Feb

19

CONGRATULATIONS!

February 19, 2011

Cara T. and Jen P. are the winners of SC’s February GIVEAWAY! A warm and sincere thank you to our FANS!

Oct

25

a break from the blog

October 25, 2010

Life is busy and I’ve taken a break from the blog. I will be posting more often via Facebook. That said I will still post here sporadically. Much love!

Sep

2

Stinky Couture is on Facebook!

September 2, 2010



Mar

30

A smear campaign is an intentional, premeditated effort to undermine an individual’s or group’s reputation, credibility, and character. .
-Wikipedia

The latter part of 2008 saw the fruition of a nasty smear campaign directed at Stinky Couture. Diligent, persistent and unfounded are just a few of the words that describe it. Why?! Friends, family and customers have kindly given their input and continued support.

Did I unintentionally step on toes, rock the boat with SC’s apparent quick success? If SC’s success rattled the self confidence of some others in the business, they have my sympathy for their own perceived shortcomings. Business is business, business is competition. Compete via quality of product and sound business practices.
Do I choose to not share every aspect of my life, intentionally keeping a safe distance between my personal life and my business? Yes.
Do I believe in keeping the buying and selling facets of business separate? Yes.
Do I prefer my nickname? Sure. So what?
And what of the numerous unashamedly copied SC concepts and designs? Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop. -Jeffrey Zeldman
Did and do I expect to earn a fair wage for the time, quality and detail that goes into every Stinky Couture product? Absolutely!

The fact is that the online world of friends and contacts is a fickle one. Often one may be a friend one day and a target the next. As I see it people can be far too comfortable posting anything and everything on the internet. Some find that with anonymity, it’s easy to be malicious, unkind and make false accusations knowing that there will likely be no atonement or accounting for their words. I am passionate about everything and everyone in my life and though there came a time that I had to withdraw to reflect, to analyze, to breathe . . . the heart of the matter is this: our beautiful daughter is the face of Stinky Couture and I will not have the smear campaign be her legacy. I stand behind by my business integrity which is characterized by the honesty, reliability and fairness shown to each and every customer. As I’ve said before and what still holds true; the building of a business as a mother, wife and career woman requires investment, persistence and the sacrifice of precious time with loved ones. I could not make it through the trying times without the love and repeated support of those around me.

Recently I received an email from a fellow WAHM that prompted today’s blog post and though appreciated the words cannot undo the damage done. The following are excerpts from that email:

. . . I do need to apologize to you for being mean. I know I was. . . .

So Daphne. I am sorry for going to web and the drama blog – it was so out of character for me and honestly – I am ashamed I did – because its not like me. For that I apologize and take responsibility for my actions.

For me to post the email in it’s entirety is not an option. Those that have truly done business with me, know me. The truth has always been documented in writings and photos, though I’ve always felt that to make that information public would be unethical as protecting my brand could not come at the cost of disclosing my customers private business communications.

And now, goodbye to an elephant!

It’s important for me to share with you that in the midst of reeling from the smear campaign mentioned above, personally we tragically suffered more than one loss to our family. The road to healing continues to be a long one. More than ever I believe and embrace what is stated so simply:
LIVE well, LAUGH often, LOVE much.

A sincere and warm thank you to those of you that have continued to reach out, appreciate and support SC.

Jun

12

Diamond quilting . . . it’s a good thing! Imitation, not so much. Stinky Couture™ being the inventive, contemporary brand that it is often is in the position of having our ideas imitated in one form or another. That said, their efforts though diligent, genuinely pale in comparison. The Stinky Couture Signature Series™ fitted cloth diaper embodies classic lines and luxe materials. The Stinky Couture™ cloth diaper is easily spotted with our signature, the detailed quilting design of the Stinky Couture Signature Soaker™. Being that Stinky Couture™ is just that, couture, there are those replica makers trying to make a quick buck with imitation. You can however note the inferior products if you employ close attention to detail. When I create, it’s all about the detail.

As posted 01/09 :

Diamonds may just be your baby’s new best friend. . . I’m talking diamond quilting. Stinky Couture™ is addressing the need for a soaker that not only offers superior absorbency, but still looks great wash after wash. Many of you are familiar with a common industry problem where the outer fabric of a soaker containing a boost layer through the center can develop a saggy and wrinkled look over time and washings. No more! Stinky Couture™ now offers an innovative new soaker featuring quilting through all the layers that our testing shows not only significantly increases durability, but also allows for additional layers of absorbency without additional bulk. No sagging, no curling and a great new unique look.




