CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago fashion designer’s Instagram page has more than 20,000 followers – even images of celebrities wearing jackets they claim to have been designed.
But some customers say that fashion designers take their money and never give them the clothes they buy. They tell the CBS 2 McNicholas Team they want answers.
Nyasa Henry ordered a jacket that was supposed to be a Christmas present for his sister, Africa Brown.
“Well, online my sister, African, had followed her for a few years before and the jacket was a bit expensive, so I kind of saved up for this year for the gift for her,” Henry said.
The jacket costs $ 400, which Henry sent via the Cash App in early November 2020. The payee is an Instagram-savvy fashion designer who works under the name Chicago Playground.
Henry and Brown said it all seemed legitimate because Chicago Playground prided itself on their celebrity online connections and appeared to have had no negative reviews.
“He’s peddling these pages to where if you say anything negative, it’s like you got deleted so fast,” Henry said. “It’s just a detour. I recently sent her another message two or three days ago. No response.”
Chicago Playground has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau due to very similar complaints over the past year and a half.
Out-of-state cheerleading groups took to YouTube in late 2019 saying they paid Chicago Playground over $ 2,100 for a jacket they never got.
“Chicago Playground – he played us for 12 university jackets, and we want our money back,” the team coach said in the video.
We’ve tried emails, Instagram messages and phone calls over the past week, but Chicago Playground hasn’t reached us yet.
They did block one of our producers. Brown said they also blocked one of his pages.
“I just want people to know the truth. It’s my biggest thing just to find out, “Brown said,” and then to have the right choice if you’re dealing with this guy. “
They’ve given up on his jacket. Now they just want a refund.
Experts say you should only use payment apps like Cash App and Zelle with trusted friends or family.
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