Monday, July 25, 2011

My Visit to Leg Avenue

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.)


One last group shot with some of the team. These ladies are sooooo so so so talented. It's too bad I can't show you their concept designs (those are confidential ;) but oh my goodness there are oodles of creativity and skill seeping out of every pore of that room!

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!



48 comments:

  1. whoa it's crazy that you got to view the behind-the-scenes. i see their costumes all the time for halloween. this is wonderful jen and i'm drooling all over my keyboard at the studded shoes!

    angie of pandaphilia fashion

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  2. Thanks for the tour! You look darling in that costume and I'm drooling over your nude pumps.

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  3. They sure are talented.

    You look so adorable in that dress. I also like your shoes :)

    Nice OOTD.

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  4. You look so cute in that costume! What shoes are you wearing btw? Love nude pumps!

    xoxo Lily (chloeash.blogspot.com)

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  5. I love this post! Cutie squirrel! (err...it's a squirrel right?) I see their fun costumes all over ebay and it's nice to see the "behind the scenes" of a company's operations.

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  6. This is such a fun post! I love taking a peek inside design houses!

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  7. Ok I can't read ... fox! Cutie fox!

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  8. Lovely photos and a great post about your experience!

    Can you tell us what shoes you're wearing here? xoxo

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  9. wow looked like quite an adventure! love the fox costume, so adorable :) and omg those mcqueens. DIES.

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  10. That fox costume is great!! I hope it'll be available in XS.

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  11. What a fun trip! I have never heard of Leg Avenue before...I usually do not do regular Halloween costume shopping because nothing ever fits. Great to hear that they have smaller sizes!

    Cannot wait to see more of your fox suit in the future!

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  12. OMG those are the McQueen booties I wantttttttttttt, minus the studs on it. gah. Lucky you for touching them. LOL

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  13. Love the post! Where are your shoes from?? :)

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  14. haha.. this was certainly interesting and like the others i also want to comment on your shoes! so cute!

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  15. that's such a cute costume!!!

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  16. love all the pictures and you're beautiful as always!

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  17. omg those SHOES!
    I'm practically drooling over those booties.

    it looks like so much fun. that's for the pictures =D

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  18. that fox costume is freakin ADORABLE!!!!

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  19. You look so adorable in that costume.
    I'm so jealous. I wish I could be there looking at those gorgeous shoes. They must cost a fortune, though haha.

    P.S.
    You are so skinny O_O
    You're almost like a piece of paper when you turned to your side in the costume photo...

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  20. So cute the pictures! Looks like you had lots of fun ♥
    The costume suites you very well :)

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  21. That computer cover reminds me of my sassy girl (Korean version). I think the main character had one (different design) too! It's so cute

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  22. awh, how fun! wished I had that sort of opportunity.The monitor plushy cover is sooo cute!

    accidental encounters

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  23. Hi Jen,
    Love your pumps! Where did you get those from? I wear a size 5 and have a very difficult time finding shoes. Thanks!

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  24. Looks you had fun! xD

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  25. The last picture is really funny! :]

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  26. Great post and photos. It looks like a good time was had.

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  27. love the first picture !

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  28. THE SHOES!! I'm in lovve!! Black leather, gold studs and GOLD SKULL ZIPPER?? I need these in my life.

    Please check me out :) at ykhearts.blogspot.com

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  29. Amazing photos. I love the costume you tried on! So cute

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  30. the costume is looks so good it you *o* i wish i could find those kind os awesmoe cute costumes in Portugal, unfortunately we barely celebrate hallowen, only carnival and even that is a bit basic since the costumes are not really that good.
    But well, the spirit is what counts most of all :) have fun when halloween arrives ^^

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  31. Amazing photos..and you look so cute!! :)

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  32. wow that looks amazinggg & all those pens :O I'm a graphics student so you could imagine.. I want them allllll!! That costume is too cute!

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  33. hi there! it looks like the monitor cover is just a steering wheel cover.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-Hello-Kitty-Auto-Car-Steering-Wheel-Cover-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3cb7adf0feQQitemZ260779667710QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

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  34. you look so adorable in that costume!

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  35. Hello Jen! Where is your dress and shoes from? I die...

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  36. Have you ever tried the eyeshadow palettes from Sleek makeup? They are cheap and so pigmented, I think you would love them.

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  37. Jen, you're so pretty!! ^^

    That costume is really adorable! At first I thought it was a squirrel costume... lol ^O^;;

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  38. I think this is the first time your sister has made an appearance in one of your posts. You should introduce her! :)

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    Love, An

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  40. dig that pair of shoes with the skull zippers!

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  41. Ah! Copic markers, my loves! ;D

    Cute costume, looking forward to your halloween tutorials this year!

    By the way, if you have not tried Barielle nail polishes, they are having a buy one get one 50% off sale and a coupon code for an additional 30% off the entire purchase (FBFLASH30). That comes out to be 4.20 each for a .45oz bottle which is the average amount for full-size polishes. Just spreading the bargain love, hope you can share this info!

    One of the shades Buddha-ful is similar to Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure if anyone still is looking for that. :)

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  42. such a small world..

    cant believe daniel didnt tell me when he invited you to leg ave HQ!!!

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  43. My jaw dropped at the copic markers! I want!

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  44. Haha, your picture with the mannequin is so funny! You're so short there ^^ Love your blog

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  45. Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post.
    Leg Avenue

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