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Intimate Insight: 7 Steps to Boost Your Lingerie Business by Ali Cudby

22 Jan

I talk to people in the lingerie industry every day, and a lot of them – particularly the smaller, independent companies – ask the same questions again and again.  Namely, how can they build their business?  How can they boost their bottom line and be more profitable without having the business take over their lives completely.  7 Steps to Boost Your Lingerie Business takes real-world examples of companies from throughout the industry and applies an important business objective to each one.  Manufacturers, retailers and even bloggers will get tremendous value from this book because it’s about the world we live in, written in the terms we all deal with every day.

7Steps to Boost Your Lingerie Business_3D_FINALDownload your FREE copy of Bra Fit Expert Ali Cudby’s latest eBook using this link exclusively for Bra La Mode readers: 

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

30 Jan

The winter weather has arrived!  It has been incredibly brisk here in New York.  And I understand there was a bit of snow in Paris during the 50th Anniversary edition of Salon International de la Lingerie as well.  Despite the delayed flights and mucky city streets, I bet the flurries inspired a certain romanticism. 

Salon de la Paris_ICE imageI can only imagine the Paris city lights twinkling through a nighttime snow fall… It seems apropos that the theme of the renowned show’s trend forum was “Ice Land” which featured four “universes” — Romantic, Innovation, Savage and Neo Nude.  I first saw this emerging trend last year at a preview of the Marlies Dekkers Winter 2012 “Ice Queen” – Cool Scandinavia collection.  At first glance, I fell in love with the icy, frosted, muted hues which were presented in delicate snowflake-inspired laces and embroideries adorned with crystal embellishments.  The colors are quite a departure from the more traditional lingerie colors- black, nude, pink and red.

Speaking of pink and red…  Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away!  How do you celebrate the only day dedicated to romantic love?  Do you cherish this day to honor your lover or has it become just another “Hallmark Holiday” for you?  Do you shower your partner with intimate gifts, a handwritten love letter, red roses, confections, jewelry?  Is lingerie in your Valentine’s Day forecast?

Rouge Seduire_Pin It To Win It V Day Contest_Jan 2013If you are looking to seduce your partner with a little something special this Valentine’s Day…. Dare to enter Rouge Séduire’s “Pin It to Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest to win a Bra and Panty set that is sure to tease and tempt the senses, intrigue the soul, and entice the very essence of self.  The unparalleled, sexy and seductive, luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire has launched the “Pin It to Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest.  Fans of the brand have the opportunity to express their originality by creating a dedicated Pinterest board representing the theme #TheArtofSeduction.  On February 4th, the brand’s designer, Sharon Fan, will select one winner to receive a Rouge Séduire Bra and Panty set of their choice (valued up to $500 USD.)  The winner will receive her new lingerie set just in time for the hottest holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day!

Linger MinglerLinger in Spring Lake, N.J. is hosting the “Linger Mingler,” a Men’s Night Out this Thursday, January 31st from 6:30-8:00pm.  The “Intimate Affair” will feature a LIVE Fashion Show and complimentary cocktails.

sweetest sin_soiree_flyer2013_facebook[1]Sweetest Sin in Red Bank, N.J. is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Soiree on Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-9:00pm.  You can expect free gifts from brands such as Hanky Panty & Booty Parlor AND the event will feature special guests from LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.

Fleur du Mal monogrammed pantiesFleur du Mal has launched the Say My Name bespoke panty service exclusively on http://www.fleurdumal.com … just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Order beautiful silk chiffon panties with a custom embroidered name or monogram for $98 in sizes S/M or M/L in either Blush or Fever.

