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Intimate Insight: Peek Brooklyn Presents Hosiery With A European Flair

25 Jul

When Cristina Casciano-King found herself forced to wear all black at work, she began collecting a wide assortment of stockings and tights.  Cristina soon realized that legwear allowed her to add a personal touch to her otherwise “boring black” outfit.  Ten years and over 500 pairs of legwear later, she has long since quit that job and is now the proud owner of Peek Brooklyn, an online store offering a vast assortment of hosiery to fashionistas across the U.S.  Cristina traveled to Europe frequently and was disappointed with the hosiery assortment available in the States.  So she set out to bring her favorite brands to the U.S. market.  Now, she can embrace her funkier sense of style whenever she wants and sells stockings that allow other women to do the same thing!

Peek Brooklyn is everything you could want in a hosiery boutique.  Cristina focuses on imported brands that aren’t widely known or available in the U.S. market, with stunning results.  Peek Brooklyn carries everything from socks to hold-ups in both fashion styles (various fabrics, textures and patterns) as well as everyday basics.  Cristina hand selects the assortment to showcase brands that most people have never experienced.  The top three bestselling brands are House of Holland for Pretty Polly, Jonathan Aston and Phillipe Matignon.  Peek Brooklyn products range from $18 to $45 retail, making hosiery an affordable bit of style to accent any wardrobe.

The typical Peek Brooklyn customer ranges from 20 to 40 and has a unique sense of style.  Although Cristina sells basic stockings, her most popular products tend to have an “edge.”  Lots of her customers come back for the more daring fashion pieces.  As an example, Cristina says that she’s sold more Pretty Polly Super Suspender Tights than most small e-retailers.

Cristina said, “We aim to bring the finest hosiery the world has to offer to the U.S.  We don’t carry the typical brands found at department stores and are in the process of designing our own range of products.”

To find out more about Peek Brooklyn, go to:

Peek Brooklyn Website

@PEEKBrooklyn

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

12 Jun

Hey there lingerie lovers!  I apologize for not keeping up with the column these past few weeks….  My personal life got in the way of my lingerie life (yes, believe it or not, I have other aspects of my life besides bras & panties!)  Nonetheless, I’m back at it and excited to report on the latest happenings in the world of lingerie.  Here are a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

Corsetry expert Angela Friedman held an Intimate Affair including a presentation of her debut intimate apparel collection, the Versailles Collection, on Saturday, June 2nd at Gallery MC on 52nd Street, NYC.  Angela has been developing her line for over five years, all while running the ladies’ department at The New York City Ballet Costume Shop, building costumes for the Glimmerglass Opera and the American Players’ Theatre and making dresses for everyone’s favorite vocalist, Adele.  The vintage-inspired designs infuse an aristocratic flair with muted dusty hues to achieve a collection that evokes beauty, elegance, romance and pure indulgence!  The collection includes real steel-boned corsets, lacy and frilly bras and panties, bias cut slips and robes, accessories and garters.  Check out this emerging brand which is designed and manufactured right here in NYC!

On Tuesday June 5th, I co-hosted an Intimate Affair – a Fall & Winter 2012 Press Preview with the US distribution company, Revival Brands.  The event featured the coming collection of the luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was introduced to the States last year and is already a favorite among nationally recognized designers, celebrities, and stylists.  The event was a tremendous success.  We introduced the brand to hosiery buyers from prominent retailers including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and BareNecessities.com as well as to editors and writers from various media platforms and publications.  It was a real honor to have been invited to be the intimate apparel expert and brand’s ambassador for the evening.  It’s a brand I’m really passionate about.  Take a look at their selection at www.PeekBrooklyn.com or on their own site www.philippematignon.us.

On Wednesday June 6th, I had the privilege of attending the runway show for swimwear designer Caitlyn Kelly’s debut collection.  The event was held on the rooftop of 2 Gold Street in the financial district.  Her swimwear collection is daring and bold, elegant and sophisticated.  Definitely keep your eye on Caitlyn Kelly!

