Yesterday, I jumped on my sister Julie when I saw her perusing the Stephen Bonanno website looking for a number to call to order herself a pair of black patent sandals. "OnlycallVivianatthefactory!" I shouted from my comfortable perch. "What? Why?" she said picking up her Crackberry "Cuz I read somewhere that a couple of their signature stores are selling fakes". Well, low and behold, this comes across the news desk late last night from Vivian Benvenuto herself...
An open statement from Stephen Bonanno Sandals to our loyal clients and friends:
If it doesn’t say “Stephen” it isn’t Bonanno!
It has come to our attention that for at least the past 7 weeks, the “SBS Signature Stores” have been getting their product made by knock-off “Bonanno Sandals” and passing them off as authentic “Stephen Bonanno Sandals.” Because of this impropriety, Stephen Bonanno Sandals has severed all ties with the proprietors of the Downtown Stuart and Vero Beach locations (as well as the verobonannosandals online presence) and have made a number of unrequited requests that they immediately cease and desist using the “Bonanno” name, the SBS logo and anything representing Stephen Bonanno Sandals in any way shape or form. Legal action is pending.
We know that our loyal preppy clientele appreciates premium quality, looks down upon knock-offs and would be appalled to find out they’ve been duped by a dishonest merchant. We are doing everything within our power to protect the company we’ve worked so hard to build and the customer relationships we so greatly cherish.
If you discovered “Bonanno Sandals” in your shoe box when you paid and expected to receive “Stephen Bonanno” sandals, please contact me via Vivian@bonannofactory.com
The only way to ensure you are getting authentic Stephen Bonanno Sandals is to order them directly from us by calling toll-free 1-866-313-3338, ordering online at our official website http://www.sbsandals.com/ , or visiting our Factory Boutique in Stuart at 882 SW Enterprise Way. Another SBS company-owned boutique will be opening in West Palm Beach in September. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter (@SBSandals_PR) for updates and announcements. There are also a number of stores throughout the USA who carry authentic Stephen Bonanno Sandals and they are listed on our website.
Kindness of Vivian Benvenuto of Stephen Bonanno Sandals for considering Summer is a Verb worthy of this hard hitting news report. I feel just like Christiane Amanpour emotionally reporting from Sarajevo. Now, excuse me while I go make a space for my future Peabody Award next to my Bonanno's collection...XXOO