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Ryu Cirque du Soiree Skirt from ModCloth


The Mystery Of The Double Skirts: SOLVED

Awesome Nancy Drew Inspired Photo Photography By Hannah Betts

Cynthia:  So I put my Nancy Drew sleuthing skills to work and solved The Mystery of the Double Skirts.

Marcy:  So basically you put Freddy to work while you went shopping for shoes.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Shhhhh… I’m supposed to be Nancy Drew in this story. And anyway, husbands like figuring stuff out. It makes them feel heroic. Plus, when they are on a Superman high they don’t get cross-eyed when more shoes enter the house.

Marcy:  Ah ha! Interior motives. I love it.

Cynthia:  Ulterior.

Marcy:  Interior. I’m a house cat.

Cynthia:  Okay so here’s The Mystery of the Double Skirts … solved.

First Clue:  Ryu Collection is a clothing wholesaler.

Ryu Collection Spring/Summer 2014

Second Clue: They design clothes and sell them to retailers such as Anthropologie and ModCloth.

Third Clue: They’ve got the same quirky, feminine, and vintage aesthetic.


Ryu Collection

Fourth Clue: Consumers cannot buy directly from Ryu. They only sell in large batches. They promote them at retailer trade shows, on their website, and at their Los Angeles showroom.


Ryu Collection trade show advertisement

Guesstimate: My guess is that Anthropologie probably signed an exclusive contract for the skirts that lasted one season. They put the black striped skirt under their “house” brand, Maeve. When the contract was up, the design on the skirt was fair game and then ModCloth purchased the design. The same with the green striped skirt.

Final Deduction:  They ARE the same skirt – made by the same manufacturer and NOT a knock off.

Left: ModCloth, spring 2014  Right: Anthropologie, summer 2013

Cynthia:  Mystery solved. Now I want to run down to Ryu’s Los Angeles showroom and scoop up all of their pretty clothes.

Marcy:  Don’t do it, Cindy. Nancy Drew would never run screaming into an exclusive showroom to steal pretty clothes.



*Previous Post About The Doppelganger Skirts:

Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!


Last Summer’s Anthropologie Skirts … At ModCloth?!


Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth
Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth

Cynthia:  I can’t believe it. A second chance! Two of Anthropologie’s skirts from last year –  that I fell in love with but did not purchase –  are now selling at ModCloth but under different designer names. At least I don’t think they’re knock-offs.  I think that they are the … exact… same …skirts.

Marcy:  Doppelganger skirts. I have one of those.

Cynthia:  A skirt?

Marcy:  No. A doppelganger.

Marcy smugly whips her tale.

Cynthia:  I am not even going to ask.

Marcy (chuckling knowingly to herself):  Yeah. You probably shouldn’t.

Cynthia:  The one above is Modcloth’s Make a Point of It Skirt. The one below is Anthropologie’s Spearmint Stripe Skirt from last summer. Love the green stripes and that it’s knee length.

Anthropologie’s Spearmint Strip Skirt from 2013

Cynthia:  This next one  is  Modcloth’s Cirque du Soiree Skirt by Ryu.

Ryu Cirque du Soiree skirt at ModCloth


Cynthia:  Which was Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve last summer. Maeve is an in-house Anthropologie brand.


Anthropologie’s Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve, 2013

Marcy:  Are you sure you’re speaking English? Or is this quirky human girl code?

Cynthia: It’s all quite confusing. I mean, are ModCloth versions knock-offs? Or are they the originals but are being sold under different companies? Who really is the designer then? Who, Marcy? Who? Is this some elaborate conspiracy to sell us old skirts? Are the skirts being moved down the retailer food chain? Will we see them at Old Navy in another year? Are ModCloth and Anthropologie – seeming enemies – incahoots?

Marcy:  This is just another way for the fashion industry to make you crazy. Like inconsistent sizing, ’80’s mom jeans looking cool on teenage hipsters, and rayon.

Cynthia:  I hate rayon. It makes me crazy.

Cynthia hunches over the computer pondering and tapping her foot.

Cynthia:  I should just get the skirts since I think they are so cute and was bummed out that I missed out on them last summer. Maybe they won’t be at Old Navy next year.

Marcy: You’re such a fashion gambler.


*The Mystery Of The Double Skirts:  SOLVED! Click here for the update!