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Frida and Other News

Well it’s great to be back from Vegas.  I think there should be a warning as you enter the city limits that clearly states you can only stay a maximum of 3 nights.  More than a week is not good for the body..

Now that we’re back we have the final release from our 2016/2017 collection now available.  Frida is a pink cotton and chiffon set comprised of a panty, bra and teddy.  The teddy was a late change from a cami so there are no model pics as yet.  We will update that once we complete our 2017/2018 model pics.

Cute cotton and chiffon panty

Cute cotton and chiffon panty

For those of you that wanted a padded bra the Frida bra is once you will love.  We have created a padded bra with underwire tubing but WITHOUT the underwire.  This allows the bra to hug your body while still maintaining the shape of the cups.  The cups designed to be between a B and C cup size to allow for inserts too!

The padded bra you wished for!

The padded bra you wished for!

We also went with a late change and made a cotton and sheer matching Teddy rather than the cami we had initially planned.  The Teddy in cotton is a great sleepwear garment you will absolutely love.

End of Financial Year

June 30 is the end of the financial year in Australia and to appease the accountant and tax man I need to clear some stock quite quickly.  So for that reason we will be offering the following garments (and Freda) at 50% off for a limited time.  Please use the coupon code Freda when going through the checkout to take advantage.

You can receive the discount on

Panties – Frida, Taylor, Miranda, Katie, Tracy, Natasha, Krystal, Isabella thong and Panty

Bras – Frida, Taylor, Miranda, Tracy, Natasha, Krystal, Candy, Heart, Elise, Anneve, Vanessa, Tiffany, Sandra, Katie

Lingerie – Frida, Miranda Garter, Tracy, Natasha Mini, Krystal, Isabella, Anneve, Tiffany, Katie.

Minimum Spend is $90 USD before discount.  Offer ends June 30 or prior depending on stock levels (some styles may be removed from sale prior to sale end)

Take advantage today!

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What Happens in Vegas…

We’ve just returned from a personal trip to Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday milestone.  Eight nights in Vegas is clearly too much in one go and I’m surprised booking agencies don’t have pop up warnings against staying more than a few days!

But it’s a great place to go out with friends and we may even do something similar in another 10 years or so if the body is up for the challenge.

Aside from the usual tourist things like the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and shooting weapons which are foreign to us in Australia (my thumb will recover from the 44 magnum I’m told!), there was one thing I did notice around the strip and Freemont Street.

People wear anything they want in Vegas.  Seriously, on several occasions I thought mangerie is pretty tame compared to what was going on around some of those casinos.  But I also realised that just because you can wear something, it doesn’t mean you should!

All in all it was great trip and the hospitality from everyone we met was incredibly friendly.  A special thank you to the staff at Ellis Island Casino as we pretty much adopted the place as our Australian base due to the great service, affordable drinks, fun gambling and the chicken fried steak.

Apologies to anyone that may have received hearing damage from our group singing Aussie songs at all hours of the night and requesting Cold Chisel, AC/DC and Men At Work from anyone with a musical instrument.

The show highlight had to be Absinthe at Caesars which is the most politically incorrect funniest jaw aching show I have ever seen.  But take this tip and do not, under any circumstances book seats close to the stage unless you want to be part of the performance or have a desire to be insulted continuously throughout the show!  Very very crude and funny.

While in Vegas it became clear very early that I was not going to make a fortune gambling and so we spent most of time touring the area and visiting the various bars.

We also decided to have our birthday/stocktake sale in preparation for more stock that is due to begin arriving mid June.

For just a few more days we are offering 40% off across the store if you use the coupon code vegasbirthday when going through the checkout.  Sale ends next week!

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Krystal is coming soon!

UPDATE: Now available.  Use coupon code word ‘Krystal‘ when going through the checkout to receive 40% off Krystal and any of the Natasha, Katie, Tracy and Miranda.  Ends Monday April 17th.

Krystal is our next release and we expect her to be available sometime in the first week of April.  The Krystal set is a sheer design with an embroidered panel on the panty and embroidered sheer fabric on the bra cups and wings.

Cute Krystal Embroidered Bra

Cute Krystal Embroidered Bra

Krystal doesn't leave much to the imagination

Krystal doesn’t leave much to the imagination

Krystal Teddy has an open back, sheer front, full bum and overlaid bra cups.

Krystal Teddy with overlaid cups and open back.

Krystal Teddy with overlaid cups.

