Yesterday I set up the showroom in my new house for the first time. I haven’t had the time or money to get everything I need need yet so I was expecting it to look very incomplete but was pleasantly surprised and can already see it’s potential.
I have been toying with the idea of holding an open house event in February for the Eustratia third birthday and seeing the garments laid out has definitely made me feel more confident about the idea. I think the room lends it’s self well to this sort of roll.
Of course it is close to Christmas and I do have the tree up, which won’t be a permanent fixture but I have thought of something equally as lovely to replace it when the time comes.
Some of the drama in the room is definitely due to my new acquisition, this ornate armchair. I have dreamed of having a chair like this for years and was planning to repaint and reupholster it but I posted a picture on instagram this morning and a lot of people seem to think it should stay gold…
I like the idea of having a space that is beautifully laid out where people can browse products and try stuff on in a comfortable way, while chatting to their friends, maybe taking a snap or two. I think people like visiting boutiques but fear shop assistants asking them what they want or trying to convince them to buy so I hope that creating a more relaxed atmosphere, not so centered on direct purchase will make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
The space and layout still needs work and my pictures don’t do it justice but customers who live in/visit Manchester are welcome to book an appointment and come round for tea and a fitting, to see their favourite items in person or even just to get measured for their order.
Details for the upcoming open house event will follow early next month and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
This has been a while coming, but I wanted to write a post to introduce my new stockist, Hitome Adore.
The shop opened a few months ago and is situated on the second floor of Afflecks palace, Manchester’s premier alternative fashion market. It’s boutique-like feel makes it stand out from the other stalls and the eclectic mix of items make it well worth a visit.
At the opening we talked about the shop ethos and products on offer, tried on latex and gave people advise and even signed flyers for some excited school boys.
Hitome Adore is run by model Kira Krueger and TG Manchester promoter Frankie Knuckles and is also the official TG Manchester ticket vendor. They chose a dark but sumptuous look for the shop with dark striped wallpaper, damask curtains and dark wood vintage furniture, the shop name definition typed out on an old type writer is a nice touch to finish it off. My personal favourite item of furniture in the shop has to be the saddle chair, my current home decorating obsession has made me really appreciate quirky seating.
I was delighted to hear that they wanted Eustratia as the main brand, I’ve always enjoyed introducing new customers to latex, incorporating current trends into my collections and mixing latex with different fabric and textures, so making more wearable items to appeal to a more mainstream audience sounded like an idea that would lend it’s self well to my label.
Aside from the Eustratia range they also stock some latex accessories from Arcanum, chainmail accessories by Richard Ayres and a selection of wigs in various colours and cuts. Frankie Knuckles also has some of his own artwork displayed in the shop.
Images by John Clarke and Frankie Knuckles
LatexGirlsHD captured a video of what we got up to at the opening along with some info about the range and the shop in general.