To kick off a little series of blog posts retelling my adventures in California, I wanted to start off by sharing an enchanted visit I had to the Leg Avenue headquarters. (Trust me, it was enchanted, like popping straight into a fairytale!) For those of you know don't know, Leg Avenue is a huge manufacturer of cute and sexy Halloween costumes as well as club wear, hosiery, shoes, and lingerie. It's basically the only costume manufacturer that makes costumes in my size while also being well-proportioned which is FABULOUS.
I was first contacted by Daniel from Leg Avenue last year after I shared my Lion Halloween tutorial with the Youtube world. In that video, I was wearing Leg Avenue's lion costume which I can say without a doubt is one of the most fun and well-fitting costumes I've ever worn in my life. I also wore Leg Avenue costumes for my Princess Jasmine tutorial and Toy Soldier looks as well. He told me that, should I ever find myself in LA, I should stop by and visit and it was just my luck that I found myself at the front steps!
tortoise friend greeted me at the door
First, Daniel showed my sister and I (and Kassia taking the breathtaking pics) around the custom-built warehouse storing every costume imaginable in all sizes and designs. We discussed how they take fit input from all categories like petites, plus sizing, mens, and kids and integrate the feedback into their designs.
Here they box up the orders which go around a crazy conveyor belt system. The headquarters only ships out to sellers, not to individuals, so it was a super interesting behind-the-scenes look at their process. I had the deep and sudden urge to sit atop a box to see where it would go but I held back because I was wearing a dress and I'm a lady.
Next, he showed us around the office and ended up at the design studio for their in-house designers. Brace yourselves, baby, and take in one of the first things I spotted...
Alexander McQueens! Sitting nonchalantly on the windowsill! *jaw drop* I touched them and the leather was SO soft and the gold studs and skull zippers.... Did I mention they have an entire wall of high end designer shoes? Oh my. :D
There was eye candy everywhere we looked! Fur, glitter, sequins, satin and lace, hats, racks and racks of costumes....
Catalogs of all of their past work year after year...
Hand-rendering markers in all the colors of the rainbow and everything in between! :D :D :D What I wouldn't have given to have resources like this while in design school!
Here are a few of the designers hard at work. Sooo much visual energy to take in.
One girl's amazing monitor. OMG right? I want one of those plushy monitor covers so bad! Where can you even get stuff like that?! I've never seen anything like it before. =^__^=
I also got to pick out a few costumes for my upcoming Halloween tutorials this year and mentioned which ones I chose to the designers. When I brought up that a couple only came in size S/M, this kind designer knew it would be way huge on me and started taking a few measurements.
She then had me put on the actual costume and pinned it to fit. By this point I was so speechless! She was soooo generous and kind enough to offer to alter it to custom fit me. My face was like D: and very thankful.
This is me wearing the pinned fox costume. MUCH better than before. Hehe. (You can tell how giddy I am, right? This one was my favorite costume out of the bunch. Ridiculously cute and it's available this year.)
Thank you SO MUCH to Daniel and the whole Leg Avenue team for letting me experience this amazing space with you! I absolutely cannot wait for the holidays this year to share with everyone the fruits of your love and hard work. <3
One last pic. Oh this? It's just me between two sexy ladies and some legs coming out of the wall. Just a typical Monday.
I hope you guys enjoyed coming along with me on my behind-the-scenes look at a really fun company. ^_^ I know I had a blast and I will never forget it! To browse Leg Avenue costumes, you can visit their site here or visit their Facebook page. I know they plan on doing costume how-tos (like how to properly fluff your fox tail...hehe) so it may be a good idea to check in again before Halloween.
Readers, have any of you worn any Leg Avenue costumes before? Let me know what you've tried in the comments!