Ok, let me be truthful, I haven't really paid attention to Kimora Lee Simmons and the Baby Phat collection for quite some time. It is NOT hanging in my closet, and never has. Reason: The large cat logo just kills it for me.
I can remember a conversation me and a few of my fellow fashionistas had a while back about the whole Baby Phat line and how the clothes in their advertisements and the higher end “runway” pieces are only made available to celebrities and private clientelle (which is true for many of the runway collections). For Baby Phat, the public only gets to experience the urban street side of it all.
Part of the conversation was pretty heated towards the company itself for their rude customer service. Yes, one of our fashionistas called in to inquire about the very nice runway pieces and was basically spit on. The call supposedly went something like this:
“I CALLED BABY PHAT AND THE OPERATOR ROUTED ME TO SOMEONE WHO WAS SO RUDE! I ASKED HER WHERE THE HIGHER END BABY PHAT CLOTHES COULD BE FOUND AND SHE GOES…”UMMM NOWHERE.” SO I SAY, “WELL IS IT FOR CELEBRITIES ONLY?” AND SHE GOES, “UMMMM….OBVIOUSLY.” SO THEN SHE GOES, “YOU CAN FIND SELECTIONS OF OUR LOWER END LINE AT SPECIALTY STORES AND DEPARTMENT STORES.” SO I SAY, “OKAY, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF I COULD FIND THE RUNWAY DRESSES AND JACKETS AT OTHER STORES.” WELL, SHE GOES, “OKAY MISS, UMMMM, OUR UPSCALE ITEMS ARE CREATED FOR OUR CELEB CLIENTS AND “OTHERS” IN OUR CLIENTEL SO WE DON''T OFFER THEM TO JUST ANY REGULAR PERSON, THEY ARE EXPENSIVE AND PROBABLY NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD WEAR ANYWAY, I MEAN THESE PIECES ARE REALLY WELL MADE AND VERY CLASSY.” SO BEFORE I COULD SAY ANYTHING, SHE GOES, “UMM, OKAY, WE ARE BUSY, GOOD BYE.” AND HUNG UP ON ME! “
Now, weather that conversation actually went the way our fashionista says is beyond me. But one thing is for certain, I have NEVER seen any of the runway pieces available to the public on the Baby Phat site or eleswhere. The pieces they have sold in the past (in my opinion) have always been very over priced and made similar if not exact to cheaper brands.
HOWEVER, I'm questioning weather or not times could be changing since our little chit chat, because lately, as much as I hate to admit it, Kimora has got some pretty hot pieces that she's sharing with the “general population”.