Planning the 2016/17 range

I was fortunate enough to visit our manufacturer in China last month and begin planning our range for release over the second half of 2016 and first half of 2017.

I’ve gone a little more ambitious for the next range and included a swimwear set and a piece of sleepwear as well.  Plus there will be a range of bra/panty/lingerie as well.  If all the samples are successful, you should be in for some lovely lingerie over the next 18 months!

Below is a pic of one of the sample rooms in China during a break in planning.

Sample RoomIt was great to get back to China again and catch up with the people that work in the business there.  The hospitality is second to none and it’s interesting to see a culture with such a long history.  Except for the taxi drivers.  I think taxi drivers are the same all over the world.

We still have a couple of releases from the 2015/16 year to go and I expect the Sandra set to be available by April 11th or 12th at the latest.  I did add a thong to the set very late and after the model pics had been taken so just static pics for that.

I also discovered an issue with the bra and despite the fact that I love it, the band doesn’t offer as much stretch as I anticipated.  So I’ll be releasing it with an extender so it will fit correctly and sending one out with every Sandra bra sold.

If you’re a Newsletter subscriber, you will receive a notice and a substantial discount as soon as it becomes available.  I’ll also be having a bra sale at the same time so if you’re into bras, get onto our Newsletter to receive the offer.

Sandra Thong Back

Isabella Arrives

We would like to welcome Isabella into the HommeMystere family this month!  Isabella comes in a panty, thong and a babydoll.  She resembles the French Maid in looks and is designed for comfort and fun!

Cute thong style n black & white!
Cute thong style in black & white!

Isabella panty is similar to Rachel and Genevieve and is designed more for everyday wear and should be quite resilient.  For guys looking for something bright and comfortable, Isabella panty is the way to go.  Check the product description for more details.

Something a little different in our lingerie!
Something a little different in our lingerie!

Isabella Babydoll comes with a non stretch satin panel in front, adjustable and detachable shoulder straps and garter belts and cups that can accommodate a C size.

We have also designed the babydoll with a 3 inch frill bottom to create a mini dress style that looks great with our Isabella thong!

Isabella Babydoll with thong (sold separately) is just the right length!
Isabella Babydoll with thong (sold separately) is just the right length!

To celebrate the release of Isabella, we are offering a 20% discount on Isabella orders received until March 1st, 2016.  Just enter the coupon code bella when going through the checkout to take advantage of the offer!

 

A lingerie showroom – for guys!

Has it really been a month since my last post?!?  Time flies when you’re trying to get a new Showroom up and running!

Bring your partner and have a private appointment in comfortable surroundings
Bring your partner and have a private appointment in comfortable surroundings

We’re pleased to say our Showroom is just about complete.  We’ll be having a soft opening this Sunday, January 24th from 12pm to 4pm so visitors can check out the range and have a meet and greet, ask questions, give feedback and so on.  There are still a few final touches to go on, but we’re sure you will be suitably impressed with what is possibly the only dedicated men’s lingerie showroom ever opened.

For those of you in Australia, you can now make an appointment for a private visit.  We’re only making a few Sunday’s available and depending on demand over the next week or so, we will cut or add days accordingly.

The kind of environment women wish they had for lingerie fittings.
The kind of environment women wish they had for lingerie fittings.

If you are visiting from interstate or overseas and wish to visit outside of hours, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Update: Thanks to the guys that came in on Sunday.  I appreciate it was pretty late notice and I was a bit concerned when no one showed up for a while!  But eventually we had a few visitors that took the opportunity to try a few garments on and also take home a freebie or two!

We will keep appointments open for the next couple of Sundays then drop them back to once a month or so.  In the interim I’ve had a few guys contact us via the site and request mid week appointments and that’s fine too.  Wherever possible I’ll work with you.

Thanks everyone.

We’re giving away lingerie! Seriously!

You might have seen in an earlier post that sometimes things don’t always go perfectly to plan.  But that’s understandable.  If designing, manufacturing and retailing lingerie was easy then everyone would be doing it.