This year, technology enabled brands like Ampere are making it easier for men and women to give or receive lingerie.  Here are a few great Valentine’s Day gift options from Ampere: 

Romper Productthe Madison Romper constructed of the finest silk charmeuse and accented with silk chiffon and lace details, the Gramercy and/or Chelsea Thongs which are designed to make a woman look and feel sexy while being comfortable enough to take her from day to night, the Gramercy and/or Chelsea Bras which are crafted with a luxurious scalloped, gold bourdon yarn embellished lace and silk lining (each bra order comes with a FREE matching panty,) or an E-Gift Card for $25 – $145.

femmy2013The Underfashion Club is hosting its annual FEMMY Gala on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC.  Again this year, the “Intimate Affair” will be hosted by Carson Kressley.  This year’s Student Design Contest is sponsored by Penn Asia Co., Ltd., Regina Miracle International Ltd. and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.  The theme is “Midnight Garden” – Seduction of Flowers.  The Underfashion Club will be presenting FEMMY Awards to Bloomingdale’s, Cosabella and The Lenzing Group, the Innovation Award is being presented to Hautelook, and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Josie Natori of The Natori Company.  For additional information regarding ticket purchase or to sponsor a table or to advertise in the event program, visit www.underfashionclub.org.

LingerieFW_imageSAVE THE DATE – Lauren Rich, founder of RICHPR and LingerieFW, is planning a party to celebrate the close of Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW) which is set to debut on February 22nd.  The “Intimate Affair” will be sponsored in part by The Lingerie Journal and The Lingerie Alliance and will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 following the last runway show of the day.  Details to follow….

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

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

Intimate Insight: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Ampere

29 Jan

Ampere Editorial ShotValentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give yourself or your loved one lingerie.  This year, technology enabled brands like Ampere are making it easier for men and women alike.

Ampere is a vertically integrated (meaning they design, manufacture and distribute their own products) luxury lingerie line sold exclusively online.  Their gorgeous first collection comes in a wide range of sizes and their pieces are made with luxurious materials such as American made leavers lace and 100% silk lining in every bra. 
 
Gramercy Set ProductCustomers can find their Ampere size with a simple conversion chart or by measuring themselves with a free measuring kit.  Every bra order comes with a free matching panty, her recommended Ampere size and two sister sizes so that she can try them on in the comfort of her own home.  Free shipping, free returns and excellent customer service completes the Ampere experience.

This also makes it much easier to buy lingerie as a gift.  With three sizes to try on, the chances of your gift actually fitting is greatly increased.
 
By selling exclusively online, Ampere is able to offer all of this at a very reasonable price point.

Here are a few great Valentine’s Day gift options from Ampere:

Romper Product1) Madison Romper ($145): The luxurious Madison Romper makes the perfect gift if you have no clue what her bra sizes is. It’s classic feminine design exudes luxury yet it’s comfortable for her and extraordinarily soft to your touch. Constructed with the finest silk charmeuse and accented with silk chiffon and lace detail.

2) Gramercy and/or Chelsea Thongs ($25): Ampere thongs are the perfect gift on their own or as a sensual accompaniment to something else. They are designed to make a woman look and feel sexy while being comfortable enough to take her from day to night.

3) Gramercy and/or Chelsea Bras ($95): Give her something you’ll both love. Ampere push up bras will make her look amazing and feel confident. Don’t know her exact size? Sneak a peek in her delicates drawer or take your best guess. We’ll lend you a hand by sending you three sizes for her to try on. You’ll have until February 24th to return or exchange any unwanted sizes. Crafted with a luxurious scalloped, gold bourdon yarn embellished lace and silk lining, each bra order comes with a FREE matching panty.

4) E-Gift Card ($25 – $145): Let HER surprise YOU this Valentine’s day. Give her an E-Gift Card so that she can pick her favorite Ampere piece.

www.amperenyc.com

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

16 Jan

Rouge Seduire_Mimi SetWe’re halfway through January… Can you believe it?  That means Valentine’s Day is just a month away!  I think of Valentine’s Day as the Super Bowl of the Intimate Apparel industry.  I can’t think of any other Holiday that almost requires a lingerie purchase, can you? 