Krystal low cut back and bra clasp.

Krystal low cut back and bra clasp.

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Visit to our Manufacturer

Time flies when you’re loving lingerie!  I hadn’t realised how long it’s been since our last post here on the Blog.  The past month has been quite busy with the release of Natasha plus my very quick trip to visit our manufacturer in China which is always an adventure!

Being in Australia it’s not far for us to travel with a relatively short 9 hour flight to Hong Kong and another couple of hours by train and taxi after an overnight stay.  I did tweet out a pic of the room full of lingerie we utilise to plan samples and possible new releases for the next 12 months or so.

A small sample room.  They have a larger area with several THOUSAND samples!

A small sample room. They have a larger area with several THOUSAND samples!

The company owner is a very lovely lady that is certainly not backward in coming forward if she thinks one of my designs is not ‘pretty enough’ for my customers.  She likes to make suggestions (I think they’re more like instructions) in terms of colors and lace types.  I also met one of the office staff guys this trip that acts as a ‘model’ to test out the fit for the male physique.  I think he likes it a little bit too!

I only had a single full day in China itself but there was enough time to do a little bit of shopping and try some of the local cuisine.  And beer.  And though English will get you by just fine anywhere in Hong Kong, I have an interpreter friend that travels with me each time I’m in China.  If you are venturing outside a major city centre or want to haggle, then you will need someone that speaks the local language.

Don't hold back on the bling for this shoe store!

Don’t hold back on the bling for this shoe store!

I like a good cup of tea and really enjoy the ceremony around going to a tea shop and sitting down at a tea table.  The process is interesting and the flavours vary more than you can imagine.  However I like a good cup of coffee too and they are difficult to come by at times.  Fortunately the hotel next to mine had a Starbucks in the foyer so I could get a fix for the day.  I thought the name written on the side of my cup read ‘handsome westerner’ but my friends think it says ‘prematurely grey headed dude’.  My interpreter said it loosely interprets as ‘foreigner’ which is probably being polite.

I thought it said 'handsome westerner' but my friends think not..

I thought it said ‘handsome westerner’ but my friends think not..

On the work side of things I think the visit went well.  I hope to have a few samples here by the end of next week and will then work out what to order first.  I’m also planning on releasing the new black embroidered style either late this week or early in April.  Fingers crossed they arrive in the next couple of days.

Yes it's a teddy!  Full front with low cut back and bra clasp.

Yes it’s a teddy! Full front with low cut back and bra clasp.

 

 

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Facebook Doesn’t ‘Like’ Us

Our Newsletter subscribers will be aware that we finally made an attempt at setting up a Facebook page for the business this week.

And today we deleted the Page.

We did a ‘soft’ release of the Page on Monday morning Aussie time and received quite a good reaction.  Plenty of ‘likes’ and Followers received and many of you also sent us emails to let us know that you liked the page but couldn’t ‘Like’ the page because of the possibility of exposure.

We had anticipated that.  The plan was to see if we could gain some more awareness and therefore some more customers so we can continue to grow the business.

However on Friday we were unable to access the page due to posting ‘inappropriate’ content that contradicted the terms and conditions of FB.  We have no idea what was unacceptable as we had been careful not to post anything sheer or nude with the exception of the back of thongs (which we thought would be ok!).  We had also set the page to only be viewed by those over the age of 18 years.

We believe the post that led to the notice was probably our very first video.  It was constructed by us from photos of lingerie on a mannequin in the first year we established the brand.

It was also marked by YouTube visitors as having ‘inappropriate’ content at the time and can still only be viewed by those of you over the age of eighteen years.

Strangely enough, our videos with ‘live’ models are acceptable!

So rather than fight yet another censorship battle and have to micromanage a part of our business we have decided to delete the Page entirely and forego FaceBook.  We appreciate we are placing information on their site and are therefore subject to FaceBook terms and conditions.  We respect the fact they have the right to review and restrict our content however they wish despite not agreeing with their decision.

So we will look at alternative forums to interact with our customers and subscribers in the future.

Thanks to those of you that supported us over the 6 day period!

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China Doll Revival?

One of the main goals of HommeMystere has been to continually expand the range of lingerie we design for our clients.  That means we complete a single manufacturing run of a style and then never go back and make exactly the same style again.

There have been a couple of variations on this idea such as the Miranda being a very similar pattern to Genevieve, and Rachel also being close to the same style.

