Vogue Fabrics Store and Farthingales L.A. corset supplies have been together now for 5 months and while the joint venture has seen some challenges it’s been a pretty smooth transition. There have been some complaints about price increases and some about Vogue Fabrics not having all the items that Farthingales L.A. did so it’s likely a good time to explain this.
As most of you in the US are likely aware your economy has not be strong the last 2 years and that’s meant than many people – likely even some of you, have had to cut back buying stuff that you didn’t have to have. Unfortunately that meant corset making supplies as food, rent and gas for the car understandably takes precedence. During that time Farthingales did not raise prices despite our costs increasing – suppliers raised prices, shippers raised prices, our rent went up etc. etc. but we tried to keep our product affordable to keep sales happening. Sales still plummeted so we considered how to keep our presence in the US where our American market can have the best (fastest and most economical) access to our superior products. The answer was; find a distributor. We had tracked our sales very carefully and knew what products sold well and which did not and it made no sense to transfer poor selling product to Vogue Fabrics and simply have it take up space when some of that product sells better from our Canadian location. So, “No”, Vogue Fabrics does not have all the product that Farthingales L.A. had – namely garter supplies. However, by joining Vogue Fabrics our clients now have access to so much more than basic corset making supplies. We also did not move our petersham or corset lacing to Vogue Fabrics as they had a much larger selection than we ever could consider! They have tons of colours and a huge selection of other ribbons, tools and patterns as well as fabrics. You really need to explore Vogue to see what a great joint venture this is – you get a lot more shopping opportunity than Farthingales L.A. could ever offer. But, “Yes” prices have increased. They had to increase to accommodate the cost increases that Farthingales L.A. had seen over a two year period. Vogue Fabrics has not until recently implemented the “bulk pricing” policy that Farthingales L.A. had in place. We agreed that time was needed to see how this project worked before we invested more time to develop the “bulk prices”, only recently have there been inquiries as to better prices for large volume and this issue is now being addressed – some items now have bulk pricing options in place and others are pending. Vogue Fabrics is dedicated to being the best option and make every effort to accommodate customer needs when they are able.
You can see what Farthingales L.A. now offers at www.farthingalesla.com all corset related product carried by Vogue Fabrics are listed here and each link will take you to the purchasing page on the Vogue Fabrics web site where you can shop for anything sewing related.