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Behind The Scenes With Miss Candyfloss

One of the great pleasures since starting the Pin Up Persuasion blog is discovering new vintage inspired brands of clothing. Although I do love expanding my retro wardrobe…it is definitely more about getting to know the people behind the brands that make this all worthwhile.

My latest find is a company that some of you may already know, Miss Candyfloss.  The lovely ladies behind it all, Noemi and Adele have graciously accepted to be interviewed in order for us to get the know them a little better.

– What was the brainchild behind your desire to create Vintage inspired clothing?

Personal development. we’ve always loved the 40’s and 50’s, especially old movies and music and at some point in our lives we felt that we had reach our stop, our peak of personal development and Miss Candyfloss was created. We see Miss Candyfloss as a reflection of us. A grown woman with a confident personality whom loves the vintage lifestyle.

– Can you tell us more about the person(s) behind Miss Candyfloss?

Adele and Noemi, sisters, have been working together for the past 12 years building up the company. Adele is the designer and creative person behind Miss Candyfloss while Noemi manages social media, updates, computer related matters etc.

We used to have our own brands which took a toll on us, so Miss Candyfloss is sort of the brand that we collaborate and work together as a team instead of working more separate.

– What is the meaning behind the name Miss Candyfloss?

The name, hmm, long story short. I, Noemi, got a cotton candy machine from my friends for my birthday and I absolutely loved it! So, I ended up changing my name to Noemi Candyfloss before the brand had it’s own name. As the brand developed we were debating about what name to choose and one day Adele said: Miss Candyfloss. So, that’s the short story hahaha.

– Where do you find ideas for new designs?

From everything basically. As long as the music is playing in the background and the mood is good, the designing part just flows by itself. We love to look at old fashion magazines and try to grasp what a 40’s-50’s styled woman would look like if she were to be placed in 2012. For us it’s important to make clothes that fit the modern world yet has the touch of the past. Back in those days women were expected to be housewives, nowadays women want to achieve so much more and we want to make sure we can create designs that will help women achieve their goals in comfortable beautiful clothes.

– Are your designs based off original vintage patterns or completely unique to the Miss Candyfloss creative team?

We don’t use original patterns, we create our own unique patterns.

– Where is Miss Candyfloss manufactured and from where are your fabrics sourced?

It’s manufactured in Transylvania. Adele and I are actually born in Transylvania so for us it felt very natural to work with manufacturers that share the same heritage and values as we do. There is a different level of respect and understand between us, something we can’t find anywhere else. We’ve considered producing in China at several occasions to be able to lower prices and sell greater quantities but for some reason we always chose to stay close to home. It just feels good knowing that the production is under control and that we pay a fair wage to the workers.

Our fabrics are sourced from different fabric suppliers in Europe. We purchase fabrics from Italy, Holland, England, Denmark etc. We have some companies we’ve been working with for a longer time whom we like to purchase from. Once again we treasure that good old feeling of nice respectful business experience, good old fashioned way.

– Why did you choose to serve clients online?

We want to be accessible to everyone and serving customers online is like bringing the entire world together on one platform. It’s sort of like having the greatest shopping and business experience in one place even though the customers are on the other side of the world. Online business is truly fascinating and as far as we can tell, it is going to expand even more as technology develops.

– Do you plan to expand in the future, where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

We plan to expand everyday =) We have new ideas all the time on how we would like to develop. In 5 years? oh wow, we know that time flies by yet 5 years seems so far ahead given the economical crisis around the world. We have big plans but whether we can fulfill those or not depends on how well the world economy can recover. What we can reveal right now is that we are going to expand the line. The rest is our little secret so far =)

– Tell us more about your beautiful selection of hair accessories…

The hair accessories expansion came from the lack of finding hair flowers and fascinators that we liked. We looked for hair accessories for ourselves but couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for since we wanted something with hibiscus flowers. Our mother’s favorite flower is hibiscus and we’ve always had tons of those in our home while growing up, so it felt natural for us to create a line of something that had brought so much memories. Our parents house is not the same without hibiscus flowers, those plants add something extra to a house. The tragedy of when the flowers die or the joy they bring when they blossom. We simply have a lot of memories connected to those flowers and our mother is very passionate about her hibiscus plants.

– What sets Miss Candyfloss apart from other vintage inspired brands?

Our designs are unique, no vintage patterns are used. All the designs come from our heart. We are very flexible when it comes to manufacturing and how many brands can say that their garments are manufactured in the area where Dracula used to live =)

A heartfelt thank you to Noemi and Adele for allowing a behind the scenes look at the creative minds behind Miss Candyfloss. I am anxious to see what surprises they have instore for us with new designs and so much more! Stay tuned for in depth product reviews in the future…

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A Little Hair Candy

When I reached out to my readers seeking new companies to feature I was contacted by the creator of Miss Pin-Up, a small boutique featuring vintage inspired hair pieces.

