So what's your history with indie brands? Do have a favorite one? Or do you just have a horror story to share?
Does anyone own a dress like pic related by Ichigomiko? How is their quality?
Indie is everything that doesn't get manufactured in own factories which applies to pretty much every TB brand unless you didn't know that brands like AP have own factories in Japan.
...in what world is that the definition of indie??? handmade =/= indie in lolita or any other fashion.
example: I buy indie lingerie. some of it is made in small batches in factories, others are hand sewn buy the designer. they are both still indie.
My favourite indie brand is Seraphim, but I've never bought anything from them.
>...in what world is that the definition of indie???
In the one where dictionairies and Wikipedia states it as so which it does. Just because something is made in an "own" factory doesn't mean they are the owner, they still depend on it via contract.
>The indie design movement is made up of independent designers, artists and craftspeople who design and make a wide array of products without being part of large, industrialised businesses.
at no point are "owning" factories or handmade mentioned. and btw, major clothing companies contact for factories. it's called a supply chain... it's magical.
There's some criteria I consider when deciding whether or not a brand is indie. Some brands that are definitely indie don't fit into all of these criteria
Are they a taobao brand or based outside of Japan?
Do they (or did they, as brands are increasingly going online only) have physical stores?
Have they been featured in GLB?
On lolibrary, do they have their own brand listed or are they grouped under indie brand?
How recognizable would it be if you mentioned it to another girl in your comm?
honestly, diamond honey looks suspiciously low priced. like sixty bucks for a dress, accessories, AND a bag? Like what's the catch?
Does anybody have experience with Eat Me Ink Me? Is their stuff good quality? I'm specifically interested in buying the skirt with the skull and Poe quote handpainted on but I'm concerned about how durable something that was handpainted on would be. It'd be terrible if the print didn't last AND they're stuff wasn't good quality to boot.
if your counting strawerry witch as a whole that ichigo is in, I really like them (I only bought 2 from strawberry witch; an op and skirt), The quality is up to standards, no itchy/poor lace, no loose threads, and easily coord-able)
I own one of their skirts - the building print one. It is neatly constructed, the print is crisp and the fabric is pretty nice. My package contained a little note about the architecture which inspired the print plus a chocolate bar from that town with a picture of one of the buildings on it (well wrapped separately from skirt). Communication and shipping was good - I paid through their Etsy shop. I have no complaints for the price, but I'm in the EU so YMMV if their outside EU shipping cost is high.
Hope that helps. Sorry that I can't give direct experience of their handpainted work.
Most of indie brands designs are not in my taste, but this one I love very much and it's the oldest dress in my wardrobe
That sounds like wonderful service and the chocolate bar is a nice little touch! Apparently they offer free standard shipping everywhere so that's not a big deal. This makes me feel more comfortable buying from them, thanks a lot!