Thursday, August 18, 2016

Boutique Closed for Remodeling 9/2-9/9

We're very excited at Dark Garden about our upcoming new look. We'll be doing some interior updating on our boutique floor next month, and so will be closed from Friday, September 2nd through Friday, September 9th. We are planning to reopen for business on Saturday, September 10th.
Dark Garden Finishing Belt
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
You may have realized these dates eclipse our quarterly lacing event by a day. The September lacing event has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will always be happy to walk you through the lacing process during regular boutique hours, or over the phone. We'll resume our usual "first Friday of every third month" schedule in December, for our final event of the year on December 2nd. We're also having a special Saturday lacing event on October 15th.

Dark Garden Risqué Cincher
Model: Gabriel Jesus
Photo © Joel Aron
As for regular corset orders and appointments, please keep the following in mind:

  • We are not scheduling appointments for consultations or fittings during the scheduled closure days of 9/2-9/9
  • Signature Collection corsets ordered this month have a turnaround of 6 weeks instead of 4
  • Personalized Design corsets ordered this month have a turnaround of 8 weeks instead of 6
  • We cannot accommodate any rush orders that utilize special order fabric
  • We cannot initiate any rush orders between the dates of 8/24 and 9/9
  • Corsets ordered previously, with due dates during the scheduled closure, are expected to be completed no later than 9/1
Dark Garden bespoke Alyscia
Model: Monica Lenk
Photo © Joel Aron
Please call us at 415-431-7684 or email boutique@darkgarden.com with any further questions! We can't wait to show off the updated boutique, and we all look forward to seeing you at 321 Linden St when we reopen on September 10th.

Dark Garden couture Dietrich ensemble
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron 
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Glama-GoGo! Hair Runway Show & More


Dark Garden is delighted to work with Glama-Rama Salon to style some enchanting looks at Glama-GoGo! Next Thursday, August 4th, we'll be partying at 111 Minna Gallery from 7 to 11:30pm. Entertainments for the evening include a hair runway show, performances, a Glama-Raffle, and of course, a bar with signature cocktails. Tickets are available for $15 on EventBrite.

Bespoke High Back Pointed Victorian in taffeta plaid
Photo © Joel Aron
We're partnering with Katey McKee, as she steps up as the new proprietress of Glama-Rama! Salon. Mermaid hair meets magical waistlines for the hair runway show, showcasing corseted looks for a range of gender presentations. Other featured stylists and designers include Jen Hofmann and Lust Designs latex, original Glama-Rama founder Deena Davenport, Hair by Helzer, and Onika Simone.

Kalico Delafay Millinery via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram
There will also be a special "Wear Something on Your Head" competition with gift bag prizes. Conveniently, here at the Dark Garden boutique, we just restocked our selection of perky Pop Antique fascinators and one-of-a-kind Kalico Delafay millinery creations. Come into 321 Linden St., San Francisco, and play dress up with us! We're open 7 days a week.

"Madame Gibson" bespoke corset
Pop Antique with Dark Garden
Hair color & styling: Katey McKee
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
Speaking personally, Katey McKee is so supremely talented that she's the only one I trust with my own hair. She's got a wonderful sense of color and the technical skills to match, bringing hair visions to life with panache. I'm delighted that we have the opportunity to partner with such an amazing stylist from another wonderful local business. I hope we'll see you there!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Scheduled Boutique Closures for Summer & Fall

Dark Garden 2016 Collection
feature bespoke corsetry & couture
Models: Sarah, Lindsay, Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography

We hope you've been having a delightful summer! From Pride to Fourth of July to our upcoming Rummage Sale, there's no end to the special occasions this time of year. Our boutique will be closed for the following events this summer.

Boutique Closures, Summer/Fall 2016

  • Monday, July 4th – Independence Day
  • Sunday, September 18th – Urban Air Market
You're welcome to stop in and see us during regular business hours any other day! That's Sunday through Wednesday, 11am to 5pm; Thursday, 11am to 6pm; and Friday & Saturday, 11:30am to 6:30pm.

Pop Antique with Dark Garden "Madame Gibson" corset
Hair color & styling by Katey McKee, Glama-Rama
Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Cheers,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Update: Annual Rummage Sale!

