Well we started the day off excited as we launched our Fall design contest. We were getting a lot of messages form our fans about how excited they were. We then got a message that we thought was a joke at first. Well we we very wrong. Now we know that being in the Doll Clothing business, that we deal a lot with young girls. We just never imagined this, and honestly we were shocked. We were accused of "stealing" someones design. To make a long story short, someone stated our Maritime Maiden design was stolen from their design video they had entered in another contest. Curious, we watched their video. Wow! That is just like our design, except for they had a blue denim skirt, instead of our white shorts. Even the necklace was quite similar. We we perturbed. What in the world? Now, this design, as we have stated before was designed by our eldest daughter Brittany. She sketched it over a year ago. We made the first "mock up" in March. Now is the time we wish we had a dated video. Ha ha. This girl went on to post serious accusations of how this was stolen from her. We tried to assure her that we absolutely DID NOT steal her design. We are not sure we convinced her. In the mean time, we got messages from her friend also making accusations. The funny thing is, we posted a pic of this design as we were making on our old facebook. Of course that facebook profile is now closed, so we could not use that as proof.
Now why are we so worked up about this? Not sure. I guess because we pride ourselves on our honesty, and this was a design by our daughter. I suppose when someone makes false accusations, you want nothing more than to clear your name.
So, we want to assure everyone , that we absolutely did not steal any one's design. We do not spend time watching videos on YouTube, or do we follow other design contests. We just do not have time to do that. We get our designs from current trends. Catalogs, movies stars, Rock Stars etc... Not from YouTube.
So we tried to find some type of proof. This was the best we could do, as it was hard to find records. So here is a copy of our Ebay transactions where we purchased the red & white knit fabric used. You can see the date and the seller id.
RED and WHITE STRIPE on COTTON LYCRA JERSEY KNIT (380293869481)
Member id cankorkmaz ( Feedback Score Of 2731) 99.8%
Sale date: 03/26/11
. Here is the purchase history for the gold anchor charms:
Free Shipping 50Pcs Gold Tibet Silver Anchor Charms (230604060837)
Member id good_bead88
Feedback Score Of 32741
Sale date: 04/03/11
Here is the paypal receipt for the red an white stripe fabric we used:
Now, you can clearly see the dates of purchase for these items. Way before July!!
eBay Payment Sent (Unique Transaction ID #29R75121W17202357)
Mar 26, 2011
Item # Item Title Qty Price Subtotal
380293869481 RED and WHITE STRIPE on COTTON LYCRA JERSEY KNIT 1 $5.50 USD $5.50 USD
Shipping & Handling via Standard Delivery
(includes any seller handling fees): $5.05 USD
Shipping Insurance : --
Total: $10.55 USD
Express Checkout Payment Sent (Unique Transaction ID #863743491B990615X)
Here is the paypal receipt for the anchor charms:
Date Type Status Details Amount
Apr 3, 2011 Payment To xiaocai song Completed ... -$3.99 USD
Date Type Status Details Amount
Apr 3, 2011 Add Funds from a Bank Account Completed Details $3.99
Shopping Cart Contents
Qty Item Options Price
1 Free Shipping 50Pcs Gold Tibet Silver Anchor Charms
Item # 230604060837 $3.99 USD
Amount $3.99 USD
Seller discount or charges:
Apr 3, 2011
We wanted to defend ourselves, as this person is really going out of her way to defame our character. she has even posted a video asking for people's opinions.
We have been in business since 2009. We have a very good reputation, and would not do anything to jeopardize that.
Unfortunately, if this continues, we will have to stop the contests and giveaways.
We would just like to clear our name, and have all of the false accusations stop. All we want to do is make doll clothes and give back to our community and customers. Thank you all for the support over the years!
Owner and designer @ Britlyn Madison Doll Clothes