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Worked our butts off for nearly two decades. Get a grip! Tina, I feel your pain. I have a Modern Quilt Shop in a small town but my customers have learned because I was upfront right in the beginning. This stopped that practice cold, and I have never had a customer complain about that policy.
But, as I have said in prior posts, I am an ICU Nurse so I decided that I was going to speak to them in the same manner in which I would tell a patient to stop smoking. Firm, but very kind and compassionate. It goes a long way. This is an economic issue. Coats started their business a long time ago. They started selling sewing thread and notions and embroidery floss I inherited skeins for 5 cents a skein!
I am sure 50 years ago their profits were high especially when cotton products were grown, milled, and made in the United States. As any company grows, they add products hoping the profits will grow at the same rates. WWII added a lot of pressure to many industries to provide war supplies. This could have been the start of Coats downfall. Maybe they started making basic cotton for bandages and the grew from there after the war with other fabrics. They happened to pick the most fabulous designers in the fanric industry.
And once you have someone like the Rowan Group, how do you turn down Tula Pink and the rest. I looked at the websight of the Morris Co that Free Spirit is going under. They have been in business for many years and they are used to high end products. By the was Kaffe and most of the Morris Co are designed and originate in many different ways in England.
All of our favorite batiks come from Southeast Asia, so the USA is kind of behind the power curve a bit in fabric design. We have our fair share and I mean no discontent to them, I am an equal opportunity fabric buyer. It will be very interesting to see all this comes out.
Coats may exceed other companies in sewing thread production. For now on Free Spirits website sill shows all their current designers and has added the Morris product line. If Free Spirit is indeed closing, this is a sad day. My hope is this is a hoax or scam to entice us to purchase more? Also, someone earlier mentioned that Moda did not sell to Fabric.
I own a fairly successful independent brick and mortar store in a large area of Texas. The letter leaked before Coats could make a public announcement. Multiple designers have confirmed the news to be true on both Facebook and Instagram.
Phyllis—they used to sell to Fabric. They recently stopped. Any fabric that Fabric. This came down in a letter from the company itself. As one of the families being affected by the closing I can assure you it is no hoax. The employees only found out Monday. We had a fabric shop not all Quilting they bought a fabric which was actually a curtain fabric minus the block out. We quilters loved it as a back ground fabric.
They bought at X sold at XY and where selling bolts of it! The company then told them if they would not sell at XYZ they could not buy any more from the company. If they as a shop were happy with the price they were selling at what right does a company have to fix the price. Note no competing store within reasonable drive not that any of us found anyway!!! Therefore we got no more and the company missed out.
You are very right. Price fixing never works. This is a limited availability product. Say I have yards of a best selling bolt.. Why should my local quilt shop scream? Well, I for one love these designers and their Fabric lines. If your company has made it really difficult for stores to buy the Fabric lines that says a lot about your company! I think you should have worked more on your internal workings instead of shutting out the most famous designers!
I predict you will have a lot more problems from here on out, because I for one, do not intend to buy ANY of your products from today forward, just like you did to the designers! The hope now is that someone will pick up these talented folks. That said, be prepared for increases in pricing.
Not a peep. This is a message to the designers, everything is going to be okay because you are leaders in your field because your designs are fantastic. Please just find another design house and make sure their business model is strong. People are commenting that these are such popular designers, etc. And, if you look at IG, you would probably agree. But in fact, I think that these are niche designers who have a pretty narrow market.
Corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders. How, after taking over in October of last year, is this type of shut down justifiable? The timing of this announcement is terrible. Designers, and those they employ are working on samples, booth prep and marketing for Quilt Market which is only three month away.
Perhaps the economic evaluation should have been made on the administrative side…Love to get a look at those figures. All I can say is ditto to all of the above. Someone will step in the gap and pick up the slack — it will be interesting to see who is smart enough to seize the opportunity and pull them into their fold.
Change can be a good thing! I loved the design and the quality of the fabric. I found it almost impossible to buy anything larger that fat quarters or small amount here in the south of England. Fabric already on the pricy side was already pushed out of my affordability bracket by having to pay silly amounts of fabric a hugely inflated prices for tiny scraps.
I did find an outlet, Hobbycrart, where I purchased a few of the Beautuful Tanya Whelan design in yardage. After a few months the bolts became dirty and frayed.
Hobbycraft did not take care to ensure the fabric was of merchantable quality. To be frank, who would pay high prices for dirty fabric. Very sad to see all the designers and staff loosing there jobs. Unless the people at the top understand the business, it is hard for them to change. Obviously they went with designers that have made a name for themselves. Designers usually have a certain style that is their own, but it seems to me that what buyers want changes just like fashions.