But it was still disappointing to discover our final production run of Vanessa teddies didn’t go quite according to plan.  Though incredibly comfortable, we were getting a few emails to say the snap crotch buttons were not all staying closed all of the time.

So we’ve been considering what to do.  We could possibly sew them up, or cut them up and use as polishing rags on my old Hyundai or maybe even give them to a charity for clothing perhaps?  In the end we decided to give them away.

Very fun comfy teddy
Very fun comfy teddy

 

Despite the minor fault, these teddies are still lovely!
Despite the minor fault, these teddies are still lovely!

Want to know what the fault is with these teddies?  The teddy has a snap crotch held together with three little push buttons.  The feedback we’re receiving is that on the odd teddy, one or more of the buttons will not stay connected while moving around.  That’s it!  Everything else is perfect!  We haven’t heard of all three failing so you’re likely to receive a decent piece of lingerie.

To get one, all you have to do is place an order valued at over $30 USD.  Based on the size of whatever you order, we will add a teddy.  This is only until stocks run out and although we have a lot of theses teddies, some sizes will run out sooner than others.

Jump into the store and pick up something today!

 

Pick up a freebie with each order until they’re all gone!

We can’t always receive our new lingerie as fast as we’d like so to fill in the waiting time we often pick up new products now and again.

One of those products is a branded USB pen.  We wanted to provide our customers with some info on a USB and decided this was about the most practical method.  So we’re giving away this pen with each order over USD $50 until they’re all gone – which we expect will take us through to Cyber Monday.

USB Pen loaded with pics, video and a note from the designer!
USB Pen loaded with pics, video and a note from the designer!

Each USB is 4GB and we’ve loaded some info on each pen.  You’ll find some of our current products, promotional pics, long and short versions of our first video and also a copy of our next video that we’ll be uploading onto YouTube some time in November.

There are also pics of a few of our garments that didn’t make it past the sample stage and of course, some pics of our past favorites too.

How do you get one?  Place an order and we’ll send a pen with your lingerie!

Interested in lingerie for me?  Help us help you and take our survey!

 

When things don’t quite go to plan

Sometimes, regardless of how well you think you’ve planned something, it can all turn to utter crap.

We’ve had that happen this week when we received a few less than favorable reviews on the Vanessa Teddy that we just released.  This teddy is without a doubt one of the most comfortable garments we’ve made.  Unfortunately, we decided to try a snap crotch instead of the full crotch and some of the buttons are less robust than we had hoped.

This isn’t affecting all the teddies and we are getting some positive feedback from many customers.  However if you have purchased a Vanessa Teddy and you are not happy with the snap crotch (or any other part), get in touch with us so we can make amends!

Vanessa Teddy with a Snap Crotch
Vanessa Teddy with a Snap Crotch

For the foreseeable future we have removed the Vanessa Teddy from sale in the store and will work out what to do with the ones we have remaining.  We may do a promo with them in the next month or two!

 

Vanessa coming soon!

Doesn’t time fly when your playing with lingerie!  Since releasing Anneve last month we’ve been extremely busy.  Anneve has been very popular and our fastest selling garment since Genevieve.

Anneve Bra & Panty set
Anneve Bra & Panty set

Our next set is Vanessa and we expect her to arrive before September 12th.  Vanessa is a set made up of a sheer teddy (with snap crotch), lace back thong, sheer soft cup bra and a cheeky micro skirt!

Vanessa Micro Skirt
Vanessa Micro Skirt

We’ve often been asked for a teddy with a snap crotch and the overwhelming feedback is also for something sheer and with a full bum.  So we are hoping you love this teddy which will also be available in 4 sizes.

Vanessa Teddy with a Snap Crotch
Vanessa Teddy with a Snap Crotch

Our thong has a lace back similar to the Frill thong and lined front.  The perfect garment to wear under the micro skirt!

Lace back on the Vanessa thong
Lace back on the Vanessa thong


Stay up to date with the next release and take advantage of our introductory discounts only available to subscribers.  Scroll to the bottom of our Home Page and enter your first name and email address to receive our Newsletter.  You’ll receive an introductory offer, advance notice of what we are planning throughout the year and more great offers next month!

