Sarah Jessica Parker Bites Back at Bloggers About Her Line with Steve & Barry

 

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I am a bit reluctant to post this, cause I really thought the issue was over,

but…

My friend Sara Glassman, who is the style reporter and blogger for my hometown newspaper, The Minneapolis Star and Tribune, recently interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker while she was in Minneapolis promoting her perfume and slipped in a question regarding the blogworld’s reaction to her line at Steve and Barry’s. 

She posted SJP’s full, rather lengthly reply on her blog.  Here it goes:
“What’s interesting to know about a blogger, and I’m glad we live in a democracy and we can all have an opinion is that these clothes are not made for people in the fashion industry. These clothes are about people all over the country who don’t have access to really well made, affordable clothing. It’s wonderful that people in the fashion industry can borrow things, and have the money and the financial means, never mind the logistical access to clothes that are very fashionable and of the moment. What’s really important is that women in this country, really, really feel good about who they are and that we make things affordable and accessible. So there’s no criticism that a person can make about it. They don’t have to wear them. It’s really important that women in this country have an opportunity to have the things that all of us who do have the financial means can have. And that they should be really well made and they can fit in with their peer group, or they can feel good when they go to an interview and they can still pay their utilities and they can still take care of their children or buy a present for a friend. So criticism like that is negligible and it’s foolish.”

Two Facts:
1. Consumers didn’t respond well to the line.
2. SJP launched her line with an exclusive event for the fashion industry.
3. I’ve actually shop(ped) at Steve & Barry’s

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Comments

  1. says

    I sort of missed the controversy. What’s the big deal about her clothing line and the blogs? are people not supposed to say they’re ugly if they’re ugly?

  2. lisa says

    ugh she is such a hypocrit. she is just mad because her line is crap. she needs to get over herself. i really don’t see the big deal about her. before sex and the city, she never wore anything that interesting, and during sex and the city, everything she wore was courtesy of her stylist, pat field.

  3. suz says

    That’s appalling.

    Did her people (or S&B’s people) not tell her that the blog in question is all about affordable clothes for not-rich people? Because clearly she hasn’t read here if that’s how she’s trying to slam TBF. And let’s not even get into freedom of the press.

    The more I see about Steve & Barry’s the worse they look. Snottitude from the hired spokesceleb isn’t going to get me to shop there.

    I hope you get something good out of this brouhaha, Kathryn.

  4. tre says

    I’ve read several blogs that slammed the line.  When I heard she was making a line at Steve and Barry’s fashion forward was NOT what I was thinking. Everything at Steve and Barry’s is basic they sell nice stuff but it’s in no way stylish. I thought her line was nice. Most of the people who shop at the Steve and Barry’s are college kids who want to look nice but can’t even afford the GAP. It’s not fashion forward but it’s not butt ugly.

  5. Carie says

    I think it is a total cop-out and she is trying to cover up the fact that her line of clothing can’t even compete with other low cost brands (eg. Old Navy, H&M, Target, even Walmart). I am a single mother in Orange County, ca. I have a really tight budget but I manage to look quite spiffy at work and home. I would not buy the clothes in her line period. They are ugly. I would rather shop at Target!

  6. cathy says

    I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Steve and Barry’s before this controversy…however, this type of attitude coming from them doesn’t make me want to seek them out and shop there.

  7. says

    I just didn’t think her answer was very coherent. Like a lot of high-profile figures in the media eye, I don’t think she quite understands what the blogosphere stands for and how much power it wields – it’s like word of mouth from your friends, multiplied several times over! At the very least, her publicist should have briefed her on it beforehand, and even so she could have been a little more gracious. Something like “I hope people will come and see it for themselves” would have been enough.

    Of course, if the line sucks, then nothing she can say would make up for it anyway.

  8. KatieM says

    I don’t like SPJ’s elitist attitude, but that aside.  I am confused about the following statement:

    “These clothes are about people all over the country who don’t have access to really well made, affordable clothing.”

    First,who doesn’t have access to the internet? I currently live in Nebraska and travel (and shop) throughout the midwest and I have never heard of Steve & Barry. Second is she slamming Old Navy, Target & The Gap’s quality (3 stores that are actually available “all over the country”)?  I am in Okoboji, Iowa as I type, saw a Target on the way in, still no S&B. 

    And finally! From what I understand from other posters, S&B are not about the quality, but about the profit (not a problem, that is how you stay in business).  So if they are paying a fair trade wages (SJP cannot possibly condone sweatshops from her pedestal) and using quality fabrics how are they making a profit?  Something gotta give.

  9. yvonne says

    I haven’t actually seen the linein person yet, but I have shopped at Steve and Barry’s for my children.  They do have some things which are really nice without breaking the bank.  I don’t see anything wrong with anyone who has money trying to do something to help those of us who don’t.  Stephon Marbury also has a very nice line of neakers and sportswear at Steve and Barry’s as well, an I say KUDOS to both of them for at least not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.  It’s only when we stop being so critical of others and get of fof our butt and start being a solution to the problem, instead of being the problem, that our world begins to change.

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