Heart of Haute Blog
“Made in California with Love & No Regrets!”
(Pictured: Monique Dress in Tulips Black)
You may ask yourself, what exactly does that mean? At Heart of Haute it means a great deal to us that we are able to assure our loyal customers that we produce all our beautifully crafted clothing right here in Southern California. In fact. all our skirts, dresses, and tops are cut and sewn right here in San Dimas at our Headquarters along with the services of three local sewing factories in Los Angeles, that each follow the same ethical practices we follow.
Buying clothing Made in the USA comes with many ethically great practices that you support and contribute to positively. Some factors to take into consideration when buying from Heart of Haute - Made in the USA clothing:
We are contributing to fair wage standards that are maintained in the United States. Unlike mega chain fast fashion retailers that we won’t name, but you know who they are, we believe it is important to pay all employees a fair wage so that they are able to live a comfortable lifestyle. That includes the employees in the production facilities who are sewing your clothing together with the employee who is delicately wrapping and shipping out your order from headquarters.
We are also helping our planet earth! You may ask “how?” According to www.takepart.com, Americans produce an estimated 11 million pounds of textiles to be thrown away every year. We encourage everyone to use proper recycling methods and donation facilities but, most of the time that is not the case. When consumers buy clothing from fast fashion retailers the clothing is purchased at a very low price. The quality of the material being used will not withstand many washes and will therefore tear and have to be thrown away faster. Most of the time the non-biodegradable clothing end up in landfills which means that the clothing will sit in landfills for at least 200 years until the textiles start to decompose. When purchasing clothing at Heart of Haute you are getting great quality fabric that will be sure to last you a long time.
Heart of Haute also works closely with local colleges who are educating the next generation of fashion professionals. These ethical and socially conscious students can see first hand the importance of their contribution while learning how to carry forward these best practices.
At Heart of Haute we take pride in producing our clothing in the USA. It is important to us, and we hope after reading this blog post it will be important to you as well, and make you more aware of your purchases the next time you go out shopping.
Heart of Haute Fashion Marketing Intern from Cal Poly Pomona
How are you feeling today?
Sweet? Sultry? Maybe a little Sassy?
One thing we know for sure, you are a Haute Honey if you are reading this! We all know that depending on your mood, you may be feeling all kinds of honey goodness. What kind of Honey are you today? What about tomorrow? Occasions change, moods change and so do you! Discover your inner Haute Honey with a dose of Heart of Haute and you will be surprised at what a statement you can make!
Sweet Honey is a lovely little lady who's excellent dinner parties always leave her guests drooling for more. She's that dear friend who's got the best advice, once she's done being an awesome listener! When Sweet Honey reaches for her go-to outfit of the day, it's a carefree floral frock that she can wear with comfort and class that knocks the socks off any onlooker.
Sweet Honey is everyone's dear friend. Always in search of the perfect bridesmaid dress, and she has found it in the Heart of Haute for Bettie Page Bridal's new Yvette dress, in care free washable poly 'Baby Pink Shantung'. Of course her betrothed friend approves! Sweet Honey saves the day - it's gorgeous, comfortable and affordable - the wedding party applauds her excellent taste (and for watching out for them!) She is so Sweet!
Sassy Honey is a gal on the go, a style savvy sweetie who's always sporting her favorite novelty print. Whether it's a regular day at school, or a night out at a gig with friends, this sassy babe's style is always on point.
Sassy Honey is having quite the dilemna. How to go from a busy day at the office to the dance club tonight with no time to change? The Roxie dress, of course. With a little cardi to cover her shoulders, her look goes from day to night seamlessly. The Roxie in fabulous 'Constellations' print, with it's full swing skirt, is just the answer for dancing under the stars til the sun comes up.
Sultry Honey is a boss babe with impeccable taste. Emulating tones of classic Hollywood glamour in her everyday life is this honey's forte. Sultry Honey's classy style is sure to provide killer curves with just the right amount of sex appeal.
When Sultry Honey takes over, she can make dressing in work attire an exercise in seduction. Her perfect workday staple piece; the Estelle Blouse in 'Vintage Polka Dot Pink'. This semi-sheer feminine blouse leaves a lot to the imagination, with a fit that flatters all over.
Sultry Honey knows how to dress to impress. The classic Diva Suit is a go-to for this style savvy seductress. Pairing the Diva Skirt with any Heart of Haute top is the perfect start to a work week, but can also be easily transitioned into a sleek nighttime look.
So Haute Honeys, tell me, what kind of Honey are YOU today?
If you are searching for ideas for your 2016 Mardi Gras outfit, you can't go wrong with gold, green, and purple. These three official Mardi Gras colors are everywhere - and we have amazing options for you that feature them.
During Mardi Gras, or carnival, lots of people are dressed in their best - and wildest! There are costume contests everywhere in the city, so don't be afraid to wear something that gets a lot of attention. That said, the French Quarter can get crowded and messy at this time, so make sure you are comfortable - and read these Mardi Gras tips!