Peacock Eye Clip

Jenna Miller started making her own hair accessories in hopes to fill the void found in local stores in order to express her unique vintage style. While wearing them out and about, complete strangers were dying to know she got them from so that is where Miss Pin-Up was born in January 2012. Her desire to make women feel absolutely beautiful about their look and style fueled her passion to share her creations with women all over the world.

Red Rose Clip with Ostrich Feathers

Based in Winnipeg (Canada), you can find Miss Pin-Up on Etsy and Facebook. Since every person is unique, Jenna loves creating pieces for each individual based on their ideas or needs. Custom orders are her specialty! She will walk you through the process and create a hair candy masterpiece.

Peacock Tail Clip with Birdcage Veil

I shared with Jenna my love of peacock feathers and she definitely delivered. Personally I never saw myself wearing feather fascinators before but she definitely changed my mind in an instant when I wore them for the first time. The natural feather clip has to be my favorite one of them all, a classic piece perfect for any vintage fashionista.

Natural Vintage Feather Clip

If you are looking to make a statement with your hair candy, Miss Pin-Up is the place to go! Check out her Etsy shop for new creations or contact Jenna to custom design that perfect piece.

Miss Pin-Up has graciously extended a 10% discount (Code PP2012) for all instock pieces and 15% discount for custom orders to all Pin Up Persuasion readers

<<Pin Up Persuasion is always looking for new vintage inspired businesses to feature, contact me for more information.>>

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Strawberry Delight

I have been beyond excited to share my latest discovery…Glamour Bunny! Based in the UK, Gerry Roxby is the woman behind the brand since 2009. Glamour Bunny is rapidly gaining popularity all over the world with celebrities like Dita Von Teese being photographed in several of her creations. Designed with the classic elegance of the 50’s for women with curves!

With several items on my wishlist, the Strawberry Cream Dress was an instant delight!

Available in XS to XL – MSRP £80.00/$99USD

Trying new brands of clothing is always a gamble when it comes to sizing. I noticed the Glamour Bunny size chart seemed to be more generous in the hip area compared to most vintage inspired clothing. This definitely pleased me since my hourglass figure seems to always put me in between sizes. I went with a Medium in the Strawberry Cream dress as my bust(36) and waist(29) fit exactly to the chart measurements. Success! The Medium fit like a glove and requires no alterations which is a huge bonus.

The Strawberry Cream dress features a delicate sweetheart neckline, detachable halter straps and swing skirt. A hot detail is definitely the hidden pockets, they are such a great perk. Made from a high quality soft cotton…ideal for those hot summer months. The bust features plastic boning for extra structure for a perfect bust enhancing look. They did not miss any details in this dress! I must also highlight that the quality of Glamour Bunny products is incredible, definitely worth every penny.

Be prepared to receive many compliments while wearing your Glamour Bunny dresses, you will be turning heads every time! Pair the Strawberry Cream dress with a pair of pumps, kitten heels or ballet flats…versatile for any occasion. The length was perfect, no petticoat required.

One word of caution, do not use the steam setting on your iron as I found there was some very slight color transfer from the red onto the beige bust area (which I was able to safely remove). Follow the wash instructions very carefully and do NOT use warm water! An old trick I have used in the past to prevent color bleeding is to soak the garment in ice cold water with salt. It will help set the dyes and stop any transfer. I haven’t done it with this dress yet but I may before washing it for the first time.

If you are asking where to buy Glamour Bunny, the answer is simple. You can purchase directly from their site with reasonable international rates or head over to JBR Clothing as well. They will be stocking many more styles in the near future, we are all waiting on their most popular styles to be restocked. I am anxiously awaiting the Dita in navy and Audrey in royal blue.

Check out the full line of Glamour Bunny which include dresses, separates, handbags and jewelry. Stay tuned for more product reviews coming very soon!

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Here Comes The Bride…Circa 1950’s!

Are you a bride to be or a girl daydreaming of her special day wearing a vintage 50’s inspired tea length dress? Then look no further, Dolly Couture Designs has exactly what you are dreaming of!

These beautiful vintage inspired dresses are affordable for almost any budget. Their Pink Label ranges from $500-$700 and Black Label $800-$1000. Best of all, they offer custom dresses for nearly the same price as their in-stock items! Browse hundreds of custom order listings from their previous clients on their website and contact their design team to make the perfect one for you!

I’d like to introduce to you, the person behind Dolly Couture…Dolly Thicke!

Dolly Thicke

Can you tell us more about the person behind Dolly Couture?

The original person behind Dolly Couture was my mom who married during the Mid Century era, which in my opinion was the best time for fashion. She took a chance with a shorter dress that was the current fashion and paved the way for thousands of Dolly Couture brides 50 years later.

I am a graduate from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and a masters in Counseling, marriage and family therapy from CSUN. While I have no formal degree in fashion design, I have studied couture stitching and enjoyed my drawing and painting classes at UCLA. My design background was always a hobby and I am so excited I get to do something I enjoy every day for a living.

