Questions to Orchard Corset’s First Live Q and A
Oh…and the Answers Too!
On Wednesday, August 20th, several members of our wonderful Orchard Corset family joined four of our fabulous, OC staffers for our first Twitter Q and A session. Lots of great questions were asked, a few awesome corsets were given away and much fun was had.
@orchardcorset: We’re LIVE for our first @orchardcorset #qanda!! Tweet your questions for the next hr & we’ll answer them! Use #ocqna #askallthequestions
Q: Does the cs-345 corset fit most body styles or is it like the cs-426 corset, where it only fits longer torsos?
A: it’s the best of both worlds. Shorter and less hip spring. But some length in the front and same underbust cut.
Q: What made you want to start making corsets?
A: We don’t-we design them and they are made for us by skilled craftsman (and women) in Pakistan.
Q: Would you consider making a “longline” for short torsos? Like 11″ or 12″? The 345 is still too long
A: We have a prototype of our cs-426 in a shorter version on its way as we tweet! Very similar lines to our classic 426.
Q: Do you guys ever plan to get more corsets in with prints/patterns?
A: We have a couple of limited edition prints coming right now! Purple and Turquoise Paisley in the 411 and the 426. **NOTE: They’re here now**
Q: timid about the mesh corset you guys have, I sort of worry that it’ll squish my fat strangely. Thoughts?
A: We haven’t noticed or received any feedback about that so you should be good. It’s a fabulous corset!
Q: Could you wear the mesh (mini wasp and the other sizes coming out) without a liner underneath? A: You can, but you still face the sweat and body oil issue, we still recommend a liner with our #cs201 (& upcoming mesh)
Q: what is your best selling corset style and size?
A: the #cs426 black satin size 24!
Q: what is it like being an employee at OC?
A: (Renee) It’s a dream come true! It’s such a fun team, products & customers. Everyday is different!
A: (Sky) Amazing! I love what I do and the people I work with. I get to be myself- wild, fashion forward, and creative!
Q: who wears the most corsets at work or do you all wear them on the job?
A: It’s either Skylar or Renee. The other ladies do too, but they (R&S) are the most active corset wearers.
Q: how do you make such quality products?
A: We have high quality control standards from our manufacturers-and they back up their work! We run efficiently and are…
Q: How do you guys sit around all those corsets all day without going crazy?
A: We don’t really. We have access to them & receive a great discount (plus, we get to test the new ones for R&D).
Q: Are you guys gonna be doing more things on twitter now? A: lol! We are definitely working on expanding our Social Media team so we can cover our platforms more consistently.
Q: Is there any news on a new over bust corset for fuller busts?
A: we released it earlier this month! Its called the #cs530 and it is AMAZING!! Super comfy and very *ahem* roomy.
Q: Are you going to do a more gothic-style corset with fancier clasps?
A: We have added the #cs-345 with buckles and are looking into some new steampunk styles in the future.
Q: How did you guys team up with such great models like Tess Munster? I love her!
A: internet research. They either find us or we find them and if we’re interested, we start a relationship.
Q: How do usually come up with ideas for photo shoots?
A: The marketing team does a lot of brainstorming & pop culture research. We have some super fun stuff in the works..
Q: How was the move? Is it a dream come true?
A: Exhausting but SO worth it! Everything is so organized and we have more space than we know what to do with!
Q: If you had to pick your favourite corset that has EVER been carried by your company, which would you pick?
A: (renee) We had a black/green brocade overbust I’ve had for years and still wear to this day. A: (Skylar) Leopard print #cs511. Hands down! Love love love! I feel so pin up in it and I can wear it with anything!
Q: Do you get any celeb customers? If so, any favorites? A: We do, but for privacy, we can’t divulge that information. Sorry!
A: (but we did provide many corsets to a particular material girl we cannot name)
Q: The people who make your corsets (in Pakistan), are they paid fair wages…? I would hope yes!
A: The stitchers and crafts people are highly skilled and therefore earn about 3 times the minimum wage (and get free lunch)…
Q: Which model is your favorite corset to wear and why?
A: (renee) the #cs201 or the leather #cs411 are by far my most popular I own.
A: (Sky) its a toss up between my #cs426 and my #cs411! I use my 426 for photo shoots & my 411 is my go to waist training corset.
Q: What is it like working with Lucy from Lucy’s Corsets. SHE is Awesome!
A: Lucy was so incredible and SO smart. We were a little starstuck. We had a blast and look forward to her next visit!
Q: You mentioned in one of your videos about a collaboration with Lucy on a level 4 corset. How is that going?
Q: How are the collaboration between @Orchardcorset and Lucy’s Corsets coming along? A: Yes! I should have the second version of that prototype in my hands very soon (like next week). We are super excited!…
Q: Do you guys have something up your sleeves for upcoming contests? I missed out on the trip.
