Waist Not - Want Not
Corsetry News Web Journal
May June July 2000
Volume 4 Number 3

In This Issue

From The Editor
FROM THE EDITOR
MAY/JUNE/JULY 2000

What a great spring! I enjoyed a quick week-long trip to Amsterdam and Cologne in April...

and came back rested even after that whirlwind! I met a wonderful, friendly new client in Amsterdam and measured him for a corset order. I loved Amsterdam, my first trip there in over 26 years! Of course, the liberality and tolerance of that city astounded me. Such civilized attitudes towards sexuality and differences! I visited the famed Sex Museum, Red Light District, Coffee Houses, and not to leave culture out, saw Frankenstein performed by the National Dutch Ballet! It was a sterling performance! Of course hours were also spent at the Rijksmuseum but we ran out of time before we got to the Van Gogh Museum. Reason enough to go back and as soon as possible to meet our new friends, including Jeroen van der Klis, a fabulous corset maker!
Ann fits a muslin on Martina's client
from Germany.

Although we had exchanged written greetings with Jeroen over the years, I had never met him. We spent a few hours at his tiny basement studio and I got to see some of his new creations for the up and coming young Dutch couture designer. I even spied a hide in embellished leather that tempted me to order one of Jeroen's great creations. How long I can resist is anybody's guess, but that would be a bet I would not recommend! I only regret that Jeroen has never been tempted to join ROMANTASY's distinguised collection of corset houses. His unique one-updesigns in leather and lately, of molded rubber, can be obtained by calling him at:
We finally met Jeroen Van der Klis in Amsterdam, a superbe corsetmaker par excellence!
Jeroen, fast at work.
If anybody is interested in a lovely bed and breakfast place to stay in Amsterdam just two blocks from the Rijksmuseum in a safe, lovely old neighborhood, call us for information. The large room with twin beds had a tv, writing desk, huge closet with bath directly across the hall. The Dutch are famous for their huge and delicious breakfasts which came with our room, all for $80 per evening! Ms. Fontijn even washed and ironed my companion's shirts and purchased 30 packages of Dutch flower bulbs when we ran out of shopping time! Unbelievable courtesy and elegance! I fully intend to go back at my earliest opportunity!

After visiting Amsterdam, we took a train to Cologne, where we attended Martina's corset tea party and fitted a corset on Martina's customer, seen above. We met Clemens and many of Martina's friends, and also met Melanie, our talented artist, for the first time! Melanie was every bit as sweet and helpful as she has been over the internet, and here are her photo and some of her products offered through ROMANTASY:

Everyone in Cologne was extremely nice to us, helpful and great to show us the less touristy wonders, including the small Rhine town of Zons, my favorite place of the trip. The ferry captain even gave us a free ride back and forth a second time across the Rhine! We love and appreciate all of our new and continuing Dutch and German friends, and hope it won't be too long before we can meet again in your home or ours!

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Clemens models Phil's CorVest with obvious approval from his girlfriend, at Martina's corset tea party.

Products by Melanie from Cologne
Handpainted Silk Corset Vest (slip over)
(as shown $150.00; with buttons $195.00 plus $8.00 shipping, specify chest and waist size please, plus two colors you prefer.)

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Back view on right-->

Corset Pin
($10.00 in silver or gold metal
plus $2.50 shipping)
To Order Call
(415) 585-0760

Or e-mail us

Melanie's Earrings
($10.00 a pair in silver or gold metal, specify clip or pierced plus $2.50 shipping)
ROMANTASY corset silk bag with set of corset postcards.
($15.00 plus $2.50 shipping)
To Order Call
(415) 585-0760

Or e-mail us

Calendar 2000
($90.00 plus $2.50 shipping)
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Italian paperbox with hand carved soap
(one $15.00, four $38.00)


Handmade paper box
(2x2 $10.00, 3x3 $15.00)
Handpainted Silk Tie $80,
specify two colors.
To Order Call
(415) 585-0760

Or e-mail us

OPENING DINNER GALA A LA CORSETTE -- CALL IMMEDIATELY (415) 595-0760 AS THERE MAY BE SPACE AVAILABLE!

YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN A SMALL GROUP (reservations limited to 4 couples or 8 individuals) FOR A TIGHT-LACED DINNER PARTY, SAT. EVE, MAY 13, 8 PM, at FARALLON RESTAURANT, GEARY BLVD BEHIND THE ST FRANCIS HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO


Here's Pandora (this photo and the one on the right) modeling Michael's lovely Butterfly Corset Dress
We're also looking forward to a May return visit with Michael Garrod from London and we promise a very special, unique small gathering to celebrate on Sat., May 13. . For this special event, we are sponsoring a dutch-treat Evening Dinner Gala, a trip of tight-laced ladies escorted by dapper gentlemen (including Michael, of course!) to an elegant San Francisco restaurant. We have dinner at Farallon, the lovely underwater-themed restaurant just behind the St. Francis Hotel at 450 Post Street.. There is a private dining room but first....six corseted ladies walking in regal order, showing off their tiny waists and fabulous figures! Of course we need to find reason to parade through the restaurant every so often, don't we! Then off to the Starlight Room for some dancing and prancing afterwards. We intend to knock 'em dead as the properly outfitted ladies show off their gorgeous ROMANTASY creations...Michael will regale us with some stories from the fall Bal de Gracieuses and Millennium Bal in London! Tentative elegant prix fixe menu for $85/perperson with choice of dessert or appetizer, and wine at $15 per glass.

MELINDA ROYBAL of SAN JOSE, CA, INTERVIEWED AND PHOTOGRAPHED TRYING ON ROMANTASY CORSETS:
Our new customer Melinda, graciously consented to be photographed and interviewed by a reporter at a personal consultation with Ann on March 18. We learned that Melinda has a special reason to be drawn to corsets. Specifically, she has many artistic talents and plans to enroll in our local fashion academy this fall. Her favorite medium and art is actually life sculpture in bronze. Thus, she believes that by corseting, she is sculpting her own body and creating art by using an item of wearable art!


SF Observer reporter Christine, and Ann.
The San Francisco Observer is featuring us in an article on how small business thrives on the web, versus in the retail world. Ann hit upon the "angle" for reporter Jason, namely, the paradox of a futuristic technology creating a means to encourage realization of the classic American dream, namely, that individuals can start their own solo businesses and "make good" without millions of capital to invest. "Walmarts of the World" come on in, I say. They can't drive my web commercial rent up at all, and can only legitimize the web as a sales channel for my products, as well as theirs.

TEXAS VISIT - EARLY SEPTEMBER? SHALL WE VISIT Y-O-U?
Our new customer, Diana from Ft. Worth, met with the Metropolitan CrossDressers Club MCDC, and apparently was so enthusiastic about her own corset order and information gathered at her recent San Francisco consultation, that the Club issued Ann a kind invitation to address their September 9, Saturday meeting. Ann and Robby are thus tentatively planning a visit to Texas and would like to hear from others who might wish to organize a seminar, private corset appointment or Home Corset Party for their freinds, for trying on and learning about the magic of corsets! Please call us if you are from Arizona or Texas, as we might even drive out from Newport Beach, Robby's home.

BRIDAL DRESSES....FOR $18,000!!!!!! BUT NOT FROM ROMANTASY!
Recently the inhouse newsletter for a large national department store seemed awfully proud of purveying not one, not two, but five of a name-designer's wedding gown, for the hefty price of $18,000 each! Unbelievable, but true. Consider that ROMANTASY can provide a tight-lacing, gorgeous wedding corseted gown in the neighborhood of $1000 to $3000, and our hand-beading goes for $35/hour. I think you could have a gown dripping in seed pearls and real diamonds for $18,000...from ROMANTASY Exquisite Corsetry of course!

Don't forget, brides, that corsets take about 3 months to deliver from order. If you need a dress you have selected, fitted to you, you must have your corset BEFORE that occasion, so do call us as soon as you book your wedding date. The corset will take your waist down from 1-2" for a fashion fit, or up to 4-5" if you have time to break it in and get used to wearing it. We are happy to advise on the proper amount of reduction for you, and also on the wear and care of corsets to insure long life (see article below).

-- Ann Grogan

PHOTOS FROM OUR
EUROPEAN TRIP
A lovely Edwardian Corset in Amsterdam's famous Sex Museum.
Our best meal in Europe, March 2000 with good friends in Dusseldorf; Renate, Phil, Martina and Ann.