Designer Caitlyn Kelly

Are you ready for it????  It’s Full Figure Fashion Week right here in New York City!  The fourth annual event runs from June 13th through the 16th and includes runway shows, shopping events, workshops, parties, an awards ceremony and more!  Sponsors of this year’s Full Figure Fashion Week include Sonsi, Lane Bryant, Catherine’s, and of course, our favorite Plus Size Intimate Apparel site, BarePlus by BareNecessitieswww.fffweek.com

Attention Lingerie Designers!  The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is opening its doors this summer.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with 10 independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  Designers interested in exhibiting at this summer’s show should contact info@lingeriedesignershowcase.com to request an application. Space is very limited, so be sure to register quickly.

One more thought for the week…  Has anyone checked out True & Co.?  The long awaited website which claims to solve our bra fit problems with a proprietary online fit process (sans measuring tape) has finally launched.  Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear what you think.  Is this the answer?  I filled out the “simple quiz” and, unfortunately, they had no bras for me.  No surprise…. 

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

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

22 May

Got any big plans for the coming Memorial Day Weekend?  My focus is on Swimwear rather than Intimate Apparel this week…  As long as this rainy, wet weather blows through before the weekend.  Fingers crossed for sunny skies!  I can’t wait to pull out the bra-sized Fantasie brand bikini top and matching high-waisted bikini bottom I picked up at La Petite Coquette here in the City earlier this season. 

Here are a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

On Wednesday, May 16th, Hanky Panky and Sanrio hosted a party to celebrate the launch of the Hello Kitty for Hanky Panky collection.  The “invite only” Intimate Affair was held at Studio 450 in midtown Manhattan and featured special guest Hello Kitty, a flipbook photo booth, and Sephora Hello Kitty Beauty Express Services for make-up and fragrance.  The venue provided a spectacular view of the City as the sun set to the west.  The DJ was spinning great tunes & guests enjoyed signature Hanky Panky for Hello Kitty cocktails and Hello Kitty cupcakes.  The event was playful and fun and there was a lot of “hot pink” everywhere you looked…  Even Hanky Panky’s Glam Guru, J.D. Breen, colored his hair hot pink to commemorate the collaboration with Hello Kitty!  The event was held in support of The Humane Society of the United States. 

On Thursday, May 17th, reality star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Bethenny Frankel celebrated the launch of Skinnygirl Solutions at select Macy’s stores nationwide.  The Intimate Affair was held at the R Lounge in NYC’s Times Square.  Bethenny created the shapewear brand, Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, for every woman & every body.  The shapewear brand differentiates itself from other brands by featuring “shapewear that’s meant to be seen.”  Bethenny spoke frankly about the line saying,It’s lazy lingerie; you’re wearing it now, and if you take your clothes off, you’re already sexy for your husband or your boyfriend or for a date.”  Pop into your local Macy’s store to check out the lingerie-inspired Skinnygirl shapewear that’s meant to be seen.  *Disclaimer- in case you didn’t know, I spend my days representing Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers for Bethenny.  Now get your buns to Macy’s & buy some!

Jene Luciani at Skinnygirl Press Event

CLO Intimo hosted Spring Champagne & Strawberries, Soiree and Sample Sale last Thursday at the Penthouse at Archstone Murray Hill, NYC.  The Sample Sale included designer jewelry by local artist Geri Roucaute’s line, Poupette.  And, high-end sexy accessories brand LELO hosted a multi-brand Sample Sale last week including luxury lingerie brand Jenna Leigh.  Guests snagged pleasure accessories and sexy intimate apparel up to 70% off!

I am co-hosting an Intimate Affair with the US distribution company, Revival Brands, on Tuesday June 5th.  The “invite only” event will feature luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was just introduced to the States last year….  We will be previewing their Fall/Winter 2012 collection.  This exclusive industry event is sure to have you falling for this seasons legwear trends!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.  The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) is hosting a “H.U.G. Social Event” to raise awareness of the Club’s mission, to raise funds to support the pediatric rehabilitation center at NYU Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and to attract new members to the Club.  The event will be held at Legends Lounge on 33rd Street in NYC and will feature an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.  Invitations will be sent out in early June.  To learn more about the Club, go to www.thehugaward.org.

