Visiting our manufacturer in China

Did I miss doing a blog post in March?  This year seems to be flying by so it’s about time I updated our visitors on what we’re up to here at HommeMystere.

Firstly, I have completed my annual visit to see our manufacturer and plan the next 12 months or so.  Although it was a quick trip with just one night in Hong Kong and two in China before returning home, it’s always an experience making the trip.

Many visitors will be familiar with awesome public transport services, but for myself who seldom jumps on a train, I always find the systems in Hong Kong and China incredibly efficient.  The MTR network in Hong Kong is ridiculously easy to use and a 300kmh+ (200mph) bullet train in China is crazy fast and I was on a ‘slow’ leg!

Catching a Bullet Train. We could do with a few of those here in Australia

Traffic in a car is pretty scary but travelling in the Chinese version of Uber is fine with good cars and friendly drivers.  Didn’t see any bottles of water or packets of mints though!

Visiting the company always begins with a quick tour of the factory floor followed by a meal, and I have to admit some of the dishes are certainly an acquired taste.  I was fortunate enough this trip to stumble across some Australian Wagyu beef cooked in the Middle Kingdom way and it was perfect.  It’s a good time to catch up on how their business and family has been going over the previous year and gain a new perspective on the challenges they face.

Awesome meal at Yung Kee Restaurant in Hong Kong.

I was the very first client of the family run business and it has been amazing to see how they have grown over the years.  They have started from scratch and the warehouse space now covers over 4,000 square metres which I think is about 43,000 square feet!  The sample room alone has over a thousand different pieces of lingerie in various styles, colours and sizes.  We are just minnows in the lingerie world where some labels order more pieces in a week than we order in a year!

Just setting up in the Boardroom to begin work on the 2018 range

The staff now have quite a good feel for what us guys like in lingerie and they are not shy about making suggestions either!  While we sit around the boardroom table, comments such as ‘you need more pink lace’ and ‘this design is not sexy enough’ is embarrassingly common.  There are also a couple of guys in management that I’m told have been convinced to model a few samples prior to them being sent to Australia.  They certainly like to get the patterns correct before shipping!

This Teddy would have made a great gift but I was only travelling with carry on luggage.

Overall it was a very successful trip and based on our conversations, we will be providing the opportunity for other retailers to purchase our garments for their own store.  So if you prefer to purchase from a local store, we will be offering limited styles at wholesale prices soon.  Stay tuned for more or email us at info@hommemystere.com if you are a store owner and would like further information.

The Tea is great in China but a Flat White from Starbucks is more my style.  I love those lights too!

 

Our Most Popular pieces for 2017

Why did it feel like time dragged forever when I was in my teens and twenties, but as I slipped over the half century mark time seems to be speeding up!

This year has really flown by for us with HommeMystere in the middle of our ninth year, with nine new sets released since January 1.  We began with Tracy, our first swimwear set, followed by Natasha (love the back of the panty) , Krystal (full, sheer, comfortable), Frida (our only cotton set), Lara the high neck Bodysuit and Carmen the gorgeous sleepwear Bodysuit (I have 5 of these in my personal collection!).  We then released Britney (love the high neck bra style), Nadia (best ever nightie!), and finally Victoria with probably our last full cup underwire bra.

Want to know what the top 5 garments were this year?  Based purely on the number of sales, the most popular pieces for 2017 were.

No. 1 – Katie Romper.

And who wouldn’t agree this is a great piece.  The open back means it will fit just about anyone, the fabric is perfect and most importantly the feel of the romper is spot on.  You can feel the shoulder straps moving on your back as you walk, the front slides across the body and the bottom section still allows enough room to sit comfortably.  Love it.

No. 2 – Natasha Panty.

Satin is always going to be winner for those of us into lingerie.  Add the sheer stretch bum, the unusual lace pattern over the front and it was always going to be a popular choice.  For me, the floral pattern and the feel of panty is the best part.  For the most part it looks like a full panty but the lace edge on the bum kind of feels like a thong panty.  Something different.

No. 3 – Krystal Panty

Sometimes the picture I have in my mind of how a set is going to look upon completion and it actually turns out exactly as planned!  I wanted to do something sheer, but add some embroidery that lifted the panty and bra to the next level.  I wanted it to look like the most beautiful high end set any guy (or girl) would want in their collection.  Couldn’t wipe the smile of my face when it arrived.

No. 4 – Frida Panty

It only took eight and a half years but we relented and did something in cotton.  But couldn’t resist adding a chiffon patterned section at the front!  Sorry, but any guy into lingerie is addicted to satin/silk/sheer fabrics well before we get to cotton!  So it’s a bit of a surprise this one is ranked so high up.  Perhaps it’s the color and that it is just a comfortable everyday panty with an awesome bow!

No. 5 – Miranda Panty

No surprise here at all.  Made in the same style as Genevieve and Rachel, the Miranda style in XL was the fastest we have ever sold out of any style/size combination.  It is a crazy popular panty and it was a style that we did a massive (by our standards) production run of knowing it would be popular.  White satin.  Enough said.

