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Always BBW Focused

By Wilamina Green, 09/21/2015 - 11:21
I recently saw on a social media website focused on those who live the BDSM lifestyle a company announcing they now have corsets for the BBW. Then I read in the post the company is owned by a BBW person . This made me think of myself and my business. Since I was fourteen I have been considered the bigger girl. I struggled with eating disorders and trying so hard to stay on the size 14/16 of the BBW side of things. After I had my two miracle babies I started my business because I went to the typical BBW focused stores for lingerie. What I found was boring and what I considered expensive. Nothing under $40.00. I was a woman on a mission that us BBW women deserve lingerie that is hot and sexy without having to spend over $40.00. I found companies to order from and was selling at the prices I wanted. I love lingerie but this was not enough for me to offer. I then added leather for all of those who love leather to wear at events and in the bedroom. This was a big hit and I knew I had something going. I needed to be focusing on appealing to what you want to wear to lifestyle events. Now let me be honest the only events I attended were munches or a handful pf parties. I had not been to conventions or weekend parties. So I had a lot to learn of the public side of the lifestyle . Plus I had to learn what a lady wants to have with her at one of this weekend events. When I added fashion corsets I was so proud so excited this was so awesome. Because I loved corsets from my days as a bridal consultant. I loved being able to offer corsets under $100.00. I did not want repeat customers and new customers to have to pay over $100.00 for a corset. Over the years more ladies were asking for steel boned. I would look into it and thought goodness that would be a higher priced item and I may lose my customers. I also feared of stepping into the world of BDSM with two established steel boned corset stores. It took me two more years to think this over the pros the cons. As I was thinking about it I was at this point vending at conventions in Indianapolis, St, Louis, Columbus, Chicago, and even Detroit. I was now a size 16-18 and dealing with so many medical issues at times I just wanted to sleep forever in a coffin. I had and still have amazing supportive friends in the BDSM community supporting me in my growth as a woman and as a business woman.I finally decided to take a small risk and order twelve steel boned corsets. I took them to a convention in Chicago then to Des Moines, Iowa. The response was amazing so positive. I knew then I had to bring more in. That first order of corsets were sizes 34, 36, and 38 only. I am a proud BBW and did not want to lose focus of the BBW. To me the non BBW has so many choices to shop from and have great customer service. While BBW's do not have nearly the same amount of choices. Now when we get new items and something is in my size I try it on . If I LOVE IT I buy it and wear it. I LOVE showing our customers how much I believe in the product I sell. I LOVE letting women know who may be unsure if they can wear a steel boned corset.Yes indeed they can and they can look good. We always make sure to have corsets in stock when we go vending. What you see on the website in the sizes listed is what we actually have in stock. We do not wait to have you order from the website on items that are not here in stock. As we grow the more we have here for you. In 2014 my husband and business partner who is also in the BDSM lifestyle started to invest in the business when ordering stock for the store. He took notice at the conventions we were vending at that we were missing the smaller ladies. With a lot of conversations I agreed to take the chance in bringing sizes 30, 28 and 26. My concern was that if we carried smaller sizes we would lose our BBW customer. I was wrong with my concern and so glad my business partner was doing all this observing. In 2014 we were vending at conventions I never thought I would be at. We saw so much and grew so much as an engaged couple and a M/s couple. It is now fall of 2015 and we have been vending so much this year and listening to our new customers. We realized friends come in all sizes and when they shop with us they want to shop together. So we expanded our collection of sizes 26 and 28. Plus we added in size 24. Now when friends come shopping they can have fun together and size is not holding back the fun. Our steel boned corsets are something for you to wear at BDSM events as well as steampunk events, cosplay events and Halloween. Many of our steel boned corsets can easily work for those "vanilla" events like concerts, and weddings. Someone told me earlier this year maybe the reason some people do not buy from my boutique is because they see me trying to make money off my lifestyle community. I would like to think I am supplying what is needed and wanted from one of their own. You may not see us at the clubs and lots of munches. You normally will not see us play at the conventions we vend because simply we are exhausted from working all day. We tend to be private and that we have our experiences at home. I am not some non BBW trying to make money off of a BBW when I can clearly not relate to a BBW. We do not nor will we ever do body shaming. Our website proudly shows real customers including the business owner. Wearing the corsets proudly looking sexy and feeling sexy. We will continue to focus on our BBW customers and our smaller size customers. We want to keep going with our theme of equal size opportunity for all. We never have and never will size punish with our prices. We will continue to give you the best customer service and the best products we have to offer. We will continue meeting new customers at new conventions. We will continue embracing who we are and what we are.