Hey everyone! It's me, Kimmie S'amore - owner, designer, manufacturer, webmaster, social media manager, and janitor at Tasty Treat, and I'd like to welcome you to the new Tasty Treat blog: Food For Thought!
Since the global pandemic has left many of us polers yearning for community, now that we're no longer able to congregate in our beloved studios and supportively ogle each other's rears whilst engaging in acts of dubious aerial gymnastics, I thought a blog might be a nice way to connect with my customers in a more in-depth way than FB and the 'gram. I'm not gonna lie, long-form writing is one of my favorite forms of expression for many reasons, chief among them being that it saves me from the hand-wringing and subsequent hours of Photoshopping that happen whenever I attempt to generate visual content for Tasty Treat's social media (full disclosure: I Photoshop Tasty Treat's advertisement photos heavily, because my home pole-space is a 10x10 bedroom with crooked New England plaster walls, not photogenic pink reclaimed barn wood panels).
Perhaps more importantly, though, it allows me to share some of my thoughts on the importance of sustainability in fashion, as well as the nuances of size-inclusivity and the challenges that come with designing with DD+ & curvy sizing in mind.
These topics are all near and dear to my heart, and they are some of the fundamental ideals around which I have based Tasty Treat. As a person who struggles to fit in most conventional polewear tops, I often find that my best inspiration for where to go next with my designs comes directly from my customers telling me what they need out of their clothing in order to feel confident and strong. That can be different for everyone: some people feel their very best when showing off a lot of skin, others when they're in something that offer lots of support and strategic coverage. All of these are extremely valid, and that's what makes it a challenge to constantly expand our RTW line so that we'll eventually be able to offer a little something for everyone, without making anyone feel excluded from a style because they've been told their body type "isn't suited for it." As a one-woman operation (in addition to juggling a full-time day job), it does unfortunately make the pattern/product development time a little slow... but fortunately, we're about slow fashion here at Tasty Treat - taking the time to do it right and make it nice.
We try to do our best here to give ample warning to our customers that we make every item to order, so it may take several weeks to arrive, but the beauty of slow fashion means that many more things are possible, and we can take the time to talk to you about your order, in case there's something specific about the fit that you'd like us to take into account. For instance, while we're developing our extended sizing for our patterns, we are happy to temporarily offer extra-small and plus sized versions of our clothing as a custom order. When in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact us! We love to hear from you. We also offer full custom services if you can't find exactly what you're looking for - check out our photo and video galleries for a small selection of some of the treats we've designed for our customers! If you're really excited to invest in your very own collection of made-to-measure dance and swimwear, I highly recommend checking out our Couture Club services, where an up-front investment in getting yourself measured and patterned ends up in some big savings every time you ask for something new and custom.
To that end, I'd like to hear from you! What are some of the challenges you'd like to see addressed by polewear designers? I'd love to hear your thoughts!