Welcome to Pretty Parlor! The nostalgic, award-profitable boutique sits just off Broadway in the festive Capitol Hill neighborhood. Proprietor Anna “Banana” Lange a short while ago celebrated her shop’s 20th anniversary and was thrilled with the final results of her untraditional celebration.
“Normally, we would host a large occasion with a fashion show, aerialist and are living new music,” Lange mentioned. “Nonetheless, owing to the latest condition of our globe, we made a decision to simply just host a shopping occasion to give 20% off and provide champagne and treats. It was a massive success, as we broke our daily sales record and designed fantastic memories undertaking so.”
Escalating up, Lange was continually thrifting and making use of her creative imagination by using apparel into resale and consignment shops.
“I grew up obsessively organizing my Barbie’s substantial wardrobe (both classic and new – ha!), creating capsule collections and carrying out all of her inside layout”, she mentioned.
Prior to Rather Parlor opened in 2001, Lange worked as an art director at Nordstrom and also did freelance perform with Eddie Bauer and REI. Her diploma in graphic style from Montana Condition University, alongside with her enthusiasm for clothes, led to several possibilities in the industry of fashion and art. It was all through her time at Nordstrom when she moved into a charming apartment that at some point led to the idea of her boutique.
Lange got artistic and blended her costumes and wardrobe alongside one another, which resulted in leasing out pieces to close friends. She sooner or later determined to blend both of those her expertise with artwork and style to open her have company.
The boutique today stands as a desire for lovers of classic and feminine style. Inside of, you will locate a portrait of actress Audrey Hepburn, who Lange tremendously admires, “Our Woman of the Parlor.”
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Encounter are some of our all-time preferred videos”, she stated.
The boutique’s inside also transports you again to the eras of appreciated sophistication, and Lange takes excellent inspiration from Hollywood’s classic cinema.
“We are also enormous lovers of the golden age of Hollywood and all the incredible MGM costumes they wore,” she explained.
For anyone on the lookout for glamorous vintage-motivated or true vintage in a wide variety of sizes, this boutique is the location to go. Customers will uncover a wide variety of new classic-motivated replica items and legitimate vintage fashions from regional designers in sizes XS to 3XL. Designs ranging from sequined flapper attire, 50s manner, 60s mod, 70s disco and 80s prom attire can all be discovered at the boutique. Very Parlor also carries women’s coats, swimwear, skirts, trousers, sneakers, lingerie, hosiery and components this sort of as jewelry, gloves, wigs, hats and scarves.
“We focus in ‘Decade Dressing Head to Toe,’ a phrase we arrived up with, indicates our stylists refer to our library of classic trend publications to make an accurate outfit for the decade you are hoping to replicate,” Lange said.
Really Parlor also hosts a bridal boutique in which potential brides can reserve an appointment for a model fitting.
“Our prices are extremely reasonably priced, all nicely below $1,000. Generally instances our brides get two attire, a person for the ceremony and 1 for the celebration,” Lange said. There are also a good deal of possibilities for any bridal celebration hunting to find their dresses for the Huge Day, as effectively.
The boutique also features a smaller sampling of men’s clothes and equipment in their segment “Manland,” which characteristics vintage shirts, pants, fits, vests, swim trunks, coats, hats, shoes, suspenders, neck and bow ties, tie clips, tacks, socks and pocket squares.
Lange feels fortunate that she gets help from a few household customers in jogging the organization. Her mom Barb pops in to help with restoration, mending and tailoring of the boutique’s fashions, while her stepdad will help her with the accounting elements of the company. Included in the spouse and children enable is Quite Parlor’s shop-cat Minz, aka Mini, who can be uncovered sleeping in her very pink bed or roaming the boutique.
Not only does Lange keep fast paced with her business enterprise, but she is also a musician, actress, singer and dancer. Lange also lately finished a tour with her band in October 2021 and has even executed with other Seattle musicians throughout the several years.
When questioned what her favorite 10 years of clothing is, she explained, “1960s mod type, luscious colors and prints of Emilio Pucci makes me weak in the knees.”
“I also adore creating individuals seem and truly feel fantastic. Looking at the delighted reaction on someone in an amazing outfit that flatters their figure and individual type is the most fulfilling aspect of the job.”