Ohhh I have been wanting to write this post for so long, but have been too scared to do it. But today I read a beautiful post from Courtney Dellafiora (a lovely friend of mine), and I knew, it was time to tell a little about, how I feel.
When I started my brand Jannie Baltzer 2,5 years ago, I was totally on my own. But I had a vision, and I knew, I had something unique to share (please don´t hate me for being so blunt). It has NOT been a smooth ride, and I know, that I only have succeeded by hard work.
I LOVE the creative process, and all the hard work before I launch a new collection. Many many hours have been spent drawing, playing with colors and looking at old movies. Even finding THAT right piece of fabric can take weeks (even months). But this is my time - this is my chance to tell my story as a designer, and to share with you my thoughts & dreams!
In the bridal/fashion industry, it is pretty common to copy other designers work, and there is nothing you can do about it. But it makes me sad, when I work so hard to create something unique, and I see almost the same piece from other designers. Not a 100% copy, but there is no doubt, where they got their inspiration from. I guess, I should feel flattered (and dont get me wrong, I am truly grateful, when people tell me, that they like my work), but I get a little sad, when I discover other designers copying my designs.
Truly successful people are the ones who worked hard, didn’t take shortcuts and didn’t steal.
Ps: I have already asked the lovely Courtney Dellafiora, if I could use some of her text.