Welcome to Very Parlor! The nostalgic, award-winning boutique sits just off Broadway in the festive Capitol Hill community. Proprietor Anna “Banana” Lange recently celebrated her shop’s 20th anniversary and was thrilled with the results of her untraditional celebration.
“Normally, we would host a big celebration with a trend display, aerialist and dwell songs,” Lange stated. “Having said that, thanks to the existing state of our earth, we resolved to basically host a purchasing celebration to offer you 20% off and provide champagne and snacks. It was a massive achievements, as we broke our every day gross sales record and manufactured wonderful memories undertaking so.”
Rising up, Lange was regularly thrifting and utilizing her creativity by having apparel into resale and consignment outlets.
“I grew up obsessively arranging my Barbie’s considerable wardrobe (equally classic and new – ha!), developing capsule collections and executing all of her inside style”, she claimed.
Just before Pretty Parlor opened in 2001, Lange worked as an artwork director at Nordstrom and also did freelance do the job with Eddie Bauer and REI. Her diploma in graphic structure from Montana Condition College, along with her enthusiasm for apparel, led to many options in the discipline of fashion and artwork. It was through her time at Nordstrom when she moved into a charming apartment that finally led to the notion of her boutique.
Lange bought creative and put together her costumes and wardrobe with each other, which resulted in renting out parts to close friends. She ultimately decided to combine equally her encounter with art and style to open her own business.
The boutique today stands as a aspiration for lovers of classic and female trend. Inside of, you can expect to come across a portrait of actress Audrey Hepburn, who Lange considerably admires, “Our Woman of the Parlor.”
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Humorous Deal with are some of our all-time favorite videos”, she mentioned.
The boutique’s inside also transports you again to the eras of appreciated sophistication, and Lange normally takes excellent inspiration from Hollywood’s basic cinema.
“We are also substantial followers of the golden age of Hollywood and all the fabulous MGM costumes they wore,” she reported.
For any person looking for glamorous classic-influenced or genuine classic in a wide variety of sizes, this boutique is the position to go. Shoppers will discover a wide variety of new classic-encouraged copy parts and legitimate vintage fashions from local designers in dimensions XS to 3XL. Kinds ranging from sequined flapper attire, 50s fashion, 60s mod, 70s disco and 80s promenade dresses can all be observed at the boutique. Fairly Parlor also carries women’s coats, swimwear, skirts, pants, footwear, lingerie, hosiery and add-ons these types of as jewelry, gloves, wigs, hats and scarves.
“We specialize in ‘Decade Dressing Head to Toe,’ a expression we arrived up with, implies our stylists refer to our library of vintage trend guides to develop an exact outfit for the ten years you are hoping to replicate,” Lange claimed.
Very Parlor also hosts a bridal boutique where potential brides can guide an appointment for a type fitting.
“Our selling prices are really affordable, all very well less than $1,000. Generally instances our brides get two dresses, one particular for the ceremony and a person for the get together,” Lange said. There are also a great deal of choices for any bridal party on the lookout to discover their attire for the Huge Day, as effectively.
The boutique also features a modest sampling of men’s clothes and components in their portion “Manland,” which attributes classic shirts, trousers, fits, vests, swim trunks, coats, hats, sneakers, suspenders, neck and bow ties, tie clips, tacks, socks and pocket squares.
Lange feels privileged that she gets aid from a several spouse and children customers in running the company. Her mom Barb pops in to assistance with restoration, mending and tailoring of the boutique’s fashions, although her stepdad will help her with the accounting features of the small business. Incorporated in the relatives support is Quite Parlor’s store-cat Minz, aka Mini, who can be uncovered sleeping in her pretty pink mattress or roaming the boutique.
Not only does Lange remain chaotic with her business enterprise, but she is also a musician, actress, singer and dancer. Lange also not long ago concluded a tour with her band in Oct 2021 and has even performed with other Seattle musicians through the years.
When requested what her favored 10 years of garments is, she said, “1960s mod type, luscious colours and prints of Emilio Pucci would make me weak in the knees.”
“I also love creating persons glimpse and come to feel incredible. Viewing the delighted reaction on anyone in an astounding outfit that flatters their determine and personal style is the most worthwhile section of the job.”