Some people hate “made it China” stuff. I don’t. After all I married a “made in China” product—sorry Feng!—and I made some great purchases in China.
Clothes, for instance. I loved browsing local fashion in China: it’s cheap, it’s different and the clothes are surprisingly good quality. The joke among Chinese people is that they export the crap and keep the good stuff to themselves. Some Chinese do seek Western brand and bad-quality copies are legions (especially at the Silk Market in Beijing—I hate this place!), but there are also great pieces for the local market. Chinese tend to be picky about the materials used, this is more important than the brand itself.
Of course, the downside of Chinese fashion is that it is made for Chinese women, who are typically shorter and thinner than most Western women. And I have never bothered looking at shoes—my size 9 feet are definitely not catered for.
I was recently contacted by Sammy Dress to review their products. “Sure,” I said. “Send me something and I will take a look.” What? I am not reviewing something I haven’t tried!
I received my package yesterday, all the way from Shenzhen, China.
You know what? I actually love my new top!
Sammy Dress promises factory-low prices and great fashion items. The website looks professional (and the English version is pretty good—now, the French version is awful, I’m betting it’s a “Google Translation” job!). The items are organized by categories and are well described. Measurements are included and this helps a lot. There are also reviews available for some items and yes, they look legit. Prices are low (for clothes, we are in the $5-$20 range) and there are literally hundreds of items to choose from.
I picked an interesting top, a twist between the traditional Breton marinière (the navy-and-white striped top) with lace work around the neck and at the bottom.
I was a little bit worried about the size (only one size is available) but it’s a perfect fit. The fabric (a blend of cotton) is stretchy enough and it’s surprisingly soft and thick. The sleeves and the top are long and it’s very comfortable to wear.
The top is priced at $5.50, that’s cheap. Shipping did take a little while (a couple of weeks, maybe?) but the top was well packaged.
So, interested to order from Sammy Dress?
- It is a legitimate wholesale clothing company.
- The website is easy to navigate and the items are well described.
- You can find great deals on clothes and accessories.
- As far as I can tell the quality of clothes is the same as you would find in stores such as Forever 21, C&A, H&M, etc. It’s good but don’t expect the clothes to last you a lifetime.
- Fast shipping ain’t going to happen from China and from a wholesaler.
- Clothes are small by Western standards. Honestly, I wouldn’t buy a dress or pants… and I’m a size 6/8 in Canada.