For me personally, I find many of these designers have very busy prints and if I had these to use, I would need a lot of solids to go with these. Maybe people will buy more from POD sites like Spoonflower. The world is full of want-a be designers. This would be a perfect opportunity for another distribution company to add these well known and highly loved designers to their offering. I do buy them all, but as a kit or with a project in mind.
Slightly off topic but I have noticed a big trend in not mixing designers lines in a quilt, ie quilt is all tula and maybe some Kona, scrappy quilts from your stash less likely, but the ranges usually mix and match well, plus they release new ranges so quickly. The comments on this thread from quilters who know absolutely nothing about running a brick and mortar quilt shop are staggering.
First of all, there is nothing wrong with wanting to make a profit. The ignorance is mind blowing. This is simply what happens when you devalue anything in this country by creating a discount culture. There is no value in free and there is definitely no value in creating a discount culture.
The MSRP is set to ensure a healthy profit margin to cover the expenses of operating a business. Did you think the credit card processor that runs your endless credit cards is free?
Making samples? Did you think your LQS just got them for free??? They then have to pay for new fabrics to keep their inventory fresh…or you people would then gossip about that too!
There is also no reason for a store to bring in a 42 sku collection for you to pick one or two bolts while many of the others end up on a sale wall. The only way they could sell was by …yep…you guessed it, put it on a sale wall. Eventually stores get tired of investing so much for so little and stop bringing in fabrics that do not sell. Shopping on-line only sites for discounts not only hurts your brick and mortars, but it hurts the sales reps for the company they are selling for, it hurts the designers, it hurts the people who work in the warehouse.
All so that you can save a buck or two to then pay shipping! The brick and mortars that continue to stand have my deepest appreciation. Designers do not teach for free even when they visit local quilt shops. I worry for the future of our children and grand children.
What kind of world will they spend the majority of their lives in? Preach it Brian! Instagram followers and fans do not translate into dollars. I can look at beautiful art all day without feeling the need to purchase it. But you know what? All of the big name ones will. Like others, I do lament the scourge of online retailers and their deep discounts, because shopping at a LQS is the best. But I feel that way about all small businesses. So…oh well.
Times change, life goes on. Now go sew something. I agree Mel. First world problems totally! I mean geez like we are not going to be able to eat or something. Is it a requirement we only buy from our local store where we may not like what they carry?
Why is it wrong. Everything is purchased on line these days why should fabric be any different? Where do you think many customers go for advice and help? I keep reading over and over in the comments that they have some of the top talent, therefore how can this be happening? I personally think they should have been offering lines from only a handful of them. I felt like this was going on for years! Quality over quantity. I think we will continue to see fabrics from the top talent from this group at other manufacturers.
Why would I want to go into a local mom and pop store for bad customer service or basically ignored until I start looking at big ticket items like expensive sewing or quilting machines.
I go online to shop and pay a flat rate to buy my fabrics. I skip the bad to non-existence customer service, pay no tax and saves time plus a small discount on fabrics with the major online stores. I do not care for fabric. Tried it once and the mediocre careless packaging was enough to turn me of. I feel sad for those who will be displaced. My tattoos and spikey dykey hair must mean I am a thief.
Actually, I once had a shop owner inform me the I was in a quilt shop and that the convenience store was the next door down. OMG that is actually hilarious and good for you for giving them a chance. I got over the tattoos, etc a long time ago. When I quit being shocked my daughters quit getting tattoos…. I agree with Monica. I am an accountant, but in a different industry. I think they over extended themselves with too many designers and too many fabric lines a year.
As they said, it was their business model that was at fault. I would think that keeping the top selling designers, but provide more strategic marketing for fewer lines would be the way to go.
Offering less expensive solids and other mixers would expand their base. Get the buying frenzy going with knowing your base. As a quilter, we already are paying more for high quality fabric. I see some very well-marketed lines and quilting notions from other fabric companies. I hope they are doing well.
Not all those designers will be picked up by other companies, so I am crushed for them. We must continue to support our local stores before we go to huge discount online stores.
Although I love supporting your local story by their online presence too. I, too, am hopeful they will be picked up by other companies; however, I am in agreement with others.
As fabric prices have continued to rise, I find I am able to purchase less frequently. So perhaps the answer is either reducing the number of lines produce or being less greedy and lowering your prices. Most crafters, quilters, and seamstresses are not wealthy folks. If you want us to purchase more product more frequently you must meet us part way! I agree with many of the comments above in regards to prices. I can also say that I will not be purchasing from the parent company in the future.
I feel this announcement could have been made a little better. And there are ways to work through poor management rather than shutting down. I think the wording of the announcement says it all; it was blunt, disrespectful of the talent, dismissive of the employees, and hostile to the consumer.
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