Heart of Haute Blog
No, there's no secret handshake to this process. No special knock three times on the ceiling if you want me, baby. You can buy me a drink if you wanna, but I'll still give you this tip for free, Honey ;)
YES! Instead of keeping it a secret, we're opening up the opportunity in a way that we can manage - for now, we will see how this works out. So far, so good! And I am trying to figure a way to make this experience easy for YOU as well. Because...we love you. Duh!
It's true, we've offered a custom service in the past to those that ask for it. However, most of those conversations with our regular custom Honey were behind closed doors....or...private messages on Facebook, I should say. Maybe they want a different color they like THIS print but in THAT dress. Oh girl, we can totally make that happen.
So... Heart of Haute IS a design and manufacturing house. We have the ability to do a lot under one roof. I mean, when we say everything is made in California, it's true!
From the point of making pattern, to cutting, sewing, and finishing....we do it all, Honey. We even have some of our materials printed in Los Angeles, making OUR items even more exclusive in the world. I mean, doesn't it feel great to know that you own something that maybe 100 other women on the planet own?
In some cases, we offer items that are even MORE exclusive, like that gorgeous Black Monte Carlo dress I posted about last week... there's only 3 of those in the world. Can you believe that? and there's one more left... Better hurry before I get back to the warehouse, ya'll.
We'll be working on this service on our site this summer to ensure a smooth and positive shopping experience for you, Honey. In the meantime, should you order from this 'Made to Order' section, you can be sure that YOUR garment is actually, really, truly being cut and sewn just for you!
Okay, so I KNOW it's April 1st this weekend, but I promise this isn't an April Fool's Day gag. Heart of Haute is REALLY having a 20% off AND a 40% off Sale.
First of all, we are proudly opening our doors to local Honeys to come and try on Heart of Haute Dresses in Person....I mean, what's better than that? And you get to take it home all in the same day? Pretty good. All Haute Honeys that shop in person will receive 20% off their purchase.
That's Saturday, April 1 from 10am - 4pm
949 N. Cataract, Suite M
San Dimas, CA 91773
If you get lost, just give us a call at 909.599.0715
Our warehouse is located in a col-de-sac near the 210 freeway.
For those of you that CAN'T Join us in person, don't fret. We are offering the same delicious discount on our store for one day only. Enjoy 20% off the entire online store by using coupon "NoFoolin". The coupon will expire on Saturday at 11:59pm PST, so be aware of your time zone, Honey. ;)
Lastly, We are offering our monthly Sale Rack Sale at 40% off from March 30-April 2nd.
Make sure you read about our Sale Rack if you're not familiar with it as it is set up on a different shopping system. You will need to input Coupon Code: HOH40
Happy Shopping, Honeys!
Heart of Haute may have a great focus on the iconic 1950's, but we ADORE the 1960's in all of its fashionable forms, too! This week, we're taking a look back at those sleek and sharp lines to get those beatnik feels on.
Everything in this collection is a great staple piece, especially for those ladies that need to look clean cut and professional at the work place. Don't sacrifice your fashion identity for a dress code. Make your dress the code for success <3
Check out the "Mod Thing" collection here
Please join us on Saturday December 19th for our annual Open House Holiday Boutique
10 am - 4 pm
Our Favorite BFF fashion blogging team had the keen idea to review pieces from our recent collaborative design collection with Pinup Couture, which we happen to call Best Frocks Forever!
Check out their Blog for more images and their full review!
Hey Honeys! Mandie Bee, here. This is the first of soon-to-be many posts about our featured retailers!
I like to call it, the Shop Spotlight.
Online shopping may not be for everyone, so why not stop in to a local spot and try something on? Brick and Mortar shops are a unique way to socialize and build relationships with people in your community. If you're interested a unique selection of clothes and WAY better personalized service than you would ever find in a big box store, shop small and shop local! You'd be amazed at what you'll find and who you may meet....
Heart of Haute supplies shops all around the world with our American made garments and in an effort to keep our scene alive and friendly-made fashion in mind, we provide you with some fun features on our retailers!
Owners, Julie Ann and Andrew, are two of the coolest cats and we have been so lucky to work with them!
To share with our community and alert those that may be passing through Tonawanda, NY, be sure to visit Cats Like Us and let them know we sent ya!
*Where are you located?*
67 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150 (Tonawanda is a suburb of Buffalo, about 20 minutes North.)
*Hours of Operation:*
Wed, Fri, & Sat 11-6 and Thurs 11-8 (We are open 12-5 Sundays in December)
*When did you open Cats Like Us?*
October 1, 2009
*What inspired you to open a retro-themed clothing shop?*
Andrew and I are born and raised in Western New York. I have a business background and he has a web/design background, and we share a great love for everything mid-century modern. We love the, fashion, design, and music from the 1940's through the 60's. But since we are actually children of the 80's, we experienced the 50's as a wave of revivals in movies, TV, and music. From Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Grease in the '70s, to The Stray Cats in the 80's, to Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and swing dance in the '90s--we have always had a great love of retro. After we finally made it to Viva Las Vegas in 2009 (and having a blast) on the ride home we started talking about opening our own store. Between Julie Ann's business education and retail experience, and my design and web experience, we covered almost all the bases we needed to get started.