I also do plan to do another style of the Frill set although it will likely be the thong, panty and a padded bra in a different color.

But this week I received an email from Shane in the USA who said he always liked the China Doll set but found the site too late to get one.  Shane also said there was some mention of the China Doll on other sites and forums where guys were interested in getting a set.  This isn’t the first time I’ve received a request for the China Doll.  Every now and again someone sends an email and I have apologise for not having one in their size.

China Doll was the first large manufacturing run for HommeMystere

China Doll was the first large manufacturing run for HommeMystere

So here’s a bit of background on the China Doll.  It was the first ‘large’ production run we did of a particular style and our first time using a manufacturer in China.  The name came from the fact is was made in China but more so after the David Bowie song of which I’m a fan.  It was one of the turning points for HommeMystere going from small local runs to importing and learning about large factory manufacturing.

China Doll Panty is low at the front

China Doll Panty is low at the front

It certainly didn’t go too smoothly but starting a lingerie business for guys was never going to be a straightforward business plan!  The China Doll did run very very small, the panty is low at the front but overall, the look is quite nice and it is/was quite comfortable.  The China Doll bra has large cups which turned out to be a positive for our female model at the time – she was so impressed with the bra and the wing design she took a couple for herself!

China Doll Bra had the largest cup we have made with plenty of curve!

China Doll Bra had the largest cup we have made with plenty of curve!

So I’m in two minds at the moment.  Do we do another run on China Doll?  Do we sacrifice a new style and color for another China Doll set? To do it again would mean making the bras larger in the band and I would also change the panty pattern slightly to make it higher at the front.  And do you guys really want a full bra that has a cup size that large?

There is still time.  I’m still in the planning stages for the second half of this year and will be back at the factory in China to work on the patterns and plans in March.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Valentines Day Gifts and Tips!

So you’re looking for something to buy your guy for Valentines day.  First, let’s work out where your guy sits in the world of lingerie-

* Is he into lingerie but he keeps a low profile because you’re not into it?

* Perhaps you’re both open minded and love dressing up and having some fun?

* He’s fully committed to lingerie and loves our underwear

* He knows nothing about lingerie but you think it might be fun and kinda sexy to see him dressed up?

To begin, if your partner is into lingerie and doesn’t make any kind of fuss about it even if you know, then choosing something is easy.  Because he won’t care what you purchase for him – he’ll just be thrilled that you thought of purchasing lingerie at all!  If your guy fits this profile, then pick anything you like and he’ll love you for it!  Have some fun yourself and go with Lucy if he’s into thongs and Katie if he prefers briefs.

Lucy is a crotchless thong and peekaboo bra designed for fun!

Lucy is a crotchless thong and peekaboo bra designed for fun!

If you’re both into lingerie then the easy answer is sit down with your guy and choose something together.  If you prefer to make it a surprise then you will likely know what styles he likes and doesn’t like.  Looking for something feminine in a full set? Try Anneve.  Want something comfortable and fun?  Try a Katie Romper.  Want a comfortable set that’s a little subtle?  Retro is the best bet.

Retro Gold is our Very High Cut brief and matching bra.

Retro Gold is our Very High Cut brief and matching bra.

Is your guy one of our lingerie fans.  Can’t wait for the next new release and has a bit of everything in the drawer?  If you know our business model then you will understand that once we sell out of something then it’s gone for good.  If your guys has a drawer full of our lingerie then find out what he loves best!  Shouldn’t be too hard because he’ll be favoring that special pair of panties or that bra or teddy all the time.  Just find out what it is and purchase a couple of them so he has spares before we run out of stock!

Or do you fall into the last group.  Perhaps you’re the one interested in lingerie for guys and you want to dress him up and have some fun.  But you don’t know how he’s going to take it?  Or you’re concerned he may not like the idea?  If he’s absolutely a beginner in lingerie and you have no idea what his reaction might be, then go with the PinStripe range.  The boyshort, brief and vest are all fairly masculine looking but are made from beautiful soft fabric.  If you think he’s a step up from that range and you really want to see him dressed up then we recommend Miranda for a full satin feeling or Heart for a brief playful print.

 

If your guy is new to lingerie, try him out on something subtle like PinStripe.

If your guy is new to lingerie, try him out on something subtle like PinStripe.

Or step it up a notch or two and get him something cheeky in Satin with Miranda!

Or step it up a notch or two and get him something cheeky in Satin with Miranda!

