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Intimate Affair: Bare Necessitie​s’ Live Bra Fit Webcast

15 Jan

BN_FitEventBare Necessities is hosting a LIVE fit event this Wednesday in New York City!  This will be fashion’s first LIVE webcast featuring bra fit experts, sexy models, real-time audience Q&A, and lots of special features (and a viewer-only secret deal).  This is a totally up-close and personal experience featuring Eveden bra fit expert, Freddy Zappe and Bare Necessities’ Erin McLaughlin!  Freddy and Erin will show women how to measure themselves properly, how to find the perfect fitting bra, and how to know the difference between a very good bra and an ill-fitting bra.

Freddy Zappe has conducted one-on-one fit sessions internationally for over 16 years, so viewers are in for a real treat during this live streaming video event. Viewers will get to participate during the show by submitting questions via Twitter, Facebook, and live chat, and have a select number of them answered during the show.

Via Twitter, go to: www.twitter.com/barenecessities – hashtag #BAREFIT
Via Facebook, go to: www.facebook.com/barenecessities – hashtag #BAREFIT
Via Live Chat, go to: http://www.ustream.tv/barefit

To make sure you don’t miss out on the event, get an automated reminder at http://www.ustream.tv/barefit by clicking the “REMIND ME” button under “Upcoming Shows”.

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

10 Jan

Happy New Year!  For me, the New Year is a great time for reflection.  Many years ago I started a habit of keeping a journal.  I am not one to write in it daily; but I make it a point to pull it out in the first part of January to write out my accomplishments from the previous year and to list out my goals, hopes, dreams and initiatives for the coming year (both personal and professional.)  It’s fascinating to look at what was written the previous January.  Most of the time, I forget what I wrote!  Usually, the goals that were set have been accomplished (in some shape or form.)  And more often than not, the outcome is far better than I could have imagined!  So before I get you up to speed on the upcoming “Intimate Affairs,” I’d like to reflect back on 2012.

Dear Kate Ms MoxieIn 2012, we saw the launch of several new independent brands including Angela Friedman, Nevaeh Intimates, Fleur du Mal, Cheeki brand and Rouge Séduire among others.  Julie Sygiel re-launched the revolutionary, absorbent, leak-proof and stain-resistant underthings now known as Dear Kate.  And the Empowered By You panty was launched which enables underprivileged women to spearhead their own businesses. 

The lingerie blogosphere expanded to include new bloggers and other independent intimate apparel professionals including my personal new fave, Caro the Lingerie Lesbian!

In ecommerce retailing, we saw new methods of marketing and selling intimates from sites including True & Co., IntiMint, AdoreMe.com and Ampere.  Ecom retailers are offering lingerie subscription services and other innovative methods of retailing. 

I witnessed an increased awareness of the importance of a proper fit. There were numerous online “debates” regarding the best way to fit, vanity sizing and so on.  More and more brands, manufacturers and retailers are paying closer attention to the needs specific to the full-figure and full-busted consumer.  Early last year, Bare Necessities launched their sister site, Bare Plus, which is an online shopping environment dedicated to this consumer.

Freshpair Pic 1Several e-tailers made an attempt to answer the question of how to get a proper fit when purchasing online.  HerRoom.com launched the proprietary “Know your Breasts Bra Finder” questionnaire which purports to help you discover your best bra styles.  And Freshpair.com re-launched their website which now includes more personalized services such as an At-Home Bra Fit Service and a Men’s Underwear Club.  Freshpair also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of National Underwear Day by hosting a one-of-a-kind “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store experience in New York City in August.

LingerieAlliance_horizontal logoIn August of 2012, my partner Luis Paredes, publisher of The Lingerie Journal (and The Business of Pleasure,) and I launched the online collaborative community of intimate apparel professionals known as The Lingerie Alliance.  The Lingerie Alliance was inspired by the Brand Affair Marketing and PR Panel Discussion we hosted during February Market 2012.  The Brand Affair proved to us that there is a need for a collaborative community of lingerie professionals as well as education, information and resources.  Throughout the year, we sponsored several events including NOLCHA Fashion Week’s Closing Party and the non-profit fundraisers PinkChoseMe’s BRA Day USA 2012 and Go Naked and Check Yourself.  We ended the year with a fun “Festive Affair” Holiday Networking Social which represented our vision for The Lingerie Alliance.  The coming year will bring more events, workshops and seminars tailored specifically for today’s intimate apparel professional and we hope to have the membership functionality for the site itself completed before Summer.

