Friday, January 31, 2014

Be Our Valentine: Saturday Trunk Show with Honey Cooler Handmade and Pop Antique

Honey Cooler Handmade Camisole with Dark Garden Cincher
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Joel Aron

Will you be our Valentine? Dark Garden is happy to announce a Valentine's Day inspired Trunk Show featuring the sensual silks of Honey Cooler Handmade and fantastic fascinators of Pop Antique, from 4-8 PM on Saturday, February 1st. Treat yourself to one of a kind, artisan-made lingerie and accessories!  As always, Dark Garden will quench your palate with finger foods and our signature libation: champagne punch.

Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography
Model: Ruby Collins

Honey Cooler Handmade has been a long-time favorite with us.  Each item is, you guessed it, handmade, and right here in San Francisco no less.  Designer Stephanie Bodnar sources beautiful vintage silks for some of her one-of-a-kind creations, and her new ready-to-wear collection pairs perfectly with Dark Garden's own Signature Collection.  Lounge in style in everything from ruched panties to silky eye masks.  If you've got curves that can't be contained by a ready-to-wear fit, Stephanie is available for custom creations in all sizes.


Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator
Photo © Max Johnson

As for Pop Antique...  Well, I am entirely incapable of describing it without bias, since Pop Antique is 100% designed and made by me.  My specialty is feather-light and travel-friendly fascinators which style as easily for day as they do evening.  New this month is a fluffy bow clip fascinator, perfect for perching on the side of your head to hold back overgrown bangs (guilty!) or resting demurely above a ballerina bun.

I hope we'll see you tomorrow at 321 Linden St. for a delightful evening of punch, panties, and playful headpieces.


Pop Antique Double Decker Fascinator
© Max Johnson
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! - Tomorrow!!


Imagine this: a pleasure lounge filled to the brim with all of San Francisco's favorite things. Single malt whiskey, artesian chocolate truffles, artesian bacon chocolate truffles, sexy sin, and babes in corsets! 

Dream no more, for it is real. 

Coming to you tomorrow evening, Thursday 1/30, at the illustrious deco-chic Monarch SF is: F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! Dark Garden will be celebrating a coming to the end of January, the most delusional of the months, with a lingerie fashion show celebrating all shapes. (Darling, you're beautiful! No more locker room sturm und drang. Come to Dark Garden; we'll take care of you.) 
We will also have a pop up shop downstairs with accessories by Pop Antique, sizing cinchers to try on, and (oft sought, rarely found) discount cards!

More about the event:

Act fast for reduced price tickets...

Promo Code: DARKGARDEN
- $5 off tickets for the event.
- Through end of day Wednesday tickets with this code are $10, after which prices will rise.

Read More

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Dolled Up in Dita for Valentine's Day in the Corset Boudoir

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson


Give yourself (or your partner) a special treat for Valentine's Day on January 26th. Step into the Corset Boudoir with us for a premium photo night, featuring stellar photographer Max Johnson. Max Johnson is great with lighting, fantastic with retouching, and simply brilliant at guiding poses and making you feel comfortable in front of his camera.  We will be shooting once more at our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St.  Appointments are available by appointment only; please call 415-431-7684 to book with us.

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

At our Decadent events, enjoy more time for each step of the process, culminating in a 30 minute photo session. There are only eight slots available, creating an intimate soiree atmosphere.  You may select your own souvenir print and we will fine-tune its composition and print settings on-site.


Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

Photography sessions may be scheduled beginning at 4:30 pm; allow for up to three hours total time for your transformation. Hair and makeup artists will be available to assist you in summoning your inner pinup.  We'll be serving libations to keep you hydrated - or should I say, lubricated? Call 415-431-7684 to reserve your sitting as early as possible.


Model: Euphrates X
© Max Johnson

I recommend bringing your own shoes and intimates to complete your ensemble, though we will have a fine selection of panties and stockings available for purchase. We will also be selling the Von Follies lingerie collection by Dita Von Teese! There are some truly beautiful, classic styles in stock - why not show one off for your boudoir session? Come early for your shoot or swing by the shop before the event to browse and try on these gorgeous pieces. We've even received some gorgeous new styles since our meet and greet with Dita!  Dark Garden is the only place in San Francisco where you can purcahse Dita Von Teese's Von Follies lingerie line.



