Made in the USA... what does it mean?

“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. 

 

 

http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/05/29/clothes-trash-landfill : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-fast-fashion-met-20151125-story.html

 

-Elizabeth Valenzuela

Heart of Haute Fashion Marketing Intern from Cal Poly Pomona

May 27, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Congratulations, Pinky Swear!!! Crowned 1st in Pinups Against Bullying

Congratulations, Pinky Swear!!! Crowned 1st in Pinups Against Bullying

Long time Haute Honey, friend, passionate pinup, and excellent mother, We took a moment to interview Miss Pinky Swear and congratulate her on her recent crowning!

Tell us...what is the pinup against bullying contest about? The contest was about inner beauty over outer beauty. It was women telling their stories 
of bullying and overcoming that hardships it can bring.
How did you hear about it? A friend of mine that owns a jewelry shop (Classic Betty's Rubbish) was one of the sponsors. She posted a flier and tagged me in it, so I thought,
"lets enter and see what happens ..."
Who set it up? The Dainty Dames are the ones that put the car show together and the Pinups Against Bullying hosted the pinup contest.
How awesome is your crown? Oh my god it's amazing! Super sparkly! It really makes me feel like a princess!
How long have you been a pinup model? I have been modeling for over 10 years and competing in pinup contests for about 5 years.
What does your daughter think about her mama being a pinup? She loves it. She thinks it's so great. She cant wait to be grown up so she can do pinup things as well.
She especially loves seeing me on stage, win or lose she knows her mommy is a winner!
Anything else you want to include about the contest? I am so grateful for this contest. I haven't heard of a contest like this one. For me i have always been self conscious about the way I look.
I was picked on so much as a kid, and even as an adult, so to be in a contest like this- one that helps uplift women rather than pick who is the prettiest or most pppular- they picked the one with the biggest heart, and beautiful mind. 
Anything else you want to share?.... well, I hope that this is my year of winning. I tried to give up on doing pinup pageants because I knew I would never be the tall sexy type of girl most judges and magazine people want on the cover of their magazines. But I couldn't. I feel I need to make a change in the type of people they choose to be winners. Not all women can be thin and sexy. Some of us are curvy and sexy as well. 
What are some of your favorite Heart of Haute pieces? Oh gosh, too many to choose from. I would have to say for sure the Monte Carlo dress since it is the dress I won my first pageant in.
I would also say the  Maybelline dress cause it's just such an easy everyday dress and it has POCKETS !!!
What kind of Honey are you today?

What kind of Honey are you today?

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?

May 09, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Tips for the Best Dapper Day!

Tips for the Best Dapper Day!

If you haven't heard about it... Dapper Day is an event held at different Disney theme parks twice a year, where everyone is encouraged to wear their best outfit!  Whether that may be inspired by a specific era like the 1950s, or just your own personal style!  Some park-goers have even used Dapper Day to create unique disneybounding outfits.  Celebrities like Drake Bell & Dita Von Teese are known to appear as well!
If you're planning on going to Dapper Day for the first time this year, here's our list of just a few things to get yourself ready for the big day.
Wear flats! Sorry, gals.  If you wish for blisters then by all means - wear those adorable heels!  But my advice is to go for a comfortable, cute alternative.  Or bring along a pair of flats to switch in and out of for comfort.
 
Set your makeup & hair. A simple makeup mist spray can save you from having to touch up your blush every hour!  You can find affordable makeup setting sprays, like this one from e.l.f. cosmetics.   You'll want to keep your bag light, so bring just your beauty essentials.   Also, it's important to keep in mind that fast rides like Space Mountain & the Matterhorn may mess up your fabulous hairdo!  Make sure you're ready for touch ups if you plan on riding the Disneyland classics.
 Set aside time for the Expo! There is lots of tempting shopping inside Disneyland & Downtown Disney, but since you're going to be there for Dapper Day, why not check out the Dapper Day Expo!  Many big and small pinup reproduction clothing companies will be vending there, as well as lots and LOTS of vintage!!  The perfect chance to try on some of your favorite brands, and find your new favorite pieces. We will be vending at the expo, too!  It's free for anyone to attend, located in the Disneyland Hotel.  Saturday April 30, noon-7pm, and Sunday May 1, 10am-7pm!
Check the weather before & dress accordingly!  Although Disneyland was built where it is because of Orange County's notoriously beautiful weather... mother nature sometimes has something else in mind. If the weather says it will be 90 degrees, you may want to think about skipping the seamed stockings and fur stole.  At Disneyland, you will be walking around a lot and shade is minimal, so remember to bring/wear sunscreen! Check out the Dapper Day gallery for inspiration!
Need some Disneybounding Ideas?
Mickey Mouse Disneybound Dapper Day by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as Mickey Mouse in the classic Vogue Skirt in Red!
Cheshire Cat Disneybound Dapper Day by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland in the Estelle Blouse in 'Chambray Swiss Dot Blue'! 
Sorcerer Mickey Disneybound by Heart of Haute
Disneybound as Sorcerer Mickey in the Roxie Dress in 'Navy Constellations'
Don't forget to take lots and lots of photos, and have FUN!  Dapper Day is a great chance to see the most fashionable vintage styles, make new friends, and have a wonderful day at the happiest place on earth!
So what about you, ladies?  Got any advice for Dapper Day attendees?
April 27, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Blog Share!  Miss Amy May in the Sweetie Dress