Our Annual Rummage Sale is just around the corner, and we've got some exciting updates! In 2016, we're livening up the sale with a party atmosphere featuring prizes, giveaways and of course a hydration station to help you beat the heat. We've expanded our raffle, marked down some sexy styles, and, best yet, have a new approach to that infamous 'round-the-block line to get in. You won't want to miss this one, and it'll be easier than ever to get in and shop to your heart's content. Come and get it on July 17, 2016, only at 321 Linden St., San Francisco!

Dollymop for Dark Garden couture ensemble
Model: Lindsay | Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
The biggest news of all is our line management system! No more lining up at 5am (unless you really want to). Instead, simply sign up for the time you'd like to come via EventBrite. We recommend you show up about 15-20 minutes early. We'll check you in on the guest list and do a preliminary sizing in line before showing you inside with the rest of your group. We also have a Premium Early Access Pass for a mere $25. A limited number of lucky patrons will get first chance at this year's selection, from 10am to 11am.

The line from the 2015 Rummage Sale,
stretching all the way down Linden St.
via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram


You can also buy raffle tickets while you're getting sized outside. This year's raffle will feature not just a gorgeous bespoke corset, but also two tiers of runner-up prizes: a MTO Signature Collection corset, and one of our amazing new Waspie Belts. Prize availability is based on the number of tickets sold, so to sweeten the pot we've got a fun giveaway for all patrons who buy at least 5 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are only $5 each!

Dark Garden Signature Collection Cincher
styled with lingerie by Dita Von Teese
Model: Euphrates X | Photo © Joel Aron
Speaking of deals, all Dita Von Teese lingerie will be 30% off! Every purchase of Dita Von Teese lingerie will get you a beautiful Dita Von Teese photo card. Spend at least $200 to receive an autographed photo card – but act quickly, we only have 6 of them left! We have knickers, half-slips, and suspender belts in European sizes 8-18, but we're down to our last few in size 10 (size small), and just one 20 and 22. As I write this, we have between 1 and 4 bras left for sizes 32A-C, 32E, 34B-D, and 36B-C. If you don't want to take your chances waiting for the discount and hoping your size doesn't sell out, come in today and play dress up with us!


One of last year's Rummage Sale scores –
Dark Garden limited edition Sweetheart corset
Model Edie Eve | Photo © Isaac Suttell
via @edieeve on Instagram
Don't forget, if you have a Dark Garden corset you'd like to sell at our Rummage Sale, you can bring your consignment corsets in from now until July 3rd. Email boutique@darkgarden.com if you have any questions about corset consignment.

We'll see you there!

Dark Garden limited edition Sweetheart
Photo © Chris Gaede
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Private Fitting Clinic with Autumn Adamme!

Dark Garden's proprietress and lead designer,
Autumn Adamme, in a bespoke corset dress
made from upcycled men's shirt and tie
We're currently putting together a syllabus for sewing-related classes. This launches an exciting development for us, showcasing our strength: creating beautifully fit and well-constructed handmade garments in the heart of San Francisco. More will be revealed in the future! In the meantime, we invite you to schedule an appointment for one-on-one fitting and sewing advice with our founder, Autumn Adamme.
Autumn fitting, draping, and hand-finishing a couture bridal ensemble
What kinds of projects can Autumn help you tackle? How about...

  • A garment in-progress
  • A mockup that you've started, but can't muster the courage to go forward with
  • A hard-to-fit client for your personal sewing business
  • Cutting for stripe and plaid matching
  • Fine finishing and embellishment techniques
Autumn's process for hand-placed and -finished textural overlay.
While this is a new service at Dark Garden, Autumn is no stranger to teaching. She's done several very successful workshops at the iconic Britex fabrics, and has both taught at and been keynote speaker for the Oxford Conference of Corsetry. Appointments are available in 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours. The rate is $85 per hour, or $50 per half hour. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com to schedule, or call the boutique at 415-431-7684.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Annual Corset Rummage Sale, July 17

Bespoke High-Back Dollymop Corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
The curviest event of the year is nearly upon us! Join Dark Garden on July 17th for our annual rummage sale, our biggest single-day event. Savvy shoppers line up on Linden St. before we open to get first dibs on a selection of archive, unworn bespoke samples, and gently loved pre-owned corsets, as well as discounted stock corsets, clothing, accessories, and studio odds and ends.