We had previously shared to expect some new and exciting developments
to Stinky Couture™, we will strive not
to disappoint. Please look forward to a new product line later this year which
is currently on the drawing board, quite literally, in charcoal! Now you all know some of what I dream about…

Feb

12

The Stinky Couture™ AIO

February 12, 2009



Adding to the SC product line up is the Stinky Couture™ All-In-One. A cloth diaper that needs no cover as the outer layer is waterproof, hence the All-In-One (AIO) name. The SC AIO is a luxurious, trim fitting, no bulk, no fuss option for those parents who like the convenience of a disposable diaper yet want the eco friendly environmental advantages of cloth. Not only is the SC AIO as trim as the SC Signature Series™ fitted, the fact that we combined it with the innovative diamond quilted soaker, unique to Stinky Couture™, makes this a must have for busy parents on the go. When parents communicate to me what they are wanting, words like absorbency, comfort and trust are at the top of the list. Customers have come to expect the style and quality that Stinky Couture™ is known for, and not wanting to disappoint, I continue to mix it up with traditional and edgy fabrics and design. Previously the SC AIO has been primarily available only to those with custom orders, but will soon be available RTW (ready to wear).

Jan

14

Diamonds may just be your baby’s new best friend. . . I’m talking diamond quilting. Stinky Couture™ is addressing the need for a soaker that not only offers superior absorbency, but still looks great wash after wash. Many of you are familiar with a common industry problem where the outer fabric of a soaker containing a boost layer through the center can develop a saggy and wrinkled look over time and washings. No more! Stinky Couture™ now offers an innovative new soaker featuring quilting through all the layers that our testing shows not only significantly increases durability, but also allows for additional layers of absorbency without additional bulk. No sagging, no curling and a great new unique look.




We had previously shared to expect some new and exciting developments
to Stinky Couture™, we will strive not
to disappoint. Please look forward to a new product line later this year which
is currently on the drawing board, quite literally, in charcoal! Now you all know some of what I dream about…

Dec

18

A new tradition, Secret Santa.

December 18, 2008

We love the holiday season and this year Stinky Couture™ was excited to announce the adoption of a new tradition, our version of Secret Santa. Do you know someone that is kind, considerate, cares for others and is rich in all things that matter? Stinky Couture™ wants to be a Secret Santa for a special someone. With your help someone deserving will receive a beautifully gift wrapped Stinky Couture™ gift pack for their sweet baby this holiday season. Gift pack will include a Stinky Couture™ Signature Series™ fitted cloth diaper and a pack of yummilicious Stinky Couture™ baby wipes.

Please submit your nominee to CustomerService at StinkyCouture.com with “Secret Santa” in the subject line. Please do include your nominee’s full name, email address and a short description of why you feel that they are deserving. Submissions are being accepted through Saturday 12/20.

Dec

13

Save that receipt…

December 13, 2008

Save that receipt as you may need it. Being that the holidays are a time to shop we thought it a must to share the following information:

One in Three Children’s Toys Tested by www.HealthyToys.org Found to have Significant Levels of Toxic Chemicals Including Lead, Flame Retardants, and Arsenic
Some Products on Shelves this Holiday Season Will be Illegal to Sell in February
Environmental Health Groups Hold Toy Testing Events Nationwide and Urge Manufacturers and Gov’t to Phase Out Most Harmful Chemicals Immediately

(Ann Arbor, MI — December 3, 2008) – The Ecology Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, and partners across the country today released the 2nd annual consumer guide to toxic chemicals in toys at www.HealthyToys.org. Researchers tested over 1,500 popular children’s toys for lead, cadmium, arsenic, PVC and other harmful chemicals in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. One in three toys tested were found to contain “medium” or “high” levels of chemicals of concern.

-HealthyToys.org

As parents we only want the best for our children. Yes, we believe in Santa Claus and his trusted reindeer. We want our children to squeal with delight on Christmas morning at what they find under the tree without it being hazardous to their health. We found the information on HealthyToys.org to be a useful guide when purchasing toys for our children. We hope that you too will research before you buy.

Happy Holidays!

Dec

11

Customs, customs, customs. 2008 has kept me busy with a customs list that I have yet to dent. Though I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing to life the fabrics and ideas many of you have sent in, it is time to move in the direction of RTW (ready to wear). I will continue to work on limited custom orders, but will also be focused on providing in-stock items and some new ideas. The new year will bring some exciting changes to Stinky Couture™ and I look forward to sharing those with you. In the meantime, I thought I would take a moment to share just a glimpse of what I’ve been busy with the past several months.


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