My Personal Favorites

So most of you know I’m in this business because I wanted to be in this business.  And I doubt there is a single guy out there not jealous of my ability to make pretty much anything I want because, well because I can!  What you see on HommeMystere is really just my personal wishlist brought to life.  Sometimes they’re awesome and sometimes I miss the mark.  But here are the ones that are my personal favorites.

No. 1 – Katie Romper

See above for the description.  You can easily see how much I love this romper because I have torn apart several of them experimenting to make my second favorite garment below.  When you wear the Katie you just feel damn good!

No. 2 – Nadia Nightie

See what I did there?  Just left the top part of the Katie as it was (because it’s perfect) and decided to do a little dress at the bottom instead of shorts.  Yes it’s a bit longer than we generally prefer but I wanted it to be long enough so you could sit down on the nightie in your Nadia panty.  Silky smooth slippery fabric on silky smooth slippery fabric.  That’s ok, I know most of you understand..

No. 3 – Carmen Bodysuit

This was a surprise.  I had low expectations and was blown away by this Teddy.  So much so that I have A LOT of them on rotation.  Best teddy for sleeping ever.  Seriously.  It’s not a huge seller I have to admit, but I’m going to do another similar style because I have a serious addiction to this style of Teddy.  Doesn’t dig in, wide shoulders are comfy, just a great piece of lingerie.

No. 4 – Katie Panty

I love this panty.  I have so many of these in my personal collection it’s getting a bit out of hand.  It’s the ‘go to’ style each day without a doubt.  I will do another version of this in 2018 but will make a fuller bum, for those of us that need it.  Instead of a romper I’m looking at doing shorts and a singlet style (like the Pinstripe) that could easily be mistaken for men’s underwear but feels fantastic!  Well that’s an idea at the moment.  It could change in a heartbeat!

No. 5 – Lara Bodysuit

Named after my lovely wife of forever, this really should have, and could have been number 1 for me.  It’s just too damn sexy for its own good!  The snap crotch is perfect, the feel is incredible and it magically makes anyone look fantastic!  No kidding!  This Teddy will fit just about any man or woman and they will look awesome.  The high neck feel is exactly what I wanted and while Lara can be worn overnight, but she is best suited for special occasions.  Wear Lara for a few hours at a time and you won’t be disappointed.  She looks and feels gorgeous.

To be fair, styles released later in the year such as Victoria and Nadia will have lower sales volumes than Katie which was released in November 2016.  However I’m sure those ones will rise to the top next year.

 

Britney Has Arrived!

We have had a pre release of our Britney set online for a few weeks now while we wait for the bulk of the stock to be manufactured and shipped over to us.

Fortunately things are running ahead of schedule and all garments have now arrived.

To mark the arrival of this set, we are currently running a sale of 40% off Britney until September 23rd.  To take advantage, just use the coupon code word Britney when going through the checkout.  No minimum order.

The Britney panty is made from microfibre in a similar pattern to our Frill design although a little lower across the bum.  Still a perfectly comfortable item for all day wear.

Britney Panty with a full bum!
Britney Panty with a full bum!

The Britney thong with the lace back will be popular for those of you wanting plenty of package room combined with a stretch lace that separates the buns!  This is a really lovely piece of lingerie.

Cute lace thong with plenty of package space up front!
Cute lace thong with plenty of package space up front!

Our Britney bra is a new design with a high neck style following the theme from the popular Lara bodysuit.  Super comfortable and will give you that feminine feel you’re chasing!

High neck design means no shoulder straps slipping off this figure hugging bra!
High neck design means no shoulder straps slipping off this figure hugging bra!

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And here’s a preview of our Nadia dress due out in October….

Dress up in October!
Dress up in October!

Welcome Lara, Carmen and Lara!

Time is getting away from us and August has crept up quite fast! This week we have released two new bodysuits, the Lara and Carmen.

These are both beautiful garments designed to make you feel sexy as hell and incredibly comfortable.  The Lara Bodysuit has a snap crotch with five robust buttons for easy access and collar that looks great and feels awesome!  This is figure hugging lingerie that will love you regardless of your shape or size.  It is also a great unisex item that your partner will enjoy too!

 

Lovely Lara.  High Neck, Snap Crotch and Unisex too!
Lovely Lara. High Neck, Snap Crotch and Unisex too!

 

Carmen is the perfect sleepwear garment.  It is the best sleepwear you will ever have.  No exaggeration.  The soft lace shoulders will not move, the front lace is soft and the microfiber bottom is soft, supportive and comfortable.  The front section is cut to support your package while allowing enough room for comfortable expansion and an uninterrupted sleep.

Carmen.  The best sleepwear piece available for our guys!
Carmen. The best sleepwear piece available for our guys!

And of course there is another new Lara too.  After eight years of my constant lingerie addiction, Lara (wife of more than 2 decades!) is going to take on the day to day running so I can concentrate on some other projects.  Maybe our lingerie needs a women’s touch?  Either way, please make Lara welcome!

To mark the arrival of Lara, Lara and Carmen, we are currently doing 30% off across the store.  Just use the coupon code word bodysuit to take advantage of the offer.  Minimum spend is $30.  Ends August 20.

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!

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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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!

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!

 

 

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.