Lately, I have been receiving a handful of questions with regards to Klothes by Katt. Before you think of me as arrogant or selfish, please allow me to enlighten you how much work I have put in or how insanely busy I have been. I have been doing my homework for Klothes by Katt for close to 2 years now (surprise!!!), even when I was pregnant and puking my guts out for almost 4 months. I have been studying Singapore’s market and often ask myself if I should do this. Or how different is Klothes by Katt with other local brands out there.
I found the few things that make Klothes by Katt different, and I know that I will make Klothes by Katt an amazing local brand here in Singapore. I have spend money on researching the kind of clothing I want for my line. I found a few manufacturers (because you definitely need back ups in case shit happens, which you will find out later why) and have met them (yes, I travel secretly without having to tell the world). I have spend LOTS of money getting samples done which is NOT cheap because it means I need to buy fabrics ala carte and not wholesale. I have spend LOTS of money getting them shipped to Singapore and shipping back to get the pieces right. Most importantly, I have spend A LOT of time that money can’t buy away from my husband and daughter.
And it is just very easy for some people to just email/PM and ask contacts for my manufacturers or where/how to get things done. Best part, when they involve religion and say things like “Muslim sisters”. Okay, chill. I get that what is yours will never be in a million years be mine. But there is also the part about working hard for what is yours. It will not and will never fall on your lap just like that. If success and money came that easy, trust me, I would be at home and watch my daughter grow up. My twin who has been in the industry for awhile said to me, “People will tell you that what they are doing is very different from what you are doing, therefore I should not be worried of competition. But we are humans. When we see the success of someone, it is only natural that we want the same. So what makes you think they won’t do the same as you in the future?”
It is funny, but let me share with you. I am not ashamed to say that I had bought pieces from the local brands here with the intent to see what is so popular about them and to justify the prices. And each time, my close friends/family come by my house, it will be my favourite story to tell. I will put two of these local brands skirts side by side with mine, and I ask them to compare.Mine may be the most of expensive among the three skirts, but my quality justifies for it. And it is very funny that I have an order from a person related to a local brand. Am I threatened? No. You can duplicate my designs at a cheaper price but know that you do not have my brains or manufacturers.
Some local brands here are resellers. I shall not name them but do you know the stuff you buy from them can be bought from City Plaza? Or the fact the self-manufactured comes from China? Cheap labour = poor working conditions and low salary for workers there, and sorry but I do not agree on such things. I do not haggle on the prices because I know my manufacturers have workers to pay who have family to feed. I certainly do not travel to Bangkok to buy the pieces there and sell it here more than 4 times the cost. You find Klothes by Katt expensive? Please note that you are buying a quality and exclusive piece.
People think setting up a clothing line is easy and cheap. If I share with you how much I have already invested in my clothing line, do you think you still want to do it?
Remember I said that it is always good to have more than one manufacturers? Well my first manufacturer messed up my flare skirts, and I was wondering how the hell do I rectify at least 45 skirts that I have to sell? Lucky me, my other manufacturer what’sapp me and asked me to send it over to her. And for my second kollection, she said “I told you I will not backstab you and sell your pieces to people. I have a few extras. Do you want them or can I give it away to my family?” This kind of manufacturers is love.
So to respect me is to not ask me anything related to Klothes by Katt. That is just plain rude because Topshop never asked Zara and Gongcha never asked Koi. If you think this is too much, then this business is not for you because it is pretty much 24/7.