Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust
A Happy Haunting Halloween and Delightful Dressing Up Dia de los Muertos!

Our lovely devil is wearing a Dollymop Underbust Corset in Black Leather

We hope to see you tonight at our sold out event, Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus.













Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust





















Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbus

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Slow Fashion



Photo ©John Carey 2014
I don't often write blog posts, but I'm looking forward to making a habit of it.
I'm involved in most aspects of Dark Garden, and have been since I started it all in 1989. 
It's rare that I sit behind a sewing machine, but I've done a fair amount of that over the last month, and it's given me more time to reflect about Dark Garden & why exactly we do what we do.

I'm generally enmeshed in pattern development, meeting with and fitting clients for corsets and ensembles, and the day to day running of our business. 


In August, I went to England to act as the keynote speaker at the Oxford Conference on Corsetry. There I had the great pleasure of getting to know a very skilled fashion technician in London named Ian Frazer Wallace who, with his business partner Joel Moore,  has recently opened The Whitechapel Workhouse, where, among other things, they produce garments for designers that don't have their own workrooms, or may not have the level of skill that Ian and his team possess.

We develop leaders in communities who model joy and justice. We champion local, culturally significant heritage foods, customs and recipes – and bring these experiences into farms, markets, restaurants and homes. We teach the next generation how to grow, prepare and share food responsibly.




In my conversations with Ian, he asked me one day what makes me happy at work.

It's a fine question, one I think everyone should ask themselves on a regular basis, since our jobs are such a huge part of our daily lives. 

What does make me happy are respectful clients who entrust their dreams into our hands. Making unique garments requires trial and error and patience and diligence. These clients are looking for an experience and product that is beyond the "fast fashion" that is common in our culture. The clients that respect that process and enjoy coming by for fittings and brainstorming with artisans and then tear up with delight at seeing their dream come true make me amazingly happy.

You know the Slow Food movement? Ian and I and many, many others are unwittingly part of the Slow Fashion movement.
This is what slowfoodusa.org has to say:

 At Dark Garden, we champion locally produced and culturally significant garments, customs, and techniques. We also happen to be teaching the next generation to purchase materials responsibly - to pattern, cut, and sew individual garments using techniques that may otherwise be lost to time and the need for efficiency and increasingly cheap prices.

Do we really want to rely on artisans in other countries to make all of our clothing? This isn't socially or environmentally responsible.

Our quality is of utmost importance to me, and this has lead to making sure that my production team is very skilled and well trained. Every step has to be exceptional, or our corsets and other garments won't be. I don't find that a degree in fashion design helps when it comes to being part of the production team, but a steady hand and deep dedication to detail do. Most schools don't focus on the nitty-gritty how-tos of fine sewing, perhaps because actual hands-on work is becoming less highly valued; but, how can exceptional garments continue to be made if all of the techniques are lost?

We are the only corset makers on the West Coast (and maybe in the US) where you can simply drop in 6 days a week to try on a corset, perhaps be measured for custom work, or just do some shopping for clothing or accessories. We always have trained fitters in attendance during open hours, and appointments for private consultations are available with me 3 - 4 days a week.  I mentioned that quality is of utmost importance to me, and this has meant that keeping all production in-house is vital.
Nowhere else will you have such access to the very people that create the corsets ~ ask any of our knowledgeable and helpful retail staff for a peek at the workroom next time you're in!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Happenings with Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Anneka takes over the post-apocalyptic world in a custom leather "motorcycle" style Dollymop overbust corset and custom top-stitched leather mantle by Dark Garden. Photo by Edward Saenz.
Issue # 13 | Spooky Pretty Things
October, 2014
Trick or treat!   

Fall is in full swing -- although it doesn't always feel like it here with the unseasonable weather in San Francisco! 

We have clients from all over the world getting corsets together for their Halloween costumes and the locals are gearing up for winter's Great Annual Dickens Fair and Victorian Christmas Card -- always a corset confabulation for historical underpinnings and fantastical outfits alike.
  
Read on to find out about exciting events, opportunities, and order deadlines for Dark Garden coming up. 
Excellent (and sometimes creepy) headwear by Kalico Delafay and hand painted masks by Sophia Constance are currently on offer at the Dark Garden boutique -- some of many of the artisan items in our store made with craftsmanship of the highest degree.

