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Old 09-12-2022, 06:58 PM   #1
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Stella Cadente - ShadowDRGN's Secret Base

Stella Cadente
Custom Dressmaking & Tailoring
Though Goto had thought himself content to wander the world for the past couple years, recent events since his arrival in Fizzytopia brought with them a stark realization—for all his time as a vagabond has done to give him perspective on the world, he found his creative edge dulled by that self-same way of life.

While the tailor never truly stopped making and mending clothes, there was a certain ennui that came from creating only for his own sake. After all, the satisfaction he felt from his craft came partly from the challenge of creating each piece. From the way he had to carefully select the materials, to cutting and styling it to perfectly both his client and the occasion—all of it culminated in the magic moment when the recipient first slipped it on before the mirror.

Truly, to only have a client in himself—to effortlessly know his every taste and whim—left no challenge or surprise in his work. Even his prized Raikou kimono provided little in the way of creative nourishment, despite how proud he was to wear it to the gala.

Driven by a hunger to meet new muses, Goto decided now was the time to take a hammer to the Tepig bank he’d been saving since his departure. It was money that reeked of blood and tears, yet he could find no better way to part with it than to start anew and wiser.

He purchased a quaint little storefront in the heart of the city, and set about renovating it between his escapades. Among a neighborhood of unsightly industrial warehouses and old, colonial-style buildings, he endeavored to make his shop be the rose blooming from the concrete—a place of rustic comforts, curiosity, and boundless self-expression for all who walk through its doors.

Whether you’re here for repairs and adjustments, craft supplies, or to commission entirely new outfits, expect stellar service at fair rates—but to those seeking an expedited request, the tailor prefers his work paired with an engaging conversation or two...

Ground Floor
This is where most of the day-to-day happens. Visitors to the shop are free to look around and sit down in the drawing room, though kitchen usage will be handled by either Goto or any of the Pokemon he leaves on staff.
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Storefront. In stark contrast to the shop’s unassuming exterior, the inside is filled corner-to-corner with colorful fabrics, arranged purposefully to dazzle new customers. Though the door lacks a bell, visitors rarely have to wait long to be greeted from the window-side counter, whether it’s by Goto himself or one of his Pokemon.

Being part textiles and part custom-made apparel, the shop’s selection runs across a spectrum of different products and materials for all sorts of needs. Careful arrangement of low-set tables keeps what would be limited floor space feel wide open, while bulk items like fabric rolls are shifted towards the walls to avoid clutter. Despite the creaky and rustic construction, there is barely a dusty corner to be found.

If one looks closely, they can find tokens of Goto’s travels all over; paintings of the Kalosian countryside, wood-carved totems from the isles of Alola, and plenty of influences from the art of traditional Kantonian dress-making.

Backrooms. Accessed through a curtained doorway tucked between the shelves, the shop’s backrooms trade carefully-considered aesthetics for utility. Metal shelves rise like walls, filled with boxes of surplus product, seasonal items waiting their turn to christain the shelves, and projects that are biding their time on the backburner.

Customers are rarely allowed back here, but there are those occasions where the item they seek can only be found by delving into the labyrinth... hopefully with a ball of string to help guide them back to the exit once they’re done.

Fitting Rooms. Having been converted from a pair of closets, these small rooms feature coat racks, a mirror and a bench to assist customers in trying on clothes. Keys for either room can be found in a basket at the counter.

Drawing Room. Shades of the building’s past as a residential home are clear the moment one steps inside the drawing room. A couch with a soft, floral-Pokemon pattern and two mismatched chairs surround a glass table, upon which lies a porcelain tea set. With accompaniment from a glass wine cabinet, and access to the kitchen, it has everything Goto needs to host the perfect chat—be it over tea or a nice vintage.

Kitchen. Though space is tight—practically a narrow strip of floor flanked by the oven on one side, and the fridge and sink on the other—this kitchen has everything necessary to make a full meal at home. Jars filled with various tea leaves, spices and garnishes line the shelves, carefully arranged by color and strength, and rarely ever left untouched whenever Goto makes his favorite dishes.

Workshop. Secreted away in the back corner of the building is a tiny room, where the windows are curtained with fine silks to carefully control the light. Scraps of cloth and sewing supplies are strewn about the workbench, never resting as a line of works-in-progress hangs from a rack near the door. A drawing board is situated just in sight, providing invaluable references for how each piece should be made.

Goto spends much of his time here, hunched over an electric sewing machine as he turns the dreams of his customers into reality. Though he prefers to work by himself, there are some pieces which require direct input from the client. They’ll not be bored, however, as a steady stream of refreshments from the kitchen help to liven things up even as the tailor becomes absorbed in his craft.


