Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Dapper Nine?
  2. How does Dapper Nine work?
  3. How long does Dapper Nine preorder campaigns run for?
  4. Why does Dapper Nine promote ‘preorder’ shopping model?
  5. How does ‘preorder’ model work?
  6. Where do we deliver?
  7. What are the shipping costs?
  8. Will I have to pay any additional taxes?
  9. What currency is used on the site?
  10. When should I expect my order to arrive?
  11. Can I cancel my order?
  12. Can I return my order?
  13. How do I make a return?
  14. What is Dapper Academy?
What is Dapper Nine?

Dapper Nine is the only place to preorder directly from the top emerging designers at pre-sale prices (up to 50% off RRP). All items available for sale on Dapper Nine are exclusive and have not been previously available for sale. Proceeds from sales go directly to designers and 5% of all our profits are reinvested back into independent fashion community. By shopping at Dapper Nine you wear, define and contribute to the future of fashion.

How does Dapper Nine work?

Dapper Nine selects top emerging designers to run preorder campaigns on the site for next season collections. By cutting out the middleman Dapper Nine guarantees better prices for you and higher margins for designers. Any Dapper Nine preorder campaign lasts 15 to 21 days and features clothing and accessories that have not been previously available for sale. After a campaign closes all preordered styles go into production before being delivered to customers.

How long does Dapper Nine preorder campaigns run for?

Any preorder campaign lasts 7 to 15 days and features designer clothing and accessories that have not been previously available for sale anywhere else on the market. Dapper Nine reserves the right to close any campaign earlier if the stock runs out.

Why does Dapper Nine promote ‘preorder’ shopping model?

97% of independent labels go out of business in under 3 years due to the lack of funding. The majority of fashion retailers pay 30% to 40% commission to designers 90 days after delivery, making it almost impossible for brands to be sustainable and grow without external financial support. Compared to traditional retailers, Dapper Nine pays the designers right after an order is placed and offers 1.3 to 1.5x larger commission than a typical multi brand retailer.

How does ‘Pre-order’ model work?

At the time you place an order, you will be required to pay the full price to fund the designer. Due to the nature of preorder model, you should expect a delayed period between the purchase of the product and the actual delivery. However, as our customers receive exclusive access to designers next season collections and special discounts, we believe this is a fair trade-off.

Where do we deliver?

We deliver worldwide.

What are the shipping costs?

The delivery is free worldwide.

Will I have to pay any additional taxes?

All product prices listed on Dapper Nine are inclusive of a goods and services tax. Please be aware that orders may incur customs or import duty fees upon arrival. Please contact your local customs office for further information. The shipment origin country/ies for your order/s is specified on your order confirmation.

What currency is used on the site?

All product prices are listed in the Pound Sterling (GBP).

When should I expect my order to arrive?

The expected delivery date for any product is specified on its product page. The delivery can take from 5 days to 6 weeks after placing an order. Dapper Nine Customer Care team will notify you of the progress and will be in touch should there be any unexpected delays with your order. Please note if your order contains products from multiple designers the delivery date might vary for each item. Please get in touch with our Customer Care team should you have any questions.

Can I cancel my order?

You can cancel your oder within half an hour upon placing it.

Can I return my order?

As Dapper Nine was created to support emerging designers and promote independent and ethical fashion we kindly ask you to treat any item you buy as an investment and art piece and avoid returns, where possible. All made-to-order products are final sale and cannot be returned. Any other product in a saleable condition with all original tags can be returned for store credit. A refund for both made-to-order and regular orders will be given only if there is a fault in the garment.

How do I make a return?

Upon receiving your order you have 7 days to notify returns@dappernine.com and ship the product/s. Items not shipped within this 7 day period will not be accepted. Items must be in original condition and must not have been worn, altered or washed. All tags must be attached. Shoes must be returned unworn in their original shoebox. Return shipping is payable by the customer and must be sent via a prepaid and traceable method to ensure safe and documented delivery. Dapper Nine takes no responsibility for missing incoming deliveries without proof of delivery.

What is Dapper Academy?

Dapper Nine aims to provide equal opportunities for success for emerging designers all over the world, hence why we’ve created Dapper Academy, an online fashion business school, providing educational materials and one-on-one mentorship sessions for emerging designers worldwide completely free of charge. We welcome contributions from global fashion community and if you’d like to participate please get in touch with us here.

