welcome to Nice living room! The nostalgic, award-winning boutique sits just off Broadway in party-friendly Capitol Hill. Owner Anna “Banana” Lange recently celebrated her shop’s 20th anniversary and was thrilled with the results of her untraditional celebration.
“Normally we would throw a big party with a fashion show, aerial jumps and live music,” Lange said. “However, due to the current state of our world, we decided to simply hold a shopping event to offer 20% off and serve champagne and snacks. It was a huge success, as we beat our daily sales record and we made some great memories.”
Growing up, Lange was constantly saving and using her creativity by taking clothes to resale and consignment stores.
“I grew up obsessively curating my Barbie’s extensive wardrobe (both vintage and new – ha!), creating capsule collections and doing all of her interior design,” she said. she declared.
Before Pretty Parlor opened in 2001, Lange worked as an art director at Nordstrom and also freelanced with Eddie Bauer and REI. Her degree in graphic design from Montana State University, as well as her passion for clothing, opened up many opportunities for her in the field of fashion and art. It was during her time at Nordstrom that she moved into a lovely apartment that ultimately led to the concept of her boutique.
Lange got creative and combined her costumes and her wardrobe, which resulted in renting out pieces to friends. She eventually decided to combine both her experience with art and fashion to open her own business.
Today, the boutique is a dream for lovers of vintage and feminine fashion. Inside you will find a portrait of actress Audrey Hepburn, whom Lange greatly admires, “Notre-Dame du Parloir”.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny head are some of our favorite movies of all time,” she said.
The boutique’s interior also transports you back to the days of valued sophistication, and Lange draws heavily from classic Hollywood cinema.
“We’re also big fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood and all the fabulous MGM costumes they wore,” she said.
For anyone looking for vintage-inspired glamor or true vintage in a variety of sizes, this boutique is the place to go. Shoppers will find a variety of new, vintage-inspired reproduction pieces and genuine vintage clothing from local designers in sizes XS to 3XL. Styles ranging from sequin flapper dresses, 50s fashion, 60s mod, 70s disco dresses and 80s prom dresses can all be found in the store. Pretty Parlor also offers women’s coats, swimwear, skirts, pants, shoes, lingerie, hosiery, and accessories such as jewelry, gloves, wigs, hats, and scarves.
“We specialize in ‘Decade Dressing Head to Toe’, a term we coined, which means our stylists refer to our library of vintage fashion books to create a precise outfit for the decade you are trying to replicate” , said Lange.
Pretty Parlor also hosts a bridal boutique where brides-to-be can make an appointment for a style fitting.
“Our prices are very affordable, all well under $1,000. Often our brides receive two dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the party,” Lange said. There are also plenty of choices for any bridal party looking to find their dresses for the big day.
The store also offers a small sampling of men’s clothing and accessories in their “Manland” section, which offers shirts, pants, suits, vests, swimwear, coats, hats, shoes, suspenders, ties and bow ties, tie clips, vintage tacks. , socks and pouches.
Lange feels lucky to be helped by a few family members in running the business. His mother Barb comes to help him restore, mend and make the clothes for the shop, while his stepfather helps him with the accounting aspects of the business. Included in the family helper is Minz, aka Mini, Pretty Parlor’s shop cat, who can be found sleeping in her cute pink bed or wandering around the shop.
Not only does Lange stay busy with her business, but she’s also a musician, actress, singer, and dancer. Lange also recently completed a tour with his band in October 2021 and has even performed with other Seattle musicians over the years.
When asked what her favorite decade of clothing was, she replied, “1960s mod styling, Emilio Pucci’s luscious colors and prints make me weak in the knees.”
“I also love making people look fabulous. Seeing someone’s elated reaction in an amazing outfit that flatters their figure and personal style is the most rewarding part of the job.”