Alex (@heyalexfriedman) shared her revelation with the platform in a viral clip that has since garnered 2.9 million views.
She explained how she used ImportYeti, an online tool to unveil material suppliers to popular brands. She discovered that Turkish manufacturer, Eurotex Tekstil Ticaret, was responsible for supplying to SKIMS. She noted that the manufacturer also supplies for companies such as Spanx.
“So, giving [Skims] the benefit of the doubt that they put in just as much work as they say they did, it’s unlikely to get the exact same product,” Friedman said, “But you’ll probably be able to get pretty darn close.”
Alex's newfound discovery excited viewers as they believed they would be able to get their hands on the sought after shapewear brand for a fraction of the price. However, the TikToker later clarified in the comments that this method is "most useful for people trying to start businesses not avg consumers.”
One TikToker lifted the lid on their experience working for a supply chain. "Used the same factories as upper market brands. For lower prices. You mostly paying for brand name," they said.
Another claimed that budget fashion retailer, Primark, also used the same supplier. They said: "I can say with CERTAINTY that Primark use this factory in Turkey - I used to work in buying for Primark and I remember them."