Update: Vanessa Now available – Use coupon code word ‘vanessa15’ and receive 20% off until the end of September!

 

 

Some of our Survey comments

We are currently conducting a survey within our site gain some insight into our customers and visitors.  Our final point provides space for anyone completing the survey to ask a question of make a comment.  Below are a few received so far along with our responses…

I would love to see a lace thong with a polymide\micrfibre panel in crotch area. Lace in front irritates. Have only seen one pair for men.

HM – Have you checked out our Frill or Dorothy thong?

It is more comment than question: you have what appears to be a quality product that is lovely and interests me. My budget doesn’t allow me to purchase at this time. But that is in no way a complaint or begging for you to lower your prices. The prices are comparable to quality lingerie in name brand women’s lingerie stores. As long as you continue to make beautiful clothing with quality, then the price is justified. Thanks for stepping out into a bold market!

HM – No problem.  Make sure you subscribe to our Newsletter to gain the best deals when we do have a sale!

No question, I just want to say I am so very very happy you are doing this! I’ve never liked male cloth design, and I have always wanted beauiful clothes that I can feel pretty and good looking in. For normal clothes simply shopping ladies clothes works good, but underwear, especially lingerie and more special stuff, has been harder. I had pretty much given up the though of finding any that were designed for guys when I found you. So thanks again for doing this! And please keep it up! I can finally feel I look good even under my clothes, and look sexy for my partner, and I hope that if more men discover how nice this can be, it will get more socially accepted too.

HM – Thanks for the kind words.

I find that I struggle to keep bra straps on my shoulders throughout the day. An adjustment guide would be helpful. Most general guides out there assume breasts.

HM – Getting the straps right will always be a challenge when there’s no weight acting against the elastic.  On our later bras we have moved the connection point closer to the centre on the back of the bra to minimise slipping.  It is also a good idea not to have the straps too tight so you can move around a little without loosening them.  Aside from that, adjusting the strap can also be reminder that you are doing something a little socially unacceptable 🙂

It’s always a pleasure to get in touch. I think so far you’re doing great. I would like to see the trend of male lingerie become a normal thing… So maybe more promotion work and getting men to model them would be ideal in possibly spicing up a relationship. It has for mine so why not others experience it. I agree that product lines should always be updated, there is no room in our short lives to see the same old lingerie. Keep up with new releases. I’d like to see maybe 8 new lines posted every year.

HM – Thank you.  I do have a few ideas to trial once we have a showroom open in Brisbane.  Much will depend on our customers visiting the shop and if they are happy to participate.  We are working on 6 to 8 new sets each year so you are right on track there!

Would love to see male female matching sets for couples.

HM – While that would be lovely, there just isn’t enough demand at this stage to warrant the cost of manufacturing a separate line for women.  Once you take into account the range of sizes for women including different cup sizes, it becomes quite an exercise.  The only way we could currently do a women’s line would be to drop a release for guys.  And that isn’t likely to happen!

NO QUESTIONS, NO COMPLAINTS FROM ME, ANY CHANCE AT ALL OF OPENING AN OUTLET IN OR AROUND SARASOTA, FL.

HM – NOPE!  WE’RE STILL WORKING ON GETTING SOMETHING OPEN IN AUSTRALIA!

Appreciate the website that does not descend into the smutty areas such as many do.
Ever consider a strapless bra. How about a teddy to match the Sheer bra & panty. Satin teddy would be nice, too. Would you consider a discount for customers’ birthdays.
Color options for each design. Tap pants. Offer sets ( panty/bra. cami/tap, etc.).
Store in the upper mid-west.

HM – We’re trying to keep it clean…:)  We do have a few different teddies coming out over the next 10 months or so including a sheer style in the next month or two.  We can’t do multiple colors per style at the moment as that would pretty much soak up our budget in a very short period of time.  For example, one style in 5 colors is the same as doing 5 different styles.  It’s better to have variety at this early stage.  We currently do some good discounts for subscribers so it’s unlikely we will do birthday discounts too!  Sorry, no store for the upper mid-west, at least until we get a store happening in Australia!