LingerieFW_imageLauren Rich of RICHPR announced that she will be launching LingerieFW in New York City in February 2013.  LingerieFW will be the first fashion week dedicated to intimate apparel brands.

In late October, the northeast suffered the wrath of Hurricane Sandy which delayed the quarterly wholesale market week and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses including my friend Marla Wink’s lingerie store, Indian Summer, in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  (I’m happy to report that Marla is as determined as ever to rebuild her store and is hopeful that she will re-open her doors in time for the busy Summer selling season down the shore.)

The Lingerie Collective is coming to New York City in February 2013!  The boutique trade show is well-known in London for featuring British and international emerging brands with a focus on innovation and luxury.

Jene Luciani and Moira Nelson_2012 HUG Awards GalaThe non-profit Underfashion Club and the Intimate Apparel Square Club continued their programs in 2012 including the FEMMY Gala last February, the H.U.G. Awards Gala in November, various other programs throughout the year and their annual Holiday parties in December.  Both organizations make significant contributions to our industry and raise funds to support their respective causes.

Angie Courtney, owner of Sweetest Sin

 

Other charity events included Go Naked and Check Yourself which was hosted in part by Sweetest Sin Boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey and included sponsors LELO and The Lingerie Alliance.

Overall, 2012 was a year full of growth and advancements.  I am motivated by the forward movement in our industry and look forward to seeing further progress throughout 2013.  I wish all of you the best of health, happiness, a sense of well-being, success and prosperity in your professional lives and in your personal endeavors.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming “Intimate Affairs” which are taking place here in the USA and around the World:

The Lingerie Collective in London- January 13th – 15th, 2013

Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfiliere in Paris- January 19th – 21st, 2013

Pure London in London- February 10th – 12th, 2013

Moda Lingerie and Swimwear in Birmingham- February 17th – 19th, 2013

Curve NV in Las Vegas- February 18th – 19th, 2013

Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW) in New York- February 22nd – 23rd, 2013

The Lingerie Collective in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

Curve NY in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

INDX Intimate Apparel Show in the UK- March 19th – 21st, 2013

China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong- April 27th – 30th, 2013

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Intimate Insight: Bra-Sized Swimwear Line A.Ché Launches “Naturally Perfect” Search To Change Model Perception

2 Jan

A Che Model SearchA.Ché, a contemporary fashion forward swimwear brand designed for “the natural woman” has teamed up with Natural Model Management, a modeling agency dedicated to representing models of various shapes and sizes, while valuing each model’s natural build and body size to find the new face of A.Ché swimwear and promote “Naturally Perfect” bodies.

ache_designerAmanda Ché, founder and designer of A.Ché swimwear explains the model search, “we support the movement towards women living a healthy and confident lifestyle and to be comfortable in your own skin.” Ché adds, “in the fashion world, there is a false message that women are subjected to in many facets of their everyday life; only beautiful and sexy women are stick thin with perfect hair, perfect skin and perfect bodies. That is a make believe world and couldn’t be more destructive to young women.”

Given the opportunity to work in the swimwear industry where a model’s body is fully exposed, A.Ché wants the search to help share the message that being healthy, active, and curvy is beautiful too.  According to A.Ché they want their next model to have curves – more Kate Upton than Kate Moss.

Natural Model Management founder and model, Katie Halchishick says, “Natural Model Management is excited to team up with A.Ché swimwear to promote a healthy body image for girls and women everywhere. Girls are tired of feeling bad about themselves and it is time to show all different types of nice bodies and beautiful women, let the celebration begin.”

The 2013 A.Ché Naturally Perfect Model Search began on January 1st, 2013. To enter, all models must go to www.acheswimwear.com to fill out the online questionnaire and submit up to six (6) photographs of themselves (at least one headshot, one swimsuit front view, side view and back view). Submissions will end on February 28th. 

AChe_PippaOn February 28th, A.Ché will also announce the Semi-Finalists of the model search. Once the Semi-Finalists are announced, A.Ché will create an online profile for each finalist, where the public will be able to “vote” for their favorite model. Voting starts March 8th and will end on March 22nd.

The two finalists will be announced on March 23th on the A.Ché website. These finalists will be flown to Los Angeles (if necessary) for an exclusive party on April 13th where the winner will be announced.

The prize package will include a 1-year modeling contract with Natural Model Management, a photo shoot with A.Ché swimwear, as well as prizes from the sponsors. 