Upstairs
Access to the upstairs can be found in the hall between the storefront and the kitchen. With exception to the bathroom, customers are permitted up here only with permission.
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Bedroom. Seldom occupied during the day, Goto’s room is nonetheless kept neat and tidy at all times. A king-sized bed dominates the floor space, with satin sheets providing warmth and comfort during even the depths of winter. Heavy rouge curtains block almost all light when drawn closed, allowing the tailor to light scented candles around the room when a more calming atmosphere is needed.

Though sparse compared to the downstairs, the room still has plenty of furnishings to make it feel more home-like. A rocking chair in the corner is permanently occupied by hand-made plush Pokemon, while the dresser at the foot of the bed holds a pewter jewelry box surrounded by framed photos from his travels. A nightstand on the right is topped with an alarm clock, a charging dock, and a pill organizer—as for what’s inside the drawer, well... that’s a secret kept tightly under lock-and-key.

Bathroom. Located through the first door on the left, this room is filled with rather standard amenities—a hybrid bathtub/shower, a toilet, and a sink with an ovular mirror. A frosted glass window allows light to filter in while keeping privacy, and everything is kept sparkling clean for the sake of both customers and residents.

The drawer nearest to the door is filled with an assortment of cosmetics for Goto’s personal use—foundations, concealers, eyeliners, and a handful of lipsticks and balms.

Office/Study. Walking into this room, one feels an immediate air of professionalism surrounding them. A heavy, covered desk stands prominently across from the door, illuminated either by sunlight filtering through the blinds or the electric glow of a desk-lamp. Often-times, the tailor’s laptop is accompanied by stacks of paperwork never fully exhausted, no matter how often he works through the night.

Bookshelves flank the desk to either side, organized by topics ranging from tailoring and design textbooks to works of philosophy, history, fiction and any other literature that Goto finds interesting. A plush chair in the corner serves both for clients to sit upon as they talk business with the tailor, and as a retreat from all the busywork as Goto settles down with a book in-hand.

For either occasion, a bar behind the desk is stocked with drinks, while a folding game board tucked into one of the drawers turns otherwise dull meetings into an engaging battle of wits.


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Old 09-12-2022, 07:05 PM   #2
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Old 09-12-2022, 08:05 PM   #3
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Ground Floor
This is where most of the day-to-day happens. Visitors to the shop are free to look around and sit down in the drawing room, though kitchen usage will be handled by either Goto or any of the Pokemon he leaves on staff.
[Please reply in Burlywood.]

Storefront. In stark contrast to the shop’s unassuming exterior, the inside is filled corner-to-corner with colorful fabrics, arranged purposefully to dazzle new customers. Though the door lacks a bell, visitors rarely have to wait long to be greeted from the window-side counter, whether it’s by Goto himself or one of his Pokemon.

Being part textiles and part custom-made apparel, the shop’s selection runs across a spectrum of different products and materials for all sorts of needs. Careful arrangement of low-set tables keeps what would be limited floor space feel wide open, while bulk items like fabric rolls are shifted towards the walls to avoid clutter. Despite the creaky and rustic construction, there is rarely a dusty corner to be found.

If one looks closely, they can find tokens of Goto’s travels all over; paintings of the Kalosian countryside, wood-carved totems from the isles of Alola, and plenty of influences from the art of traditional Kantonian dress-making.
The shop was a vibrant display of colors and textures, featuring all sorts of decor from the world over. THis, of course, would be appreciated by most people. Most people... he was not most people. No, he didn't have an eye for detail. All he saw was the present moment, much to the chagrin of those around him. Only having the larger picture in mind, despite taking the time to try and smell the roses along the way.

A large, hulking man of muscles and scruff entered the shop, pectorals barely contained by his tank top. A necklace with silver dog tags swung to and fro as he entered, catching the various lights within the shop. A beat to shit, sleeves ripped off leather jacket hugged his sides, fully showing off his toned arms and tatted sleeves. He treats carefully, trying his best to make sure his studded, fingerless leather gloves caught on anything.

Trailing behind the man was a Midnight Lycanroc, seeming curious at its surroundings. The Pokemon sniffed into the air, seeming on edge. Unlike his rough and gruff trainer, the dog was kept immaculately. His mohawk-pompadour mix of a coat shined brilliantly, and his rocky fur was a deep crimson hue. Nails were perfectly trimmed to be sharpened on the ground for battle, but not hurt otherwise, and fangs were a sparkling white.

"Think we'll find him here?" the trainer asked the Lycanroc, who wasn't too aware of what his trainer was asking.

"Nah." the blonde shook his head. "I need new kicks and threads anyways. These shorts are getting too loose..." he muttered.