When i first came upon your site I sent a query more out of curiosity than anything. I was so impressed by the nature of the reply (as if it was for an everyday item ) and the good mannered nature that I placed an order.

HM – Thanks for the feedback.  And if anyone else is interested, we DID NOT write that ourselves..

Great products very efficient service and a most suprising but welcome result from my better (so she says) half.

HM – Always good to hear about a happy partner!

Keep up the good work you are doing at present, Bronwyn in Wales !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HM – Thanks Bronwyn!!!!!!!!!!!!

No question, but would like to see more satin- bikinis panties, teddies, corsets, maid outfits

HM – Yeah, me too.

No questions just keep up the good work !!!!

HM – Okey Dokey!

Could the panty gusset be made a little larger to come about an inch further to the front.

HM – Ok, I hear what you’re saying.  Just because YOU were given a little extra at birth, doesn’t mean the rest of us normal guys should have to have a little extra wasted space at the front!  (But I will check that out..)

I would love to see several different styles of panties in the same lingerie line i.e. a thong, bikini and full pantie in the Rose.

HM – Ahh, the Rose. One of the early ones and nearly gone.  We won’t be doing that for the Rose but as we grow, we will be doing exactly as you’re suggesting.  Patience…

It would be nice to see you design more sexier lingerie that shows more skin ,like skimpier thongs, gstrings and sheer fabrics incorporated with garters and nylon stockings.

HM – hmmm…I’m not sure that’s the way to go.  I prefer the classier look, older styles and more ‘normal’ looking lingerie.  I think the sexy skimpy stuff looks a bit cheapish..

Just a thought, would HM consider investment from it’s customers to help grow.

HM – I guess you could say we’re already doing that now.  We rely on the continued support of customers to grow the range of lingerie and therefore the business.  We have considered the possibility of crowd funding to speed up growth but I don’t think there would be enough in this market to make it worthwhile.  The growth also has to be manageable enough so we can install systems to ensure the longevity of the business and the brand.  We would prefer to sacrifice short term gains for long term stability.  Part of the fun is building the business and planning for the future.  Nice thought though!

Hello,
I would appreciate to receive newsletters in French and you dare a little more in terms of vintage lingerie , because I ‘d love to see former lingerie , back 1930/40/50/60 year to date , reviewed and corrected by HommeMystere ..

HM – Sorry, but we have subscribers and visitors from around the world so it’s not feasible for us to send Newsletters out in other languages at this stage.  And you may have noticed my English and grammar isn’t particularly good so imagine the damage I could do to other languages!  If someone shows up with some awesome software that can do a great interpretation for then we will look at it.

Would love you making teddies, slips. chemises, sexy short nighties, french knickers for guys.

HM – We’re always looking at different styles.  Keep watching the site or our Pinterest Page.

Have you considered B size cups in the bras for larger guys.

HM – Several of our bras will expand up to a C cup!  Particularly the soft cup bras.

I am not into thongs. Could you make lingerie (teddy) that has a full bum.

HM – One coming soon!

Can you make it available in India.

HM – We do have customers in India, however the postage system is v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w.  The best option is to get a quote from us for express freight.  Generally around the $40 – $50 mark.

PVC, Colorful plastic waterproof panties, bibs, pacifiers etc.

HM – Nope, ain’t gonna happen.

A comment. A lot of your bras are looking like training bras that have been spruced up. Sure I know those are easy to make and fit us guys but I much prefer something like the Rose bra. That looks and feels much more like a real woman’s bra only for a flat chested woman. Bras in general are completely non functional for men so if we are wearing them it is for the crossdressing aspect. So I prefer it to look and feel like a bra.

HM – You’ll love Anneve when she arrives in a few days.

Does a mans junk fit nicely in the panties.

HM – Yep.

Can we get an Australian outlet as your goods and service is fantastic

HM – In Brisbane sometime soon…

Where can I meet other men and couples who like men’s lingerie.

HM – No idea.