 
Halloween Prep Party
Saturday, October 25 4pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 

 
Don't have a stunning look for Halloween yet? Dark Garden's expert stylists can help you put the vamp in your vampire. In addition to having our fantastic stock of corsets and accessories, refreshments, and helpful staff on offer, we'll be featuring the works of our new topper and fascinator crafter extraordinaire: La Petite Menagerie. 

A sampling of many mini confections to adorn your coif by La Petit Menagerie
Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus
Friday, October 31 9pm-3am
43 Dore Alley, San Francisco, CA 

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Autumn Adamme, and Paul Nathan, with the blessing of author Erin Morgenstern invite you to join them for a night you will never forget, all inspired by the novel: The Night Circus -- a place of magic and endless possibilities.  

The impresario Chandresh hosts an elegant midnight banquet at his estate house. Meet performers, artists, musicians, and all sort of mysterious folk in an opulent salon. Ethereal enigmas and bewitching artists seek to entertain and delight. At midnight our enigmatic host welcomes you to join him as we feast on roast beast and delicious cuisine.

The scene is set in the early 1900's so dress appropriately, in your finest corset or formal attire. Formal clothing or elegant costume is a requirement for this event. 

Tickets for this feast are limited and coveted
Dickens is on its way...
Many of you in the Dark Garden family are avid attendees of the Great Dickens Fair -- an event we love just about as much as Halloween! The start date of the event, November 22nd, is fast approaching, so this is your friendly reminder to bring in any repairs you may have and place new corset orders now to be ready in time for the big event. Be comfy whilst in character and get your garments in order ahead of time. 

Look what amazing details we crafted for this year for Folsom St. Fair -- imagine what we can create for Dickens. Come all ye cos-players!
Custom Wonder Woman detailing by Dark Garden
See you there!   
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Black silk sweetheart corset by
Dark Garden -- available at www.darkgarden.com
 
 
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust
A Happy Haunting Halloween and Delightful Dressing Up Dia de los Muertos!

Our lovely devil is wearing a Dollymop Underbust Corset in Black Leather

We hope to see you tonight at our sold out event, Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus.













Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbust





















Model: Kittie Von Tittie
Photo: Kristin Argue
Corset: Dark Garden Dollymop Underbus

Friday, October 24, 2014

Slow Fashion



Photo ©John Carey 2014
I don't often write blog posts, but I'm looking forward to making a habit of it.
I'm involved in most aspects of Dark Garden, and have been since I started it all in 1989. 
It's rare that I sit behind a sewing machine, but I've done a fair amount of that over the last month, and it's given me more time to reflect about Dark Garden & why exactly we do what we do.

I'm generally enmeshed in pattern development, meeting with and fitting clients for corsets and ensembles, and the day to day running of our business. 


In August, I went to England to act as the keynote speaker at the Oxford Conference on Corsetry. There I had the great pleasure of getting to know a very skilled fashion technician in London named Ian Frazer Wallace who, with his business partner Joel Moore,  has recently opened The Whitechapel Workhouse, where, among other things, they produce garments for designers that don't have their own workrooms, or may not have the level of skill that Ian and his team possess.

We develop leaders in communities who model joy and justice. We champion local, culturally significant heritage foods, customs and recipes – and bring these experiences into farms, markets, restaurants and homes. We teach the next generation how to grow, prepare and share food responsibly.




In my conversations with Ian, he asked me one day what makes me happy at work.

It's a fine question, one I think everyone should ask themselves on a regular basis, since our jobs are such a huge part of our daily lives. 

What does make me happy are respectful clients who entrust their dreams into our hands. Making unique garments requires trial and error and patience and diligence. These clients are looking for an experience and product that is beyond the "fast fashion" that is common in our culture. The clients that respect that process and enjoy coming by for fittings and brainstorming with artisans and then tear up with delight at seeing their dream come true make me amazingly happy.

You know the Slow Food movement? Ian and I and many, many others are unwittingly part of the Slow Fashion movement.
This is what slowfoodusa.org has to say:

 At Dark Garden, we champion locally produced and culturally significant garments, customs, and techniques. We also happen to be teaching the next generation to purchase materials responsibly - to pattern, cut, and sew individual garments using techniques that may otherwise be lost to time and the need for efficiency and increasingly cheap prices.

