ok this is gonna be my last post about polyvore cause I’m being obnoxious but,
polyvore wasn’t the place people went to buy things, people went on there to make art / share their creations and fashion sense with other people. people went on polyvore to make friends and get tips on how to do things and participate in friendly battle groups, it was a social media outlet, not just a place to shop.
so ultimately, ssense buying polyvore was a stupid decision because if it was for the community to buy from them, no one is going to. that’s not what polyvore had such a large community for.
polyvore shutting down with no warning was so unprofessional and untoughful. They should have given us a warning so we could have saved our sets or something instead of completely shutting down the website/ app and posting two paragraphs explaining the situation in a new blog and adding a website that doesn’t even work that should have all the sets saved on it. this was utterly bs.
SSENSE buying out and killing polyvore was probably the worst business plan ever. They pissed off the entire user base, no one is ever gonna buy anything from them out of pure spite alone. They basically just paid for a boycott.
im super upset right now bc an online community which ive been a part of and created content on for the past 7+ years was unexpected shut down today??? this is really awful and it shouldnt make me this upset but i made a lot of meaningful relationships through that site and some people i am not even connected with anywhere else so its all just gone???? and it helped me find a community of people to rely on when i was going through really rough times??? and it helped me experiment with and express my love for fashion without having to spend money??????? i hate this?????
I’m so upset you guys I swear, I was just bored and opened polyvore on a tab to do some sets and I found out that it had become ssense.
I spent literally YEARS on that site, I loved it so much I could see my own fashion sense evolving other people’s fashion sets and get inspiration by that and now it’s closed… So I wanted to ask you guys if you know if there’s any site that is kinda like polyvore where you can create sets?
(still upset to have lost all my creation but I’ll start over again)
polyvore has been shut down. i think i know what it feels like to have your house burned down. i don’t feel pathetic for saying this, no. because it wasn’t the stupid dresses or watches or jewelry. hell, it was more than just a creative outlet too. it was us. we were polyvore. we were there to help prop others up. we here to listen when no one else was. we came, bonded with each other, and formed lifelong friendships. we celebrated each others’ victories and shared in each others’ grief. to those who did not know of polyvore, to those who were not in the community, this probably sounds insane. but we had embedded pieces of our lives into that website. the very one that was cruelly torn from us without warning. to those who invested time, energy, and love into that website, i am sorry. i feel your pain. if you could spare a second of your day to help sign the petition to bring about change, see the online petition here:
So Polyvore unexpectedly cut off a few minutes ago, annoucing a so-called collaboration with ssense.com, which resulted in the closure of the website. Without a warning, I am now in the incapability to share anything on this blog but the saddest thing is that all these years of fashion discoveries have been deleted, without the opportunity to save my creations, my favourites pieces nor all my collections. I feel so disappointed and pointless now.
Unfortunately, I will now put this blog on an undefinite hiatus.
we all know about this upsetting news we got. our creative site, the place where we can make beautiful sets from fashion to art to doll sets, the place where we all made amazing friendships, is no longer around
what are my thoughts? well i am upset and hurt. i was on there for all of my life, 7 years would be this year and to know that this was gone. like someone pulling the rug under our feet is not a fun feeling. i am confused as to WHY they NEVER told us this. they knew this for a while so why not inform us? why not give us a heads up and give us all a week to tell our last goodbyes and reconnect with friends? why not this? i would have been ok with a name change but no, they had to just take away the magic of this website
i know some people are looking for fellow set makers/friends so heads up. i was kwiatekmarek on there! i normally never mention my poly but since that’s gone…well, there’s that right? so again, if we talked in some way, am kwiatekmarek
on that final note, let’s all slap poly with a fish
My name is Laya and I am the founder of ShopLook.io.
First, let me start by saying that it was never our intention to replace Polyvore and we are just as shocked as many of you on the news today.
I started ShopLook less than a year ago with a goal of providing a platform where trendsetters can earn commisions for creating outfits and users can snap a picture of anything in their closet to get outfit recommendations.
That said, we are still a long way away to matching what Polyvore offered (they have 10 years on us!) With the news today, I am personally committed to adding as many of the most loved features that Polyvore had as we can over the coming weeks. Although we may not be able to fully replace this beloved platform, we are committed to working together with users to create the best alternative we can. This, however, cannot be done without your support.
Please sign-up on ShopLook.io today and subscribe to us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook to follow our progress. This helps us more than you will ever know.
Here are a few features to get you started today:
* Create outfits
* Follow users
* Like Outfits
* Share outfits on Pinterest and on blogs
What you can expect from us in the coming weeks:
* Increased product options: 200K new products from dozens of new retailers.
