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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Calling "KoiFox" 
3rd-May-2008 02:01 pm
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If anyone knows a "Koi Fox" aka Lynne Hassell, or if KoiFox is here in this community....

Please tell her that they have a customer who commissioned them for a wolf suit where they paid a 1200-1300$ deposit back before January who is looking for them.

The mother of the guy who commissioned KoiFox called me this morning thinking I'd know this person and is desperately trying to find KoiFox to demand refund or to get the suit finished or something.  She said she found my number on a business card her son picked up at AnthroCon last year which is where he commissioned KoiFox.

I don't really appreciate getting calls from other fursuiters' customers who are desperately trying to find contact information like a phone number or mailing address...  I'm tired of cleaning up other people's messes.

edit:  phone numbers and addresses have been found and relayed to the mother and the son.   They will continue to pursue the matter.
Thank you all for the help and info gathering. There is no more need for posts.
3rd-May-2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Well... the first result google gives me is this... Looks like this could be the one, right?

3rd-May-2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
... which leads me to her =)

3rd-May-2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
lynnehassell@yahoo.com is the only e-mail I know her on. Maybe ask WhippetLuv ((I think thats who)) didn't they used to collab together with suits?
3rd-May-2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Aren't you confusing with KoiSnake?
3rd-May-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Just as an observation.. January was 5 months ago. The fursuits I've ordered have wait times up to 1 year. Depending on when this suit is due... this could either be considered an issue with the fursuit maker - or a really worthless customer that doesnt think to get contact info to someone they paid $1200!

Considering it was this guys mom.. I'm thinking this might fit into the later.
3rd-May-2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
i don't really think calling someone 'worthless' after they've paid $1200 is terribly wise. or, you know, accurate.
3rd-May-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the mother is just a bit concerned on where the money went and what her son is buying with that money. She's probably wondering how long it'll take to finish the suit and probably wants to see/hear about some progress report about it so that it doesn't look like the money was wasted.

Nothing ruins a business faster than bad customer relations. :P If a fursuit maker doesn't have appropriate and updated contact info. on their website, then they've just lost that customer.

I think the mother and/or the son could benefit from this tutorial I made:
Pay attention to #'s 12a,b, and c, and also #'s 14, 15, and 16.
3rd-May-2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
After spending time on the phone with her, the suit was commissioned sometime after AnthroCon last year and it was for 1300$, she then contacted him in January demanding more money.

Since then it's been silence between them.

The kid's money came from his inheritance from his dead aunt.

I gave the mother the phone number and address someone found on the fursuit mailing list. Hopefully she can resolve this. The mother called and got an answering machine and the names in the recording were accurate.

We've done all we can to help with woman and her son. Thanks for the info guys.
3rd-May-2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Another fur found that she owes the state of Virginia fees from 2007 for her business...

This mother and her son are probably out of luck...
3rd-May-2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah maybe ask Whippetluv, I know the two of them work together a lot. But I haven't seen suitstuff from either of them or seen/heard anything posted by Lynne in a long time.
3rd-May-2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I have cut off all business with her for disagreements in business practices. I don't actually have her phonenumber but i do have her address if she is still there anyway. email me and I will pass it on.
cornflakegirlpony @ hotmail dot com
3rd-May-2008 10:21 pm (UTC) - Past customer story
Hey all this is Shad. Not that my name has significance. The suit you see in the corner was done by Lynne hassell. Heres the kinda business person she is.

I commissioned her last year in january/February. She agreed I sent 400 to start. She worked on the suit and I expressed what I liked or didnt like. She offered to throw bonuss into the suit, I said sure! She said no charge, well june rolls around and she suddenly says 'your too picky, I sold your suit off to someone else who was willing to pay more money because I feel I was getting ripped off on the suit'

It was probably the business cards she handed to me. Anyway the story goes on that at the last minute she was desperate and said "Ok hey look I made a new suit for you, its very cute, Ill have it by AC"

The suit fell apart after the first con! Ive been having a better suitmaker [Jacek] Work on the suit repairs.

3rd-May-2008 10:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Past customer story
I wouldn't necessarily say I am a better suit maker by any means. But I've changed a lot in how I make them. Anyways, I too got a suit from her a long while ago ((which has since been sold, unfortunately)) But she took a lot time between e-mails talking to me. So..lets hope she comes around and either sees this, or gets ahold of them. But yeah, the way she makes (made? maybe she has changed)) suits were a bit...rushed? Oh well, people make mistakes.
4th-May-2008 01:38 am (UTC)
This is horrible. I hate to say it but if this suit maker doesn't show up and make up soon, I have a feeling the ma will get the powers that be involved.
4th-May-2008 06:36 am (UTC) - Take it somewhere else, please
Hate to spoil all of your fun, but -none- of this belongs on this group: posts should relate to fursuit construction-- not business practices or vendettas or character assassination/rumour (which this is, since all of this is just hearsay without both actual parties getting involved). Find a better place for it, like "artists_beware".
4th-May-2008 07:07 am (UTC) - Re: Take it somewhere else, please

This was a thread constructed by someone and people are replying. I DEALT WITH LYNNE HASSELL MYSELF. Someone is having problems contacting someone WHO CONSTRUCTED A FURSUIT by Lynne Hassell. Hmmm thats what this is about...so yeah...

Its a mere warning to the one that was wondering about the suit maker. They are unaware whats going on with the X number of dollars, and people are saying their stories how this person is bad in ethics and maybe needs to do something about her, or how her ethics are bad and after getting the money back they need to find someone else. So BUGGER OFF. OIY...

27th-Jun-2008 12:28 am (UTC) - Recent activity
Found http://www.lynnehassell.com/ updated, through http://www.furbid.ws/cgi-bin/auction/item.pl?item=232345634 and http://www.furbid.ws/cgi-bin/auction/item.pl?item=232345635 , through the username "Threadbear", which I've not seen on Furbid before (and I've been on it for years).

The new member icon shows that the username was generated 30 days or less ago.

Thought this might be of some use to someone, even though Jay's post mentioned there was no more need for posts. Sorry if I'm spamming!
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