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WestMend Product Review.




NOTE:
I apologize for making this sound like an advertisement. I am not an agent for taobao or WestMend. I'm just an American living in China and discovered this brand and fell in love
I noticed no review was made for it so i decided to write a good in depth of my over all experience with the ship and brand and educate you all in some of its history to get a better understanding of it.

I noticed its not as popular as other Chinese brands, and felt this is a great quality brand you can get for a great deal, rather risk paying for a bad quality item on ebay.
Again sorry.


Brand Branches:

West Maiden, WestMend , Victoria Maiden ( not to be mistaken with Victorian Maiden! Although the Victoria Maiden like has japanese tags on the inside!)

WebSite:
( chinese only)  http://www.westmaiden.com/

Origonal Shop Location:
Hangzhou. China. Can also be found in small provances * mini malls mostly* , and is also located in Shanghai.

Taobao shopping site:
http://shop34110904.taobao.com/

Small History of branches.:
 

WestMend is a off branch of the line West Maiden.
West Maiden is originated from Hangzhou China, which has a fashion label all its own in this provance.

While WestMend has a huge shop location in a mall,
West Maiden shop can be found on Fashion Street in Hangzhou. In 2006 ( when i discovered this brand), 3 majour shops were located. WestMend came around 2009 in China
Now only One small West Maiden , and One WestMend shop ( which holds both WestMend and Victoria Maiden) can be found.

In 2006 West Maiden was primarly focused on Lolita fashion!
Then in 2008 they turned more into a fancy wear, and broke away from lolita, leaveing it to Westmend and Victoria Maiden.

Tags of all three branches will be on different outfits at different times.  ( refering to tags)

Product Price Review: ( in shop)
Shopping at West Mend the price ranges from 1200 RMB to as low as 350 RMB.
The items are very well made and Kept.
Discounts and sells are given to flawed and dirty items which can range from 50 RMB to 200 RMB.
Current Shoppers at the shop are able to get a %20-%60 discount on the entire purchase!
Sales are HUGE ranging from 50%-75% off.
Holidays are VERY busy. Visit the shop at own risk....
 
Service:

WestMend in shop is a lovely place to shop! the sellers are very lovely and nice! you must ask for a discount to receive and discount. If you are shy they will not give it to you!
Mostly likely on a 2nd return, they will give you one to encourage you to return. That has been my experience.


Items such as this: In store price 1200 RMB, while on Taobao you can get it for


 A dress like this on Taobao is: 199 RMB ( on sale) In store price is 465 RMB with out any discount


  A dress like this on Taobao is: 269 RMB( on sale)  In store price is 569 RMB at no discount


  A dress like this on Taobao is: 148 RMB ( on sale)  In store price is 569 RMB at no discount


Product Price review online:
Taobao is the only place where you can purchase WestMend Brand.
Taobao Offers a much cheaper price then the shop itself. Ranging from %20-%60 on off season items.
A LOT of items in shop ARE NOT features on taobao, so you are missing out by not going to the shop yourself.
You are better off buying from in shop where the discount is much better, and you needn't use a shipping service. Shipping services to charge alot.
 
Service on taobao:
I have not purchased from taobao because i can just go to the shop.

Lolita:
WestMend is not strictly Lolita focus as it ranges from cute glamour dress, to cocktail. If you have an eye for Lolita you wont be out of luck !

Petty Coats:
Yes they have petty coast!!! and FANTASTIC ONES at that! 
They are the best I have came across making that flat skirt POOFFF!!!!
Price range from 200 RMB- 400RMB.
Petty coats are not ava on taobao that I know of.

Petty coat is ava only upon special request.
Chinese are not cool with wearing petty coats, I'm not sure why, as you can see from alot of the model photos, they all lack Petty coats.

 

Lace:
Lace is not commonly on alot of Lolita items, but ruffles are abundant!
I have yet to come across a bad laced item at West Maiden !!! 
All Lace is fantastic quality! All tullis are super soft!


Stitching:
I have yet to have a problem with bad stitching.
All items are gently cycle wash, hand, or dry cleaned.
No problems!


Size:
As most Asian brands, this runs a bit small.
you will not find many attire that will fit over a 30 inch waist.
Best fit is 23-26 bust
23-28 waist FOR MOST.
They do have special order at Shop only for larger sizes.
M fist like a Small
And L fist more like M.
Be aware of your size.