Q: do you have any future plans for vip visits or tweetups?
A: Nothing on the books yet…our new house isn’t quite ready for company!
Q: Would you ever consider running a design contest among customers?
A: hmmmm….interesting idea. We hadn’t really thought about that, but we will now!
Q: I’m new to corsets and corseting. Can corsets help out with back pain and poor posture due to a large chest size?
A: Definitely! Many of our customers find relieve with back pain with corseting!
Q: What is the most challenging thing you guys face working at OC?
A: Its hard to get any real work done because we have so much fun! Seriously!
Q: How have the Bra sales been going @orchardcorset? Will you be getting more styles or sticking with a limited selection for now?
A: Great! The #affinitas brand is amazing for all of us hard to fit women. We hope to add more styles as we have time to…
Q: Do you guys have plans on some holiday prints?
A: no plans for holiday prints BUT we do have some holiday surprises coming up! Stay tuned!
Q: What is the Boss like?
A: (Skylar) hysterical! Jeff is so much fun to be around! I’ve learned so much from him! Friend, mentor, goofball!
A: (renee) kindest, fairest, most generous PUN LOVING person Ive met. He is the reason our c.s. standards are so high
A: (Cheri) They are the most amazing people EVER! Have allowed me to really grow into my own and discover many latent…[talents I didn't know I had. And, more about bacon that I ever did before].
Q: Do you guys dream about corsets? Lol
A: we all do! lol But often it’s nightmares on not doing things right for you all!
Q: who is one person you guys want to work with in the future?
A: (amy) @adamlevine …I’d LOVE to corset that guy!
A: (renee) I would love to get @stevienicks in one of our corsets!
A: (Skylar) @masuimimax I would LOVE to work with her. Gorgeous and super talented!
A: (Cheri) @adamaofficial What can I say…we go WAAAY back
Q: What is it like living in Wenatchee?
A: (Cheri) One of the most beautiful places-hiking, rafting, skiing…EVERYTHING! And over 300 days of sunshine-with a REAL…
A: (Skylar) beautiful but small- I’m from Miami. Its nice to live in a tight knit community, everyone knows EVERYONE!
A: (renee) a bit small so not much nightlife, but you make your own fun. And, it’s BEAUTIFUL! http://ow.ly/i/6CAs6
Q: I know the market probably isn’t huge but will you carry Men’s Corsets? (Speaking of @adamlevine)
A: We actually are looking into that. The 305 works alright, but isn’t very long. I have a prototype, but need some…
Q: Cheri seems so fun but about her business…what do u guys think? Did I nail it?
A: She is SOOOO fun (though she goes to bed too early)! We all do pretty good at having fun but getting things done
Q: If you could use ONE word to describe your job, what would it be?
A: (renee) FAN-FRICKEN-TASTIC!
A: (Skylar) Tight…. both literally and metaphorically! haha
A: (amy) #BestJobEvah!
Q: What was your FAVOURITE photoshoot ever?
A: (Skylar) The candy land shoot was my favorite! So colorful-candy for days. I was cleaning glitter off me for a week.
Q: have any of you tried making your own corset by hand?
A: (Skylar) I’m learning how…and working up the courage. I’m not that good yet! I end up frustrated and eating ice cream.
Q: how do you find your models? I’d kill to model I corset!
A: The local girls are employees (who just happen to be BEAUTIFUL!). The others we’ve approached or they’ve approached us.
Q: How do you choose sizes 4 your models in photos? Corsets that are within the 4-inch reduction range, more or less?
A: (Sky) its up to each model and what they wear. I personally do about a 6-8 inch reduction but thats normal for me.
Q: Can we hear a compliment you’d give to the last person (that you work with) that you talked to? :)
A: (renee) I talked to the amazing @ChicagoChicBlog today. She is absolutely beautiful! And, her blog is well written.
A: (Skylar) I just helped a gal named Brittany with her #cs201 and she is a PEACH! I also helped my momma… bias!
Q: What do y’all think is the “next step” in corsetry?
Q: (Elaborating on my last question) What do y’all think is the corsets of the future will be like?
A: Corsets becoming more mainstream.
Q: Would you ever do a Edwardian-esque photo shoot?
A: It’s always an option. And, a great idea!
Q: The hour is almost over already! I hope this becomes a regular thing! (No question)
A: I think we can make that happen!
Q: Any final thoughts before we’re done for tonight?
A: (Skylar) I have so many! Mostly just thank you, everyone! We wouldn’t be who/what we are without you all!
A: (renee) You guys are the best! I love seeing the #facebook posts, #Instagram pics & #tweets. Loved reading these?
Missed participating this time? Don’t worry! We had so much fun we’ll have another Q and A session soon.