Avila Bay

What was the inspiration behind your desire to create Vintage inspired wedding dresses? How did Dolly Couture begin?

When I was looking for my own wedding dress back in 2006 I wanted something like what my mom wore…in 1961. I couldn’t find anything but heard people were always asking for this style. I made one for my reception…another for my rehearsal dinner…another for fun…another for a friend and then I just kept going.

Dolly’s Parents

Why did you choose to serve clients online over Brick & Mortar locations?

Today we actually do have showroom locations in Los Angeles and New York. When I started my collection with just 6 dresses, I had a cute little showroom out of my house to see clients. My in-home showroom actually grew less cute as we moved to the valley and acquired more pets and a baby. (Brick and mortar became an necessity at that time.) It wasn’t until I wanted to clear away some samples by putting them on ebay that I found I could reach thousands of brides from all over the world via the internet and we became popular world-wide. We had an amazing following in the UK, we still do. My dream for the future is to afford our loyal British customers with a showroom.

Manhattan

Can you describe the process from beginning to end on how a bride goes about designing a custom order dress?

Generally we start by getting an idea of what the bride has in mind..is it loosely based on one of the dresses in the collection (with some adjustments) or is it something perhaps based on an inspiration photo (or even a number of photos. pulling in different design elements from specific dresses)? The next step would be to send the bride an initial sketch to be sure we have a full understanding of the customer’s vision. Once the dress design is finalized we would then discuss fabric options (bride would order fabric swatches). The next step in the process would be pricing, which will of course vary based on choice of fabric. The final step would be determining sizing (standard or custom). We do this by sending the customer our size chart along with detailed measurement diagrams outlining the needed measurements to create a custom dress. When we have the details ready we place the custom dress order in the CUSTOM CLOSET section of our website and send the bride a link to access the order and purchase the dress. The dress then ships directly to the bride, arriving in 8-12 weeks (for standard orders). Rush options are also available for an additional charge.

Beverlywood

How have you been able to achieve your motto/standard of “no unhappy brides”? It is very difficult to please people everyday, let alone ordering their dress online without trying it on to find the right one.

Yes, it has been hard. When something isn’t right with a dress my staff and I have been known to literally lose sleep. We did not earn a wonderful reputation by being perfect…to the contrary. Some of our happiest brides are the ones who have seen our team in action when something isn’t right. Naturally, since we send out a modest thousand dresses per year…over half of these customized…we, of course have had incidents where the dress isn’t just exactly right. We will drop everything. Send fabrics. Work with tailors that are local to the bride so that they do not need to endure the post office…we have even crafted entire dresses over again in a timely manner when something small was not to our brides satisfaction. We will do anything to make sure our brides are happy. All they have to do is communicate with us and we will see that they get the quality product they ordered. We always choose the nicest fabrics and materials, the strongest zippers and the best tailors to assure our dresses are up to the highest standards. We do mostly all of our own retail to maintain reasonable prices.

Hastings on Hudson

Where do you find ideas for new designs?

I love and adore watching old movies for inspiration. Lana Turner, Debbie Reynolds, Sandra Dee and Elizabeth Taylor have all influenced the collection. I also think about what I would want in a wedding dress. I watch modern trends in the bridal industry and incorporate these touches into our Mid-Century cocktail length petticoat dresses. I also listen to what our brides are asking for.

Do you plan to expand in the future?

We would love to open more showrooms one day, though we are taking a rest this year and will probably visit the idea of a showroom in Texas around 2013. By 2015, perhaps a headquarters in London? I always have ideas for starting a line of active wear inspired by this era…though this is just a dream at the moment. Our wedding dresses keep us very busy and fulfilled.

Summerville

How do you manage to provide beautiful and high quality dresses for such an affordable price? Especially custom order designs!

As I mentioned before, we do mostly all our own retail. I have tried to make our dresses work for wholesale, but the cost always goes up so much, I prefer to make the grander effort and give our brides affordable gowns custom made to their heart’s desire. Creating happy brides is a passion for me and for my dedicated sales team.

What was the inspiration behind the new Derby Collection?

I came across a lot of fantastic fabrics and thought they would make up into fun dresses for somewhat special occasions. Dresses to wear to a wedding, a gala, the theater…any special event. My staff and I have worn these dresses so many times for different occasions and we always feel especially pretty and unique. If you don’t like taking a lot of compliments…don’t wear a Derby dress…you’ll be inundated.

Derby Collection

Is there anything else you feel your customers should know about Dolly Couture?

Dolly Couture brides tend to be particularly unique and we appreciate their vision so much. We care deeply about providing each bride with their dream dress. We consider ourselves bridesmaids and take heart in seeing our brides happily march forth into their married life…in a GREAT dress.

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I want to say a special thank you to Dolly for graciously accepting to be interviewed and sharing with all of you. There are thousands of photos of happy brides on their Facebook page, you must check them out! Be prepared to swoon over all these fabulous dresses.

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