Kathleen Fasanella Has Crossed The Line

Last night I mentioned that Kathleen Fasanella was trying to sabotage my wife professionally. This afternoon I found more evidence of this fact over on delicious, the social bookmarking website.

I am going to post all of the information here, in one place, so people can see Kathleen Fasanella for who she truly is.

First, let’s review what I said last night in my post, Kathleen Fasanella Incubates More Than Fashion.

As part of her exchange with Gidget this evening, she sent two emails, one of which Gidget posted in the comment section to show Kathleen’s true intentions. In the email to Evelyn, Kathleen states,

I don’t know what to make of the above but her actions should be a heads up as to whether you want to be involved with her. For my part, if I’d blown up in public with slander and libel as she has, I would have gone broke years ago, who would trust me assuming I didn’t get sued first?

Gidget’s “actions” were calling Kathleen out for deleting her post and wondering if this was a common practice for her at the Fashion Incubator. She did not “blow up in public” with slander and libel, she simply stated fact. Fact that I must once again point out was admitted too by Fasanella herself.

Just for the record, I am going to post the entire text from the relevant part of the email.

Subject: Fw: Re: [Fwd: Wheelchair sketches]
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 19:09:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kathleen
Reply-To: kathleen@fashion-incubator.com
To: evelyn [entire email redacted because Evelyn isn’t involved in this discussion at this time]
CC: joyce@buttercup149.com

Hi Evelyn
In the event it becomes necessary, this is the discussion regarding yourself btwn me and Joyce thus far. Actually, this is the total conversation.

The reason I am forced to send you this is because Joyce (gidget) has made some wild unsubstantiated accusations against me here and here:

and as this is way out of character for her -as I knew her- I cannot assume that she won’t say I said or did such and such thing I never said or did since she’s actively doing that already.

I don’t know what to make of the above but her actions should be a heads up as to whether you want to be involved with her. For my part, if I’d blown up in public with slander and libel as she has, I would have gone broke years ago, who would trust me assuming I didn’t get sued first? But different strokes. I don’t know where you are in your progress with her if at all but I think it’s only fair to send you this after she’s inquired about you. You should have a better idea of her character and how she is likely to react if things do not go her way or worse, however she has interpreted a situation to be, however factual or groundless it may be.

Don’t forget to talk to Sarah about Gidget’s work as I mentioned in the other email (also cc’d to joyce). Sarah’s profile on the forum is here:

Hope you are well

As we all know from my post two days ago, An Open Letter To Kathleen Fasanella, as well as in the post last night, there are no unsubstantiated accusations being made by Gidget. Kathleen Fasanella deleted a post on the Fashion Incubator forum, she admitted that fact in the comments she left on Gidget’s website. There was no slander, no libel, just straight-forward simple fact.

Kathleen is attempting to portray my wife as someone who is acting “way out of character” and espouses knowing enough about my wife and her character to give Evelyn a “better idea of her character and how she is likely to react if things do not go her way or worse”.

Truth be told, Kathleen Fasanella does not know my wife. She is no friend to my wife. She’s simply a woman who runs a forum so people within the industry have a place to discuss their trade and help each other along the way.

The ONLY claim Gidget has made is that Kathleen deleted a post on the forum, and she called her on it. That’s it. She didn’t make any wild unsubstantiated claims, she didn’t try to smear Kathleen’s name in the industry. Gidget was simply upset because Kathleen was censoring the discussion in that thread and decided to leave the forum because of it.

Gidget has not contacted any of Kathleen’s clients to inform them of her underhanded tactics, she hasn’t posted bookmarks on other websites calling Kathleen a “psycho”, and she hasn’t incinuated that Kathleen is a “wannabe who pretends to work in the industry”.

The same cannot be said for Kathleen Fasanella.

The following is a screenshot from Kathleen’s bookmarks at delicious, the social bookmarking website. (Click the image to see it in full size).


Did you notice the last two entries on that page? Let’s take a closer look.


Kathleen has not only emailed prospective clients calling my wife’s character into question, but now we also have evidence that she is calling my wife a “psycho home sewer”, insinuating that my wife is “just plain crazy”, asking if my wife is “off her meds”, and claiming my wife is a “wannabe who pretends to work in the industry”.

If the items above are not enough to show she is obsessed with destroying my wife’s reputation, I am not sure what is. It’s clear to me now that Kathleen Fasanella is a sick woman, hellbent on destroying anyone who dares speak out about her true character.

Kathleen Fasanella claims that unsubstantiated slanderous and libelous accusations have been made. For the benefit of everyone involved, let’s review statements made by both sides.

Gidget accused Kathleen of deleting a post on the Fashion Incubator forum. Kathleen acknowledged that she had indeed done so. Nope. No slander or libel there. The statement is true, based on Kathleen’s own substantiation of that claim.

Gidget has made no other claims against Kathleen, so let’s look at Kathleen’s statements now.

