Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dark Garden's Inclusivity Policy

Dee and Nya from AsiaSF, another San Francisco mainstay of the queer community,
trying on Dark Garden corsets.
Inclusivity Policy
It always has been and always will be our policy at Dark Garden to assist all customers and try to meet their needs to the best of our abilities. Gay, bi, straight, cis, trans, or genderqueer, etc., our door is open to everyone. Through our bespoke corsets and couture, we love to build corsets that express our client's individuality. Our boutique staff are trained to fit the styles from our ready-to-wear line on any body, and we can execute minor alterations on these styles to personalize them to your form. Whether you are looking to waist train to enhance a feminine physique or invest in a butch, shoulder-emphasizing, tailored vest corset, we promise your needs will be met with sensitivity and care.

From left to right:
Associate Designer Kalico Delafay in a Dollymop Cavalry corset
Proprietress Autumn Adamme in a Risqué Cincher
Production Manager Kristin Argue in a Dollymop Lancer corset
Photo © Joel Aron
A Queer-Owned Business
Dark Garden is not only a woman-owned, queer-friendly business, we are queer-owned! Our atmosphere of acceptance has attracted not only San Francisco's legendary gay community as clientele, but also as our employees. The overwhelming majority of our staff identify along the LGBTQ spectrum, though of course our self-identified straight employees are equally welcomed. Our team is a very close-knit group, fostering a playful atmosphere in the workroom where we create our corsets, each one individually made to order.

Dark Garden Corselette and Jacob corsets
Photo © Joel Aron
Our History
"Is this a new shop?" is a question we probably get at least once a week. Tucked away at 321 Linden St, a small side street in Hayes Valley, our boutique and atelier is nestled cozily next to Blue Bottle Coffee. Despite our bright purple exterior, many people don't even realize we're here. But not only have we been in Hayes Valley for over 15 years, we've been in business in San Francisco since 1989, and it's been our pleasure to serve the gay and fetish communities since our inception. As you can imagine, the cultural landscape of San Francisco has changed a lot in the intervening 26 years. In that time, we have made corsets for hundreds of queer, trans, and cross-dressing clients.

Dark Garden Pointed Victorian with straps
Photo © Joel Aron
Celebrate Pride with Us
Our doors are open six days a week. We invite you to stop by for a consultation at the 321 Linden St. boutique during business hours and be dazzled by the array of corsetry options. Not only has it been our joy to serve our local queer community but we are so grateful for the support we have received from that community through the years. We would not be the business we are today without that support and collaboration!

We will be tea modeling our couture fashions at the Gay Pride VIP party on June 28 from 2-5pm. See you there!


Marianne and Autumn, getting faux married in
bridal Alexandra and bridal Dollymop Lancer ensembles
Photo © Jim Vetter


~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dark Garden's Inclusivity Policy

Dee and Nya from AsiaSF, another San Francisco mainstay of the queer community,
trying on Dark Garden corsets.
Inclusivity Policy
It always has been and always will be our policy at Dark Garden to assist all customers and try to meet their needs to the best of our abilities. Gay, bi, straight, cis, trans, or genderqueer, etc., our door is open to everyone. Through our bespoke corsets and couture, we love to build corsets that express our client's individuality. Our boutique staff are trained to fit the styles from our ready-to-wear line on any body, and we can execute minor alterations on these styles to personalize them to your form. Whether you are looking to waist train to enhance a feminine physique or invest in a butch, shoulder-emphasizing, tailored vest corset, we promise your needs will be met with sensitivity and care.

From left to right:
Associate Designer Kalico Delafay in a Dollymop Cavalry corset
Proprietress Autumn Adamme in a Risqué Cincher
Production Manager Kristin Argue in a Dollymop Lancer corset
Photo © Joel Aron
A Queer-Owned Business
Dark Garden is not only a woman-owned, queer-friendly business, we are queer-owned! Our atmosphere of acceptance has attracted not only San Francisco's legendary gay community as clientele, but also as our employees. The overwhelming majority of our staff identify along the LGBTQ spectrum, though of course our self-identified straight employees are equally welcomed. Our team is a very close-knit group, fostering a playful atmosphere in the workroom where we create our corsets, each one individually made to order.

Dark Garden Corselette and Jacob corsets
Photo © Joel Aron
Our History
"Is this a new shop?" is a question we probably get at least once a week. Tucked away at 321 Linden St, a small side street in Hayes Valley, our boutique and atelier is nestled cozily next to Blue Bottle Coffee. Despite our bright purple exterior, many people don't even realize we're here. But not only have we been in Hayes Valley for over 15 years, we've been in business in San Francisco since 1989, and it's been our pleasure to serve the gay and fetish communities since our inception. As you can imagine, the cultural landscape of San Francisco has changed a lot in the intervening 26 years. In that time, we have made corsets for hundreds of queer, trans, and cross-dressing clients.

Dark Garden Pointed Victorian with straps
Photo © Joel Aron
Celebrate Pride with Us
Our doors are open six days a week. We invite you to stop by for a consultation at the 321 Linden St. boutique during business hours and be dazzled by the array of corsetry options. Not only has it been our joy to serve our local queer community but we are so grateful for the support we have received from that community through the years. We would not be the business we are today without that support and collaboration!

We will be tea modeling our couture fashions at the Gay Pride VIP party on June 28 from 2-5pm. See you there!


Marianne and Autumn, getting faux married in
bridal Alexandra and bridal Dollymop Lancer ensembles
Photo © Jim Vetter


~Marianne
Multi-Purpose Corsetiere

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