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!

 

Violet arrives at HommeMystere!

We’re pleased to release our latest lingerie set, Violet, and offer a discount on the garments until mid March 2018.

Just enter the coupon code Violet when going through the checkout to take advantage of this offer.  No minimum purchase and the offer is only for the Violet Panty, Bra and Thong.

See the range below!

The front of the Violet Panty provides full coverage and has lovely lace edges
Full bum coverage from the Violet panty though it is designed to sit quite low
Our cute Thong has a little frill edge added along with a bow.  Notice the black lingerie lace waistband and stitching.
Our cute Thong lace back pattern is designed to appease those of us with OCD!
Cute lace/fabric bra cups ensure it looks as great as it feels!

Reward Yourself this Valentines Day

With the new year upon us we have spent the past few days cleaning up our warehouse and looking at how many ‘seconds’ we have sitting around.

Every order that’s shipped out is checked over for faults whether it’s a pulled thread, discoloration or anything else.  Of course the occasional one slips through but we do tend to be fairly critical of what we retain as ‘unsaleable’.

So following our tidying up efforts we have plenty of this lingerie to give away.  Although the collection consists mainly of bras and panties, there are several pieces of lingerie there as well.

So from now until Valentines Day, we will be giving away our seconds with each order.  It will be a random giveaway so you won’t be able to request a specific piece.  We will try and match what we provide based on your order and try and get the sizing as accurate as possible.

The larger your order, the more we will give away.

Please keep in mind these garments are free and therefore no exchanges etc are available.  If or when we run out of garments to give away, we will make a note at the bottom of the blog.

Just a few of the 12 containers of free lingerie to give away!

 

To make the offer even sweeter, we will also provide a code so you can obtain a discount up until Valentines Day.  In 2017 the feedback we received during the Valentines Day sale was overwhelmingly positive with plenty of enquiries from women looking for something fun and sexy for their partner.  The only negative was short sale time which made it difficult for gifts to arrive at international destinations in time for the special day.

So from today until February 14,  use the coupon code valentine2018 to receive 20% off your order AND a free garment until stocks run out!

Already ordered this month?  You didn’t entirely miss out as we have been including freebies since January 1st with each order!

UPDATE: Now out of the following seconds

Small Panties, Thongs and Bras

Large Lingerie

XL Bras, XL Lingerie

UPDATE: The promotion is now over.  Please watch for our next release (Violet) which is happening in the week commencing February 19, 2018!

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!

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!

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.

 

 

Katie arriving soon!

With only a week until our biggest sale period of the year, we’re pleased to announce that Katie has arrived and will be available for purchase from Thursday November 24th.

The Katie set is comprised of a lovely blue fabric that is almost sheer, with black lace edging.  The soft bra and panty will be on high rotation in your lingerie drawer but we’re even happier with the design and fit of our first romper outfit!

Made with a full front, open back, crossover straps and cute shorts on the bottom, the Katie romper will be a favorite.

Katie Romper

 

Receive great discounts on Katie and previous releases during our Thanksgiving/Cyber Monday sale period.  For the best offers, visit our homepage and subscribe to our mailing list today!

New style arriving soon

Well it’s been a while since our last release and something new has been long overdue.  The good news is we’ll have the white satin set (pictured below) arriving within the next couple of weeks.

White Satin Set

 

The as yet unnamed set is comprised of a bra/panty/garter and is made very similar to the Genevieve set which has since sold out in a few of the sizes.

The satin is a one way stretch fabric that is both light and comfortable to wear and we expect it to be very popular.  We also had to produce quite a few more of this style than we would normally and that means our customers will benefit.

Newsletter subscribers will receive an unprecedented offer on this set when released in exchange for the patience shown by our loyal customers.  To receive the offer just visit our main page and subscribe to our newsletter.

Want to know about our sleepwear/swimwear sets?  We should have more news on those in early October..

Happy Birthday to us – and SALE time!

It’s that time of year again.  We’ve now been running for seven years and it only feels like a couple!  What started as a bit of fun is continuing to develop into a business with lovely garments and great customers.

From our early garments such as the Lollipop and Whisper bras we established the style of underwear we intended to produce.  Lingerie for men that looks like lingerie and is designed to fit guys.  Top it off with the best customer service possible and the result is HommeMystere.

Whisper bra
Whisper bra

The Whisper bra was made locally and established the early trend we have of manufacturing each style once and not restocking again.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Lollipop Bra
Lollipop Bra

Lollipop was certainly a great seller at the time with hot pink being a very popular color for guys.

To reach seven years in a business selling lingerie to guys is something that most people would not have thought possible.  And it doesn’t come easily.  There’s a lot of hard work in building the business and relationships to ensure we can continue providing great lingerie to guys.

But at the end of the day, if we can continue manufacturing quality lingerie that our current and new customers want to purchase, then HommeMystere and lingerie for men in general has a very strong future.

To celebrate our birthday and to reduce the amount of stock we have to count at the end of the month, we’re offering a discount until June 30, 2016.

Just use the coupon code word stocktake16 when going through the checkout to receive 25% off everything across the store.  No minimum spend, no conditions.  Just a great opportunity to try HommeMystere lingerie.

Enjoy!