Hair Wear Friends: To Be Continued

Hair Wear Friends are on hiatus (sort of). The incomparable organizer (I hope and dream) for my daughter’s expanding array of hair accessories was highlighted here a few weeks ago.

A Hair Wear Friends doll with pink hair and lots of scrunchies wrapped on her torsoAlas, when I tried to buy a Hair Wear Friend, my order was rejected. A few hours later the web site was replaced with an "Under Construction" message!

Today, I got the scoop by e-mail. In short, the company is seeking partner(s) to sell Hair Wear Friends on a larger scale. I infer that the manufacturer selling the product on its own site doesn’t help persuade retailers.

I’d love to hear from anyone who can point me to a similarly girlish object for organizing hair accessories—especially barrettes.

For the longer story about Hair Wear Friends, here’s the e-mail…

[Pleasantries edited out] We have temporarily shut down the e-commerce
capabilities of our site and are in the process of replacing it with an
informational site.  The reason being is that we are in the process of
seeking partners (equity partners, private labelers, licensors, retail
sales organizations, etc.) that will enable us to extend our reach and
capabilities, and the site has proven to add a layer of complexity to
those discussions.

The Hair Wear Friends are a homegrown idea that flourished due to an
unbelievable amount of blood, sweat, tears and life savings, in
addition to the fact that it’s a well-made product that serves a useful
purpose. The fact of the matter is that we, the family who invented it,
have taken the product as far as we can with our limited capabilities.
We are now at the point where we need to associate ourselves with an
organization that has the contacts, capital and infrastructure that
will enable this product to reach its full potential.

We still haven’t found the right partner, so if you, your bloggers, or
someone you know are interested (and in a financial position) to be
part of a patented product that has proven successful at retail (brick
& mortar as well as online) yet hasn’t even scratched the surface
with the 20 million girls that fall within our target market, I’d
welcome their contact.   

[AJ], thanks again for your interest in the Hair Wear Friends, and if
you would like to know more, I’d be happy to discuss our direction and
our history with you further.  It’s an exciting time for us, and I look
forward to what tomorrow brings.

Kind regards,
Steve Chorlins
Progressive Products Int’l, Inc. (the Hair Wear Friends people)


3 Responses to “Hair Wear Friends: To Be Continued”

  1. christie says:

    (delurk) For what it’s worth: These people didn’t invent this concept, although there isn’t much like it on the market today (and it IS very cute!). I remember having something similar (functionally) when I was a kid.

    A very simple, though less adorable, solution to the barrettes-everywhere problem is a ribbon tied to something (anything!) or stapled to a bulletin board. I’d go with 1/2″ to 3/4″ grosgrain, cut to a length you’re happy with.

    We have all the barrettes too — I know for a fact there are two purple ones under the front seat of the car — but my daughter won’t let us fix her hair. Sigh.

    March 27th, 2006 at 11:34 am

  2. robert stone says:

    i am a baby clothes and doll maker and would be very interested in helping out the hair wear people. I own my own clothing and doll factory and always welcome good ideas.If any one has any info on the company – please email to my address below ….

    Robert Stone
    1 888-bab-ynet

    March 30th, 2007 at 2:03 pm

  3. Nancy says:

    Check ebay. I have bought 3 so far but you have to keep looking for someone to post them. I am looking for another one.

    November 17th, 2008 at 5:44 am

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