His ocean blue eyes then skimmed the room, seeming to wait for something to catch his interest. Fashion was definitely not his forte, as he tended to go for the macho jock look when possible. And the clothing here... didn't exactly match that. Yet rumors caught wind of someone he had met once was here. Years ago, when he was just starting out from Nimbasa.
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Old 09-16-2022, 11:11 PM   #4
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No flash photography.

The sign hung conspicuously above the back corner of the shop, visible from the moment one walked through the doors. Normally, it was the kind of warning you’d see in a museum, or inside a Pokemon Daycare, not a tailor’s shop. Certainly, Manuel wasn’t about to disagree with the quality of the pieces on display, but it still felt odd to him. Surely, the clothes were sturdy enough to withstand a brief bit of light from his camera...

The bespectacled photographer sighed, sliding another jacket down the rack as he examined the next. He’d come in seeking formal wear for a press conference this weekend—a pretty standard gig, yet one he found himself underprepared for since coming to Fizzytopia. After all, tastes here were quite a bit different than they were in Kalos, and he could only pack so much of his closet into two suitcases.

Even so, it appeared that he’d gotten a tad sidetracked along the way. Shopping with purpose became an aimless browse to fuel his fanciful daydreams. He pictured vividly the kind of impression he would make with every outfit that crossed his notice—how it would feel to be a trendsetter, for once.

He heard the sound of the door swinging open, but paid it no mind at first. People had been coming and going frequently enough, and it’s not like he knew very many of the locals yet. No, he rarely tended to get acquainted with anyone during his travels. The last friend he made abroad that he could remember, well... he’d given up hope of ever crossing paths with him again.

The style he wanted was missing his size, it seemed. That shrewd tailor had to be around somewhere, he could take a size up and simply ask him to re-fit it. Plus, it’d been a while since he had his measurements taken, anyways.

Settling for coming back tomorrow, Manuel plucked the jacket off the wall and turned around, holding the shirt aloft like he’d just obtained a new item. He wished he could take a picture, but in this lighting, he wouldn’t be able to properly capture the subtleties in the weave that captivated him so.

A stray glance—that’s all it took for Manuel to notice him standing there. He completely stuck out like the proverbial Taurous in a china shop. The years had changed a lot about him—about both of them, really—but there was no mistaking the brash look in those eyes.

“Tanner!?”
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Old 09-21-2022, 01:52 PM   #5
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A familiar voice hits his ears, his mind starting to warp beneath the singular word said. His name. Mmm, yes, a mix of shock and relief. It was a taste he was all too familiar with, and something that drove him forwards. So the rumors were true, at least, the ones whispered to him.

Yet, he was not the one to act. No, a flash of red rushed up to the person calling to him. The Lycanroc sized the man up, before giving a nod. It was a familiar scent... Then it was true. After all of these years, they had finally reunited. It was a bit awkward, sure, to meet in a clothing shop of all places. Yet, chance meetings couldn't be helped, could they?

"Sup man," he gives a cheeky grin in response. "Been what, four years now? Still, it's been a while. What've you been doing anyways?"

At this point, the Lycanroc had retreated back to his trainer's side. He was overly protective, even if he could get rowdy at times. Four years was a long time, after all. For a chance meeting like this to happen, even if his trainer was actively searching, then it was fate. Or luck. Perhaps both?
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Old 09-21-2022, 06:44 PM   #6
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Shocked beyond words—even describing it like that failed to convey the feeling in Manuel’s chest right now. Coincidence? Fate? Whichever brought them together again, it was like the photographer’s whole world had been squeezed down to the size of this one, single room.

He leaned back a bit as Lycanroc darted up to him, at first not recognizing the Pokemon that had accompanied them on their journey together. As soon as he remembered, though, his face lit up in a warm smile, and he gladly held out his hand for the Pokemon to smell. It was only natural for him to have evolved after all this time... but that fact still didn’t quite register in his brain as real.

Nothing about this felt real. Why find each-other again now? Why here, of all places?

“Has it really been that long? It felt like it was just a summer ago...” Manuel replied, laughing that same nervous laugh from back on the Viridian lakeside. His eyes glanced down to his watch, and he realized he wasn’t about to shoot up from his bed—this really was happening.

“Excuse me, I... I just wasn’t expecting to see you here,” he added, draping the jacket over his arm like a butler carrying a towel. His shoes squeaked against the floorboards as he drew closer to Tanner, though careful not to encroach too much on Lycanroc’s protective tendencies.

“I’ve been doing well for myself! I got picked up by a paper in Kalos after I graduated, but the pressure was getting to me, so I decided to go freelance,” he explained, taking a calming breath between every pause.

“The rest is a pretty boring story, honestly. What about you? Were you... looking for me when you came here?”

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