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New Things!

new in shop ap. 22

New in Shop for the Week of April 22, 2018

Sanne has been so busy making all the things for the shop. This week we have a new restock of some old favorites. That’s right, new in store this week is the long black steampunk frock coat and the reversible corset waist belt.

Long Black Steampunk Frock Coat

Available in sizes Small to Large.

The Steampunk Frock Coat is the masculine equivalent to a corset. Seriously, every guy who tries one on looks great in it. It’s like an instant makeover. These look great with a pair of jeans and runners but they can also be dressed up and worn as a suit jacket. We’ve had many people get a Steampunk Frock Coat for Halloween or a costume and ended up integrating it into their everyday wardrobe because it looks so great. We love the look of a Steampunk Frock Coat with a pair of bondage pants and a waistcoat.

Corset Waist Belts

Now available in blue reversible to black vegan leather, red reversible to black vegan leather, brown reversible to black vegan leather, and black tapestry reversible to black vegan leather.

Do you want the look of a corset without the boning? Then the corset waist belt is for you. The corset waist belt laces up in the front so you can customize how wide the gap is. Elastic sides and back are stretchy so this belt can fit most people. Did we mention that it’s reversible? Well it is! One side is vegan leather and the other is bright coloured patterned fabric so that you can wear your corset waist belt with any outfit. We like to wear the corset waist belt with an underblouse and an asymmetrical skirt.

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In With The New!

Byzantine Dress

Ready to conquer an Empire? The Empress of Byzantium would certaintly aggree she’s ready to reign supreme in H&R London’s amazingly popular Byzantine Dress! The beautifully made Byzantine Dress will have you realizing your dreams of royalty. A strappy swing dress with a strikingly bold brocade print, the dress has delicate lace on the straps and a corset-tie waist to tighten or loosen for a perfect fit. The sweetheart neckline enhances the bustline and the built-in cotton lined petticoat really makes this dress extra special. The Dress hits at the knee, and zips up the side. Available in both Black and Red.

Black Brocade Steampunk Jacket Tail Coat with Lacing

Black brocade tail coat with black lace and satin ruffle along neckline and cuffs. This gothic jacket is short at front with a longer split tails at the back. There is cord lacing though eyelets down the centre back. The front and sleeves are detailed with antique-silver buttons and studs on military style straps. The jaquard fabric is of high quality and the tailcoat is fully-lined. In view of the critical lack of decent coachmen nowadays, this is obviously a must-have for any lady who has to drive her own coach! A perfect topper to your dream steampunk ensemble.

Steampunk Poet Shirt – Black Cotton, Lace-Up

Add a little romance to your wardrobe with a poet shirt. Note! These shirts are not meant to be fitted in any way. The loose following sleeves and drop shoulder will make your feel like you just walk off the cover of a Gothic Romance and into modern times. They look great with a pair of jeans if you’re just looking to spice up your everyday look but they look even better with a waistcoat or jacket. We like Poet Shirts the best when paired with vegan leather jeans and a steampunk frock coat.

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FAQ: Do you do custom?

Why we don’t do custom work

One of our most frequently asked questions is: do you do custom and/or alterations? It’s a totally reasonable question. If everything with the Venus & Mars label is handmade in store then it only seems logical that we would be set up to do custom but the truth is we’re not. Back in the day we used to do custom but a steady increase in business and customers has made it impossible to continue. The following is why.

Custom is expensive

Custom work is expensive. In the time that it takes to make one custom jacket, we could probably make two dozen steampunk frock coats (more on that below). From an accounting standpoint, it’s difficult to justify charging the same amount for one custom jacket as it would be for one regular jacket that we could produce in a small production run. We don’t think it’s fair to charge $1,000 or more for just one jacket but we wouldn’t be able to survive if we charged the same amount for custom as we do for off the rack.

steampunk frock coat

It is time consuming

Everything we make is made in small production runs. That means that Sanne uses a pattern (of her own design) to cut multiple items at the same time. She then bundles everything together for our sewer and we get shiny new awesome products once they are all put together. If it is a brand new design then Sanne will cut one and sew a sample for our sewer. Depending on what we are making, we generally have a turn around time of a week for multiple items in a size run.  Custom work requires a lot more time.We have to set up a consultation, make a new pattern, construct the garment, provide a fitting, and make any necessary alterations. In the time that it takes to do a consultation alone, Sanne could have cut 6 black wool cloaks.

Bonus: Putting together a cosplay? Check out  What is cosplay for suggestions on how to put something together off the rack.

We don’t want to

Sanne started Venus & Mars in 1993 because she wanted to make her own designs. People come to us with excellent suggestions and incredibly creative ideas that we love to hear about. Sometimes these ideas even inspire us to make new things (for example the ladies tails vest) but that’s on our own terms and in our own designs. What has made the store successful for a quarter century is Sanne’s unique designs and we would like to continue in that vein.

We totally want to make your vision a reality. If you bring in a picture of what your trying to recreate, we can offer suggestions and help you come up with at least a base for your outfit. We’ll try to recommend other places too that might have what you’re looking for. If you do end up getting custom work done then make sure to do your homework. Look up reviews from other customers and shop around for a price that fits your budget.

What has your experience been with getting custom clothing made? Let us know in the comments below.

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Get Free Tickets to Vancouver Taboo Naughty but Nice Show

Venus & Mars Taboo 2018

Taboo Naughty but Nice Show

January is coming to a close which means it’s almost time for Taboo! Dig out your sexiest outfits and get ready for three days of debauchery. This is our 8th year vending at Taboo, and if this year is anything like the past, it’s going to be a super fun time.

Where: Vancouver Convention Center

When: February 2nd – 4th, 2018

Hours:

  • Friday 5pm to Midnight
  • Saturday Noon to Midnight
  • Sunday Noon to 6pm

How Much: ADMISSION $20.00

What:

Everything from your hearts’ desires to inconceivable delights. This is a ‘can’t miss’ event.The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show provides an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo. Enjoy entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and LIVE demonstrations.

Our pop-up shop will be a mini version of our brick and mortar. We will have poet shirts, vest, military frock coats, kilts, cloaks, corsets, skirts, goggles and much more. We will be bringing our portable debit machine so that you can pay by credit or debit for any treasures that you find at the event. Events not your thing? Don’t worry our shop will be operating at normal business hours (Monday to Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-5). Not in the area? Don’t worry you can shop online 24/7 from your couch in your underwear.

Want free tickets? CLICK HERE to get a pair.

Are you going to Taboo this year? What are you most excited about seeing? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lisa’s Throw Back Thursday

Check out super sexy VM alumni Lisa

in a BLACK SATIN PEASANT BLOUSE, BLUE TAPESTRY WAIST CINCHER, and BLACK WIGGLE SKIRT strutting her stuff down the Venus & Mars catwalk at the flagship location in the district of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. Hit the links to check out her awesome outfit in our storefront.

Doesn’t she look amazing?  You should probably share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and while you’re at it, leave a comment below!