Kathleen Fasanella has called my wife a “psycho home sewer”. My wife has no psychological problems. She had never had any psychotic episodes (unless you take into account that she joined the Fashion Incubator in the first place). Therefore, Kathleen’s statement is completely false and designed to defame my wife and damage her reputation. That sounds a bit slanderous to me.

Remember, slander is defined as “the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation.”

Kathleen Fasanella has insinuated my wife is “just plain crazy”. Again, there is no history of mental illness in our family, except for Gidget’s sister April, who was born mentally handicapped due to a lack of oxygen during childbirth. Surely we can’t hold that against her. This insinuation also defames my wife and damages her reputation making it another example of a slanderous statement made by Kathleen against my wife.

Kathleen claims my wife is “off her meds”. Gidget is not on any medications, unless of course you count over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen tablets that she takes when people like Kathleen give her an aching headache, which seems to be happening a lot in the past 24 hours. Making such a claim, that my wife is on meds, is a written defamatory statement that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression of my wife. I believe, if I am not mistaken, that Kathleen’s claim fits the legal definition of libel. Any attorneys out there who want to help me out with this one?

Again, the definition of libel is, “a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression”.

My wife is not on any meds to be “off” of, and I think Kathleen has now crossed the line.

The last claim Kathleen makes is that my wife is a “wannabe who pretends to work in the industry”. Maybe Kathleen wishes Gidget was a wannabe. You can view Gidget’s personal website to view her sewing studio where she has four industrial sewing machines, a 21 foot cutting table, and a custom fabric rack. You can visit her business website to see what kinds of services she provides. Soon, you’ll see the website for her newest creations (that line of products I keep talking about), and then there will be no doubt about Gidget’s status in the industry.

I could take a photo of Gidget’s desk that shows her rolodex full of vendors, clients, and associates in the industry. She speaks with vendors, potential clients, existing clients, and other suppliers on a daily basis. She may be just starting out with her new product line, and may not be on a level to compete with some other people in the industry, but that’s hardly a case for calling someone a “wannabe”.

I find it interesting that Kathleen chose to call my wife a “home sewer” and a “wannabe” when she there are rumors that she herself is writing a book that is supposed to focus on exactly those people, home sewers and those who want to be in the industry. If the rumor is true, why would she attack the very people she expects to purchase her new book in the future?

Two days ago, I simply thought Kathleen Fasanella was rude for deleting a post from her Fashion Incubator forum. Yesterday, Kathleen made it personal when she called my wife’s character into question, made veiled threats to her, and attempted to sabotage her reputation with a colleague.

Today, I am livid. Kathleen Fasanella has slandered my wife. She has libeled my wife. She has made unsubstantiated claims about my wife. If she didn’t think it was personal before, it is now.

I have no idea why Kathleen Fasanella would make such statements and comments about my wife over a simple post in her forum. She is acting very unprofessional and she is making statements that are a clear defamation of my wife’s character.

STOP NOW KATHLEEN. I will repeat myself one more time in case it didn’t sink in the first time. STOP.RIGHT.NOW. You have made completely false, damaging public and private statements about my wife in an attempt to sabotage her personally and professionally.

You owe my wife an apology, immediately. You have already provided the evidence I need to pursue a case over potential lost income, slander and libel. Do you really want to push it further?

Continuing in this venue will force me to pursue you legally with every resource at my disposal and I will not stop until you have paid sufficiently, through the legal system, for the statements you have made about my wife.

I’m waiting for that public apology.

6 thoughts on “Kathleen Fasanella Has Crossed The Line

  1. Seems like this woman (Fasanella) has some serious snakes in her head and too much time on her hands. Perhaps if she would spend more time working and trying to make an honest living she would have less time for meddling.

    Damn you and your decent writing, you sucked me into hitting all of the links and checking stuff out as if I were researching a murder case 🙂

  2. WOW! Just wow. I have no other words. I can’t believe this Fasanella woman did that! I am livid right along with both of you.

  3. Kathleen Fasanella is a poor excuse for a mentor or role model, and this is not the first time she has been at odds with other professionals. She sits in her ivory tower, producing nothing, with no recent factory experience. She uses her website and forum to wield a power over newbies in the fashion industry as a way to feel better about herself. The best course of action is to simply ignore her, and this is the reason why I started Fashion Marketing Coach in the first place: to give newbies an alternate place to get their questions answered. Forget her after you sue her!

  4. Kathleen is a nightmare. The joke is she portrays herself as an industry expert yet she has never had her own clothing line, never actually held a full-time job for another brand, and she never even finished school! As somebody with real knowledge of the business I can say her website is so full of inaccuracies that she preaches to unsuspecting mommy entrepreneurs while hawking her pathetic e-book. Not to mention the women has some very loose screws!

  5. Yeah, I’m that newbie. I emailed her a question, she bit my head off in the reply and then posted a veiled comment about it on her web site. Kathleen is card-carrying nut job.

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