http://www.facebook.com/#!/boutiquealkhaleejia?fref=ts and Boutique Al-Khaleejia.
I have never ordered from BAK. But two of my friends did. One of the friends[from Australia] never recieved her order or any reimbursement for it or reply to her inqueries, only to have her comments deleted off the sites pages. The other [Boxie from "Little Old Me"--- her review is available through the list of blogs I advertise] at long-last recieved a piece-of-[insert whatever language you desire here] after being ignored for months. The items pictured are the items the girls ordered as advertised by BAK. In fact, this is the main reason I got back into blogging. I felt the available hijab sites were accepting promotional products and giving great reviews for BAK and I had to wonder...why the voices of the sisters who recieved no or bad products were being shushed or ignored. Since NA exclusive abayas was associated with BAK, I also don't know what to think of them now. I wonder should I order and risk wasting my money to test their service? Below is my reason for BAK's abysmal rating:
2.) The items arrived in the time stated they would: One order never arrived despite constant inqueries and the removal of her comments from the website, and the other was over four months late+ the oringinal estimated tailoring and shipping times. Both the old owner and the new were responsible for this. Big fat zero.
4.) Items looked exactly as pictured on the website: not at all. Zero.
5.) Beautiful, efficient packaging.: if the item didn't smell like mothballs it would have been packaged nicely. Zero.
6.) Fabrics were suitable for climates they were advertized for (GCC): no way. Fabrics were advertised as nida and stretch and were cheapo internet and another faux fabric for the yellow bits. Zero.
7.) The brand offers versatility---they feature a wide product array: yes, they do. If your items arrive as advertised. 1 mark.
8.) Items are well-priced: Not at all. Abayas are marked 3x prices, or more and jalabiyias even more so. Zero.
9.) Designs are original to the brand: no, BAK and NA exclusive are copying designs by Arabesque, DAS, Effa, Lady-in-Black and others, and also using their copyrighted photographs on occasion. Arabesque brand and Effa have objected to this.
10.) The items featured on the website are not 5 years behind trends: 1 mark for this.
BAK got a two out of a possible 10 until----:
I will rate all online websites on the following criteria, on the basis of one mark for each item being fulfilled. I will deduct 2 points for any issues in the website to respond to complaints, and 5 for websites that do not offer returns or replacements for damaged goods. -2 for not responding to the many emails, FB pms, and erasing comments (plus threatening to sue for using their photos, which are copies of other people's design ANYWAYS, and spamming any bad review ect.), and -5 for not offering refund or replacement for fraudulent and crummy designer rip-offs.
-5/10 for not delivering on orders, being late on orders, not responding to customer issues, lying about the fabrics used in the construction of garments, and being over-priced on the best of examples (sisters who ordered early on in BAK's beginning days and recieved decent stuff) of knock-off designs. I REPEAT RATING IS MINUS FIVE OUT OF TEN---MINUS!!!!