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I love Lucy!

I used to hate the idea of coming up with a name for each new piece of lingerie.  It was more of a chore than fun, particularly when there are so many options.  So our recent decision to have our newsletter subscribers come up with a name has been a great idea.

Annabelle was the first winner for one of our customers from the United States and now we have a new winner from New Zealand.  Keith has suggested ‘Lucy’ for our open set and says in his email it’s ‘a highly bewitching name’ and ticks all the boxes for him.  Keith will have a set sent to him as soon as production is complete!

Lucy leaves nothing to the imagination!

Lucy leaves nothing to the imagination!

The Lucy thong is completely open at the front.  There’s no tucking your package away. At all.  Ever.  Lucy is designed to be a fun, sexy garment for play.

Same goes for the bra.  It’s peek-a-boo design is made for fun and show.

Have some fun.  Be daring with Lucy!

Have some fun. Be daring with Lucy!

The Lucy set is an exhibitionist’s dream and we can’t wait to have it available from mid September!

Now to come up with a name for our next set…

 

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Welcome Annabelle!

Adding a new garment to the HommeMystere collection is always exciting.  Less fun is deciding what to name the garment.  Sometimes it’s easy and straightforward, sometimes it can be difficult.

Annabelle Panty

 

So lately we have been asking our customers and visitors for suggestions on garment names.  Some of the suggestions for this set included ‘Azure Pleasure’, ‘Blue Belle’, ‘My Garter Panty and Bra’ and many more.

Ultimately though, we decided to choose ‘Annabelle’ for this release.  It was suggested by Trent in the US and he has been a fan of HommeMystere for some time.  Using a female name is something we have considered for previous releases and is something we may continue to use in future.

Annabelle Panty back

 

We’re sure that Annabelle will be popular with out customers and look forward to providing a new style next month.  Perhaps something a little more risque that our current styles.

Annabelle is available in store now!

Annabelle set

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Guy’s in Lingerie Stores – Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shall psych oneself up prior to walking into the store by carefully considering a plan of attack.  This means not lingering for a period of time that is likely to draw suspicious glances from staff.
  2. Though shall have a cover story in place that suggests thou is purchasing for wife/girlfriend/mistress as a surprise present.
  3. Though shall pretend to be far less knowledgeable about sizing and fabrics to the staff to ensure thou appears as a stereotypical dumb male buying lingerie.
  4. Thou shall tell staff the wife/girlfriend/mistress is a size ‘X’ and under no circumstances say ‘she’s about my size’.  This clearly gives the staff member reason to believe thou is buying for oneself.
  5. Thou shall only purchase underwear with a wide gusset.  Bare minimum of 4 inches or 10cm.  This will avoid splitting oneself in two, having one testicle in confinement and one on the loose or raising your voice by 6 octaves.
  6. Thou shall keep well clear of thongs and G Strings as they generally only have 1.2 square inches of fabric in the front.  Refer point 5.
  7. Though shall stick with stretch fabrics only, despite being hypnotically drawn towards bright shiny satins and polyesters.  Snap out of it.  We both know they are not going to work.
  8. Thou shall not indulge in fantasies of the store assistants ‘helping you’ with your lingerie in the change room.  Make the purchase and escape!
  9. Thou shall take advantage of Valentine’s and Christmas periods to stock up on lingerie in vast amounts when it is less suspicious you are buying for oneself.
  10. Every few years you will feel you must purge all your lingerie from your house/shed/work hiding place because ‘enough is enough’!  Then you will go out and do it all again.

 

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Hard to believe it’s been five years since the beginning of HommeMystere.  Many people say they would love to start their own business in something they are truly interested in but most won’t.  How many times in the past have you gathered with friends and one of you has said ‘that would be a great invention’ or ‘we should start a business doing that’!

I’m guessing quite a few.  Taking the leap from idea to actually doing something is a little more challenging.  As we discovered here at HommeMystere.  What began as ‘we should make a few pairs of lingerie style undies’ has resulted in something bigger than we ever thought would happen.

So for our fifth birthday, we have been searching for a few pics of old favourites.

Our first production run.

Taboo White – Our first bulk production

The Taboo was our first bulk production.  Though the volume was tiny compared to what we do now!  It was made locally in Australia with one way stretch satin and came in a thong, scrunchy, brazilian cut and boyshort.

Taboo Boyshort back led to quite a few emails!

Taboo Boyshort back led to quite a few emails!

The little hole in the back of the Taboo Boyshort meant we received many emails with some asking if it was ‘for a tail’.  Not sure about that…

Scrunchy Back was a popular style

Scrunchy Back was a popular style

The Scrunchy style back was also popular and started a trend where we had our visitors and customers vetting our designs prior to production.