* Ability to search for anything- including users
* Ability to direct message users
* Ability to comment on outfits
* Ability to clip products from anywhere on the web
* Improved outfit discoverability features
* Ability to add text to outfits
* Commission sharing with outfit creators (this is unique to us)
What you can expect from us in the coming months:
* iOS and Android app
* Improved product searchability
* Improved load time
* Beauty Products
* Ability to upload images
We look forward to hearing additional feedback and features you love to see.
To everyone person who ever used Polyvore, today we lost something that meant something to all of us. It got ripped away from us without warning and we deserve better than that. We deserved a goodbye to all the art and sets we had made. The people of Ssense lost my trust before they even had it. They tried to buy us but Polyvore was more than a website to shop. It was a website that literally allowed you to use any picture and create something. It’s possibilities were limitless, until now. The least they could have done was give us a warning and reassurance that not just are data would be saved. Does data include every item I ever liked, set made, draft made, collection, every comment, every friend gained?? I just don’t know what to do with myself a piece of my soul got taken away from me. That might sound exaggerated but to every artist their art was a part of them and now it’s not.
Can anyone who is interested in finding their old poly friends reblog this post with their username from Polyvore either in comments or tags? It doesn’t matter what kind of account you had. I want to try to find as many people I used to follow on there as possible and I’m sure others do too.
to anyone reading this, confused and upset by polyvore being shut down today, i’m just putting in my word here. i’m jemma (@feels-like-snow-in-september on polyvore). i think that a lot of the words that i want to say have already been expressed by everyone else, but this is truly so tragic. i find it cruel, really, for the people at polyvore to make this decision. it is a decision that i can find no logic in at all. they chose money over our creations, our community, our art, and our friendships
i do not understand how they thought robbing us of our favourite place would bring any success towards ssense. and giving ssense our information is so WRONG. i know you can opt out, BUT they are stealing the information of people who are unaware. i think that must be illegal. i don’t think any polyvore users will be supporting ssense, because i don’t know of anyone who actually ever used polyvore to purchase anything. we used it to style and create art
they have the decency to let us download our sets and collections, thank goodness, but what about our drafts? our descriptions? why didn’t they give us a warning prior to let people retrieve what they wanted to keep? granted i think everyone would be super mad, but still. the backlash right now is so strong, and i wonder if they think they did the right thing
anyway, i could rant for ages. and i feel like this is my last polyvore “description” which makes me so sad. but if you knew me, please contact me. i knew SO MANY people on polyvore (i followed almost 2,000 accounts), and sadly i could not remember everyone’s names. and i regret not contacting/following many people on other social media platforms
this just sucks. i hope everyone can find their friends. and that maybe we get justice. please please sign this petition to get polyvore back. as of right now there are already 2,000+ signatures. here is the link https://www.change.org/p/former-polyvore-users-creative-minds-bring-back-polyvore
If you haven’t already, you should visit this site (account-update.polyvore.com) and OPT-OUT of data sharing. The bastards at SSENSE made “OPT-IN” the default and it needs to be manually changed if you don’t want them to be able to access your Polyvore data (username, email address, etc.) I know I personally despise SSENSE now - I’ve only known of them for like 15 minutes, but I can’t think of the last time I hated a company so much.
Also! If anyone remembers me, I was wonderstruck221b on Polyvore. So if you want to chat again, you can dm me :)
At the time, I felt an inexplicable desire and responsibility to build the best product I could for this amazing community. A community of users who lost a platform they felt like home. Exactly one year later, this sense of mission continues to drive everything I do.
For many, including the numerous companies who reacted to this event, Polyvore going down was a great user acquisition opportunity. For our team, however, it was something much more. Life has bittersweet ways of leading us down paths if we are willing. ShopLook has been that path for us.
The ShopLook story began while I was working at Google. As Google grew, I grew up with it. After nine years, it was time for me to find my own way and potentially face failure outside of the comfort of Google… But why ShopLook?
The inspiration came to me one rainy day when I read the Polyvore story in an old magazine I found. Although I had never heard of Polyvore, their story captured my attention and inspired me with the original vision for ShopLook. Looking back now, it feels much more serendipitous than bad weather. I left Google and started building. We wrote our first line of code in September 2017, we started beta testing a basic version of the product in January 2018, and we publicly launched in March 2018–exactly two weeks before Polyvore shut down! Like I said, life has bittersweet ways of leading us down paths! It was never our hope or expectation that Polyvore would shut down. More importantly, the original ShopLook product was never intended to replace it.
