We pride ourselves that Folklore Baby and Kids (FBK) not only allures our children to learn more about our roots and cultural diversity, it also teaches them the importance of honesty and transparency.
About a year ago, it was brought to our attention that another small, DFW area based, online shop was selling artisanal Guatemalan children products very similar to the ones we had on our website (products we personally hand-picked from the various “mercados” we visited during our trips to Guatemala). Thankfully, by that time, we had already decided to pursue a different path with FBK, as we knew that due to Guatemala’s proximity, ready-made market products were already accessible and easy to replicate. We are always striving to be unique and one-of-a-kind, so buying and re-selling market products, ultimately, wasn’t for us.
Initially, we felt extremely flattered and humbled that we had inspired other women to start their own business because, as they say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. But later, we discovered that this small shop started to replicate content from our website using our exact same wordings and product descriptions such as, “stay connected to our roots”, “artisan made”, and “carefully curated”- just to name a few. Oh, but it didn’t stop there! They later started using words from our Instagram posts, profile descriptions, so on and so forth. We feel that every move we make is being watched and replicated as they see fit. We understand that for every innovator there is a replicator, and that for every McDonalds there is a Burger King - that is just business. However, we strongly believe in having respect for someone else’s work. So, as of today, we are taking a stance. We refuse to stay quiet. We are officially tired of seeing our words shine in someone else's hands.
Don’t get us wrong, we strongly support other small businesses - especially those owned by other women - however, we do not support dishonesty or replication. For that reason, we ask you, dearest #1 fan, to please be honest to yourself and believe in your own potential and capability to create your own, unique content. We are flattered that we are your inspiration, but we ask you to continue to build your own path in your own words out of respect for the hard work we do for us, and our children.
We wish you much success. Through your work, you are also supporting our beloved Guatemala and the talented artisans that make businesses like ours…possible.
Gisa + Susana
First sourcing trip to Guatemala, September 2015
Two very special days (October, 2015)
The arrival of our very first shipment | The day our domain www.folklorebk.com went live
The wheels in motion, October 2015
First photoshoot attempts with sourced flower and huipil dresses
Hello Folklore, November 2015
How FBK looked when officially launched in 11.11.2015
Our first appearances
Our very first trunk show 11.21.2015
Our first POP-UP at North Dallas Mom's Early PTA Christmas Mingle 11.30.2015
POP-UP at Christmas Festival ISD 12.06.2015
A new path...
Susana working with Irene on our first collection designed by Folklore
Our very first collection designed by us, Fall/Winter 2016
FBK today , August 2017
urban + artisanal + one-of-a-kind
We have come long ways... stay tuned!