The boutique was born of the desire to “do a store right”. Really it's a simple formula: attractive store, great merchandise and even better service – it's a winning combination. The clothing is a hand-picked collection of retro and vintage-inspired brands. We like classic styles with a bit of an edge. Retro for the everyday girl, and Heart of Haute is exactly that!
*What do you love most about operating your store?*
The people I meet whether through the store-front or as vendors. Many of our customers have turned into best friends. Everyone works well together and supports each other.
*What do you love most about Tonawanda?*
We are an up and coming neighborhood that you can take a day trip to. Our location has a nice "Main Street USA" feel with lots of shops and restaurant. Andrew actually wrote a blog about it a few years ago (http://catslikeus.com/blogs/
*Does your shop do anything special to participate in the local community?*
Yes, every month we have in in-store event that features a local artisan with a retro theme. It could be an artist selling universal monster prints, repro chalkware, or kitchen towels, a pinup hair and makeup demo, or dress seminar -- and that's only the beginning.
We are also strong supporters of the SPCA Serving Western New York. Every spring we collect food and items from their Wish List and, in exchange, we give our customers store discounts.
This year we are the Shop Small ambassadors for Tonawanda, to help promote the area on Small Business Saturday, November 28. It's fun to rally nearby places and show outsiders what a great hidden gem Tonawanda is!
Last but not least, we are organizing the 2nd annual Christmas in the City Swing Dance, a free dance with lesson included. Last year's dance was such a success, we were delighted to be asked to have another one this year.
So you can imagine there's always something going on!
*At what events might we find Cats Like Us vending?*
In the past we have vended at local burlesque shows, rockabilly concerts, and festivals. Since we run a tight ship, staffing can be hard. We limit ourselves to places nearby and only take select items.
*Is there anything your brick and mortar shop offers that the online shop does not?*
Our online inventory is the same as the brick and mortar.
We we offer friendly, personalized service – which is very retro! We pride ourselves in making sure you look great in our clothes--so we tell you when an items looks good, AND when it doesn't. After all, every customer is our brand ambassador, so we want you to look your best!
We bring varied and wonderful artisans and feature related businesses in our store monthly.
*Anything else you'd like to share?*
We have an updated website that everyone should check out, and always have something special for our newsletter subscribers.You can sign up here: http://catslikeus.com/
catslikeusretro Twitter: http://twitter.com/cats_like_ us Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ catslikeus/boards/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/ catslikeus
Phoenix based Pinup Photographer and long-time-darling friend, Tara O, is making her way to Sunny California yet again to capture the beauties we have in our sprawling land. Care to take a stab at Pinup modeling? Need a fun NEW never-shot-in-before Tiki themed location? Book this shoot! I'll be there, too ;) All bookings will also be entered in a drawing to win a Heart of Haute dress of their choice, up to a $120 value. Whoa! Yeah, I know. I wont enter the drawing, though.
To set up an appointment, please contact Tara directly at : Tara@taraophotos.com And if you're in need of some Tiki Tiki dresses, let's take a gander at some of the styles HoH has to offer!
Hope to see you there! Aloha!
With Love and No Regrets,
Mandie BeeFollow Heart of Haute's board Tiki Style from Heart of Haute on Pinterest.
OMG SHOES! Our Spring 2015 picks from the officially licensed Bettie Page shoes are available and ready for you to mix and match with your favorite Heart of Haute dresses.
FLATS! The 'Elsa' slightly wedged flat is perfectly pastel (or basic black) and is so cutesy! Adorned with scalloped detail, an adorable bow, and peep toe! SO CUTE!
Feeling a little sassy? The Dawn peep-toe heel has heart cut-outs, and a platform and ankle strap for comfort.
And finally.... the 'Allison' closed toe slingback heel! So cute - for work, a wedding, date night.
Haute Honey Rachel Jensen of Chicago Chic reviews her favorite Heart of Haute dresses and separates!
If you're a pinup lover and have an instagram you've probably seen some photos of this gorgeous doll floating around your feed! This curvaceous lady is Rachel Jenson of the popular Chicago Chic Blog. She reviews the most glamorous of clothing companies, including Wheels & Dollbaby, and Dita Von Teese. We collaborated with this lovely lady and couldn't believe how beautiful her photos are! Her corseted curves and porcelain complexion make a beautiful silhouette for our pieces! Check her out in the Estelle Top in Black:
Topped off with matching Lil Lou Lou hair bows! This dress in Red Gingham is perfect for Valentine's day! And a classic spring choice. Rachel takes our spring classic and makes it fantastic!