Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thank you, San Francisco: Dark Garden voted "Best Lingerie" in the SFWeekly!



How to start this post? Yay! Maybe woohoo? Perhaps my personal favorite: huzzah!

Yes, let's go with huzzah.  Thank you for voting us the Best Lingerie of San Francisco this year.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Not the voting itself, but YOU, our clients, coming into our shop, inspiring us to make beautiful things, proving that corsets aren't just for special occasions (though they have the power to make those even special-er), they are for dancing and lounging and living.  They are for you, to make you feel special.  You inspire us to make corsets and couture clothing based on your real bodies, like our winning new Valentine designed for our extra-curvy clients.

"Risqué" Waist Cincher and leather glovelets
Model: Kali
Photo: Falconer Photo

Also, thank you to other wonderful lingerie designers who sell through us, such as Honey Cooler Handmade.  We realize that we were voted Best Lingerie, not just Best Corsetshop, and I would be remiss not to mention the other designers with whom we have the pleasure to work, including the jewelers and milliners who make Dark Garden such a singular place to shop.  After all, woman cannot live in corset alone.


Not that we'll stop you if you'd like to try, of course.  Visit the shop and see what Dark Garden can do for your summer wardrobe, inside or outside the boudoir.  If it's lingerie you're after, we currently have some beautiful limited stock of vintage stockings.

Grable corset and custom garters.
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo by Joel Aron.


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

PS: Congratulations to the Vau-de-Vire Society, the Best-Looking Show on Earth.
Read More

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Annual Rummage Sale: July 14!




Save the date!  Our biggest in-store event is coming up: the Annual Rummage Sale will be on Sunday, July 14.

If you've never been to the rummage sale before, you really don't want to miss it.  It's an all-hands-on-deck event for us, often with a line of early birds lying in wait outside before we open the doors.  We're also staying open an extra hour later, from 11am to 6pm.

Photo: Herm Pugay
Models: Anastasia Vladimirovna, Hailey Johnson
Hats: Kalico Delafay Millinery

We'll be taking new orders and selling stock of course, as well as peddling archive corsets, fabrics, trims, coats, garments, etc.  Stay tuned for info on a special event discount on new corsets and orders.

Unique to the rummage sale is our corset bazaar, where you can get a great deal on a gently used Dark Garden corset, or sell your own.  Consignment corsets (Dark Garden make only, please) will be accepted for two weeks prior to the event and kept for two weeks after.  Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line.

Photo by Herm Pugay
Kalico Delafay Millinery,
Dollymop for Dark Garden


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Flash Sale for Memorial Day!


Today and tomorrow only (5/26 and 5/27), we are having an in-store sale for Memorial Day weekend!  The bestselling Wild Card bloomer pants and shorts are 20% off.
We have quite an array of sizes, colors, and stripes to choose from so stop by to check it out!  Stock up early for Burning Man or just for fun summer styling as our weather continues to warm up.  We are open from 11 to 5 at 321 Linden Street today and tomorrow, and look forward to seeing your lovely faces.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Recommended Reading: This Week in the Corseted Blogosphere

This week two blog posts were written about such very opposite corsets that I thought they merited their own post together.

Victoria Dagger is ready to love this ready-to-wear Dollymop for Dark Garden bridal corset.
Photo by Chris Gaede.

Chronologically, the first was my piece for The Lingerie Addict, where I write a twice-monthly column.  I kicked off May with, "In Defense of Ready-to-Wear Corsets."  Dark Garden is a business that got its start, and still specializes, in fully custom corsetry, as evidenced below.  But all that custom corset experience gave our fearless, peerless leader, Autumn Adamme, a lot of great information about real (and modern) human bodies, which she used to create what is quite likely the curviest and most comfortable ready-to-wear line of corsets on the market.  Lady could write a dissertation on "Ribcages of the World," I tell you what - it's always fascinating to hear her speak of the common skeletal proportions of different nations.  But I digress.  In Defense of Ready-to-Wear discusses the validity and value of ready-to-wear in a market that often emphasizes a "bespoke or bust" philosophy.