MISCELLANEOUS
CORSET PHOTOS
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Ann completes her holiday stint working for Neiman Marcus as a model at the monthly staff meeting.
Emilee in Isabella's corset, Monica, and Ann's "Tata" enjoy a quiet moment after the Salon.
Emilee was sold when she first tried on the lace-covered Victorian. (BR Millenium Corset, left; Isabella's Wedding Corset; and Ribbon Skirt, right.)
Happy customer with new Sheri's Sincher ($180, waists to 32")
Wanda and Phil in CorVest help out at ROMANTASY's February Bridal Faire Exhibit, Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo, CA.
Wanda looks great in her simple Sue Nice black brocade "Mermaid" highbacked corset; Ann wears Isabella's "Sabrina" over a spring dress.
CORONATION PHOTOS
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Monica and Ann in black BR.
Our lovely models at the Coronation, Ann and Chablis.
pinksnake.jpg Monica (left), Ann (middle), Lulu & Cheryl
Phil in his red CorVest looks mighty happy in latex corset maker Polly's arms. (Stay tuned to see her creations soon on our website!)
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Glitz and Glam at The 2000 Coronation.
 
Phil looking spiffy in Red Star CorVest at The Coronation.
Dude!
Yee-ow! Miss Kitty! Our lovely Monica in Sue Nice's "Miss Josie" at The Coronation.

ROMANTASY'S COMMITMENT TO CONFIDENTIALITY:

Recently we received an email from a potential customer who heard about us on the email or from our many friends...he could not remember. One of his main concerns was our maintenance of confidentiality. He wrote:

"Ann, this business of taking my 'special corset interest' outside, involving a third party, is just huge to me. It is a struggle, as you put it on your website, to take my shyness in hand. I would, however, like to go to the next step which I suppose is an in-person consultation and measurement, but what can you tell me to make me feel a bit more secure?...I know I can count on your professionalism and discretion, but alas, like a child I need reassurance."

This was my answer, which resulted the next day, in a personal consultation and order...happiness for both of us, and a new found professional friendship with D.:

"D, Please read the above news journal article (March issue, "Progress Report on Gender Image Salons") as I feel that will make you relax a bit. Plus, I am of the opinion that were you not to have a little anxiety or excitement about it (dressing in a corset and being male), the practice of corseting and dressing would become boring. God forbid that in our lives we get bored; there are too many wonderful things to pursue with enthusiasm that can lighten the load of being human in this lifetime!

As for reassurance, it is an adult need as well as a childish one. I have prided myself in conducting my 11-year old business with the utmost discretion. I have some very famous people as my clients and no one, except my staff on a need to know basis, will ever, ever know their real names or identities. In addition, at a client's request, we will mail our corsets and communications in plain packages or envelops using only our return address on the label. We also honor requests for discretion in all telephone calls to specific numbers, and we never sell, rent or otherwise give away names of our clients. You may direct us in your preferred manner of communicating with you, with assurance that your wishes will be respected!

My favorite story is that a few weeks after opening my boutique, my girlfriend (and a local physician) came in and purchased an adult toy that at that time I carried--now I specialize in corsets. The next day, unbelievably, her 18-year old daughter came in and purchased the exact same toy.

To this day, I never revealed to either one that the other one came in! I don't know if they know what happened. I surely didn't tell them!

I hope this helps you understand my commitment to confidentiality. I look forward to hearing from you soon."

Shortly after his appointment, D. wrote: "Hi Ann, Thank you again for the very educational, fun and successful consultation. You made me feel very relaxed, open and generally at ease, while your guidance was exactly on point. I look forward to our muslin fitting, in about a month."

Figure Challenges:
How Corsets Can Help Our Readers Comment

In the last web journal (March 2000) we addressed specific figure challenges and the right choice of style or corset to make. Please stay tuned for replies in July web journal. corset maker's thoughts on this topic.