About A.Ché

A.Ché is a contemporary fashion forward swimwear line designed for “the natural woman”. Built on the foundation of something that fits all shapes and found in every women’s wardrobe, the bra, A.Ché offers designer swimwear that lifts, supports and enhances a woman’s natural body in all the right places. Offering bra sizing from a 32A to a 36F, A.Ché has something for women with all body types to feel sexy in, without sacrificing comfort for style. www.acheswimwear.com

About Natural Model Management

Natural Model Management is a modeling agency dedicated to representing models of various shapes and sizes while valuing each models natural build and body size. Natural encourages their models to find a healthy balance in life and their bodies! Healthy is the new Skinny is the sister company to Natural Models and they work to produce beautiful fashion images using various size models in order to create a healthy body image for girls and women everywhere! Natural Model Management and Healthy is the new Skinny are living proof that beauty is not defined by size. www.naturalmodelsla.com

Intimate Affair: Bra La Mode Presents a “Festive Affair” Holiday Lingerie Trunk Show

6 Dec

Intimate Affair BannerJoin me for a “Festive Affair” Holiday Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introducing -for the first time ever- luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire, on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10am – 3pm at the Murray Hill neighborhood spa, SPA 34, located at 64 East 34th Street, 2nd floor (between Park and Madison Avenues,) NYC.

The festive Intimate Affair will feature the latest intimate apparel designs from the acclaimed, NY-based lingerie brand Dirty Dolls Lingerie and the ultra-comfortable, effortless sleepwear and loungewear from indie brand Love & Dream.  

TulipbackAt the same time, Bra La Mode is pleased to introduce guests to the latest luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire.  The sophisticated and maverick new line is making its debut at Bra La Mode’s Trunk Show.  Founded by designer Sharon Fan, Rouge Séduire is set to make its mark in the independent luxury lingerie scene. 

Merchandise from all three brands will be available for purchase at up to 50% off the original retail prices.  Guests can expect light refreshments and gifts with purchase while indulging in spa treatments at the friendly, local spa. 

Bra La Mode’s guests will be treated to exclusive spa specials including a Traditional Mani/Pedi for only $22 (reg. $34) and a 1/2 Hour Table Massage for only $30 (reg. $40.)  Guests are encouraged to call 917-675-7606 to book appointments on December 8th.  In addition, guests can purchase Spa Packages to wrap up their holiday gift list. 

Special Spa Packages exclusively for Bra La Mode include:

Traditional Mani/Pedi – 5 Sessions – $100*

Shellac Mani – 4 sessions – $110*

Dirty Dolls Editorial ShotInspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday.  This line of beautiful underpinnings caters to women who wear hard-to-find sizes.  The bra range starts at a 28C and goes up to a G cup.  The full collection includes body shapers, panties, tap pants, and garter belts—all which look and feel fabulously sexy under any outfit.

Love & Dream believes that the key to great sleepwear is that it shouldn’t be overdesigned.  It should look amazing, but it still needs to feel effortless.  At Love & Dream, sleepwear is not just a product but part of an experience….the experience of comfort and rest.  A ritual that is unique to each woman; the time she most deserves.

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With its niche and unique design aesthetic, luxury lingerie brand Rouge Séduire effortlessly evokes alluring, intoxicating and seductive images of women.  Founded by designer Sharon Fan, the line is set to make its mark on the luxury market. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the festive, holiday shopping and spa event at: www.festivetrunkshow1.eventbrite.com

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*Packages must be paid in full in CASH on the day of the Event

Intimate Insight: Bra La Mode’s Los Angeles Lingerie Tour

12 Oct

I’m in sunny southern California for a few days – for both business and pleasure.  While here, I had the pleasure of spending a lovely afternoon with boob and bra expert, Elisabeth Dale, author of bOObs- a Guide to your Girls and founder of The Breast Life.  We took a lingerie tour of Los Angeles and its environs beginning with the award-winning luxury lingerie boutique, Faire Frou Frou.

Faire Frou Frou is located on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, Ca.  This lovely boutique evokes the nostalgia of old Hollywood glamour.  The mother-daughter team of Gail and Alison Rubke carefully curate a selection of the world’s finest lingerie which can be best described as elegant, ultra-feminine and sophisticated. 

I commend them for including independent, emerging designers and brands in their collection.  This tiny space is chock full of discoveries!  Just inside the front door is a table featuring the retro-inspired brand Dottie’s Delights which is designed and hand-made by Stephanie Kuhr in Chicago. 