When Polyvore shut down, ShopLook became more than a product or an early stage startup; it became a calling that was inspired by the collective energy of the now-displaced Polyvore community, many of whom have since become close friends and a few have even helped build ShopLook to what it is today (more on that later).
On April 5th, 2018, we quickly threw out our product roadmap and our small team rallied around the recently displaced community. And this is where the hard work began…
An advisor once told me that those who do things opportunistically often fall short, and those who do things from a place of passion and purpose thrive. For our small team, our benchmark for success has never been more than building a product that brings this community together.
This is not a story meant to showcase success. And it is definitely not meant to be a playbook on how to leverage one platform’s demise for growing another. It is rather a story of how a community that lost something they loved can come together and be part of building something new. For our team, it is a story of having the strength to follow the path even if the journey is difficult and the destination is unknown. And for Pasha (the Polyvore creator), who is now a part of this journey with us, it is a story that when you create something of true value, nothing can take it away.
This last year has not been easy, and the path ahead of us is unlikely to be any easier. While we may have a lot of work in front of us, there is no question that we are here for a reason. Together, we can continue to build something amazing.
What’s next for ShopLook?
Our community is more than just a place to create and share outfits. It has the potential to change how millions of women feel every day. Because when it comes to fashion, there is nothing more important than the confidence that having our own unique style can bring. Too many of us walk into a closet each morning not feeling great in what we own or how we wear it. I believe that technology can improve that. It started with Polyvore and it will continue here–through the beauty and talent of our amazing creative community.
Polyvore was never used to for consumerism and product sales and profit - to a point it did help people find items for purchase from an array of various sites - but more importantly Polyvore was used as an artistic platform of expression and creation. Ssense took that away from millions of people that found Polyvore to be an artistic outlet and that helped people to create content for the things they loved. Polyvore united many like minded individuals together through the things they loved and created. Ssense unethically took that away without any notice or reparation (the downloadable dead links to non-existent sets and collections don’t count) painstakingly drafted and compiled works of art from millions. Fuck you Ssense.
Not 2 be sappy but polyvore was like the first social media I used regularly and actually made a lot of internet friends on it. I wonder what feature polyvore had that ssense wanted Bc I feel the user bases of a high fashion commerce site and an aspirational fashion mood board site are very different lol
I had entire alternate universes in sets mapped out in drafts on Polyvore, I had a battle group with a contest that was ending this week, I had sets that served as my inspiration when I was going through writers block during NaNoWriMo….
needless to say, I’m royally ticked off that Polyvore would delete their website and data without any notice whatsoever
So, Polyvore sold out. The site is now an online marketplace called Ssense, and all our sets, characters, groups have presumably been erased. That said, that doesn’t mean we have to lose our community too. I’m planning on making a database so that we can all (hopefully) find our friends again. If you roleplayed on Polyvore (comment, high fashion, whatever), shoot me a message with your name, your old username, and your current URL and I’ll add you to the list.
YAAAAAAAAAYYYY ALL OF MY WORK IS GONE….10+ YEARS OF OUTFITS AND CLOTHING I PERSONALLY WANTED IS GONE THANKS TO SSENSE OR WHATEVER THE FUCK IT IS NOW. IM AM ACTUAL OUTRAGED AT THIS,IVE USED THIS SITE ALL THE TIME BUT NOW WTF AM I GONNA DO DO! I HAD THINGS PLANNED OUT FOR STORIES THAT I WORK 20+ HOURS ON FUCK YOU WHO TOOK POLYVORE OVER GIVE BACK POLYVORE YOU HAD OVER A MILLION USERS (WHO HAD BEEN ON THERE SINCE FOREVER) BTW my user was Emilee Melsom
guys!!! just because it’s been almost a week since polyvore was shut down and we may be starting to calm down about it - don’t stop! there was a time to be upset in the beginning, but now is the time to keep shouting and making noise if we want our site to be brought back! don’t let this die down like they want and expect it to. WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. it might seem like petitioning won’t make a difference but surely there is a chance. ssense released a statement/apology but we cannot let this be the end
as of right now there are 13,000+ signatures for the Bring Back Polyvore campaign which you can sign here https://www.change.org/p/former-polyvore-users-creative-minds-bring-back-polyvore so tell people, tell your friends, get people to put their names down. and don’t stop voicing your thoughts to the people in charge because they really have no right to destroy our community. i know i’ve been missing polyvore as well as many others because it was such a regular thing in our lives, so let’s not let it die!!! stay strong poly fam!! spread the word! ❤