Want to try your guy in a bra?  Try the Miranda set!

Want to try your guy in a bra? Try the Miranda set!

We have plenty of special offers in place.  To be the first to know please visit the homepage, scroll down and subscribe to our newsletter. If you’re after a Valentines gift, enter the code valentine2017 when going through the checkout and receive 25% off your order.  No minimum, sale ends February 14th and includes sale items!

 

 

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How to measure yourself (for lingerie)

One of the comments you often hear in regard to lingerie is that it’s beautiful, but uncomfortable.  Our goal has always been to create lingerie that was not only beautiful, but comfortable enough to wear all day.

Comfort and fit can be pretty subjective for individuals.  Some guys like to wear lingerie and be aware they are wearing it at all times under daily outerwear.  For others, choosing what lingerie to wear each day is part of the fun, as is getting undressed in the evening.  However through the day they want to concentrate on work or whatever needs to be done without the distraction of underwear that isn’t the best fit.

At Hommemystere we’ve always tried to create lingerie that provided a mix of fun and practicality.  The size information we provide is specific to each garment because the fabric and elastics used to make each garment have their own variations.

The most important thing to know is your own measurements.  And that doesn’t mean knowing your measurements ten years ago when you were going through that fitness phase or even 12 months ago.  It’s knowing your measurements today.  That will give you the best chance of getting the right size in the garment of your choice.

Once you know your measurements, think about the kind of fit you prefer.  Some guys like a very firm fit that really holds everything in place tightly.  Other guys prefer a more relaxed fit.  Something that is barely noticeable.

For our bras and briefs, measure as per the pics

Measure where the bra band sits around the chest

Measure where the bra band sits around the chest

For panties, measure around the hips

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Always read the product description carefully.  If you’re on the cusp of a size, we make recommendations on whether to go up or down a size.

Generally, if you want a more relaxed fit, we will recommend going up a size.  And if you’re not sure, you can always get in touch with us or make a note on your order.  Plus, if you add your measurements to the order we will send you what we think is the best fit.

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Tracy has arrived

What a great time to release some swimwear! Our friends in the northern hemisphere are freezing so the only practical place for many will be in a nicely warmed up spa.

Fortunately, we’re in the middle of a mini heatwave here in Australia so it’s a great time for our guys to try something a little different.

There’s no doubt those of you into lingerie have perused the women’s swimwear range from time to time and considered the idea of having you’re own tie side brief or one piece swimwear to try.

Lucky for you, so have we.  And here it is.  Much later than anticipated, Tracy has arrived in a brief, halterneck top and one piece.  We decided if swimwear was your thing, then you may as well stand out from the crowd and do it in something hot pink!

Swimwear

I can’t imagine too many of you wearing this set on a public beach but if you do, I’m sure it will attract plenty of attention!  And you have to send us a pic for our Tumblr feed too please!

To celebrate the release of Tracy, you can receive 30% off when you spend $40USD or more.  Buy the brief and top or the one piece alone for a total of more than $40 to receive the discount.

Just enter the coupon code word ‘swimwear‘ when going through the checkout to take advantage.

Limited time only (10 days or until stocks run out) and won’t be discounted again until May/June so take advantage today!

Tracy Swimwear set

 

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Celebrate Christmas with Free Shipping!

We’ve just gone through the craziest Cyber Monday sale period ever with our first day of sales exceeding the full five day period from 2015.  The Post Office jokingly threatened to ‘close the doors’ on us due to the volume of orders we were carrying into them!

Thanks to everyone that took part and though many of you won’t receive your order for another week or so, I’m sure you will love the lingerie!

Our next release will be swimwear which probably isn’t too exciting for all our northern hemisphere clients currently freezing your butts off at the beginning of winter.  However for those of us downunder, it’s going to be a super hot summer and swimwear is at the top of mind at the moment.  I expect to be releasing the swimwear in the first or second week of January and will have more photos going out to subscribers in the next week or so.  But here’s a quick look for now.

Swimwear Swimwear

 

For now Christmas is coming fast and as a gift to anyone that didn’t take advantage of the Cyber Monday sale (probably no more than 2 of you based on the sales!) we’re offering free shipping right through until New Years Day.

Just use the coupon code word xmas16 when going through the checkout to receive the offer!

Visit our home page and sign up to the mailing list BEFORE you make any purchase decisions and find out more about us and our current offers.

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