Have you ever considered Victoria Secret type styles designed for the male anatomy. I know you probably would not be able to copy the panties and bras exactly, but every time I walk by the Victoria Secret store at the mall I lust for those pretty panties and bras.

HM – We look at heaps of designs though no specific brands.  I think your reaction is just a normal one that all guys get when they look at lingerie in a Victoria Secret store.

I usually get size small with other brand. The hommemystere size S is a little too big for me. Are you planning to have size XS in the future.

HM – No.  Most of our Small’s will fit down to a 26 inch hip and there is not enough demand for anything smaller in briefs than we currently design.

I love bikini style panties and matching bras. I would love to see far more very fem pastel shades of colour, plain, silky, lace, floral and sheer. I am a hetro cross dresser, and owned submissive belonging to Dominatrix Mistress Amanda.

HM – We have a couple of pastel colors planned.  Mistress Amanda will be pleased!

Ever considered selling or making an open back panties. I have seen some ladies open back panties that are incredibly sexy and wouldn’t mind a pair of my own

HM – Not at the moment.

I think your newest upcoming bra and panty set finally puts you back on track for what men like me enjoy wearing. I currently have over 10 of your sets. Your most recent creation did not meet my standards for what I expect of your company, But this new arrival finally puts you back on track. And this new set I will definitely add to my collection. You finally got it right!

HM – Thank you!  I’m sure you will lurrrve Anneve!

Will there be more boyshorts and vests. wearing both now and they are some of the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn!

HM – You and me both!  I think they’re great but they don’t sell so there won’t be anymore in the foreseeable future…:(

I would like to ask, but before I do, I would like to say I hope you do go into the swimwear garment part of your brand, Now the Question, I would like to know is there a way that I can send you some ideas and suggestions.

HM – We would love to do some swimwear but need to expand the lingerie range by quite a ways first.  If you have some ideas, a picture tells heaps of words so the best idea is set up a Pinterest page, post some pics, then send us a link!

Any chance you can make a more vanilla panty like a fruit of the loom panty you would find on Amazon with a solid color. No frills or bows. I like your panties because they fit men but it would be awesome if you sold a cheaper non-lingerie panty for men that could come in a 5 pack. You would be the first if you did.

HM – I hear you. I think the problem will be that the cost will still be high due to our low volumes.  Something to keep in mind though and I certainly like the idea.

Also it would be awesome if you designed dresses for men. To my knowledge nobody does. I think it would be really awesome.

HM – You said ‘awesome’ twice which tells me you really really want us to do dresses.  To be honest I can’t see that happening as there are heaps of dresses out there that would fit a guy anyway so not much point us trying.  In saying that, I wouldn’t mind expanding the range a little into sleepwear and doing a few nighties, nightshirts, cami/undie sets etc.  Who knows!  But for the short term, we’ll be concentrating on lingerie.

Finally sleepwear like sleep shirts or sleep gowns would be great except again designed with a man’s body in mind.

HM – Yep, see above.

Why don’t you offer more than one color in each style. Aerie does very well selling only like 5 different kinds of panties but in multiple colors and fabrics.

HM – You mean Aerie lingerie, a subsidiary of American Eagle, that has revenue of over $3 billion per year?  Umm, well, we can’t quite compete with that just yet.  But look out in 2016!

Do you have 2xl.

HM – Only in the PinStripe range

Is there any distributor in eastern Canada.

HM – No, we ship from Australia to Canada.

Are you stuck on lace and basic prints or have you thought of prints like paint splash or color blocking.

HM – No, we just prefer basic prints

Not so much a question as I would love to see more thongs and g-strings. I realize it might be hard as a smaller company to do, but I like a lot of the current designs, I just wish I could choose my own colors for it. I would also be interested in thong back teddys. And I would be interested if corsets were also available

HM – We just released the thong back Rachel teddy and we have a new G String due out in the next month or so.  Colors are an issue for us as we are still a little too small.  It’s something we’re aware of though.

Do you support transgender women?

HM – I’m not too sure what you mean by support but I guess if you mean ‘do we support the rights of anyone to choose how they live their life’ then the answer would be yes.