Colors:
WestMend is not a print focus brand, so a lot of the cute print cloths is out of the question. You can on occasion find the brand name embroider on a few selected outfits which is super cute.
Taobao will offer only one color selection or an outfit, while in store will offer a range of 4-6 different in stock colors

Popular colors are Red, Black ,Pink , Cream , White, Peach, and Coral.
 

Bad Items:
Be aware of what you are buying, and mostly if its a items that includes a blouse, or if the blouse it attached to the item.
For example:
( sorry I do not own an actual bad dress, I refuse to buy one for the sake of a review.)

This outfit , the blouse it attached to the dress...
Be aware of fabric! A lot of outfits look like they might be thick, while they are sometimes made of chiffon or a much more thin fabric. This is not often, but it happens.This is only due to that WestMend is not a full blown dedicated Lolita brand. It is still working out the kinks.

WestMend is a product all on there own and do not buy from a manufacture, so you will not find these dress anywhere else. All images are of WestMend official taobao service and are not a bulk stock image source.

I overall enjoy this brand when I want to buy good quality, and inexpensive Lolita!

Black Rose 2009 fall eddition
not on tao bao * sister designs are ava*

Stock of sister :


My modeling:



Front and back details: A frame dress. OP.
Lace up back.
No ties.
Light on all lace * very tiny*
  

Lace and Print detail.
Print is a little textured. Soft and smooth.
Lace is cotton and very light.
Frill on the bottom of the dress with light lace.
 

Stich details.
Dress is 2 layers  with silk underlayer.
3 layers of different stich work.
 

Chest details:
Shirring arms.
Velvit chest line!! Very out of place!!!!
Includes a bow * currently not attached*
  

2008 Black and White dress
( first eddition. 2nd eddition is out now in black, and red with a different style skirt with lots of layers.)
currently not on taobao.



Chest details and lace:
Rose lace all around! 
Great quality! no discoloration.
No tear or wear! cotton lace!
Small ribbom lace detail.
  





Plan Rose Country Dress:

Stock:


My Model:


Detail of pannels:
Very even and well stiched.


Cotton small lace!
Fantastic! Even, no wear, or tear.
 
 
This is see through lace.
Sewn on sterdy! 
No rip, no sign of stiching problems.
 

Details of the chest.
No problems!
Very beautiful ! 
Rose details do not come off.
Shirring arms.
 


Long Sleve Blouse:
As you can see 2 buttons poped off.
Only due to because I wear my blouse under my dress's and it just made the buttons lose.
WestMend includes buttons for repair.

Stock:

My Modeling:

 

Corset style back
Great ribbon lace!!!
   

Sleve and coller details.
 


Short Sleve blouse:

Shirring arms. and frill ar bottom.

Not on taobao:

My modeling:

 

Lace wraps around the blouse! light lace, great quality ribbon.
 

Lace Top
Very lovely top!
2008 design.
Cotton Ribbon border.
cotton lace.
Cotton, lace, fabric ruffle.
Strechy material.

Stock:


No model photo:
 
  

Victoria Maiden High Bust skirt:

This material is THICK !
Corset back, zipper on the side with a small clasp.

 

Print is just like the black rose dress, textured details. and alot of frill on the bottom !
Light on lace! Lace is cotton quality.
  

2008 Black Cardigan
not on web site
no stock
no model

Strechy cotton material ! Very lovely!
Light on lace and frill.
Lovely design on the fabric!
Material is thick and sterdy! And tie ribbon is great quality, but not secure on the ends.


 

Summer 2010 Flower JSK:

Stock:


No model

Material is a little thin. Made of cotton and is only one layer.
corset back/ ribbon is fantastic material.

and tie ribbon in front, sealed ribbon ends!

 

Frill and lace detail.
 

Classic Sweet Lolits OP

No stock
No model:

VERY classic lolita look !
 

Lots of layers and frills!
Material is a little thin.
Not thick on lace, just layers and frill!
 

Black Baby doll rose jsk:

Stock:
 

No model:

This is a beautiful dress!!!


 

Black JSK:
Not on site:
No stock photo:

My Model photo:
 

Dress has no lace, but is heavy on layers and frill ! 
Material is a little thin, but arms are thick ! Skirt is very layered!
This is one of my fave dress!
Silk ribbon is not removable.
Tie in back !

 

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