By Paul Pannone
Accusations against the IBMA and its board members continue to grow louder now that Steve Lang moves his campaign forward to fight Chinese websites from poaching American consumers. Ineptitude at the highest level of the organization is now replaced by total arrogance, as the president, Alan Dessy, continues to remain silent.
So far, unsubstantiated allegations and claims by all sides are looked at by eWedNewz with no real confirmation of any real wrong doing other than total stupidity in some areas. But in the investigation we’ve found the blatant direct sale of goods to consumers by an American manufacturer whose owner is the head of the organization.
The Dessy Group sells direct to consumers; so what? In 2005 Dessy pulled down the page when we reported direct sale of After Six men’s tuxedos.
Throughout the coverage of the China piracy story repeated attempts by this newZ source to contact Alan Dessy remain ignored. Growing frustration among competing wedding dress manufacturers say Dessy and other board members should resign because of his arrogance, ongoing silence and varied reasons surrounding the suspect organization. Now with the latest newZ the pressure dramatically increases.
“Here is the line that makes what Dessy is doing (and Jessica McClintock for another example) clearly unethical. They are using their corporate “manufacture focused” website (the same website that is used by consumers to find Full Service Specialty Stores) to sell products directly to the consumer. If Dessy wants to open a retail store and list his retail store as a place where consumers can purchase, then that is fine; he has decided to “go into retail”. He can even create a “Dessy the Retailer” website where consumers can order the product from his retail store on the retail store website. But to use his “Dessy the Manufacturer” website for that purpose? Not only unethical, but downright STUPID!” according to Sal Macaluso.
In an ongoing eWedNewz Poll over 80% of respondents so far say manufacturers should not open their own retail stores; 14% say it’s alright to do so.
Macaluso and several hundred other related wedding dress manufacturing sources were copied on an eWedNewz email to Alan Dessy asking the following:
Following my normal policy and numerous (ignored) attempts to reach you I am once again giving you the opportunity to respond to the following information before I publish it on eWedNewz; http://www.dessy.com/dresses/
In the email Dessy was reminded of another time he was caught selling After Six tuxedos online when the company, headed by Bob Bennett, still existed. Bennett regarded Dessy as an excellent marketer and way ahead of his time. But when E-Formal News, a reporting source to the tuxedo business, reported the online, direct sale of After Six men’s tuxedos to consumers in 2005, Dessy pulled down the page.
According to several respected sources included in the email, Dessy is truly an innovator and smart to think ahead, given the challenges facing the wedding dress business. eWedNewz continues our investigation into foreign sources poaching American consumers and so far we find their services improving since they began invading the country in the 1970′s. The only blame put on Dessy is his decision to head an organization of bridal dress manufacturers and not tend to his own business; running it any way he sees fit.
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