Moser Owes His Readers Some Respect

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 16, 2009

Dear Editor,
    I would think that Stephen Moser would owe his readers at least a small amount of respect and not write an article filled with petty criticism and an uncharitable attitude. His article about the Octo Tea Dance, particularly his view of the fashion lounge, is dramatically different from the view he portrayed that evening to many of the volunteers and volunteer models giving their time to the charity ["After a Fashion," Oct. 16]. First, a correction: The spelling of Lilly Pulitzer is with two "L"s. It's a 50-year-old American iconic brand and not that hard to research the correct spelling. If you weren't familiar with it, research it. Secondly, the models at the event consisted mainly of amateur models. No one was paid for his or her time. They of course were a little overwhelmed by the size of the crowd packed into the alternate room from the weather contingency plan. It's understandable that it took them a little bit to become comfortable and work the crowd. They had it down after a little while and pulled it together just fine. They added a visual element to the event, that you yourself expressed you enjoyed. How that opinion changed over the course of the week confuses me. Lastly, the matter of the jacket. None of the items there were for sale. Most were sample collections and a couple of store items on loan. We accommodated you in the purchase of the jacket out of good faith because of your excitement over it and for your support of the event. Of course we had to get permission from the designer to part with one of her collection samples. That's an industry no-brainer. I'm glad you enjoyed the event. It was a great time in a day where the weather was just not cooperating. I just wished that you had shown a little more charity with your comments in this article when criticizing model volunteers who worked so hard just to add to your enjoyment. A little more praise would have been more in the spirit of the event.
Bill Peck
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