For me, the highlight of Faire Frou Frou was the discovery of a new brand, Gold Hawk.  Gold Hawk is a local Los Angeles-based brand which includes silk camisoles, tunics and nightgowns.  And Alison made a point to show me how each of the Gold Hawk pieces can easily translate into “innerwear as outerwear.”  She commented, “Even the floor-length silk gown would look fabulous with a pair of boots and a chunky sweater.”  Thanks for the tip, Alison!  Every time I picked up a piece of lingerie that grabbed my attention, it carried the Gold Hawk label! I look forward to learning more about this elegant line. 

Just a few of the other brands carried at the store include Zinke, Cadolle, Naked Princess, Marlies Dekkers, Ari Dein, The Lake and Stars, Fortnight, Janine Robin, Claudette, Fleur of England, La Fee Verte, Skin, Araks, Else, Deborah Marquit and Result Wear Shapewear.  If you’re looking to embrace your inner Glamourpuss…. head to Faire Frou Frou! 

Next, Elisabeth and I ventured “over the hill” into Hollywood to visit Jenette Goldstein at Jenette Bras on Melrose.  This funky, retro boutique was opened by the spunky Jenette Goldstein in 2009 and caters to D Cups and Up.  Jenette says that full-breasted women are “overdeveloped and underserved.”  This bra fit salon specializes in quality bras from Europe including Prima Donna, Twist by Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Empreinte, Freya, Panache, Anita and Simone Perele among others. 

The boutique is a bit “off the beaten path,” but if you’re looking for a true bra fit salon, this is the place to go.  Jenette says that the women that walk into her store are on a mission… they are looking for a properly fitting bra which she says “is indispensable for a chesty gal!”  Clients come to Jenette Bras from all over because true bra fit stores are few and far between.  Jenette also carries a small selection of lingerie, slips and shapewear from brands including Samantha Chang, Lindsey Roscoe and my friends, the Dirty Dolls.  My favorite piece in the store is an under-the-bust shaping slip by Twist by Prima Donna.  This shapewear piece is functional and practical, yet sexy as all hell….  To quote Jenette, “You will rock that hourglass, honey!”

After having a bite to eat in a local watering hole, Elisabeth and I headed west on Melrose only to discover that the boutique What Katie Did is closed on Sundays!  This did not deter us from continuing our lingerie road trip.  Our last destination was the Addiction Nouvelle Lingerie boutique on Robertson in West Hollywood.  This minimalist, modern space caters to a young contemporary consumer and carries the brands Mimi Holliday, Valery, Damaris, Lise Charmel and Nina Ricci in addition to its namesake Addiction Nouvelle.  Each of these brands is well-constructed of high-quality fabrics such as silk, satin, microfiber, and exquisite European laces.  Styles include bras, panties, camisoles, bustiers, babydolls, chemises, full slips, loungewear, sleepwear and robes.  I fell in love with the Addiction Nouvelle high-waisted brief!

It was interesting to note that each of the stores we visited had its own unique identity.  I appreciated the selection in each of these stores and would highly recommend you pay a visit depending on your personal wants and desires. 

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

18 Sep

There’s a chill in the air…And I couldn’t be happier!  Before we know it, I’ll be donning my “uniform” of boots, button-downs and blazers.   Until then, I’m trying to enjoy the last bit of Summer.  I’m down the shore for a few days…attempting to get some much needed rest and relaxation in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, N.J.  I much prefer the beach during the “off season.”  The weather is still spectacular, yet it’s quiet and peaceful here.  I’ve taken walks on the beach, I’ve watched the sunrise at 6:30am, I’ve admired the adorable Victorian-style historic homes that line the streets in this neighborhood, I’ve had some of the best sea scallops I’ve ever tasted, I’ve wandered in and out of the boutiques around town….all by myself.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to cherish my time alone.  It’s been a delightful mini vacation!

While down here, I stopped in to see my friend Marla Wink at Indian Summer at Bay Village in Beach Haven.  I presented her with a challenge.  I was in the market for a new bra….  But I wanted something different.  I am such a creature of habit.  Nine times out of ten, I walk out of a bra boutique with the same styles I always wear.  So, I asked Marla to show me something new.  I walked into the store with an open mind and I let her run the show.  I told her what I typically wear and what I like and don’t like about the styles currently available to the full-busted consumer.  Over the years, I’ve become very loyal to the Eveden family of brands- Fantasie, Freya and Fauve.  So, when she suggested I try a Panache bra, I was a little hesitant.  But I promised myself to keep an open mind and I’m sure glad I did.  We scored!  I am in love with my new Panache Andorra Full Cup Bra.  We went up a cup to achieve the proper fit.  The lace is very soft yet powerful and I love the underbust/cradle construction.  The best part?  The color is a beautiful, rich teal color called Lagoon.  It’s perfect for Fall.  Great job, Marla!  You passed the test.  I hope the bra itself passes the test of time.  In addition, Marla had the Fantasie Rebecca bra in stock in color black.  This color is back-ordered in most of the stores in the tri-state area so I had to snag it while I could.  Lucky me!  I walked out of Indian Summer with two new bras to carry me through the end of the year.

Fashion’s Night Out was held on Thursday, September 6th.  I spent the evening with Bethenny Frankel at Macy’s Herald Square.  The Intimate Affair featured the Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers “Real Woman” Fashion Show.  It was great to see Bethenny’s fans on the runway modeling her shapewear line which is designed for every body.  They were so full of confidence!  The winners of Bethenny’s fashion show contest modeled the shapewear alone as well as styled into various looks which showed the guests how to wear this fashionable line that is meant to be seen.  It was an exciting event which was hosted and emcee’d by Bethenny herself.

My partner, Luis Paredes, and I attended Small Boutique Fashion Week on Saturday, September 8, 2012.  The SBFW2012 Fashion Show and Market is geared towards small business owners, emerging designers, and novelty designers that are looking to get their start by selling to small boutiques and unique shops.  We were pleased to see lingerie-inspired looks on the runway.  Several designers presented styles which were constructed of ultra fine and sheer fabrics which revealed the undergarments worn underneath.  In essence, the lingerie worn underneath became part of the total look.

The International Lingerie Show (ILS) was held September 10th through the 12th at the RIO in Las Vegas.  The ILS trade show leans towards the sexy/adult side of our industry.  Luis Paredes of The Lingerie Journal attended the trade show and has posted numerous articles and images of the show on www.TheLingerieJournal.com and on The Lingerie Journal Facebook page.

Moira Nelson and Luis Paredes with Linda The Bra Lady Divas Kim and Chloe

To celebrate the end of Fashion Week, The Lingerie Alliance hosted the official Nolcha Fashion Week Closing Party in collaboration with Label 55 on Thursday, September 13, 2012.  Nolcha Fashion Week is an award-winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.  My partner, Luis Paredes, and I were very pleased to be partnered with Label 55 and Nolcha Fashion Week as they share our passion for supporting independent brands.

On Thursday, September 27th, Linda’s in Murray Hill is hosting a Simone Perele Trunk Show from 10am until 9pm.  Guests will have the opportunity to view the entire Fall 2012 collection and preview the Spring 2013 collection in store.  Linda is offering 10% off all Simone Perele purchases on the 27th (including pre-orders of the Spring 13 styles) plus each guest will receive a Free Gift with purchase.  After 6pm, Linda’s will be turned into a “Parisian Paradise” replete with Parisian treats and cocktails.  Oooo La La!

Also on September 27th, Sweetest Sin in Red Bank, New Jersey will be celebrating her third anniversary!  The party starts in the boutique at 5pm and includes free professional bra fittings, exclusive specials, 10% off all purchases, pink bubbly and light snacks.  Then… as if that wasn’t enough…. Guests are invited to join Angie Courtney, owner of Sweetest Sin, for an “after party” at Taste Lounge in the Red Bank Galleria.  If you bring your receipt from Sweetest Sin Boutique, you are treated to a free cocktail.  The Intimate Affair will feature live music, a Trunk Show showcasing the high-end lingerie and beauty brand Naked Princess, Gift Bags (including items from our favorite luxury brand, Naked Princess,) Raffle Prizes including an exclusive Gift Basket filled with steamy goodies and a Gift Card valued at $200 from Sweetest Sin!  As I’ve mentioned before, Angie Courtney is a true partner in her community and gives back in every way she can.  At this Intimate Affair, all proceeds from the Raffles and 20% of the proceeds from Taste Lounge will be donated to The Semper Fi Fund.  Also, Angie is gearing up for the ING New York City Marathon where she will be running on behalf of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  And, Angie is already making plans for the annual “Go Naked and Check Yourself” fundraiser in mid November which raises awareness of detectable cancers including breast cancer, skin cancer and testicular cancer.  More details to follow!

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

28 Aug

Last Friday was a traumatic day here in New York City.  The shooting near the Empire State Building occurred in the unofficial Intimate Apparel district.  Most lingerie brands and manufacturers have showrooms and offices within a block of New York’s most iconic skyscraper.  I had stepped out of the Starbucks on the corner of 33rd & 5th only minutes before the first shots were fired.  And several minutes after the shooting took place, we received word that our receptionist had been caught in the crossfire.  Luckily, she only suffered a shot to the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.  Inevitably, those closest to unexpected tragedies find themselves humbled and grateful while acutely aware of their own humanity and mortality….Ever reminded of those things that matter most.  I implore each of you to take a moment of silence today….Simply say “thank you” with sincere humility.  The reality is….we work with bras and panties….  We’re not saving lives.  We may be saving sex lives…. But we’re not saving lives! 

Here are your Intimate Insights for the last official week of Summer….. Happy Labor Day to all!

Last week, the world’s leading internet retailer for men’s underwear and women’s lingerie needs, Freshpair, celebrated the 10th Anniversary of National Underwear Day.  Freshpair unveiled a one-of-a-kind “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store in New York City.  The pop-up store provided guests with an “experience” including free underwear from the event’s title sponsors—Calvin Klein, Wacoal, Leonisa, Emporio Armani, 2xist, C-IN2, Rated M, and others—as well as demonstrations of Freshpair’s signature At Home Bra Fitting and Men’s Underwear Club services, advice from style gurus, exclusive specials and giveaways, and a walk through “model alley” where models showed off the latest underwear looks.  Check out Freshpair’s new look and unique services which were developed to provide a personalized customer experience at: www.freshpair.com.  I had a personal bra fitting from Freshpair’s very own At Home Bra Fit Specialist, Bobbie.  And, I walked away with a “fresh pair” of undies courtesy of the event’s title sponsor, Wacoal.

Fashion’s Night Out is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th.  I will be spending the evening with Bethenny Frankel at Macy’s Herald Square.  The Intimate Affair at Macy’s will feature the Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers Fashion Show. 

Bethenny says, “When I created Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, I wanted a sensible solution without compromising fashion.  I made sure that Skinnygirl Shapewear was made for real women.  It’s the shapewear that you want people to see.  That’s why, for Fashion’s Night Out, we’re celebrating with a fashion show that showcases women of all different shapes and sizes feeling confident and sexy in their Skinnygirl Shapewear.”  After an online contest which ended last week, three lucky ladies have been chosen to walk in the Skinnygirl Solutions “Real Woman” Fashion Show.  For a complete listing of Fashion’s Night Out events in cities around the world, go to www.fashionsnightout.com

The International Lingerie Show (ILS) runs September 10th through the 12th at the RIO in Las Vegas.  The ILS trade show leans towards the sexy/adult side of our industry.  For more information, go to:  www.lvlingerieshow.com.

SAVE THE DATE:  Luis and I are pleased to announce that The Lingerie Alliance will be hosting the official Nolcha Fashion Week Closing Party in collaboration with Label 55 on Thursday, September 13, 2012.  Nolcha Fashion Week is an award-winning event for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.  This edition of the event will run from September 10th – 13th, 2012 and will include runway presentations, an exclusive bloggers brunch, fashion lounge, after-parties, networking events, and an official fashion week closing party.  Nolcha Fashion Week is officially listed with Mercedes-Benz as one of two recognized Fashion Weeks by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.  Nolcha offers a range of cost effective options to increase designers’ recognition and develop their businesses.  We are very pleased to be partnered with Nolcha Fashion Week as they share our passion for supporting independent brands.  We hope you will join us for this Intimate Affair which will provide great networking for industry pros!  If you are interested in attending, please email me directly at: moira@thelingeriealliance.com.

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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It’s Time for a Change: Freshpair to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of National Underwear Day

21 Aug

Freshpair.com, the leading online underwear retailer and go-to source for expert advice on men’s and women’s underwear and intimates,  will unveil its one-of-a-kind “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store in New York City tomorrow, August 22nd, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Underwear Day, the company’s signature holiday.  Paying homage to a decade of underwear celebration, as well as the personalized experience its online customers will now enjoy following the company’s rebranding, Freshpair invites everyone to 315 W. 57th Street in Manhattan, August 22nd and 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   

The “It’s Time for a Change” experience store will offer free underwear from the event’s title sponsors—Calvin Klein, Wacoal, Leonisa, Emporio Armani, 2xist, C-IN2, Rated M, and others—as well as demonstrations of Freshpair’s signature At Home Bra Fitting and Men’s Underwear Club services, advice from style gurus, exclusive specials and giveaways, and a walk through model alley where New York’s top models will be showing off the latest underwear looks. 

“We feel that it’s time for a change and that the perfect fit shouldn’t be a secret,” says Matthew Butlein, President of Freshpair.com.  “With both our new site launch and this year’s National Underwear Day celebration, we want to empower our customers to find the style and fit that will make them look and feel their best.”  Matthew continues, “It’s time to change and personalize our customers’ online underwear buying experience, which is what we do.” 

Designed to emulate the unique online experience that Freshpair provides its online customers, the “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store will engage visitors at first glance.  With dozens of underwear brands and styles showcased on a bevy of beautiful models, personalized advice and style tips from Freshpair experts, exclusive specials and giveaways, refreshments, music, and VIP treatment in the Freshpair Lounge, consumers will delight in the celebration that is National Underwear Day. 

But the fun isn’t limited to New York!

Everyone is invited to “get briefed” on his/her underwear personality with Freshpair’s signature “Underwear I.D. Quiz” and receive special offers on future purchases.  The quiz is fun and interactive, and provides suggested styles based on your results.  Visit quiz.freshpair.com to participate.    

In addition to the quiz, promotions will be in place on both the men’s and women’s Facebook pages starting Wednesday August 22 through Friday August 24.  On the men’s page, Freshpair will be running a promotion to enter for a chance to win a free pair of underwear from either Calvin Klein, 2(x)ist, Emporio Armani, or C-IN2.  For women, enter for a chance to win a free lingerie set from Chantelle, Simone Perele, or Wacoal.

For more information about National Underwear Day visit www.Freshpair.com.

About Freshpair.com

Freshpair is the world’s leading internet retailer for men’s underwear and women’s lingerie needs.  Freshpair has been on the industry’s cutting edge since the company was founded in 2000.  With its proprietary At Home Bra Fitting, Men’s Underwear Club, and subscription services, Freshpair offers a consumer experience not found anywhere else.  Carrying thousands of styles from more than 100 brands, matched with exceptional advice and excellent customer care, Freshpair is the consumer market leader for underwear and lingerie needs.

Intimate Insight: I love you, Jenette!! by Enid

27 Jun

A year ago this week I finally decided to make a major change in my life and set out to lose 85 pounds.  As of today I’ve lost 57 pounds, dropped three sizes and my waist is almost 8 inches smaller.  Even more important is that as I began to experience positive progress with this goal, I was encouraged to make some other changes in the rest of my life.  Today I am a much happier woman who is very excited to see what new surprises await this year and the years to come.

Given all this weight I’ve been losing, it was inevitable that my bras, like most of my wardrobe, would start to become too big for me.  At a house party one weekend, I met two fellow busty gals, Brittany and Lisa, who told me about this place called Jenette’s Bras which sold to D cups and above only.  I was excited to check out this store and when I needed to replace some of my now too big bras, I decided to take the subway down to their East Hollywood location.

Located in the Bike District, near LA City College, this shop is no regular rack store.  Instead I walked into a waiting room furnished  à la Mad Men, complete with vintage Playboy and Life magazines and a nice display of bras from my favorite label, Prima Donna.  The woman sitting at what looked like a receptionist’s desk had me fill out a card with my info and then take a seat.

After a short wait, Sara escorted me back to the dressing room area and started sizing me up.  No tape measures here, just some questions about what I was looking for, what size I had been and an eyeball of how my Fantasie bra was now fitting me gave her all the information she needed.  She handed me what turned out to be the beige version of my beloved Prima Donna Deauville bra to try on to verify  my size.  I had been worried that all this weight loss would mean a reduction in my well-endowed chest, so I was thrilled to discover that while my band size had gone down, my cup size had remained the same and I was now a 36G/34H depending on the style of bra.

I tend to stay with black and beige colors, but when Sara brought over this cute red number I just had to try it on; and it was love at first fit.  I can safely say my love affair with molded bras is over and I’m now all about the sheer and lacy!

The bra I bought was a Panache Superbra Tango II.  It made my chest look amazing!  I wore it out that night on a pub-crawl and seriously could not stop checking myself out.  It lifts, separates, gives amazing support and looks beautiful.  I’m quickly learning that a good bra is not determined by the type of fabric used so much as by the construction, and Panache makes an amazing bra that looks and fits as good as the more expensive Prima Donna, but for half the price.

Thank you so much to Sara who helped me out and introduced me to some other amazing styles as well.  If you live in the LA area and you are a D cup or above, you must take a trip to Jenette Bras and get yourself something gorgeous!