This was a great style

The Passion High Cut Brief

Australian made Passion Brief and bra (bra not shown) was popular too.  It had a sheer back and lined pouch with broad lace sides.  Super comfortable and bargain priced at the time.

Whisper underwire bra was made for a very short time

Whisper underwire bra was made for a very short time

The Whisper underwire bra was beautifully made by a local seamstress using the best materials.  Even though it was loved by our customers, the cost to produce it meant it was out of reach for many of our customers. There really wasn’t any point manufacturing lingerie for guys that no one could reasonable afford so we began looking overseas for suppliers.

That’s when we started with the China Doll and Rose.  These styles have been replenished twice due to their popularity.

China Doll set was the first we produced overseas

China Doll set was the first we produced overseas

 

Rose was the second overseas produced style

Rose was the second overseas produced style

Since then we have progressed to even more styles and plan to introduce more new garments over the next 12 months.  We’d even love to do some sleepwear though early trials of our super slippery nightshirt weren’t popular.  Not sure why.

Our trial version of the nightshirt wasn't as popular as hoped!

Our trial version of the nightshirt wasn’t as popular as hoped!

Even though the designer lurrrrrves this nightshirt with matching brief below-

Silky brief!

Silky brief!

We may try some more sleepwear soon!  In the meantime, our Retro Gold set should be available by June 20 2014.  I hope everyone loves it!

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

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

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So we thought a photo shoot was due

One of the great things about working with lingerie is the photo shoot bit.  For some reason, many people still seem to think that HommeMystere lingerie for men is a gay thing.  Clearly this insinuates that all gay guys are effeminate and love to be the ‘girl’ in the relationship.  If that was indeed correct, and all gay guys were actually wannabe girls, wouldn’t that make all gay guy couples lesbians?

Whatever.

Anyhoo, back to the point of the blog.  We love doing photo shoots.  Not just because we get to see our lingerie on a guy that actually makes more than a half arsed attempt at keeping fit.  You know what I mean.  Most guys think that a diet is switching from full strength to light beer for a week.  That should work.  Right?

Well we do like to see our lingerie on fit-ter guys than us, but we also get to dress up the female side of the shoot too.  So when you’re asked what you would like the woman to wear in the shoot, ‘nothing’ is clearly not PC for this G rated label.  So we went with the timeless Little Black Dress.  And stilettos.  And can we have a whip with that?

See all of our pics soon, but here’s one showing our next release.  Retro Gold.

Model wears the HommeMystere Retro Gold while getting whipped into submission.

Model wears the HommeMystere Retro Gold while getting whipped into submission.

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What pisses me off

It takes some time before I get upset here at HommeMystere.  I’m one of those people with a very long fuse but an explosive temper.  As such, not much really affects me or really gets me angry.  But when it does, lookout!

Except when I see our garments advertised for sale somewhere other than here at hommemystere.com or with one of our stockists.  Why should I care I hear you ask?  Simply because I can control the quality of the garments we have in the market place.

As most of you would understand, starting a business and building a brand is a bit of a task – especially in an area such as men’s lingerie!  So when someone pops up out of the blue and appears to be selling the same garments, it’s not only a surprise, it’s disappointing.  Because I don’t know what the quality of those goods might be.

Sometimes, because I’m a nice bloke, I send out early samples to customers to give us some feedback.  These samples are not the finished product and do not have the same quality control as our main production runs.  So it would be a misrepresentation of our brand if someone was to on-sell that product as one of our final garments only to have the buyer receive an inferior product.

So I would suggest that unless you purchase our garments through one of our stockists, one of our other approved retailers or via this site, you may not be receiving the quality you expect.

Buyer beware!

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The moment new lingerie arrives

Most men and women would agree there are few times more exciting than the anticipation of opening up a gift or surprise present.  Whether it’s apparel, electronics or a gift card, the moment you look at the item, you are immediately weighing up if it meets your preconceived expectations.

It’s the same with us and our lingerie.  We can plan, size and choose the colours of the lingerie we want to make but until the samples arrive we’re just hoping the idea in our head translates to something just as good when completed.

Thankfully, our first samples are looking good and exceed our expectations.  Can’t wait to see how the others turn out!

Just a hint of a couple of samples we plan to release soon.

Just a hint of a couple of samples we plan to release soon.

Once we have everything confirmed we will be organising the photo shoot.

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Releasing a new lingerie style

One of the fun things about owning a lingerie label is creating something new and using new fabrics.  You never know what might be popular, what will look good and what will feel great until after you’ve been through the design process.

It’s taken us a while to get the Vixen Lace bra and panty set to the market and it’s during the creative process we have learned a few lessons.  Firstly, and most importantly – lace catches!  Not the most comfortable thought when purchasing something to cover your package.