Shopgirl Euphrates with very happy client Bob in her new custom maternity/chiropractic corset.
Shopgirl Euphrates started waist training just before she started working for us back in December.  Last month, she launched Lacing Liaisons, a blog that details her waist training adventures and tips.  Yesterday she did a write-up on a particularly special custom order we just completed, otherwise known as The Most Interesting Corset Ever.  Bob, one of our long-term clients, needed a chiropractic maternity corset and she needed it STAT, lest her changing body literally fall apart at her joints.  Autumn worked with the lovely Bob to design a supportive, adjustable exoskeleton in patent leather, and whipped it up herself as quickly as humanly possible, staying late to stitch it up before skipping town for a well-deserved vacation.  (I myself witnessed her in our atelier as late as midnight, after I wrapped up our most recent corset boudoir evening.)  Corsets like this are the reason our full name is Dark Garden Unique Corsetry.  Be sure to read all the details over at Lacing Liaisons, and keep Bob's story in mind the next time someone tries to tell you corsets are terrible for you!

Custom or ready-to-wear, why not stop into the shop at 321 Linden this weekend for a corset consult?  Our sale on Kalico Delafay accessories ends tomorrow, which is also the date of our Red Hot Mamas Day sale!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sale! Kalico Delafay accessories

It's a first!  Kalico Delafay  is having a sale on her beautiful and charming handmade accessories at Dark Garden.  All Kalico Delafay accessories will be 10% off, only at Dark Garden Unique Corsetry.
This is a week-long sale, which will last until closing on Mother's Day.  What makes a better present than one of a kind creations? They are perfect for that stylish mother in your life, or as a present to yourself! Get ready to give that perfect gift!
 Be sure to check out the new Facebook fan page for Kalico Delafay Millinery to get a sense of Kalico's killer design eye and unique aesthetic.  Kalico is also the designer of our popular Dollymop line of corsets.

-Anthea, shop girl
-Marianne, multi-purpose corsetiere
Read More

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Visit Dark Garden at Urban Air Market today


It's that time again!  Urban Air is an event that's rather close to our heart - and our home.  A miniature marketplace for sustainable design will set up for the day in Hayes Valley, on Octavia Blvd stretching from Fell St. to Grove with a leg extending down Linden Alley, right outside our front door!

We will have an info booth just down the street with samples and informational materials.  If you stop by the shop we'll have a bowl of punch to soothe your throat after a day full of oohs and ahhs for the many talented designers who will be exhibiting.  Urban Air will also be host to live music as well as the booth and food exhibitors.


The weather looks to be a typical San Francisco day - somewhat cloudy, with temperatures in the mid 60s.  In my experience, though, it's never too cold to enjoy a scoop of delectable, from-scratch Smitten ice cream.  (Top tip: their mint chocolate chip flavor, featured this month, tastes like an ice cream mojito!)  If you're looking to warm up, Ritual and Blue Bottle have you covered on the coffee front, or you could pop into Taste teas for a cuppa loose-leaf.  Stop into Absinthe, Straw, Chez Maman, Boxing Room, or The Grove for a spot of brunch if you get hungry.  It will be a fabulous day to explore Hayes Valley.


Shop girl Anthea in a
Dollymop for Dark Garden ensemble
at the Edwardian Ball 2013.

The Urban Air market will be open from 11am to 6pm, which is an hour later than our typical Sunday hours.  Shop girl Anthea will be manning our booth, and I'll be pitching in at the shop, so be sure and stop by to say hello to us!


Shop girl Cristina and me at the
SF International Chocolate Salon in March
-Marianne
multi-purpose corsetiere

Read More

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2nd Annual Red Hot Mamas Sale!

Dark Garden's own hot mama, Autumn Adamme, in a scarlet Sweetheart.
Photo by Perry Gallagher.