I’d love to hear your innovative merchandising strategies for increasing sales between now and February 14th.  Are you having a sale? Offering a Gift-with-Purchase? An in-store event?  Last year, Margo Andros of The Pink Slip in NYC’s Grand Central Station marketed a “Dear John” campaign which targeted the men that frequent her store.  She sent out a hand-written note to her best male clientele.  Margo recognizes the fact that men appreciate convenience and ease of purchase (especially when it comes to buying underthings for their loved ones!)  So she offered three Ready-To-Give “Packages” to remove the guesswork for the fellas, including optional delivery / messenger service.  It was genius, and proved to be a real success.  What do you have up your sleeve?  If you are planning something special, please let me know.  I would be happy to post it in my Weekly Column.

Here are a few upcoming “Intimate Affairs” (some of which are Valentine’s Day centric):

BN_FitEventTonight, Bare Necessities is hosting 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).  The “Intimate Affair” is being hosted by Bra Fit Expert Freddy Zappe of Eveden and Bare Necessities’ Erin McLaughlin.  Log on at 7:00pm EST and use hashtag #BAREFIT.

Linger MinglerLinger in Spring Lake, N.J. is hosting the “Linger Mingler,” a Men’s Night Out on January 31st from 6:30-8:00pm.  The “Intimate Affair” will feature a LIVE Fashion Show and complimentary cocktails.

2013 FEMMYThe Underfashion Club is hosting its annual FEMMY Gala on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC.  Again this year, the “Intimate Affair” will be hosted by Carson Kressley.  This year’s Student Design Contest is sponsored by Penn Asia Co., Ltd., Regina Miracle International Ltd. And Stretchline Holdings Ltd.  The theme is “Midnight Garden” – Seduction of Flowers.  The Underfashion Club will be presenting FEMMY Awards to Bloomingdale’s, Cosabella and The Lenzing Group, the Innovation Award is being presented to Hautelook, and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Josie Natori of The Natori Company.  For additional information regarding ticket purchase or to sponsor a table or to advertise in the event program, visit www.underfashionclub.org.

Sweetest Sin in Red Bank, N.J. is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Soiree on Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-9:00pm.  You can expect free gifts from brands such as Hanky Panty & Booty Parlor AND the event will feature special guests from LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.

LingerieFW_imageSAVE THE DATE – Lauren Rich is planning an event to kick-off the first ever Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW.)  The “Intimate Affair” will be sponsored in part by The Lingerie Alliance.  It will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  Details to follow….

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

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

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com

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 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: Fashion-meets-Function Lingerie Line “Dear Kate” Launches

13 Nov

Dear Kate, the young fashion-meets-function lingerie line, is set to launch online this month followed by availability in specialty boutiques across the U.S.  The debut collection—an assortment ranging from elegant high-rises and cream bodysuits to pastel bikinis and basic hipsters—pays homage to what every woman loves about her favorite intimates. 

While the designs alone catch the eye, it’s what’s underneath that has Dear Kate poised to make its mark with not only fashionistas, but also new and expecting mothers.  Julie Sygiel, founder and CEO of Dear Kate says, “The risk of an oops moment shouldn’t mean we have to give up what we feel good in.”  Below the beauty of every Dear Kate panty is a light-as-a-feather lining that protects women against stains and spills with the utmost discretion. 

Delicate to the touch and known for their easy wear-and-wash quality, the panties have already garnered a cult following through an earlier line in 2011.  Originally named Sexy Period, the patent-pending high-tech underwear was geared towards women who wanted extra backup during their period without having to compromise on style.  But when Sexy Period saw preteens, new moms experiencing incontinence, and even athletes embrace their panties, they knew a rebranding was in order.  Known briefly as Underbrella before a trademark issue delayed a re-launch this summer, the team behind Dear Kate is pleased with the early praise they’ve already received. 

“Kate is that best friend in a crisis, the one who rushes to your side with chocolate,” says Sygiel, on the line’s new name.  “The women who wear our panties appreciate not only the innovation behind it, but also the community we’ve become, and Dear Kate embraces that fully.”

www.dearkates.com

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

26 Sep

The breast cancer awareness organization, PinkChoseMe Foundation, is hosting Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day USA 2012, an awareness and fundraising celebration, on October 17th, 2012.  I am delighted to announce that The Lingerie Alliance is sponsoring this event to help make it a success.  Tiffany Jones, Founder and President of PinkChoseMe Foundation, is working with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation to bring BRA Day USA 2012 to New York City for the very first time.  The Intimate Affair is sponsored by the Breast and Plastic Surgeons at the Weill Cornell Breast Center in NYC.  This unique awareness and fundraising event is being held at the upscale Martin Lawrence Gallery in New York’s famed downtown neighborhood, SoHo.  The event is expected to attract numerous celebrities and other notable / prominent, world-renowned individuals to support this important cause.  Singer/songwriter, New York Times bestselling author and humanitarian, Jewel, is serving as the national spokesperson for BRA Day USA, advocating on behalf of the cause through media appearances, public service announcements, a dedicated BRA Day USA song and benefit concert event.  BRA Day USA has partnered with MobileCause to facilitate the fundraising process.  Individuals and companies are welcome to make donations to support this cause by texting PINK and the dollar amount of their contribution to 717777.  All donations will benefit The PSF BRA Fund (less transaction fees.) 

This celebratory event which is intended to be uplifting and spirited caps a day filled with events throughout the country and in New York, which are dedicated to “closing the loop.”  This festive affair will include pink bubbly and light fare, VIP gift bags, music, silent auctions and dedicated art exhibits.  In addition, special honored guests will be presented with awards for their dedication and commitment to PinkChoseMe Foundation and the first ever BRA Day USA.  In addition to The Lingerie Alliance, sponsors, contributors and participants of the event include The Plastic Surgery Foundation, the well-known Martin Lawrence Gallery, MARTINI beverage distributors, the leading online retailer of men’s and women’s underwear and intimates Freshpair.com, luxury beauty and lingerie brand Naked Princess, floral design company Only Roses, San Francisco based beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics, Young Professionals United for Change, Michael Steele Photography and apparel brand Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.

I am partnered with Tiffany Jones to organize this event which has become a personal passion for me.  Last year, I attended Linda the Bra Lady’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event at her Murray Hill store.  At that time, I made a promise to myself that I would dedicate more time and energy to advocating for those affected by breast cancer.  As luck would have it, breast cancer survivor Tiffany Jones approached me to help her in executing this event.  I am delighted! 

Sylvia (right) with her daughter Liz

And most importantly, I am dedicating my hard work in making this event a success to my dear friend, Sylvia D. Walter.  Sylvia lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer this past Friday, September 21st.  She fought this disease for nearly two decades with valor, grace and dignity.  Rest in peace, Sylvia!  You will never be forgotten.

In other news….

The Annual UK Lingerie Awards took place on September 19th.  The gala Awards ceremony and dinner was held at London’s fashionable One Mayfair.  The full list of winners is:

Lingerie Brand of the Year: MYLA

Most Innovative Brand of the Year: Made By Niki

Full Bust Brand of the Year: Curvy Kate

New Designer of the Year: Dirty Pretty Things

Post-Surgery Brand of the Year: Jamu Australia

Maternity Brand of the Year: Hot Milk

Hosiery Brand of the Year: Jonathan Aston

Shapewear Brand of the Year: Spanx

Swimwear Brand of the Year: Pistol Panties

Sports Bra Brand of the Year: Panache Sport

Marketing Campaign of the Year: Curvy Kate for its Star in a Bra competition

Independent Directional Brand of the Year: Made By Niki

Independent Retailer of the Year: Dolci Follie

Multiple Retailer of the Year: Rigby & Peller

Digital Retailer of the Year: Figleaves

Department Store of the Year: Selfridges

Winners of the 2012 UK Lingerie Awards Public Vote Categories are:

UK’s Favourite British Designer: Kiss Me Deadly

UK’s Favourite Lingerie Retailer: Debenhams

UK’s Favourite Lingerie Brand: Gossard.

The final presentation of the night was for the UK Lingerie Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, which was won by Theo Paphetis, who was honoured for creating two of the UK’s largest lingerie retail chains; first with La Senza, which he sold, and in the past two years with Boux Avenue.

Reminder of upcoming Intimate Affairs in the New York area:

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!  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. 

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

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com

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!

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