20 February 2012

Purple Plum Inc.: Another on ElleJay's List of Favourites

This weekend when I modelled in and attended Anime Milwaukee, I found a new company I -love-, Purple Plum Inc.! (also known as the Anime Stuff Store) As I have stressed in the past, small, local businesses are my thing. The Chicagoland area is inhabited by multitudes of talented, young go-getters, and I want to help as many as I can succeed, particularly when they produce something relevant to my interests.
Walking through the dealer’s room, I noticed a stand with wigs. I felt a mix of excitement and hesitance. I adore buying wigs, but I am too often disappointed by what I see at conventions. After eyeing the wigs for a short bit, I hadn’t made up my mind and didn’t return until the last day of the convention. I finally took a close look at them, and I was impressed! The fibres were soft and heat resistant, and they had a healthy sheen to them. The wigs were very affordably priced, and there was a wide selection appealing to Lolita, cosplay, and general fashion. I was very pleased to discover they were also based in a suburb of Chicago!
As I talked to one of the owners, Katie, I became even more impressed.  After enduring frustration over not being able to find the exact wigs they wanted in the existing market, she and her sister, Jenny, started the company together. Closely following Lolita trends, the two girls deliver products that reflect those trends and in turn, add a fresh twist! While they have a company in China that does their production, it’s not a typical relationship---they’re actually good friends! You can rest assured that what you buy from Purple Plum will be of lovely quality.
I also appreciated how much they value customer opinions. Katie explained to me that she does read reviews that are written about her company, and she uses the information she receives to improve what she and Jenny create. It shows in how well “Like”-d they are; on its Facebook page, the Anime Stuff Store has nearly 7,000! (Katie personally attests to not using any services that drive faux-Likes to their page like other companies may do. All of their fans are legitimate.)
I purchased two wigs that day, this blonde and light brown split:







Wig by Purple Plum Inc.; Barrettes, ring, and necklace by Tasty Peach Studios, and Headbow by Pink Macaroon






Wig by Purple Plum Inc.; Barrettes, ring, and necklace by Tasty Peach Studios, and Headbow by Pink Macaroon








Wig by Purple Plum Inc.; Barrettes, ring, and necklace by Tasty Peach Studios, and Headbow by Pink Macaroon








Wig by Purple Plum Inc.; Barrettes, ring, and necklace by Tasty Peach Studios, and Headbow by Pink Macaroon








Wig by Purple Plum Inc.; Barrettes, ring, and necklace by Tasty Peach Studios, and Headbow by Pink Macaroon



The ring, necklace, and barrettes are by the beautiful Ryan Zanfei of Tasty Peach Studios! I bought them at the convention in addition to a matching notebook. Her products are the CUTEST! Click the photos to enlarge for detail. 

and this deep red, straight wig:


(worn pictures to come soon!)

Both are very comfortable to wear and absolutely adorable. I have many, many more on my wish list. You will definitely be seeing a lot of Purple Plum on Sherry and Cookies. 

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