It's coming!  Celebrate yourself or your own red hot mama at Dark Garden on Sunday, May 12 for our 2nd annual Red Hot Mamas Sale.

Jessica looks stunning in this archive leather
Sweetheart corset dress.
Red patent leather Sweetheart.
Photo by John Carey.



We like to help you feel your most red hot any day of the year, of course, but in this instance we'll be offering

10% off of:
-stockings!
-panties!
-ALL red corsets!





We hope to see you in our shop at 321 Linden St. in two weeks.  If you've never had occasion to visit us before, this is the perfect opportunity to find out just how spicy you can feel in one of our luxurious handmade corsets.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Read More

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cinderella Ball tonight! Magically transform yourself with Dark Garden

2013 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Dwoira Galilea



Come in and get fitted by our expert staff for the perfect shape to go under your gown for the Cinderella Ball.  Fabulous support for any figure, our corsets will magically transform you into a fairy tale.  Under or over, Dark Garden is the best beginning for your ball gown fantasy!

Let us be your Fairy Godmothers and transform you with beautiful handmade corsets, jewelry, accessories, and stunning millinery.  No worries about anything turning into a pumpkin at midnight - our handmade quality is built to last for years, and comfortable enough to wear all night.  If our ready-to-wear stock doesn't capture your heart, talk to us about renting or buying a timeless archive ensemble from one of our fashion shows.

2012 collection
Photo: Audrey Penven
Model: Elly Jonez
2011 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Dwoira Galilea
























The ball is tonight, Friday, May 3, but it's never too late to add the right underpinnings to upgrade your ensemble.  We are open from 11am to 8pm tonight at 321 Linden St.  If the ballet is not on your agenda for the evening, be your own Prince Charming and take yourself out for a fabulous night on the town and you'll be the belle of any ball!


2011 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Victoria Dagger




XO
Holly, boutique manager
Marianne, multi-purpose corsetiere

Read More

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thank you, San Francisco: Dark Garden voted "Best Lingerie" in the SFWeekly!



How to start this post? Yay! Maybe woohoo? Perhaps my personal favorite: huzzah!

Yes, let's go with huzzah.  Thank you for voting us the Best Lingerie of San Francisco this year.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Not the voting itself, but YOU, our clients, coming into our shop, inspiring us to make beautiful things, proving that corsets aren't just for special occasions (though they have the power to make those even special-er), they are for dancing and lounging and living.  They are for you, to make you feel special.  You inspire us to make corsets and couture clothing based on your real bodies, like our winning new Valentine designed for our extra-curvy clients.

"Risqué" Waist Cincher and leather glovelets
Model: Kali
Photo: Falconer Photo

Also, thank you to other wonderful lingerie designers who sell through us, such as Honey Cooler Handmade.  We realize that we were voted Best Lingerie, not just Best Corsetshop, and I would be remiss not to mention the other designers with whom we have the pleasure to work, including the jewelers and milliners who make Dark Garden such a singular place to shop.  After all, woman cannot live in corset alone.


Not that we'll stop you if you'd like to try, of course.  Visit the shop and see what Dark Garden can do for your summer wardrobe, inside or outside the boudoir.  If it's lingerie you're after, we currently have some beautiful limited stock of vintage stockings.

Grable corset and custom garters.
Model: Victoria Dagger
Photo by Joel Aron.


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

PS: Congratulations to the Vau-de-Vire Society, the Best-Looking Show on Earth.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Annual Rummage Sale: July 14!




Save the date!  Our biggest in-store event is coming up: the Annual Rummage Sale will be on Sunday, July 14.

If you've never been to the rummage sale before, you really don't want to miss it.  It's an all-hands-on-deck event for us, often with a line of early birds lying in wait outside before we open the doors.  We're also staying open an extra hour later, from 11am to 6pm.