Dark Garden Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 17, 11am-6pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-431-7684

Signature Collection Corselette
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Here's what you can expect to find in the way of corsets at our rummage sale:
  • Corset raffle! A single $5 ticket could win you a made-to-order corset from our Signature Collection
  • Unworn bespoke sample corsets, deeply discounted from their list price
  • Pre-loved corsets, sold on consignment from their previous owners
  • 10% discount on in-stock corsets
  • Deeper discounts on select in-stock corsets
  • Fashion show & archive corsets and ensembles
Beyond the corsets, our Rummage Sale also features:
  • Last-season garments and accessories on sale
  • Fabric remnants from the studio
  • Vintage patterns
  • All manner of miscellany
Bespoke Adelaide corset
via @darkgardencorsetry on Instagram
If you've outgrown - or outshrunk - your old Dark Garden corsets, bring them in between June 3rd and July 3rd to be assessed for consignment. You can opt to get cash or Dark Garden store credit if your corset sells at the rummage sale. Corsets must be dry cleaned and in good condition to be eligible; only Dark Garden corsets can be sold at our rummage sale. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line to make arrangements for consigning your Dark Garden corset.

Thank you for making last year's Rummage Sale such a resounding and joyous success. Please RSVP to this year's event on Facebook and share it with your friends - the rummage sale is a crazy day, and it's also an absolute blast. We'll see you there!

Dollymop Lancer Corset
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, April 1, 2016

New Spring Hours & Scheduled Closures

Dark Garden Valentine corset with wrap bolero.
Designed by Autumn Adamme for our Spring 2016 collection.
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Our Hayes Valley boutique has newly updated our store hours for spring. Beginning this week, our retail location at 437 Linden St., San Francisco will be open for business during the following times. Of course, you can shop online 24/7 at www.darkgarden.com!

Sunday through Wednesday: 11am to 5pm
Thursday: 11am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 6:30pm

In addition to these new hours, we have two scheduled closures coming up. The Dark Garden boutique will not be open on Wednesday, 4/13, and Sunday, 5/1. We invite you to explore Hayes Valley during Urban Air Market on May 1st, and return to visit us during our normal business hours another day.

Bespoke High Back Dollymop Overbust with Sleeves
Photo © John Carey

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Boutique Closed for Remodeling 9/2-9/9

We're very excited at Dark Garden about our upcoming new look. We'll be doing some interior updating on our boutique floor next month, and so will be closed from Friday, September 2nd through Friday, September 9th. We are planning to reopen for business on Saturday, September 10th.
Dark Garden Finishing Belt
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
You may have realized these dates eclipse our quarterly lacing event by a day. The September lacing event has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will always be happy to walk you through the lacing process during regular boutique hours, or over the phone. We'll resume our usual "first Friday of every third month" schedule in December, for our final event of the year on December 2nd. We're also having a special Saturday lacing event on October 15th.

Dark Garden Risqué Cincher
Model: Gabriel Jesus
Photo © Joel Aron
As for regular corset orders and appointments, please keep the following in mind:

  • We are not scheduling appointments for consultations or fittings during the scheduled closure days of 9/2-9/9
  • Signature Collection corsets ordered this month have a turnaround of 6 weeks instead of 4
  • Personalized Design corsets ordered this month have a turnaround of 8 weeks instead of 6
  • We cannot accommodate any rush orders that utilize special order fabric
  • We cannot initiate any rush orders between the dates of 8/24 and 9/9
  • Corsets ordered previously, with due dates during the scheduled closure, are expected to be completed no later than 9/1
Dark Garden bespoke Alyscia
Model: Monica Lenk
Photo © Joel Aron
Please call us at 415-431-7684 or email boutique@darkgarden.com with any further questions! We can't wait to show off the updated boutique, and we all look forward to seeing you at 321 Linden St when we reopen on September 10th.

Dark Garden couture Dietrich ensemble
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Joel Aron 
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, July 29, 2016

Glama-GoGo! Hair Runway Show & More


Dark Garden is delighted to work with Glama-Rama Salon to style some enchanting looks at Glama-GoGo! Next Thursday, August 4th, we'll be partying at 111 Minna Gallery from 7 to 11:30pm. Entertainments for the evening include a hair runway show, performances, a Glama-Raffle, and of course, a bar with signature cocktails. Tickets are available for $15 on EventBrite.

Bespoke High Back Pointed Victorian in taffeta plaid
Photo © Joel Aron
We're partnering with Katey McKee, as she steps up as the new proprietress of Glama-Rama! Salon. Mermaid hair meets magical waistlines for the hair runway show, showcasing corseted looks for a range of gender presentations. Other featured stylists and designers include Jen Hofmann and Lust Designs latex, original Glama-Rama founder Deena Davenport, Hair by Helzer, and Onika Simone.