Attention Lingerie Designers!  The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is opening its doors this summer.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with 10 independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  Designers interested in exhibiting at this summer’s show should contact info@lingeriedesignershowcase.com to request an application. Space is very limited, so be sure to register quickly.

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

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

15 May

It seems like Spring is finally here.  The weather was beautiful this weekend…Making for a great Mother’s Day.  And I’m blown away by the number of Intimate Affairs happening this month!  It says a lot to me about the growth of our Industry!  Here are just a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

Last Thursday, the spectacular European Intimate Apparel brand Marlies Dekkers presented their upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collection at a press preview held at the swanky SoHo House in NYC’s Meatpacking district.  Both the Marlies Dekkers line and her Undressed line were shown to the media, press and to various stylists.  The collections were inspired by “Cool Scandinavia” and featured exquisite details such as textured laces, flocking, leather trims and unique strap details (like only Marlies can!)  The collections evoked a sense of being in an ice castle or skiing the Swiss Alps!  Here is an image of my favorite silhouette of the season, the Padded Plunge Balcony Longline Bra from her Icicle line.

The girls from ILOVEAGOOD hosted a “Spring Fling” in collaboration with BedHead Pajamas at 252 Elizabeth Street in NYC last Thursday.  The Intimate Affair was a press preview by “invitation only” and featured fun drinks, great décor, and cute models in BedHead printed shorties.  This is BedHead’s very first New York store!  Be sure to pop into the store next time you’re in the ‘hood!

Also on Thursday, Fantasy Lingerie held an Intimate Affair featuring a runway show at the trendy Hudson Hotel in NYC.  The event drew a crowd of Intimate Insiders from the sexy side of the biz who partied it up into the wee hours of the eve.

I hosted an Intimate Affair on Saturday, May 12th at Bra Smyth on Broadway in NYC!  It was a perfect day for a “Celebration of Women” in honour of Mother’s Day.  It included An Afternoon Tea Party courtesy of Chambre de Sucre Imported Gourmet Sugars.  The Intimate Affair was sponsored by luxury French lingerie brand Simone Perele in collaboration with The Lingerie Journal.  Our featured guest was Fine Lingerie Stylist and Personal Shopper, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum.  One lucky lady walked away with the Grand Prize Raffle Basket which is valued over $600!  It included a Cami & Boyshort Set from luxury lifestyle brand Naked Princess, a $120 Gift Certificate from event sponsor Simone Perele, a $50 Gift Certificate courtesy of Bra Smyth, panties from Affinitas Intimates, a bottle of SOAK WASH, a signed copy of Jene Luciani’s The Bra Book and more.  Special thanks to Bra Smyth for hosting the Intimate Affair and to the Event Sponsors and Participants: Simone Perele, The Lingerie Journal, Chambre de Sucre, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum, Naked Princess, Affinitas Intimates, Jene Luciani and The Bra Book, Fashion Forms and SOAK WASH.

On May 16th, Hanky Panky and Sanrio are hosting a party to celebrate the launch of the Hello Kitty for Hanky Panky collection.  The “invite only” Intimate Affair will be held in midtown Manhattan and will feature special guest Hello Kitty, a flipbook photo booth, and Sephora Hello Kitty Beauty Express Services for make-up and fragrance.  The event is held in support of The Humane Society of the United States.  Join the fun by tweeting #hellokittyforhankypanky.

On Thursday, May 17th, Alison Brod PR is holding a press event with reality star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Bethenny Frankel.  The Intimate Affair will showcase her latest line of Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers which launched at select Macy’s stores nationwide this week.  Bethenny created the shapewear brand, Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, for every woman & every body.  The shapewear brand differentiates itself from other brands by featuring “shapewear that’s meant to be seen.”  Pop into your local Macy’s store to check it out.  *Disclaimer- in case you didn’t know, I spend my days representing Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers for Bethenny.  Now get your buns to Macy’s & buy some!

CLO Intimo is hosting Spring Champagne & Strawberries, Soiree and Sample Sale this coming Thursday from 5-10pm at Archstone Murray Hill, 245 East 40th Street, Penthouse, NYC. Sip champagne, have some fun and try on the latest Spring styles at this Intimate Affair!  The Sample Sale will include designer jewelry by local artist Geri Roucaute’s line, Poupette.