Model: Victoria Dagger
© Max Johnson

The following packages are available:

Ingenue, $125
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Starlet, $215
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Goddess, $295
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with a professional hair stylist
• 30 minutes with pinup photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders


Prints, Image Galleries & Add-ons

• Prints and retouching are available directly from your photographer after the shoot.
• Full resolution digital galleries can be pre-ordered at the event.
• Prints begin at $15
• Single digital images from $25
• Digital galleries from $75

• Additional on-site prints for $25
• Bring a friend or a partner for $40


© Max Johnson
So come visit Dark Garden for a delightful romp in the Corset Boudoir, and I'll see you there!

Marianne

Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Meet Dita Von Teese at Dark Garden This Sunday!

Man Catcher in blue from Von Follies by Dita Von Teese

Here at Dark Garden, we'd like to kick off the new year in the most fabulous way possible.  We are absolutely thrilled to host burlesque superstar (and longtime client) Dita Von Teese for a meet & greet this Sunday, January 5, from 2-4 PM, at our Hayes Valley boutique at 321 Linden St.  We'll be selling both her Von Follies lingerie line and her perfumes, starting this weekend.  The Von Follies line is an amazing complement to both our Signature and Risqué corset collections, as will be demonstrated by select live models.


Dita wearing the original "Grable" corset by Dark Garden, for Virgin Atlantic.


On "Dita Day," as we've been calling it, purchasers of either items from her Von Follies lingerie line or any of her perfumes will have the opportunity to take a picture with Dita and receive an autographed print of her in an ensemble from her new lingerie collection.  We even received 6 bottles of her new and hard to find Erotique fragrance!

Savoir Fair from Von Follies by Dita Von Teese
 
If you have any questions about the event, please call the shop at 415-431-7684.  Feel free to RSVP to or share the event on Facebook.  We'll see you Sunday!

Photo: Georges Antoni

The Grable by Dark Garden
© Joel Aron
 -Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere
Read More

Friday, January 31, 2014

Be Our Valentine: Saturday Trunk Show with Honey Cooler Handmade and Pop Antique

Honey Cooler Handmade Camisole with Dark Garden Cincher
Model: Anuka Mendbayar
Photo © Joel Aron

Will you be our Valentine? Dark Garden is happy to announce a Valentine's Day inspired Trunk Show featuring the sensual silks of Honey Cooler Handmade and fantastic fascinators of Pop Antique, from 4-8 PM on Saturday, February 1st. Treat yourself to one of a kind, artisan-made lingerie and accessories!  As always, Dark Garden will quench your palate with finger foods and our signature libation: champagne punch.

Photography: Vixen Pin-Up Photography
Model: Ruby Collins

Honey Cooler Handmade has been a long-time favorite with us.  Each item is, you guessed it, handmade, and right here in San Francisco no less.  Designer Stephanie Bodnar sources beautiful vintage silks for some of her one-of-a-kind creations, and her new ready-to-wear collection pairs perfectly with Dark Garden's own Signature Collection.  Lounge in style in everything from ruched panties to silky eye masks.  If you've got curves that can't be contained by a ready-to-wear fit, Stephanie is available for custom creations in all sizes.


Pop Antique Bow Clip Fascinator
Photo © Max Johnson

As for Pop Antique...  Well, I am entirely incapable of describing it without bias, since Pop Antique is 100% designed and made by me.  My specialty is feather-light and travel-friendly fascinators which style as easily for day as they do evening.  New this month is a fluffy bow clip fascinator, perfect for perching on the side of your head to hold back overgrown bangs (guilty!) or resting demurely above a ballerina bun.

I hope we'll see you tomorrow at 321 Linden St. for a delightful evening of punch, panties, and playful headpieces.


Pop Antique Double Decker Fascinator
© Max Johnson
-Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! - Tomorrow!!


Imagine this: a pleasure lounge filled to the brim with all of San Francisco's favorite things. Single malt whiskey, artesian chocolate truffles, artesian bacon chocolate truffles, sexy sin, and babes in corsets! 

Dream no more, for it is real. 

