Last year the shopping at ATS® Homecoming was fantastic. This year looks to be even better with more vendors and more variety! Please note, I am not advertising. I’m just a girl that gets excited about shiny things and fluffy skirts! Not only do I like lists, I also like to pre-shop. Meaning I like to see who has what kind of merchandise so I know which vendors I really need to visit and prepare my wallet a little for the hurt it's likely to receive. So if you like lists and want a little 411 on the vendor lineup this year then this post is for you!
But first, let's talk about something very important. This might cause a bit of a stir, but.....Before you make any purchase please first ask yourself, "Is this a knock-off or is this the original designer/artist?" I can't imagine what it's like to be an artist that puts your soul into creating something unique and beautiful and then see someone come in with a cheaper reproduction and steal your business. WHAT? Ugh. That's like a dancer creating a choreography from scratch and presenting it after tons of hard work and dedication only to watch someone later take your choreography and half-ass copy it and present it as their own. It's up to us, as consumers, to drive the market towards supporting original artists. I know it's not always possible. I've tried to support artists before that took six months or more to get my order filled after I went out of my way to specifically order from them instead of buying a replica for half the price five months earlier. It's also disappointing for the original artist to be sold out when you are completely prepared to buy it. But if you know it's a knock-off ask yourself if you can consciously wear it and support that vendor or are you just feeding the market of cheaper versions of someone else's design. Inspiration, in my opinion, is different. If you were inspired to create a new product (i.e. cholis with built in bras) then that is a different concept and you are catering to a different customer. It's just a decision each person needs to make on their own.
OK, enough of my rant.
There are so many vendors that I'll need to split up this blog post so I'm only covering the first few here.
I'll follow the same order as the newsletter listing:
Back on track, if you are looking for any kind of skirt THIS is a great place. She also carries a lot of costuming bits so you can embellish or create your own costuming pieces. Krishna travels to India several times a year (in fact I think she is there now) so she works directly with manufacturers and since she's really tapped into the tribal community, she can tell what we will love. She has the buying and production power that exceeds most small businesses so it's easy to get swept away with her lower prices. I always look at her more original items like block print cotton skirts and pantaloons, costuming bits, bags and class or street wear like wrap skirts.
FCBD® will of course have other goodies for sale like tanks, OG merchandise, wooden zils and another favorite….Bessie designs! Hopefully you guys can get your hands on a choli dress! I love mine and can’t wait to wear it with my Bessie skirt! I have three pieces and all of them are so well made. It’s an investment but when you think about what it took to design, create the pattern, sew, etc you realize it’s definitely worth the price.