Here are our picks for amazing, vintage-inspired 2016 Mardi Gras looks:
- Sparkle in Gold: Try our Marie dress in a shimmering gold and turquoise patterned fabric, or the luminous Copper Allure fabric in our sexy Sweetie dress, the pin-up worthy Serena dress, or our Circle Skirt. Looking for something with a black base? Try our Sweetie Dress in Copper Stars, or the Monique Dress in Gold Rings.
- Shimmer in Separates: Try the Best Frocks Forever Circle Skirt (created in partnership with Pinup Girl Clothing's Pinup Couture) in Metro Metallic Gold. This full circle skirt is a touch shorter than our other Heart of Haute circle skirts - great for petites, or just a sassy look! It may get cool while you are partying outdoors, so pack our Sweet Sweater in the new Gold Sparkle.
- Demure Daytime Looks: Our purple and green Phoebe Paisley or Garden Royale print Amanda dress is perfect for daytime sight-seeing. Show your sweet Southern style in our Beverly Dress in Hydrangeas, or our Monique Dress in Ava Rose Blue.
- Almost Sold Out: Nothing says New Orleans like the iconic Fleur Di Lis, and we have just a few Monique dresses left in our striking Gold Fleur Di Lis fabric. These are almost sold out, so grab one now for Mardi Gras 2016! Our gathered Gypsy Skirt in an ornate metallic Medallion print is also almost gone.
- Peacocks on Royal Street: Will you be strolling down Royal street our Peacock Royale print? Stand out in the French Quarter in a dress or skirt in the best-selling print. Instant costume when combined with a peacock feather Mardi Gras mask!
- Crescent City Shopping: Don't forget to leave a little room in your suitcase for all of the great shopping, both in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street. Check out Dollz and Dames, A Girl Is A Gun, and pick up some extras for your carnival costume at Trashy Diva.
Even if you are just heading to a local Fat Tuesday party, Heart of Haute has you covered with loads of choices for festive carnival style - with a retro touch. If you wear Heart of Haute for Mardi Gras, don't forget to tag yourself as a #hautehoney - we love seeing your looks!
10762 - 82 Ave. Moving to 10544A-82 Ave as of Jan 2, 2016, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Current hours Mon 11-8, Tues & Wed 11-7, Thurs & Fri 10-9, Sat 10.6, Sun 12-6
Rowena opened in 1998 and the Retro Glam website launched in 2011.
Personal love of vintage & classic clothing, midcentury furniture and the rockabilly/hotrod scene
We love our customers the most and the fact that we cater to XS-4XL. I love making women happy and feel pretty and the styles of the 40s & 50s are fantastic for that as they are very flattering and work on a lot of different body types.
Yes we are involved in many events such as charity events and donations, fashions shows including Edmonton Fashion Week and vend at car shows & tattoo conventions in our city. We do a pinups & pals for pets a few times every year also with donations to the Edmonton Humane Society as animals are very close to our hearts.
Car shows & tattoo conventions in our city
Our brick & mortar and website are pretty in sync. We have a little bit more product at the shop but for the most part the same style and feel. We carry both classic pinup stock and more alternative wear as we believe the modern pinup has many different faces and likes to rock whatever she feels that day!
We love Heart of Haute and have been customers since pretty close to the beginning. Heart of Haute is one of our top brands due to the flattering fit on all body types, variety of styles and amazing prints. We are very much in love with the new El Gato Collection also since there are a bunch of cat lovers here and the amazing mid century style print.
We are always improving and moving forwards. We truly love what we do and hope it shows! We would love people to follow our Facebook and instagram for specials, news and fantastic contests.
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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!
What are the first looks that come to mind when you think of mid-century American fashion? Red lips, cat-eye glasses, and boldly printed fabrics in bright colors will probably be at the top of your list. After polka dots, one of the fabrics most closely associated with 1950s and 1960s style is harlequin print.
Harlequin print gets its name from Arlecchino, a comedic character in the Commedia dell’ arte, or Italian comedic theater. These entertaining plays became popular in Italy in the late 16th century. Always seen in a mask and brightly colored costume, Arlecchino’s role was similar to that of a Jester, a poor servant who provided comic relief. The multi-colored costume was originally meant to be made of the scraps of random unwanted fabric.
How does this late renaissance character relate to mid-century fashion? We see a lot of harlequin print in vintage reproduction fashion today due to its popularity in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Employed in both colorful and monochromatic versions, the bold diamond print fit right into the mid-century trends of streamlined modern design, bright colors, and general post-war optimism.
Harlequin print was seen in both high fashion and mass-produced clothing. One of the most famous fashion photographs of the 1950s was taken by Irving Penn, showing Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing a black and white harlequin print dress designed by Jerry Parnis. This iconographic photo was first published in American Vogue in April of 1950. On the more affordable end of the style spectrum, a page of the 1950s Sears catalog offered pants in a bright harlequin print as well.
This retro print has enduring popularity. The bold, crisp look is both playful and classic. Want to get some for yourself, but keep striking out when searching for vintage pieces? Here at Heart of Haute, we are happy to have a heap of harlequin options for you. Our best-selling Estelle blouse, polished Monique dress, comfortable Getaway skirt, and adjustable Maybelline sundress are all available in a bold, colorful harlequin print. Featuring bright blues and reds on a white background, this authentic 1950s print comes to life on our vintage-inspired clothing, in sizes XS through 2X.