I will be co-hosting a press/media event with the US distribution company, Revival Brands, on Tuesday June 5th.  The Intimate Affair will feature luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was just introduced to the States last year….  We will be previewing their Fall/Winter 2012 collection at this exclusive industry event.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.  The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) is hosting a “H.U.G. Social Event” to raise awareness of the Club’s mission, to raise funds to support the pediatric rehabilitation center at NYU Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and to attract new members to the Club.  The event will be held at Legends Lounge on 33rd Street in NYC and will feature an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.  Invitations will be sent out in early June.  To learn more about the Club, go to www.thehugaward.org.

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

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com.

Intimate Insight: Philippe Matignon- Luxury Italian Hosiery

9 Apr

Even though temperatures have been heating up lately, there’s no reason to put away your stockings!  Philippe Matignon makes wonderful luxury Italian hosiery, and carries a range of products that will take you through the freezing cold winter straight into the heat of summer.  Philippe Matignon’s unique aesthetic and extensive collections offer the stylish woman a variety of feminine tights, sheers and opaques in a range of colors, textures and patterns.  Silhouettes include basic tights, stay-ups, knee-highs, leggings and socks.  The brand offers a Classic Collection of timeless styles which provide quality and luxury for any occasion, season or for everyday.  While the Fashion Collections are renewed season by season and are distinguished by their range of textures, laces/embroideries and fine finishing touches- from light and fresh designs for Spring/Summer to more structured styles for Fall and Winter. 

Philippe Matignon hosiery is a perfect example of the old adage “you get what you pay for.”  Their products range from $12 to $70 in price.  But their legwear are all well worth the price.  The parent company, Golden Lady, is a fully vertical operation.  They produce over 1 million pairs of legwear per day.  They start with the nylon fibers.  The only raw material they purchase is Lycra.  Each nylon thread is double or triple wrapped with Lycra, which helps the stockings and other legwear products to stay strong and avoid those nasty runs and snags that everyone hates.  This is what sets the brand apart from its competition.  In addition to their own brands, Golden Lady produces Private Label legwear for well-known brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, Hue and No Nonsense.

Golden Lady owns and operates the Golden Point chain of department stores in Europe (with over 500 doors.)  Thus, the Philippe Matignon brand has been incredibly popular in Europe for years, but they just hit the US market last year.  Since then, they’ve been spotted on the runway at New York Fashion Week and have become a favorite among US stylists and celebrities.  The company also has an Intimate Apparel line which will be introduced to the US Market later this year.  

In addition to their unique knitting and production processes, the company pays a lot of attention to detail in designing the luxurious Philippe Matignon products.  If you have issues with thigh highs slipping down by the end of the day, try a pair of Philippe Matignon thigh high stockings.  Their thigh highs have comfortable bands at the top that prevent slippage, yet keep you comfortable all day (avoiding the “pinch” that is so common among other brands.)

Philippe Matignon recently launched their Silhouette Collection- luxury shaping hosiery designed with Lycra Beauty brand spandex yarns.  The Italian brand redesigned their already successful line of shaping hosiery to include the Lycra Beauty certification to meet the evolving needs of the modern consumer.  Lycra Beauty fabrics are engineered to meet extremely demanding standards that create new solutions for shaping products that satisfy the expectations of this ever-evolving category.

Philippe Matignon’s latest line of “Socquettes” is perfect for summer wear.  This unique new line provides the sleek feel and look of stockings in a sock length that is perfect for warm weather.  They come in a variety of bright colors to help spice up your closet, and look great with everything from open toed heels to flats.

Philippe Matignon legwear can be purchased online at Fresh Pair, Peek Brooklyn and Her Room, and at select boutiques such as The Pink Slip, as well as on the Philippe Matignon US website.

Resources:

www.PhilippeMatignon.us

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Intimate Insight: Italian Hosiery Philippe Matignon on the Runway

17 Feb

New York Fashion Week is all about legwear!  Ultra sheer tights, layered sheers, bold colors, thigh-highs and classic opaques grace the NYFW runways.  Here are designers that you know and love enhancing their looks with luxurious Italian Philippe Matignon legwear!

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