This might sound like a letter to Ask E. Jean asking for advice, however it’s more of a "Lessons of the Day" entry (the first of several).
Background: I am an aspiring fashion designer
Situation: I am standing with my “friend”
Woman: "Where did you ladies get your lovely dresses?!"
My friend: "Oh, I got mine at BCBG, they had such a huge sale, I got this dress for $99. They just always have such great sales, you wait, and you can get practically anything you want for a great price." Blah blah blah as she continues.
Me: Can’t get a word in edgewise, so I just stand there waiting for it to be over.
Woman: "What about you?" And looks at me.
Me: "I designed and constructed it myself."
Woman: "Can you design one for me that looks like hers?"
Me: "No, I don’t copy other people’s dresses, but you can buy it at BCBG."
My friend: "Oh, but BCBG has great sales, you have to go and see."
Me: Walk away.
Lessons: I am pretty sure BCBG doesn’t need any free (or otherwise) advertising, but your designer friend does! So maybe next time, you can be a friend and advertise my dress instead of theirs (even if it’s not your style)? I sure would if the roles were reversed. Support your friends!!!!
Am I being unreasonable?