Photo: Herm Pugay
Models: Anastasia Vladimirovna, Hailey Johnson
Hats: Kalico Delafay Millinery

We'll be taking new orders and selling stock of course, as well as peddling archive corsets, fabrics, trims, coats, garments, etc.  Stay tuned for info on a special event discount on new corsets and orders.

Unique to the rummage sale is our corset bazaar, where you can get a great deal on a gently used Dark Garden corset, or sell your own.  Consignment corsets (Dark Garden make only, please) will be accepted for two weeks prior to the event and kept for two weeks after.  Please email boutique@darkgarden.com with, "Rummage sale consignment," in the subject line.

Photo by Herm Pugay
Kalico Delafay Millinery,
Dollymop for Dark Garden


-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Flash Sale for Memorial Day!


Today and tomorrow only (5/26 and 5/27), we are having an in-store sale for Memorial Day weekend!  The bestselling Wild Card bloomer pants and shorts are 20% off.
We have quite an array of sizes, colors, and stripes to choose from so stop by to check it out!  Stock up early for Burning Man or just for fun summer styling as our weather continues to warm up.  We are open from 11 to 5 at 321 Linden Street today and tomorrow, and look forward to seeing your lovely faces.

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Recommended Reading: This Week in the Corseted Blogosphere

This week two blog posts were written about such very opposite corsets that I thought they merited their own post together.

Victoria Dagger is ready to love this ready-to-wear Dollymop for Dark Garden bridal corset.
Photo by Chris Gaede.

Chronologically, the first was my piece for The Lingerie Addict, where I write a twice-monthly column.  I kicked off May with, "In Defense of Ready-to-Wear Corsets."  Dark Garden is a business that got its start, and still specializes, in fully custom corsetry, as evidenced below.  But all that custom corset experience gave our fearless, peerless leader, Autumn Adamme, a lot of great information about real (and modern) human bodies, which she used to create what is quite likely the curviest and most comfortable ready-to-wear line of corsets on the market.  Lady could write a dissertation on "Ribcages of the World," I tell you what - it's always fascinating to hear her speak of the common skeletal proportions of different nations.  But I digress.  In Defense of Ready-to-Wear discusses the validity and value of ready-to-wear in a market that often emphasizes a "bespoke or bust" philosophy.


Shopgirl Euphrates with very happy client Bob in her new custom maternity/chiropractic corset.
Shopgirl Euphrates started waist training just before she started working for us back in December.  Last month, she launched Lacing Liaisons, a blog that details her waist training adventures and tips.  Yesterday she did a write-up on a particularly special custom order we just completed, otherwise known as The Most Interesting Corset Ever.  Bob, one of our long-term clients, needed a chiropractic maternity corset and she needed it STAT, lest her changing body literally fall apart at her joints.  Autumn worked with the lovely Bob to design a supportive, adjustable exoskeleton in patent leather, and whipped it up herself as quickly as humanly possible, staying late to stitch it up before skipping town for a well-deserved vacation.  (I myself witnessed her in our atelier as late as midnight, after I wrapped up our most recent corset boudoir evening.)  Corsets like this are the reason our full name is Dark Garden Unique Corsetry.  Be sure to read all the details over at Lacing Liaisons, and keep Bob's story in mind the next time someone tries to tell you corsets are terrible for you!

Custom or ready-to-wear, why not stop into the shop at 321 Linden this weekend for a corset consult?  Our sale on Kalico Delafay accessories ends tomorrow, which is also the date of our Red Hot Mamas Day sale!

-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sale! Kalico Delafay accessories

It's a first!  Kalico Delafay  is having a sale on her beautiful and charming handmade accessories at Dark Garden.  All Kalico Delafay accessories will be 10% off, only at Dark Garden Unique Corsetry.
This is a week-long sale, which will last until closing on Mother's Day.  What makes a better present than one of a kind creations? They are perfect for that stylish mother in your life, or as a present to yourself! Get ready to give that perfect gift!
 Be sure to check out the new Facebook fan page for Kalico Delafay Millinery to get a sense of Kalico's killer design eye and unique aesthetic.  Kalico is also the designer of our popular Dollymop line of corsets.

