Thursday, April 30, 2015


I received another request from someone who wanted me to make them some free clothes. Most people in creative fields have had this request. I decided to send back how I really feel and to share it here. This is going to be my template for future clothing requests. 


Thanks for the feedback. I'm really glad you like my clothes. 

I work hard to create unique, one off handmade designs while sourcing ethical and sustainable materials. It is even harder to be able to price this affordably in a market obsessed with mass cheap production. But I try.

Over the years I have received many requests for my clothes from models, VJ's, DJ's, bloggers and performance artists. There are many different people wanting to use my gear, but they all have one thing in common- they don't want to pay for it. 

Many believe that being 'credited' is of such high value that it is worth its weight in gold. It is not.

Getting 'credit' does not pay for my sewing time, my pattern making time or design time. Receiving 'credit' does not pay for my electricity nor my mortgage. It does not cover materials nor does it cover my experience gained over the years. It is a hollow commodity. 

The funny thing is that the people that ask for free clothes are usually artists themselves. The very people that should understand the value of time and effort that goes into a creative pursuit. Would you ask a chef to cook you some free food? Would you ask for free computer repair? Of course not! Yet, it seems okay to ask an artist to work for free.

This is not collaboration I am talking about, which is different, where two or more artists work together and everyone benefits. A 'win-win' situation they are called. 

A request for free clothes is not a collaboration but just a request for free clothes. This does not benefit me in any way.

I hope you will understand where I am coming from.

Regards, Don