Coming to you tomorrow evening, Thursday 1/30, at the illustrious deco-chic Monarch SF is: F*ck Your New Year's Resolution! Dark Garden will be celebrating a coming to the end of January, the most delusional of the months, with a lingerie fashion show celebrating all shapes. (Darling, you're beautiful! No more locker room sturm und drang. Come to Dark Garden; we'll take care of you.) 
We will also have a pop up shop downstairs with accessories by Pop Antique, sizing cinchers to try on, and (oft sought, rarely found) discount cards!

More about the event:

Act fast for reduced price tickets...

Promo Code: DARKGARDEN
- $5 off tickets for the event.
- Through end of day Wednesday tickets with this code are $10, after which prices will rise.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Dolled Up in Dita for Valentine's Day in the Corset Boudoir

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson


Give yourself (or your partner) a special treat for Valentine's Day on January 26th. Step into the Corset Boudoir with us for a premium photo night, featuring stellar photographer Max Johnson. Max Johnson is great with lighting, fantastic with retouching, and simply brilliant at guiding poses and making you feel comfortable in front of his camera.  We will be shooting once more at our San Francisco boutique at 321 Linden St.  Appointments are available by appointment only; please call 415-431-7684 to book with us.

Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

At our Decadent events, enjoy more time for each step of the process, culminating in a 30 minute photo session. There are only eight slots available, creating an intimate soiree atmosphere.  You may select your own souvenir print and we will fine-tune its composition and print settings on-site.


Client image used with permission
© Max Johnson

Photography sessions may be scheduled beginning at 4:30 pm; allow for up to three hours total time for your transformation. Hair and makeup artists will be available to assist you in summoning your inner pinup.  We'll be serving libations to keep you hydrated - or should I say, lubricated? Call 415-431-7684 to reserve your sitting as early as possible.


Model: Euphrates X
© Max Johnson

I recommend bringing your own shoes and intimates to complete your ensemble, though we will have a fine selection of panties and stockings available for purchase. We will also be selling the Von Follies lingerie collection by Dita Von Teese! There are some truly beautiful, classic styles in stock - why not show one off for your boudoir session? Come early for your shoot or swing by the shop before the event to browse and try on these gorgeous pieces. We've even received some gorgeous new styles since our meet and greet with Dita!  Dark Garden is the only place in San Francisco where you can purcahse Dita Von Teese's Von Follies lingerie line.



Model: Victoria Dagger
© Max Johnson

The following packages are available:

Ingenue, $125
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Starlet, $215
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders

Goddess, $295
• Personal styling
• Corset rental
• 30 minutes with a professional makeup artist
• 30 minutes with a professional hair stylist
• 30 minutes with pinup photographer Max Johnson
• One 8"x10" print of your selection
• 10% off corset purchases & orders


Prints, Image Galleries & Add-ons

• Prints and retouching are available directly from your photographer after the shoot.
• Full resolution digital galleries can be pre-ordered at the event.
• Prints begin at $15
• Single digital images from $25
• Digital galleries from $75

• Additional on-site prints for $25
• Bring a friend or a partner for $40


© Max Johnson
So come visit Dark Garden for a delightful romp in the Corset Boudoir, and I'll see you there!

Marianne

Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

Friday, January 3, 2014

Meet Dita Von Teese at Dark Garden This Sunday!

Man Catcher in blue from Von Follies by Dita Von Teese

Here at Dark Garden, we'd like to kick off the new year in the most fabulous way possible.  We are absolutely thrilled to host burlesque superstar (and longtime client) Dita Von Teese for a meet & greet this Sunday, January 5, from 2-4 PM, at our Hayes Valley boutique at 321 Linden St.  We'll be selling both her Von Follies lingerie line and her perfumes, starting this weekend.  The Von Follies line is an amazing complement to both our Signature and Risqué corset collections, as will be demonstrated by select live models.


Dita wearing the original "Grable" corset by Dark Garden, for Virgin Atlantic.


On "Dita Day," as we've been calling it, purchasers of either items from her Von Follies lingerie line or any of her perfumes will have the opportunity to take a picture with Dita and receive an autographed print of her in an ensemble from her new lingerie collection.  We even received 6 bottles of her new and hard to find Erotique fragrance!

Savoir Fair from Von Follies by Dita Von Teese
 
If you have any questions about the event, please call the shop at 415-431-7684.  Feel free to RSVP to or share the event on Facebook.  We'll see you Sunday!

Photo: Georges Antoni

The Grable by Dark Garden
© Joel Aron
 -Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere