Decembermonologue.com is a unique website that pairs style with creative writing. I’ve heard of book merch, and even cosplay merch, but I’ve never known a writer to create entire fashion collections and home decor based around their own characters.
December Monologue, the owner and operator of the shop, starts by writing stories and novels and then moves on to design and make apparel, accessories, and even beauty products that are inspired by the characters.
You don’t necessarily have to know the characters well to want to buy the merchandise. Admittedly, I haven’t read the novelette Boys Need Not Apply, but I adore Becky’s “she’s so cool” bookmark and Mel’s HE sweatshirt.
Each collection is different, because each story is different. Thus, the shop contains several different styles that cater to different types of fashion enthusiasts.
Another unique thing about the shop is that each item is only made available for a limited time. As soon as December publishes a new story, a new collection of merch goes up for sale and the December shop stops selling any old merch. That means, you have to be fast if you want to “shop your favorite character or story.” Once it’s sold out, it’s sold out for good.
Members of the site are the first ones to learn about new collections and December gives out a lot of freebies. I signed up and got my awesome HE top for free!
My favorite items are actually the “packs,” where every item in the collection is sold together and in some cases you also get a printed version of the e-stories.
The prices vary depending on how big the collection is but it’s a great deal since you get several items for less than $100. I think the idea of creating a wardrobe, or room décor for a character is a brilliant idea. A lot of the merch often contains quotes from the stories and posts written. If you love to read and love fashion then you need to check out December Monologue and sign up for its newsletter.
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