  1. What is Dapper Nine?
  2. What is Dapper Academy?
  3. How does Dapper Nine work?
  4. Who can apply to be a designer?
  5. What is a tech pack?
  6. What are the requirements for a preorder collection?
  7. How long does Dapper Nine preorder campaigns run for?
  8. What are the perks you get as a Dapper Nine designer?
  9. Does Dapper Nine screen designers?
  10. What is the designer evaluation criteria?
  11. Can you reapply to be a Dapper Nine designer?
  12. What are the fees?
  13. What are the fees for access to Dapper Academy?
What is Dapper Nine?

Dapper Nine is an exclusive online retailer that allows designers to run preorder campaigns for their next season collections. Dapper Nine provides an opportunity for designers to get their collections funded through preorder, and receive industry mentorship and exposure they need to grow.

What is Dapper Academy?

Dapper Nine aims to provide equal opportunities for success for emerging designers all over the world, hence why we’ve created Dapper Academy, an online fashion business school, providing educational materials and one-on-one mentorship sessions for the emerging designers completely free of charge. We welcome contributions from the community and you can get in touch with us here.

How does Dapper Nine work?

Dapper Nine selects top emerging designers to run preorder campaigns on the site for next season collections. By cutting out the middleman Dapper Nine guarantees better prices for customers and higher margins for designers. Any Dapper Nine preorder campaign lasts 15 to 21 days and features clothing and accessories that have not been previously available for sale. After a campaign closes all preordered styles go into production before being delivered to customers.

Who can apply to be a designer?

Dapper Nine designer application is open to everyone. However, we require all of the applying designers to have had at least one collection produced (graduate collections incl.) and be prepared to send us high-resolution lookbook, linesheet, tech pack for their next collection.

What is a tech pack?

Dapper Nine would require a tech pack to contain the following,

  1. technical sketch of a garment, front and back, with close-ups of complex details
  2. All construction and sewing details
  3. A list of fabrics, materials and trims, including suppliers if applicable
If you don't have a tech pack or believe it's not applicable for your collection, please get in touch.

 

What are the requirements for a preorder collection?

We require all styles in a collections to be original and not available for sale either online or offline before or during a preorder campaign runs on Dapper Nine. The campaign typically lasts 7 to 15 days and features at least 6 styles. The prices for all styles in preorder campaigns should be reduced by 10% to 50%, depending on the delivery lead time. The delivery lead time for items is set individually per item, but can not exceed 6 weeks. All preorder campaign submissions need to be original and should not violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, or other proprietary or intellectual property rights.

How long does Dapper Nine preorder campaigns run for?

Any preorder campaign lasts 7 to 15 days and features designer clothing and accessories that have not been previously available for sale.

What are the perks you get as a Dapper Nine designer?

First and foremost you receive international exposure and fashion industry support you need to grow and develop your brand. Dapper Nine allows you to set up an individual designer boutique to run preorder campaigns for your next season collections and publish any supporting information about yourself or your label. As Dapper Nine releases the funds to you straight after a customer places an order, running preorder campaigns equals funding your next season collection production.

Dapper Nine also provides you with access to Dapper Academy training materials and opportunity to schedule one-on-one training sessions with fashion industry professionals completely free of charge*.

*One-on-one sessions are only available to designers approved for running preorder campaigns on Dapper Nine or per request.

Does Dapper Nine screen designers?

Yes. Dapper Nine team monitors all designer submissions for quality purposes. In case your application is not successful you receive individual feedback on your submission and get access to Dapper Academy content.

What is the designer evaluation criteria?

Dapper Nine team evaluates all submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Brand Identity
  • Collection Aesthetics & Coherence
  • Product Quality
  • Product Images/Lookbook Images Quality
  • Preorder Campaign Discounts
  • Delivery lead times
Can you reapply to be a Dapper Nine designer?


Dapper Nine provides feedback on all unsuccessful applications and grants you access to Dapper Academy content. You’re welcome to reapply once you think your label is ready.

What are the fees?

Dapper Nine charges 30% commission on all successfully funded preorder campaigns. There's no additional or hidden fees.

What are the fees for access to Dapper Academy?

Dapper Nine aims to provide equal opportunities for success for emerging designers all over the world and grants complimentary access to Dapper Academy content for all registered designers.