Kalico Delafay Millinery via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram
There will also be a special "Wear Something on Your Head" competition with gift bag prizes. Conveniently, here at the Dark Garden boutique, we just restocked our selection of perky Pop Antique fascinators and one-of-a-kind Kalico Delafay millinery creations. Come into 321 Linden St., San Francisco, and play dress up with us! We're open 7 days a week.

"Madame Gibson" bespoke corset
Pop Antique with Dark Garden
Hair color & styling: Katey McKee
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
Speaking personally, Katey McKee is so supremely talented that she's the only one I trust with my own hair. She's got a wonderful sense of color and the technical skills to match, bringing hair visions to life with panache. I'm delighted that we have the opportunity to partner with such an amazing stylist from another wonderful local business. I hope we'll see you there!

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, July 1, 2016

Scheduled Boutique Closures for Summer & Fall

Dark Garden 2016 Collection
feature bespoke corsetry & couture
Models: Sarah, Lindsay, Stefi
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography

We hope you've been having a delightful summer! From Pride to Fourth of July to our upcoming Rummage Sale, there's no end to the special occasions this time of year. Our boutique will be closed for the following events this summer.

Boutique Closures, Summer/Fall 2016

  • Monday, July 4th – Independence Day
  • Sunday, September 18th – Urban Air Market
You're welcome to stop in and see us during regular business hours any other day! That's Sunday through Wednesday, 11am to 5pm; Thursday, 11am to 6pm; and Friday & Saturday, 11:30am to 6:30pm.

Pop Antique with Dark Garden "Madame Gibson" corset
Hair color & styling by Katey McKee, Glama-Rama
Photo © Alyxander Ryan

Cheers,
Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Update: Annual Rummage Sale!

Our Annual Rummage Sale is just around the corner, and we've got some exciting updates! In 2016, we're livening up the sale with a party atmosphere featuring prizes, giveaways and of course a hydration station to help you beat the heat. We've expanded our raffle, marked down some sexy styles, and, best yet, have a new approach to that infamous 'round-the-block line to get in. You won't want to miss this one, and it'll be easier than ever to get in and shop to your heart's content. Come and get it on July 17, 2016, only at 321 Linden St., San Francisco!

Dollymop for Dark Garden couture ensemble
Model: Lindsay | Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
The biggest news of all is our line management system! No more lining up at 5am (unless you really want to). Instead, simply sign up for the time you'd like to come via EventBrite. We recommend you show up about 15-20 minutes early. We'll check you in on the guest list and do a preliminary sizing in line before showing you inside with the rest of your group. We also have a Premium Early Access Pass for a mere $25. A limited number of lucky patrons will get first chance at this year's selection, from 10am to 11am.

The line from the 2015 Rummage Sale,
stretching all the way down Linden St.
via @DarkGardenCorsetry on Instagram


You can also buy raffle tickets while you're getting sized outside. This year's raffle will feature not just a gorgeous bespoke corset, but also two tiers of runner-up prizes: a MTO Signature Collection corset, and one of our amazing new Waspie Belts. Prize availability is based on the number of tickets sold, so to sweeten the pot we've got a fun giveaway for all patrons who buy at least 5 raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are only $5 each!

Dark Garden Signature Collection Cincher
styled with lingerie by Dita Von Teese
Model: Euphrates X | Photo © Joel Aron
Speaking of deals, all Dita Von Teese lingerie will be 30% off! Every purchase of Dita Von Teese lingerie will get you a beautiful Dita Von Teese photo card. Spend at least $200 to receive an autographed photo card – but act quickly, we only have 6 of them left! We have knickers, half-slips, and suspender belts in European sizes 8-18, but we're down to our last few in size 10 (size small), and just one 20 and 22. As I write this, we have between 1 and 4 bras left for sizes 32A-C, 32E, 34B-D, and 36B-C. If you don't want to take your chances waiting for the discount and hoping your size doesn't sell out, come in today and play dress up with us!


One of last year's Rummage Sale scores –
Dark Garden limited edition Sweetheart corset
Model Edie Eve | Photo © Isaac Suttell
via @edieeve on Instagram
Don't forget, if you have a Dark Garden corset you'd like to sell at our Rummage Sale, you can bring your consignment corsets in from now until July 3rd. Email boutique@darkgarden.com if you have any questions about corset consignment.