Blog Share! Miss Amy May in the Sweetie Dress

I'm sure you've all heard of the fabulous Miss Amy May (aka @miss_amy_may on instagram).  If you have not, she's a gorgeous curvy blogger from the UK who's classic style inspires us everyday!  
Every now and then, Amy reviews a Heart of Haute garment and provides excellent advice on sizing and has great tips!  
She's just reviewed the Sweetie Dress in 'Meadow Daisy' and the photographs are gorgeous.  Check out her blog by clicking the photo below - 
Miss Amy May Heart of Haute Review
The Sweetie Dress in 'Meadow Daisy' is available in sizes S - 2X here.
February 29, 2016 — Alisa Martineau
Pinup Style at Mardi Gras 2016 with Outfit Ideas from Heart of Haute

Pinup Style at Mardi Gras 2016 with Outfit Ideas from Heart of Haute

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! 

gold copper sparkle sexy pinup mardi gras halter dress with full skirt

January 22, 2016 — Allison Vallerga
Store Spotlight: Rowena & RetroGlam.com  of Edmonton, Canada

Store Spotlight: Rowena & RetroGlam.com of Edmonton, Canada

Shop Spotlight:  Rowena  and their web store, RetroGlam.com!
Voted Best Women's clothing store in 2013, First runner up 2014 and Best Women's Clothing store plus fashion accessory store in 2015,  we are proud to present our friends at Rowena in Edmonton! 
 Rowena has stocked a great selection of Heart of Haute for over 8 years consistently and with great enthusiasm- and we love them for it!  I've been told some ladies will drive 3 and 4 hours just to shop at this amazing store, so keep that in mind if you happen to be driving through. There must be something to be said for a girl to travel for so long!!! 
And now....on with my interview with Owner, Miss Wendy
Heart of Haute's Holiday Boutique Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Heart of Haute's Holiday Boutique Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Now through December 19th, local honeys can take an additional TOP SECRET % off all IN STOCK merchandise. Come visit us in excellent San Dimas. 
This deal is only good for items we have in stock and on the floor at the time of your visit, but you have to come in and visit us to save! We love meeting our customers :)  
We are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm 
Appointments are preferred and very helpful to us so we may prepare for your arrival. 
We typically break for lunch between 12:30-1:30. Please plan accordingly so that we may help you during your shopping experience!
Please phone to let us know you're coming- same day arrivals are fine: 909 599 0715  
or e-mail: orders@heartofhaute.com 

Please join us on Saturday December 19th  for our annual Open House Holiday Boutique 

10 am - 4 pm

Heart of Haute HQ 
949 N Cataract, Suite M
San Dimas CA 91773
Junebugs and Georgia Peaches +  Best Frocks Forever Review!

Junebugs and Georgia Peaches + Best Frocks Forever Review!

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!

 

 

Atomic Star Brooch - The Crave Yard  |  Mandalaye Flats - Amazon 
AmeliaBFF Roxie Dress in Mid Century Bubble c/o Heart of Haute  | Classic Brooch - Luxulite
Black Tights - Target  |  Mint Jellies c/o Sun Jellies


Harlequin Print History: Italian Style Made American

Harlequin Print History: Italian Style Made American

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 pants in 1950s sears catalog

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.

1950s harlequin print blouse by heart of haute

 

November 29, 2015 — Allison Vallerga