Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Rootstein mannequins can be found anywhere from the affordable and fashion-forward H&M and Zara, to the slightly pricier Anne Taylor and Ralph Lauren, to the decidedly high-end Chanel, Escada, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barney’s, and Miss Selfridge’s. Many are also sold and resold on ebay (most often in entirety, but sometimes in bits – stray hands, a set of legs, an arm), because their quality and design render make them timeless display fixtures and desirable collectibles. Just type Rootstein into the ebay search bar and you'll be sure to find a few for sale. Pat Marino of the Rootstein factory in Brooklyn actually told me that many vendors say Rootstein in their sales description, even when the mannequins are made by a different company so that they can sell them at a higher price and attract more buyers.
The clothing chain, Forever 21 is notorious for ripping their clothing stylesfrom luxury designers, but did you know that even many of their mannequins are counterfeit? Peek into their Union Square store(right next to Whole Foods) and you'll see their Rootstein knockoffs.
No respect for original design!