Resources:

www.JenetteBras.com

www.Panache-Lingerie.com

Intimate Insight: The Full Figured Chest Launches the “I Am Made To Measure Campaign”

23 May

On May 20th, The Full Figured Chest launched a campaign to debunk the myths surrounding made-to-measure lingerie.  The Full Figured Chest and five independent lingerie designers are out to demonstrate just how inclusive the independent and made-to-measure lingerie world can be.  The campaign will begin with a series of five blog posts addressing the misconceptions surrounding made-to-measure lingerie, along with demonstrating how these brands support women of all shapes and sizes.

The post series will end with a giveaway sponsored by these five well known made-to-measure designers.  The prizes will all be made-to-measure, and suitable for any and all body types.

I’m really excited about this campaign as it highlights a part of the industry that isn’t talked about as much, and it will introduce consumers to made-to-measure lingerie; especially to those who might not have normally considered it.  I look forward to seeing how it all shapes up!

The sponsoring designers are:

Ayten Gasson

The globally recognized, quintessentially British lingerie label, Ayten Gasson, supports the few remaining underwear factories in the UK.  In addition to Nottingham lace, new lace is sourced from companies based in the UK to support the few people still manufacturing in the country.

Ayten Gasson’s silk creations are stocked in some of the most exclusive boutiques in the world, such as Tallulah Lingerie, Lulu & Lush, Bordello, and Fenwick’s of Bond Street in the UK.  The label has also secured contacts with luxury department store Le Bon Marche in Paris, and many luxury boutiques in America, Europe, Israel and Dubai.  The label is also available to buy online at www.aytengasson.com.

Knickerocker:

In her Los Angeles studio, watched over by her two faithful basset hounds, Nichola Thompson creates each Knickerocker item one at a time.  Combining her practical British sensibilities and her Los Angeles sense of fun, Nichola constantly creates new and innovative pieces.

Nichola is inspired by small runs of cute and creative fabrics, as well as current trends and pop culture references.  She also believes that great lingerie is for everyone, so she focuses on accommodating custom work and custom sizing into her business.  Each piece is a work of affordable, yet wearable art.  Nichola works hard to design everyday lingerie that inspires and empowers women to embrace a part of themselves they might not ordinarily expose; even if no one else sees it!  Knickerocker products can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/knickerocker.

Toad Lillie Lingerie:

Toad Lillie transports the wearer to a fantasy land of sexy yet classic lingerie.  Named after the mysterious and exotic Toad Lily flower, each piece of lingerie exudes pure femininity.  Each piece is designed from the most luxurious silks and satins.  These indulgent confections help bring out the sensualist in your everyday.  With Toad Lillie, you’ll always be ready for the big “ta-da” moments in life.

Toad Lillie is made to order and hand crafted exclusively in silk using couture construction techniques, ensuring that each silky smooth piece of lingerie feels as luscious as it looks.  These exquisite intimates are true masterpieces with silk lined cups and gussets, French seaming, narrow hand rolled hems, hand appliqués, and gorgeously finished stitching.  They are equally beautiful turned out on your bedroom floor as they are hugging your wonderful curves.  Current stockists include exclusive boutiques like Faire Frou Frou.  Toad Lillie items can also be purchased at www.toadlillie.com.

Amuse-Bouche Lingerie:

A small, handmade label, Amuse-Bouche specializes in luxurious and unique lingerie designs featuring carefully-sourced vintage treasures, beautiful fabrics and unexpected flourishes.  Each piece is designed and created by hand in Glasgow, Scotland using vintage lace and trims, jewels, charms and embellishments, making each piece unique or very limited edition.  Taking inspiration from the Art Nouveau era or ‘la Belle Epoque’, the pieces are designed in celebration of the gloriously feminine, curvaceous and organic forms that characterized the period.  At the heart of the collections is a romantic modern Art Nouveau style; however, the designs also take inspiration from the glamour and creativity of burlesque, old and new.  Amuse-Bouche pieces can be purchased at www.amuse-bouche.co.uk/.

Rebecca Ansah Lingerie:

Rebecca Ansah Lingerie started in late 2011 by Rebecca.  It is a luxury lingerie and bodywear brand inspired through her vision of creating unique fashion forward lingerie.

Rebecca graduated from Barbados College in 2009 with a degree in Fashion Design.  She then returned to London to gain experience and develop her skills within the industry and worked with luxury lingerie brands Agent Provocateur and Kriss Soonik.

Each garment is proudly designed and handmade in London. Her lingerie can be purchased at www.rebeccaansah.bigcartel.com.

Resources:

@FullFigureChest

@AytenGasson

@Knickerocker

@ToadLillie

@ABLingerie

@RebeccaAnsah

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