DAMAGE CONTROL:
THE WEAR AND CARE OF YOUR LOVELY AND VALUABLE CORSET

"I'VE JUST COME ACROSS YOUR WONDERFUL SITE AND AM RELIEVED TO FINALLY HAVE SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO ANSWER MY CORSET CARE QUESTIONS. I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED FOR SOME TIME BUT HAVE BEEN HESITANT TO PRUCHASE ONE WITHOUT A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR WEAR AND CARE. PRICES ARE OFTEN PROHIBITIVE FOR ME, BUT I DO UNDERSTAND ONE HAS TO PAY FOR THE FINE WORKMANSHIP AND SKILL THAT GOES INTO MAKING ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL GARMENTS. MY FEAR IS THAT I WILL PURCHASE ONE AND BE DISAPPOINTED BY NOT BEING ABLE TO KEEP IT CLEAN, OR WORSE, IN AN EFFORT TO CARE FOR IT OR WEAR IT, I WILL DAMAGE IT. I HAVE HEARD BOTH YEAH AND NAY ON HAND WASHING. CAN YOU HELP?"

-- C.B. 1/15/00

Michael Garrod/True Grace has some excellent answers for this customer and for our journal readers so please read on.

There are some basic rules on fitting and removal of a corset:

  1. Always open the lacing to it,s full extent before attempting to attach the busk halves. If you do not it will be difficult to secure and you may not only damage the fabric but also your nails.

  2. Do the busk up starting at the bottom or the top. It is very difficult to hold the busk halves in the centre and attach them. Then work progressively up or down. You may find even then it is awkward if there is a natural inward curve at the waistline.

  3. The corset should be laced in initially at the waistline, then work progressively down from the top and then up from the bottom. You may then have to repeat the procedure. What you are aiming to do throughout this is to try and keep the two halves parallel -- or at least close to being so. If it is worn with a larger gap at the waistline than the top and bottom the steels won,t stay flat and will try to twist to accommodate the curvature - very uncomfortable to wear and very bad for the corset.

    If you must pull the laces in using a bedstead or door, don,t expect the eyelets to survive if you happen to trip over! One of my customers did just that, not only pulling out four eyelets but also the fabric between them! True Grace has put much thought into the survival of a corset subjected to heavy handling at the back -- there are many corsets around which are quite unsuitable for tight lacing, let alone jerking the laces! (which you should never, never do) And when you have finished, tie the loose ends at the back! -- don,t wrap them around the waistline several times and then tie a small knot!

  4. Do not attempt to remove the corset without fully opening the laces again. You will find yourself struggling to undo the busk, again with potential serious damage to the busk, the fabric, and yourself. The worst scenario of all is to undo all but the bottom stud and loop, and allow the bottom of the busk to scissor -- that is, allow the two ends to cross over; this will tear the seam and even cut the fabric.

    Some corsets have lace laid onto the outside panels. These inevitably
    require extra care to avoid snagging and tearing. If the lace is over the front busk panel than extreme care is essential. Your corset should not have lace over the back lacing panels - a recipe for rapid wear and tear!

    Washing. Many, if not most corsets, do not like hot water and detergents. Where you have mixed colours the dangers are obvious. Where you have a mix of materials you are likely to get differential shrinkage resulting in unsightly wrinkles. Dry cleaning is the only answer to these problems.

    I always recommend wearing a chemise under a corset. This absorbs the perspiration and skin grease, and virtually obviates the necessity for cleaning - at least for a long period.

    You,ve bought a rubber corset? Now you do need care - extra care! Rubber hates sunlight, ultraviolet light, prolonged moisture,excessive heat, and worst of all, oil and grease. Copper, brass or bronze will stain it. You can enhance the look of a rubber corset by using a silicone oil spray - don,t even think of using anything else! Some furniture polishes contain silicone and may be O.K. - check the
    label carefully before use. When not in use, store it in a black plastic bag, first having powdered it to absorb any dampness.

    These are the essential rules of corset handling. It should withstand
    months of daily use if you follow them, possibly years.

-- MPG MARCH 2000

Sheri's Cincher front
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The Dread 'CORSET QUESTION' -- What Do You Think It Is?

We asked our readers in March If they knew to what the dread "Corset Question" refers. Here are some of the answers we received, with thanks and a few chuckles:

" Absolutely love the way the fans on your new site...fan! Like I think I'm going to faint. Isn't that the dread question? Won't a corset make me faint?" Dr. Joan 3/8/00

From "100 Years of Fashion: From Corsets to Power Suits", Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA by writer Gina Horan for her column, Beyond Style.

"Disappearance of the Corset: For this I say "whew!". After centuries of being bound and squeezed, women said goodbye to the corset and hello to breathing and digestion. It pretty much went right along with gaining the vote. Coincidence? I think not. Now, why we continue to pour ourselves into jeans, I'll never know."

Obviously Ms Horan has never tried a modern day custom fit corset on, and has absolutely no inkling of the pleasures of a snug hug of the corset. Frotage, Ms. Horan, custom for perfect comfort and perfect fit, Ms. Horan, look around you, girl, and smell the corsets being worn on the street and in the suites, in high rises and at the opera. What ARE you missing, Ms. Horan? And how wrong can you be? Corsets "disappearing"? No corsets and getting the vote? Hardly....

Sheri's Cincher back
Photo . Click for larger view

WHEN IS A CORSET A 'CORSELETTE'?

I must admit to some ignorance here...But if I knew it all, how could I be human? And I hate to think of that day arriving when there's nothing more to learn?

Never being one too shy to admit ignorance, I asked MP Garrod one day just what in the world WAS his corselette after all? After all, I had never placed a client order for one, although I knew it was part of his style repertoire. What I learned was fascinating, as I hope it will be for you.

"The picture I sent you (above) was out of a Vollers catalogue going back about 30 years. All the big UK firms were making corselettes in the 50s and 60s, and they date back pre-1920. They weren't necessarily fitted with underbelts, but as most women after several pregnancies suffer from prolapsed abdomens, the corselette with an underbelt provided an answer. Style TGC1 in my repertoire is a corselette!

Unquestionably foundation wear (Ed note: no corset is 'unquestionably' anything to the club crowd and some fashion - forward corset enthusiasts...I wonder how a corselette would look out of purple brocade with a feather fringe trim...hmmmm), I usually make the underbelt detachable, lacing on both sides front and back, with hook and eye separation on the left side only.

Fetish? Some are. Some of my customers have worn one most of their lives. I've made one for women from London to Iran, even for a man in Illinois.

I asked why corselettes seem to be more expensive than plain corsets. "More construction time is required, typically 10 hours as compared with 7.5 for a standard Victorian. There is also considerably more materials and cost involved, and to some extent, more tedious labor. Add an underbelt to make it a corselette and the corsetier is facing a total of 12 hours of work!"

Now you - and I - know. If you'd like to order one, just contact us!

A PROGRESS REPORT: THE WEB BUSINESS

The web business is a curiosity it seems, to many people. That's judging by the amount being written and researched on why business is flocking to the web in droves, to sell both products like corsets, and services. I've been approached during the past month by no less than two writers to plumb the depths of my businesë̀v;cision last fall to close my 10-year old small retail boutique and come home to a web-based business. The SAN FRANCISCO OBSERVER prepared an article on my web business growth and marketing strategy, as well as my writer friend, Walt Kleine, who is updating a book on putting your business on the web.

Well, it's not entirely true that my business is completely web-based. We like to say that ROMANTASY is now a "web-based business with a personal touch -- we take personal fitting appointments and corset consultations." In that manner I retained one of the most joyful aspects of my chosen career -- customer interaction and teaching. Each consultation is like a teaching session. I fancy that I compart a lot more than just measuring the body before me. At least one recent customer said so: "Hi Ann, Thank you again for the very educational, fun and successful consultation."

I remember being curious about three years ago when I heard that an upmarket jewelry store on the second floor of a chi-chi shopping area where my first boutique was located, went totally on the web. I was curious because at that point my already two-year old web site was doing diddly squat in terms of orders generated completely from the web. What it WAS doing was being a superlative marketing device to bring live human beings into my shop!

That initially amazed me, that someone from Lincoln, Nebraska would find me on the web and while touristing to San Francisco, look me up. Then I might try on a few corsets and make a sale, or not.

Today the situation is different, which led to my decision to put all my resources into the web for the forseeable future.

First, web sales have jumped significantly just in the past six months, three before I closed and three after. I attribute this to several things. For two Christmas seasons we have been innundated by media news stories about the millions and billions being invested by The Big Boys into websites, and their resulting over-the-top business success. Success not in terms of profit we are reminded, but capital invested. It about knocked me over to read one such story that said some $280 million had just been invested by a major book web site...

I must admit that ROMANTASY has not invested quite as much. In fact, it is of enormous fascination to me the stroke of luck that brought first a boyfriend, then customer Brian through my shop doors one day in early 1995. Brian was my first webmaster, the early techie who knew what "the web" was (some kind of spider I wondered?).

For the price of two corsets for his wife, Brian build my first huge website, most of which remains currently posted.

Unbelievable, considering the hourly rates now being quoted whenever I have unfortunately had to go in search of a webmaster or mistress: up to $150 an hour and I imagine more. That is, if a small business such as mine can even find a competent independent webmaster at all.

Then there is the problem of unbusinesslike behavior of the "independents." One solo practioner waited until 2 days before Christmas when I was in the terrible throes of moving my personal residence and totally short of cash, to walk out on me in a fit of egomanical pique, because I had dared to politely suggest that he might want to consult another computer-literate friend to solve some technical problem I can't even remember now. The trauma he caused, not to mention my website coming to a screeching halt during the holiday season and for four months after as I scrambled for a replacement, was substantial.

The trauma of volatile independents aside, I have indeed seen growth in sales such as to encourage me that my fall decision was a correct one.

The first reason is due to The Big Boys. I thank them for legitimizing the web as a sales channel, not just an entertainment center or marketing device. Come on in, I say, you can only help us small potatoes to thrive! They legitimize use of the web for purchases, they create desire (if not true need) to purchase computers and get on board with the internet-age, and even more importantly, by doing so they CAN'T drive up our commercial real estate rents! The web costs what my server charges, and no more or less. No more jumps from $3/sq ft to $6/sq ft overnight. No more leaky roofs the landlord won't fix as he contemplates big bucks selling a prime location to greedy developers. I'm completely in charge of my leaky, or dry boat at the moment.

Second, I was lucky enough about three months ago to finally hit on a competent, reliable, reasonably-priced and cooperative webmaster without an enormous ego, and one who can work easily with a woman 'boss'. With slow but steady changes, we have made our site more user-friendly and graphically unified if not yet flashy. We are working to bring forward buried information and re-positioned products to make it easier for visitors to find and purchase (not yet with secure services, which can be very pricey and unnecessary for small business with exclusive, personalized products to sell). After we commenced and started to see changes, the number of web visitors tripled in eight weeks, and orders almost but not quite, doubled. Amazing...and encouraging! And we confirmed that visitors go from our home page right to our web journal, proving once again that corset enthusiasts are hungry for information, and appreciative that ROMATASY features a lot of it, complimentary on our extensive website!

Third, I don't rely exclusively on long-distance and remote communication to fuel my business. I combine web communication with personal communication. For the moment, I answer my own telephone and my own email regularly, coping with volume problems and long hours processing huge amounts of paperwork accompanying every custom corset order, designed to minimize the risk of business error or buyer's remorse.

I schedule personal fitting appointments at local hotels, the airport or other locations of my choosing, for those who wish to be personally served. I receive and check the completed corsets, then add wear and care instructions, lacing instructions, and a corset gift and mail packages to my clients. Two Corset Dream Makers, Robby in Newport Beach, and Martina in Cologne, Germany, do the same for their customers. I am hoping to add other CDMs across the US and in other countries as well, to personalize and humanize ROMANTASY as a web-based business. We are especially seeking a representative in Seattle, Austin or Dallas, and in Wisconsin, from where many, many inquiries emanate.

I'd like to remain a web-based business for now, and enjoy some rewards of a now-legitimized sales channel, as more and more households become computer and web literate,and more confident in their purchasing power over the web, but -- with a personal touch!!

We Get Letters...and Kudos!

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AND IN CONCLUSION...

We're always surprised at how far our clients travel to reach us: we just made an appointment for a couple from Wisconsin who is taking a USA motorbike tour, and ordering her a ROMANTASY corset in June will be the highlight. Then Montana-based Allen wrote us after the March fitting with Sheri for his friend, Samantha: "I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful visit!...Samantha was just bubbling! I really wanted to introduce her to some elegant experiences -- and the visit with you after Sheri could not have been better. Thank you for showing us the other corsets and for all of the advice. It was so helpful to us; and she will never forget the nice treatment and being laced into all those wonderful garments!" Now we count a new Dutch friend among our distinguished clients, and so the world grows ever closer, and all for the good in my opinion! Until next time, we remain your corset-loving friends at ROMANTASY!

Ms. "Geisha Girl" in BR Creations Basic Victorian embellished with iridescent bows and Busk Covers, (exclusive to ROMANTASY) at The Coronation.

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