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.