We'll see you there!

Dark Garden limited edition Sweetheart
Photo © Chris Gaede
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Private Fitting Clinic with Autumn Adamme!

Dark Garden's proprietress and lead designer,
Autumn Adamme, in a bespoke corset dress
made from upcycled men's shirt and tie
We're currently putting together a syllabus for sewing-related classes. This launches an exciting development for us, showcasing our strength: creating beautifully fit and well-constructed handmade garments in the heart of San Francisco. More will be revealed in the future! In the meantime, we invite you to schedule an appointment for one-on-one fitting and sewing advice with our founder, Autumn Adamme.
Autumn fitting, draping, and hand-finishing a couture bridal ensemble
What kinds of projects can Autumn help you tackle? How about...

  • A garment in-progress
  • A mockup that you've started, but can't muster the courage to go forward with
  • A hard-to-fit client for your personal sewing business
  • Cutting for stripe and plaid matching
  • Fine finishing and embellishment techniques
Autumn's process for hand-placed and -finished textural overlay.
While this is a new service at Dark Garden, Autumn is no stranger to teaching. She's done several very successful workshops at the iconic Britex fabrics, and has both taught at and been keynote speaker for the Oxford Conference of Corsetry. Appointments are available in 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours. The rate is $85 per hour, or $50 per half hour. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com to schedule, or call the boutique at 415-431-7684.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Annual Corset Rummage Sale, July 17

Bespoke High-Back Dollymop Corset
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo © Alyxander Ryan
The curviest event of the year is nearly upon us! Join Dark Garden on July 17th for our annual rummage sale, our biggest single-day event. Savvy shoppers line up on Linden St. before we open to get first dibs on a selection of archive, unworn bespoke samples, and gently loved pre-owned corsets, as well as discounted stock corsets, clothing, accessories, and studio odds and ends.

Dark Garden Annual Rummage Sale
Sunday, July 17, 11am-6pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-431-7684

Signature Collection Corselette
Model: Autumn Adamme
Photo © Joel Aron
Here's what you can expect to find in the way of corsets at our rummage sale:
  • Corset raffle! A single $5 ticket could win you a made-to-order corset from our Signature Collection
  • Unworn bespoke sample corsets, deeply discounted from their list price
  • Pre-loved corsets, sold on consignment from their previous owners
  • 10% discount on in-stock corsets
  • Deeper discounts on select in-stock corsets
  • Fashion show & archive corsets and ensembles
Beyond the corsets, our Rummage Sale also features:
  • Last-season garments and accessories on sale
  • Fabric remnants from the studio
  • Vintage patterns
  • All manner of miscellany
Bespoke Adelaide corset
via @darkgardencorsetry on Instagram
If you've outgrown - or outshrunk - your old Dark Garden corsets, bring them in between June 3rd and July 3rd to be assessed for consignment. You can opt to get cash or Dark Garden store credit if your corset sells at the rummage sale. Corsets must be dry cleaned and in good condition to be eligible; only Dark Garden corsets can be sold at our rummage sale. Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line to make arrangements for consigning your Dark Garden corset.

Thank you for making last year's Rummage Sale such a resounding and joyous success. Please RSVP to this year's event on Facebook and share it with your friends - the rummage sale is a crazy day, and it's also an absolute blast. We'll see you there!

Dollymop Lancer Corset
Photo © Joel Aron
~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Spring Hours & Scheduled Closures

Dark Garden Valentine corset with wrap bolero.
Designed by Autumn Adamme for our Spring 2016 collection.
Photo © Shoot That Klown Photography
Our Hayes Valley boutique has newly updated our store hours for spring. Beginning this week, our retail location at 437 Linden St., San Francisco will be open for business during the following times. Of course, you can shop online 24/7 at www.darkgarden.com!

Sunday through Wednesday: 11am to 5pm
Thursday: 11am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 6:30pm

In addition to these new hours, we have two scheduled closures coming up. The Dark Garden boutique will not be open on Wednesday, 4/13, and Sunday, 5/1. We invite you to explore Hayes Valley during Urban Air Market on May 1st, and return to visit us during our normal business hours another day.

Bespoke High Back Dollymop Overbust with Sleeves
Photo © John Carey

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere