Friday, February 27, 2009

Christmas in February

I may as well write about what's going on with our "business" (at some point I'll stop putting that in quotes, but it still feels alien to me). Eventually I'll move all this over to the store blog - yes, it has one! - but for now, this'll do.

Today we got like six boxes of stuff all at once. Among them was the first shipment of merchandise. It really was like Christmas going through everything - it was exciting.

First of all, I got this:

1,000 watts of cheap studio lighting. Probably enough to blow my house's 80 year old electrical system if I'm not careful. So this will be the last time you see my crappy on-camera flash photos, hopefully. You certainly won't see any on the store site. We're going to take real product shots once we're fully ready, but I didn't set up the lights tonight. We don't have our red velvet backdrop yet, so it was pointless anyway. But here's a sampling of our first shipment of clothes...

This is not everything. We're continuously buying stuff now. We're pretty much on the hunt every spare minute. And keep in mind that as random as it may seem, there is a method to the madness here. Also, pricing has not yet been decided. You'll have to wait until the store opens.

Sex Pot Revenge t-shirts. And yeah, there's an "F" to the left there, not a "B".

I love Sex Pot Revenge, they're probably my favorite Japanese apparel maker. More stuff:

Black pants with a white tartan pattern and the SPR logo and slogan. I love how their slogan is misspelled. You'd think they would at least look up something that important in a dictionary. And what does it mean to say they want war to be "decontrolled"? They just want uncontrolled war all over the place?

This shit is expensive at retail:

11,900 yen is like $125. For a pair of pants!

Don't worry, we're not going to be charging retail.

This is a great bag. I love this bag. And I'm a guy! It could almost qualify as a man-purse.

Alright, enough with the SPR. Changing gears completely.

We also got a dress form today. Woohoo! So now we can make stuff look like it's supposed to.

We need panniers/petticoats before we take real product photos of these dresses and skirts, though. We've got them coming, just haven't received any yet. This is a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright jumper skirt. Yes, we're doing rock, punk, gothic and lolita. We've got more like this on the way. We'll see what sells. It's all an experiment.

Another one - I actually think this one is really cute:

Still needs a pannier, though.

This is an Algonquins t-shirt and a Sexy Dynamite London tartan skirt. The back of the skirt has a BIG label on it, as a lot of Japanese clothes do. They like to advertise who they're wearing.

We're planning to get some accessories to dress up outfits like these in the real product shots.

This jacket is from a label I hadn't heard of before called Funky Bitch Diamond. It's an h.NAOTO brand, apparently, although it's not on the web site (where all his other stuff is). It's definitely s-inc, though. And there's a big "H" in the skull.

The dress that's underneath it is by A-mish, who make Algonquins, although we couldn't find a label other than that. It is a used dress - we're selling both new and used clothes. The jacket is new.

This jacket is really small, by the way - so don't get too attached to it unless you're about the size of an average 12 year old. A very small adult could wear it, but it's small even for a Japanese jacket.

We're going to note specific measurements for everything we sell in our store. A lot of Japanese garments don't really have sizes like "medium" or "large" (though some do), but instead they just have actual measurements. We're not going to sell anything without making it crystal clear how big (or small) it is, since Japanese stuff always runs pretty tiny.

Oh, one funny thing. These are fake:

Yeah, we got kinda burned, but at least they were cheap. We will not be selling these. We're not selling fake crap. And these are crap; they're falling apart. Even the font on the logo is wrong. There is a ton of fake Vivienne Westwood stuff out there. Be careful!

Well, that's it for now. I'm anxious to open up for business! Soon...


  1. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Sex Pot Revenge! w00t! (^_^)

  2. Oh, my! I want. So much. Loving the Sex Pot Revenge stuff.
    I have to go wipe the drool off of my face now.


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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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