-Anthea, shop girl
-Marianne, multi-purpose corsetiere

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Visit Dark Garden at Urban Air Market today


It's that time again!  Urban Air is an event that's rather close to our heart - and our home.  A miniature marketplace for sustainable design will set up for the day in Hayes Valley, on Octavia Blvd stretching from Fell St. to Grove with a leg extending down Linden Alley, right outside our front door!

We will have an info booth just down the street with samples and informational materials.  If you stop by the shop we'll have a bowl of punch to soothe your throat after a day full of oohs and ahhs for the many talented designers who will be exhibiting.  Urban Air will also be host to live music as well as the booth and food exhibitors.


The weather looks to be a typical San Francisco day - somewhat cloudy, with temperatures in the mid 60s.  In my experience, though, it's never too cold to enjoy a scoop of delectable, from-scratch Smitten ice cream.  (Top tip: their mint chocolate chip flavor, featured this month, tastes like an ice cream mojito!)  If you're looking to warm up, Ritual and Blue Bottle have you covered on the coffee front, or you could pop into Taste teas for a cuppa loose-leaf.  Stop into Absinthe, Straw, Chez Maman, Boxing Room, or The Grove for a spot of brunch if you get hungry.  It will be a fabulous day to explore Hayes Valley.


Shop girl Anthea in a
Dollymop for Dark Garden ensemble
at the Edwardian Ball 2013.

The Urban Air market will be open from 11am to 6pm, which is an hour later than our typical Sunday hours.  Shop girl Anthea will be manning our booth, and I'll be pitching in at the shop, so be sure and stop by to say hello to us!


Shop girl Cristina and me at the
SF International Chocolate Salon in March
-Marianne
multi-purpose corsetiere

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2nd Annual Red Hot Mamas Sale!

Dark Garden's own hot mama, Autumn Adamme, in a scarlet Sweetheart.
Photo by Perry Gallagher.

It's coming!  Celebrate yourself or your own red hot mama at Dark Garden on Sunday, May 12 for our 2nd annual Red Hot Mamas Sale.

Jessica looks stunning in this archive leather
Sweetheart corset dress.
Red patent leather Sweetheart.
Photo by John Carey.



We like to help you feel your most red hot any day of the year, of course, but in this instance we'll be offering

10% off of:
-stockings!
-panties!
-ALL red corsets!





We hope to see you in our shop at 321 Linden St. in two weeks.  If you've never had occasion to visit us before, this is the perfect opportunity to find out just how spicy you can feel in one of our luxurious handmade corsets.

~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cinderella Ball tonight! Magically transform yourself with Dark Garden

2013 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Dwoira Galilea



Come in and get fitted by our expert staff for the perfect shape to go under your gown for the Cinderella Ball.  Fabulous support for any figure, our corsets will magically transform you into a fairy tale.  Under or over, Dark Garden is the best beginning for your ball gown fantasy!

Let us be your Fairy Godmothers and transform you with beautiful handmade corsets, jewelry, accessories, and stunning millinery.  No worries about anything turning into a pumpkin at midnight - our handmade quality is built to last for years, and comfortable enough to wear all night.  If our ready-to-wear stock doesn't capture your heart, talk to us about renting or buying a timeless archive ensemble from one of our fashion shows.

2012 collection
Photo: Audrey Penven
Model: Elly Jonez
2011 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Dwoira Galilea
























The ball is tonight, Friday, May 3, but it's never too late to add the right underpinnings to upgrade your ensemble.  We are open from 11am to 8pm tonight at 321 Linden St.  If the ballet is not on your agenda for the evening, be your own Prince Charming and take yourself out for a fabulous night on the town and you'll be the belle of any ball!


2011 collection
Photo: Joel Aron
Model: Victoria Dagger




XO
Holly, boutique manager
Marianne, multi-purpose corsetiere