SandiLake Clothing on Shark Tank
Clothing Designs - Episode 806 - October 21, 2016The SandiLake Clothing Co has a story like no other product ever seen on the Shark Tank Show. Imagine starting an online clothing store featuring your custom designs and then one day walk into a Target Store seeing them on full display. It sounds like a dream-come-true for most clothing designers, but in SandiLake Clothing's case, it's clear they'd been ripped off. How did SandiLake's best selling t-shirt clones end up for sale on Target Store shelves?
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Shark Tank Episode 806
(Michelle inside Target holding their cheap version of Her Design)
The owner of SandiLake Clothing is Melissa Lay from Milwaukie, Oregon, who'll (hopefully) be sharing how her designs was selling without her knowledge at Target Stores on this Shark Tank Episode 806. Now (just in case She doesn't) before a few million Shark Tank Fans jump all over Target for copying a SandiLake designs, it turns out they didn't even know.
At first, Target tried shrugging Melissa off playing a few corporate David vs Goliath games. But thanks to her loyal online customers, this soon-to-be Shark Tank Star's story soon went viral and forced Goliath (Target Stores) to acknowledged they were in-fact selling a cheap knock-off of the exact same design. It turns out a designer working for the large clothing manufacture was inspired by a photo posted on Pinterest. In fact, the designer liked the American flag inspired t-shirt so much, they boldly used the same hashtag #Merica that was first made famous by SandiLake Clothing.
Interestingly, the Clothing Manufacture fired the person that stole the Merica design off Pinterest and offered Lay a clothing design position. That wasn't the first time one of the company's clothing designers was accused of ripping off designs, and she wisely walked away from negotiations. It's a good thing because SandiLake Clothing would've never been considered to appear on Shark Tank Season 8 had she taken that deal.
Watch SandiLake Clothing on the next Shark Tank Show in Episode 806, October 21, 2016, and see if the Sharks invest in Melissa and help get her designs back into Target Stores. Only this time they'll be selling the "real deal" and not a design stolen by a lazy clothing designer copying Pinterest pictures.