model that's now being used almost everywhere online.
The article @cb200 shared gives a good overview of the strategy. But this isn't anything new and it certainly didn't start with Instagram becoming popular (although I have no doubt it helped accelerate the trend). You can find anything you can think of on Alibaba and setting up a drop shipping company is pretty easy. So it all comes down to the marketing and the channels you want to use. I had an acquaintance that was doing the whole FBA thing back in 2008 or 09.Seems like by now Internet-savvy folks should know when something is too good to be true.