I received an email from Jamie Herzlinger, owner of the new Jamieshop.com, in which she explains why she feels her new e-commerce site is good for the interior design industry. In line with my first post about the company, I’m not drawing any conclusions, but believe she should have the opportunity to share her thoughts.
Jamie also told me in an email that she has the express permission of every vendor to sell their products on her platform.
Here’s her verbatim response;
C.J., I am so sad to think that you became so vociferous in regards to my new company which can only help the design industry. With the advent of shelter publications, the end user has become quite adroit at being able to design their own interiors and what they are lacking is the ability to purchase from to the trade only. This fact has left the end user with having to hire an interior designer whereby they must have contracts, pay hourly and be committed to a contract when all they wanted was one or a few pieces of furniture.
With the help of gorgeous publications like AD, Elle, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, the client can figure out a lot. This web site is geared towards a DIY client. There is no difference. I find it very suspect that you would be so vocal without ever having the respect to call me directly. I do hope you at least have the courtesy to publish my response to your attack. and i do hope that all of those you are trying to influence in a negative way understand that JAMIESHOP.COM is not undermining any fee structure of any interior designer .
There is no difference to having an online buying service to facilitate purchases then there is to a design center opening to the public, such as the LADC or the Chicago Design Center or the thought that is in the work the D and D.
I do hope you take a moment to read through and do contact me with any questions.
Kind Regards, Jamie Herzlinger