Do we really want to rely on artisans in other countries to make all of our clothing? This isn't socially or environmentally responsible.

Our quality is of utmost importance to me, and this has lead to making sure that my production team is very skilled and well trained. Every step has to be exceptional, or our corsets and other garments won't be. I don't find that a degree in fashion design helps when it comes to being part of the production team, but a steady hand and deep dedication to detail do. Most schools don't focus on the nitty-gritty how-tos of fine sewing, perhaps because actual hands-on work is becoming less highly valued; but, how can exceptional garments continue to be made if all of the techniques are lost?

We are the only corset makers on the West Coast (and maybe in the US) where you can simply drop in 6 days a week to try on a corset, perhaps be measured for custom work, or just do some shopping for clothing or accessories. We always have trained fitters in attendance during open hours, and appointments for private consultations are available with me 3 - 4 days a week.  I mentioned that quality is of utmost importance to me, and this has meant that keeping all production in-house is vital.
Nowhere else will you have such access to the very people that create the corsets ~ ask any of our knowledgeable and helpful retail staff for a peek at the workroom next time you're in!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Happenings with Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

Anneka takes over the post-apocalyptic world in a custom leather "motorcycle" style Dollymop overbust corset and custom top-stitched leather mantle by Dark Garden. Photo by Edward Saenz.
Issue # 13 | Spooky Pretty Things
October, 2014
Trick or treat!   

Fall is in full swing -- although it doesn't always feel like it here with the unseasonable weather in San Francisco! 

We have clients from all over the world getting corsets together for their Halloween costumes and the locals are gearing up for winter's Great Annual Dickens Fair and Victorian Christmas Card -- always a corset confabulation for historical underpinnings and fantastical outfits alike.
  
Read on to find out about exciting events, opportunities, and order deadlines for Dark Garden coming up. 
Excellent (and sometimes creepy) headwear by Kalico Delafay and hand painted masks by Sophia Constance are currently on offer at the Dark Garden boutique -- some of many of the artisan items in our store made with craftsmanship of the highest degree.

 
Halloween Prep Party
Saturday, October 25 4pm-8pm
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 

 
Don't have a stunning look for Halloween yet? Dark Garden's expert stylists can help you put the vamp in your vampire. In addition to having our fantastic stock of corsets and accessories, refreshments, and helpful staff on offer, we'll be featuring the works of our new topper and fascinator crafter extraordinaire: La Petite Menagerie. 

A sampling of many mini confections to adorn your coif by La Petit Menagerie
Dark Garden Presents: The Night Circus
Friday, October 31 9pm-3am
43 Dore Alley, San Francisco, CA 

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Autumn Adamme, and Paul Nathan, with the blessing of author Erin Morgenstern invite you to join them for a night you will never forget, all inspired by the novel: The Night Circus -- a place of magic and endless possibilities.  

The impresario Chandresh hosts an elegant midnight banquet at his estate house. Meet performers, artists, musicians, and all sort of mysterious folk in an opulent salon. Ethereal enigmas and bewitching artists seek to entertain and delight. At midnight our enigmatic host welcomes you to join him as we feast on roast beast and delicious cuisine.

The scene is set in the early 1900's so dress appropriately, in your finest corset or formal attire. Formal clothing or elegant costume is a requirement for this event. 

Tickets for this feast are limited and coveted
Dickens is on its way...
Many of you in the Dark Garden family are avid attendees of the Great Dickens Fair -- an event we love just about as much as Halloween! The start date of the event, November 22nd, is fast approaching, so this is your friendly reminder to bring in any repairs you may have and place new corset orders now to be ready in time for the big event. Be comfy whilst in character and get your garments in order ahead of time. 

Look what amazing details we crafted for this year for Folsom St. Fair -- imagine what we can create for Dickens. Come all ye cos-players!
Custom Wonder Woman detailing by Dark Garden
See you there!   
Photo by Joel Aron
Modeled by Euphrates X
Black silk sweetheart corset by
Dark Garden -- available at www.darkgarden.com
 
 
Euphrates X
Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter 
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry | 415.431.7684 |
321 Linden St. 
San Francisco, CA 94102

Find us on Yelp  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr
Join Our Mailing List
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