If you are an avid blog reader like I am, you have probably read 2,356 reviews of Eshakti before. And I have to say I was very skeptical. 99% of the reviews were done by bloggers who had received the product free for review purposes. Now I am not saying that the majority of bloggers would let that reflect in the review, but it does always make me wonder. So I decided to bite the bullet and BUY a dress to review. Ok. I actually bought TWO dresses to review. One for me and one under my mothers account. And I have ONE of them to review today for you. The other one is not going to make it to me.
Now for those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Eshakti is an online clothing retailer (mainly dresses). They ship out of India and are delivered via DHL (which almost prevented me from ordering in the first place) and surprisingly arrive quite quickly even though they ship from halfway across the world. My first dress which I have not gotten yet (I will explain that at the end) was ordered on a Thursday and the second dress ordered on the following day, Friday. And this second dress arrived 12 days after ordering. Now what makes this company any different than the 23,433,434,424 other clothing retailers online? This company CUSTOM CUTS every dress to your size specifications. For someone like me who has a size 6 waist and a size 12 hips this is music to my ears. Not only do they custom make the dress to fit your measurements (not just hips and waist, but you have to give about 10 measurements including the circumference of your arms!) but once you choose the dress you want, you then start customizing the STYLE! You can change the neckline (about 10 options), you can change the sleeve length (sleeveless, cap sleeves, inset cap sleeves, elbow length, 3/4 length, bracelet length, long sleeve) and then you can choose the length (mini, above knee, at knee, below knee, midcalf, maxi, or maxi plus 3 inches). You also provide your height so the dresses actually fall where they are supposed to. If you are super short like me (a hair under 5'3) long things drag on the ground, short things fall way too far down the leg or the proportions are just off. For my cousin who is 5'9 everything is too short for her. No issue any more.
So this was the second dress I ordered. Its a knit dress and I wanted just a comfy maxi dress I could run errands in and that would just be comfy.
I changed the neckline to the jewel neckline, moved the sleeves from elbow to 3/4 and made it a maxi. Now I do not LOVE the fit. I will be honest. I like my maxi dresses to be LONG and I was worried the ankle length would be too short and so I said I was 5'4 figuring I would want the extra inch. While the dress fits great and I will wear it, I do wish the dress was yet another inch longer. In the future I will say I am 5'5 when ordering maxi length. Again, the length is fine, and I will wear it (any shorter at all though and I would not have) but lesson learned. The knit is really really heavy. So much so it surprised me. The quality really did shock me. And while the sun was blazing and the pictures don't do the colour of the dress any justice it really IS the colour of the stock pictures.
And of course, I have to wear my new Petra necklace with it. I am determined to get my wear out of it and I freaking love it!
Here is a better shot as to the colour of the dress. I am still off heels since my accident hiking in New Jersey 3 weeks ago so maxi dresses and flats seem to work.
Now the second dress I ordered was a cotton poplin. It was this dress:
I ordered it once more with the 3/4 length sleeve, changed the neckline to the same jewel neckline as the knit maxi I ordered and the length I put at just below the knee. The tracking worked for it right up until it got to Cincinnati (why it would go there to come to me, I have no idea??) and then it just stopped. DHL claims its Eshakti's fault because they mislabeled the customs form and put jacket instead of dress. But even if that is true, how does that cause the company to LOSE the dress? DHL has asked me to send them a picture of the dress to help them in finding it. I phoned eshakti back and the woman I spoke to (Nicole) was very helpful. She said its rare that DHL loses an item but when they do its weeks before they find it (IF they find it). She said it was not my fault and I should not have to wait for weeks to hear back and that they would recut and reship the dress. When ordering from the brand, you can follow your dress through the process. Pattern Creation, Fabric and Kit Creation, Cutting and stitching, Quality control and then finally packing and shipping. The redo of the dress is already done packing and shipping and should be shipped out tomorrow. Now screw ups happen anywhere. And everywhere. Its how a company deals with the screw up that tells me what I need to know about the company. I have been told if DHL locates the dress to tell them to return to sender. What more can you ask for from a company? I will keep you all updated when I get the second dress (formerly described as the first dress).