How do you get ideas for new designs?

HM – Usually be working out how the garment should feel to wear and what thoughts it might provoke then working backwards to create the pattern.  Or sometimes I just see something and think whoa!  That looks pretty cool, I’m going to make something similar.

Am losing weight.  Will be more more interested when I have lost another 20 pounds.  Marvellous stuff!!

HM – I’m going to market us as a pseudo weight loss company…

Can you send out a US mail catalog?

No.  Don’t have one.

Who purchases the products? Men or women?

HM – Both, but mainly men. Because we make it for men.

Make super cute lil socks for my great big adorable boyfriend!

HM – Nope, won’t be doing that anytime soon.  Unless we make a ‘sock’ that he can ‘wear’….

How popular are your sales in the USA?

HM – Pretty popular.  I guess about even with Europe.  Those Belgians….gotta love them..

 

2014/15 Collection

We are pleased to release the first of our 2014/15 collection of lingerie with Rachel now available from our online store. Rachel is a very similar pattern to Genevieve and comes in a Panty, Bra, Garter and a thong Teddy.

Rachel is proving very popular in the first week of her release and we expect our visitors and clients will love the lingerie yet to arrive. We are planning to have a new style ready for release on average every six weeks or so now, right through until March 2016 when we begin planning our next collection.

This year we will have a little more lingerie including a cami with a padded bra, a very very short skirt, a teddy with a snap crotch and a thong I’m sure you guys will love!

As with all our new releases, newsletter subscribers will be offered a sensation deal when new sets become available so if you want to be the first to receive our lingerie at up to 30% off retail, subscribe today!

We are in the middle of sourcing a model and completing photos in the next month or so and will them online when finished. We will notify all our subscribers when all the pics are uploaded and ready for viewing!

Visit to Guangzhou

I’ve finally found the time to update the blog following the renovation of our site. I was fortunate enough to visit our manufacturer in China recently and work through the garments we plan to release over the remainder of this year and early 2016.

Since I haven’t been to the Middle Kingdom before, I thought it a good idea to at least learn some of the lingo before I went. So after 8 weeks of tutoring and several hundred dollars lighter in the back pocket, I was able to fluently say thanks, thank you, hello, where is the bathroom, I am Australian and a phrase that loosely translated into ‘I am just a poor wage earner’.

Since I have a detail oriented personality bordering on anal retentive, I also arranged to have an interpreter (Jenny) on standby as well. The good news is, Jenny was sensational in terms of translation, the bad news is she confirmed my Mandarin was pretty close to useless. Oh well, we live and learn.

China is an incredible place to visit and I was surprised just how western it appeared within areas we stayed. Plenty of luxury cars on the road with Porsche Cayenne being one of the most popular! Cabs were another matter and they seem to be the same around the world. A trip through peak hour traffic was a heart stopping sphincter workout from start to finish, with other road users passing within inches of our Hyundai!

I also had the opportunity to learn about the various shopping districts within the city. Each district is made up of stores that pretty much just sell the same type of product. So the watch district sells every kind of watch, the picture framing district is a line of stores selling different frames and parts. While I managed to see the Jade, shoe, pet, musical instrument and technology markets, I was of course, most interested in the underwear market.

And it is incredible! A lane way of bras, undies, things and stockings and very little else. Unfortunately everything is made for Chinese sizing so pretty much useless for the average Australian or American sized woman. This is replicated for all the clothes markets that I found. I had hoped to pick up a few business shirts while in China since that’s where most are made. Unfortunately I’m a Medium in Australia and not even an XXXL shirt could come close to fitting me in any of the stores!

The time spent with our manufacturer was priceless however, and despite the language barrier, we spent a full day together planning styles and fabrics based on our earlier drawings. The great thing about being in the factory was having samples completed within minutes of completing each pattern. It was nice to meet with the staff and get to know the business which is still quite small but growing rapidly.

In total we have seven new styles to come with up to four new garments per style. This year will see bra and brief sets with the addition of either a cami, teddy and even a skirt!

Rachel will be our first release and she is due towards the end of June.

China Visit