We didn’t want to compromise the deep red look of the lace by inserting an obvious lining in the front of the panty.  We eventually settled on using a nice mesh liner that has been dyed the exact same colour as the lace.  Comfortable without compromising the look.

The time taken to ensure the lingerie we make not only looks good, but feels great and gives the wearer a great feeling is the most important part of the design.  Positive responses from clients is the greatest reward.

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Is Valentine’s Day just a girl thing?

I was of the understanding that Valentine’s Day was a celebration where couples exchanged gifts as a sign of their mutual love for each other.  Though it seems to be evolving into a one way exchange where guy’s are buying gifts for their girlfriends with little hope of receiving something in return.

Of course, guys expect something in return, but it’s not a physical gift you can just go into a store and purchase on credit card.  Guys prefer to be shown appreciation in other ways.

Examples of Valentine’s Day fails are everywhere particularly with autocorrect but here’s a few things I’ve learned about giving gifts.

It’s the gift that counts.  All that crap about the thought is just that – crap.  It’s like when she says ‘do whatever the hell you want’.  It doesn’t mean you can smoke cigars in the house, spend the kids college education money on a Harley or anything like that.  It’s actually a threat.  She means ‘if you do that, I will tear your balls out with rusty pliers’.

Same with the Valentine’s Day gift.  Don’t buy her fake flowers, buy the real ones.  You know, the $100 bunch that will wither and die within the week – much like your sex life if you get her the fake ones.  And don’t get them from the local cemetery.

Chocolates are a great gift but make sure they’re top quality and something she likes – not what you like.  Also, make sure they’re not ‘low fat’ or sugar free and don’t include a gym membership.  In fact, don’t ever give a gym membership to your girlfriend / wife for reasons you should understand.

Lingerie is popular gift too, but it doesn’t have to be red! Something skimpy and sexy is great but she really wants something that is comfortable too. Take a bit of time to investigate before you wander into your local lingerie store or shop online.  Get the sizes of what she already has in the lingerie draw so there’s a better chance of getting the right size.  And it doesn’t have to be a crotchless thong and peekaboo bra.  Something tasteful and understated can be sexy too and she’ll realize you put some thought into it.

For guys, of course we recommend our lingerie.  We’re seeing the popularity of sexy underwear for men growing year on year and Valentine’s Day is a great reason to give it a try.  I’m sure there will be plenty of newbies getting something sexy this year saying ‘it seems so wrong but it feels soooo good’!

So ladies, take our advise and get him some underwear that’s fun and sexy and comfortable.  You’ll want them for yourself.

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What lingerie does the designer have in his draw?

One question I get asked quite often is ‘which is your favourite’?

I’m sure everyone opens their undie draw each day, checks to see what’s available, then gravitates towards a ‘favorite’ pair of undies, panties or bra.  Because there’s something about a favourite pair that reflects the mood you might be in that day.

If you’re off to work and know you have a big day ahead of you, you might just want something comfortable that fits well and you know isn’t going to give you any trouble.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a bit toey in the morning, feeling relaxed and a bit sexy, you might go for something colorful that has a slightly different cut around the bum or perhaps a thong.

Having a ‘date night’ with your partner or heading out in the hope you might get lucky, then something that gets you in the mood and keeps you there might be called for.

Either way, we all have a few ‘best and fairest’ in the underwear draw and I’m no different.

So my high circulation underwear generally consists of the following-

PinStripe - I love the brief in these so much I actually have 3 pairs in circulation.  They double as swimwear as well so are pretty handy in the tropics of Australia when in and out of the pool!  The cut is slightly larger than the Rose so it’s not overly brief and they are underwear you can put on and forget.  They are the ‘workhorse’ in the underwear draw.

Rose – These are one of our earliest releases and has been replenished twice.  The panties I have are the original sample which are now over two years old!  Brief, lightweight and thin, they are always near the top of the list.

Sheer – The Sheer has a look that is actually pretty mainstream with the only hint that it’s anything different being the small hint of pink lace.  I like these as they are a fairly normal pattern and the sheer fabric means there is plenty of air circulating around the package.  Good, honest fun undies.

Candy – I love this style.  The pattern, along with the fabric color and the lace sides makes these stand out every time I look in the draw.  If you want to surprise your man with some comfy undies that will bring a smile to the dial every time he puts them on, these are the ones!

Frill Panty – I’m not sure why, but this one isn’t as popular as the thong yet I personally believe it’s the most comfortable panty we have made. Ever!  Without a doubt, this is my favorite as they have a bit of a frill, yet are super comfortable.  It might just be a personal preference for the full bum pattern, but they are, in my own opinion, the best.

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