Michelle Metens is the owner, designer and photographer for Dollhouse Bettie. The business had humble beginnings in 2004 selling on eBay under the name Dollhouse Vintage, where Michelle became one of a hand full of respected purveyors of rare vintage lingerie, dealing only in the highest quality garments and specializing in new old stock.
With the help of her husband Eric the couple launched their own e-commerce website in 2006, then a brick and mortar store in the iconic San Francisco Haight-Ashbury district in 2007. The boutique has won many accolades and Best of the Bay awards over the years.
Michelle began designing and sewing vintage reproduction garments in 2005, and has continued in a variety of formats over the years. From traveling to Vietnam to oversee production of her first major collection, to creating a full fledged 2400 square foot factory in the heart of SOMA, to crafting one of a kind trousseau pieces and custom made to measure lingerie. The company launched a wholesale division in 2014 and the Dollhouse Bettie brand was quickly featured by Women's Wear Daily as, "one to watch," in their semi-annual lingerie report.
After operating a wholesale division, retail boutique, design studio, factory and website, Michelle and Eric decided to simplify their lives. Seeking a more laid back stress free environment, they recently purchased a home in Napa Valley and Michelle has returned to her original first love, authentic vintage. She continues to create custom made and one of a kind upcycled garments under the Deja Vu Dessous brand using only authentic vintage slips and trims.