“Thank you to most and to others I only hope you consider this us my label, my business, my financial commitment, my life. What right does anyone else have to profit from it.”
Camera IconPaul and Kate Watts at a Only One Ashley pop up at Enex. Credit: John Koh/ The West Australian
But Watts’ strong stand does not sit well with everyone, with a story in The West Australian drawing a fierce response.
“Once you sell something it’s not yours to then dictate what happens to it. Dresses, lawnmowers, carpet cleaners, cars, whatever. It’s all for hire. I wouldn’t buy a lawnmower I didn’t need more than once or twice, so why would I buy a designer dress to wear once or twice and leave it hanging in the wardrobe?” wrote one hire fan on Facebook.
“Sounds elitist to me,” wrote another commenter. “There are a lot of women that cannot afford the high prices of these garments. Maybe Kate Watts needs to either copyright or trademark each and every one of her garments and then try and enforce them. I am all for the dress hirers giving access to the garments at a realistic price point.”