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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 Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

12 Dec

It’s a very busy time of the year full of holiday shopping, long work hours, year-end meetings, goal-setting for 2013, dinners, parties and other events.  And I’m full of anxiety… attempting to accomplish everything I set out to do before the year is over.  Am I the only one that’s feeling the pressure?  Any good tips for maintaining a sense of balance during this time of the year?  I’m getting enough sleep; I’m sticking with my usual meditation routine, allowing time for myself and making self-care a priority… Yet I still feel a bit overwhelmed.  Please share your advice for coping with life’s ups and downs…  I’d love to hear what you do to stay sane. 

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On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club hosted its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.  The Intimate Affair featured dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest which was judged by Lingerie Briefs’ Ellen Lewis and Laurence Teinturier of Curvexpo

Victor Vega_Sophia and Gabrielle_Bob VitaleThe Grand Prize went to Joseph Lara from Delta Galil.  He won a ticket to the 2013 Femmy Gala which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC.  The 2nd Prize went to Sophia Gergatsoulis and Gabrielle Bizzoco from Wacoal America.  Sophia and Gabrielle each received a 1-year membership in the Underfashion Club for their creative entry in the contest.  In addition to the festivities, the UFC never forgets to take care of its own community…..gifts of clothing and toys were collected and donated to the New York Foundling Children.  Club president Walter Costello and other members of the Club and industry pros including Debby Long-Gedney, Roslyn Harte, Lance Whitaker, Gary Hughes, Victor Vega, Bob Vitale, Julia Burns, Steve Chernoff, Justin Chernoff, Suzanne Beck, Luis Paredes, Joel Fertel, Ellen Lewis, and many others came together to celebrate the season in style. 

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Dear Kate Launch PartyThe official Dear Kate Launch Party was held on Friday, December 7th.  The Intimate Affair was hosted by Azaleas at 140 Second Avenue, NYC.  Family, friends and fans of the innovative brand came together to celebrate the launch of this unique lingerie line.  Azaleas was standing-room only.  Congrats Julie and thanks for the Dear Kate logo tote!

Bra La Mode hosted a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th.  The Intimate Affair featured Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introduced – for the first time ever – the luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire.  The event was held at the neighborhood spa, Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC.  Guests enjoyed Mani/Pedis and admired the three independent lines being showcased at the event. 

Buyer Kelly OBrien from Linger chats with Darcy Frye of Love and Dream Sleepwear at Bra La Mode Trunk Show Sat Dec 8th

TulipbackContinue supporting these brands by shopping online at: www.dirtydollslingerie.com and www.shoploveanddream.com.  And although Rouge Séduire is not yet available for retail sales direct to consumer, you must check out the steamy website which just launched late last week- www.rougeseduire.com.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs:

The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held this Thursday, December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

On December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  The legendary lingerie lady, Roslyn Harte, will be judging the Ugly Sweater Contest.  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, December 12th.  Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

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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

5 Dec

Let’s cut right to the chase.  There are tons of Intimate Affairs over the next few weeks.  Great opportunities for networking with fellow industry pros and excellent bargains for lingerie collectors!  Or perhaps you would like to make a difference this Season by getting involved in one of the industry’s charitable organizations?  I hope to see you at one of these festive events.

On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club hosted its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.  The Intimate Affair featured dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest.  In addition, gifts of clothing and toys were collected and donated to the New York Foundling Children.  Members of the Club and other industry professionals came together to celebrate the season in style.  Stay tuned for pictures of the event and the list of design contest winners.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs:

clowintersale2012Today, December 5th, Clo Intimo is hosting a Holiday Sale which will also feature NY-based, independent jewelry designs from Poupette.  The Holiday Sale is taking place from 5-10pm at the Archstone Murray Hill, 245 E. 40th Street, Penthouse, NYC.

Paris Trend Event Dec 6thThe Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) is hosting a trend presentation on Thursday, December 6th at the Consulate General of France in NYC.  The presentation is a fresh insight into the latest fashion and home trends by the trend forecasting agency NellyRodi.  It will be followed by a panel discussion between Paris-based trade shows and American trend experts.

Dear Kate launch invite Dec 7The official Dear Kate Launch Party is being held this Friday, December 7th from 6-9pm.  The Intimate Affair is being hosted by Azaleas, 140 Second Avenue, NYC.  Celebrate the launch of this unique and innovative lingerie line with cocktails, music and more.  The first 50 guests will receive a Dear Kate tote bag.  RSVP to party@dearkates.com

PrintBra La Mode presents a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introducing – for the first time ever – luxury lingerie line Rouge Séduire.  As an added bonus, Stella and Dot jewelry and accessories will be sold too!  Wrap up your holiday shopping in one stop.  The Intimate Affair will be held at Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC from 10am-3pm and will feature Spa Specials including a Traditional Mani/Pedi for only $22 (reg. $34.) and a ½ Hour Full Body Massage for only $30 (reg. $40.)  Come in from the cold and shop for Holiday Gifts up to 50% off and indulge yourself with a Spa treatment!  Be sure to RSVP at www.festivetrunkshow1.eventbrite.com.  Guests can expect refreshments and gifts with purchase.

Lille Boutique_astral-bodies-flyer-1On December 12, 2012, from 7pm to midnight. Lille Boutique will be celebrating the holidays in style with a Planned Parenthood benefit at Holocene nightclub, located at 1001 SE Morrison Street in Portland, Oregon.  The highlight of the event will be a Fashion Show with models by Q6 (styled by Sephora and Proper Salon) for the launch of Fortnight Lingerie’s latest collection, Asteria 2013, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Lille will be raising funds for Planned Parenthood, so 100% of the profits from this amazing event will go to charity.  Tickets are currently sold out, but an additional 15 general admission tickets to the fashion show will be released at the door.  The free after-party does not require a ticket, so all are welcome to attend for a chance to win over $1000 in donated raffle prizes, including gift certificates to Lille Boutique, lingerie from Fortnight, Maison Close, Only Hearts, Unforeseen Circumstances, The Lake and Stars, Huit, and much more.  New Deal Distillery will be donating complimentary drinks during the cocktail hour, and the event will be catered by Luce, with cupcakes donated by Cupcake Jones.  There will be additional entertainment in the form of Astrological Readings by Psychic Siamese Terror, film projection, a giant photo booth, and music by the Sex Life DJs.  Fortnight Lingerie’s designer, Christina Remenyi, will travel to Portland from Toronto to attend the event and answer questions about the collection.  Lille Boutique and Lille Trousseau carry high-end lingerie, swimwear, antiques and accessories, with an emphasis on vintage-inspired garments, independent designers and natural fibers.

HUG AwardThe Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held on December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

Bella Intimates in Rye, New Hampshire is hosting “Men’s Night” on Thursday, December 13th from 6-8pm at the store located at 150 Lafayette Road, Rt. 1 in Rye.  Bella Intimates Holiday Collection will be modeled throughout the evening.  Guests are welcome to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while shopping.  Your gifts will be wrapped AND… Bella is offering Curb Side Service!  Just pull up in front and your packages will be delivered to you! www.bellaintimatesNH.com

TLA_FestiveAffairInviteOn December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  The legendary lingerie lady, Roslyn Harte, will be judging the Ugly Sweater Contest.  Additional sponsors include byChez Designer Lingerie Boutique.  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com

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

14 Nov

As I think back on the past few weeks, I am inspired by mankind.  I have seen people from all walks of life coming together to support those who have literally lost everything as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  It brought people together who would not normally mix.  Barriers of race, creed, sexual orientation and socio-economic differences have been broken.  Here in Jersey City, we have witnessed great loss.  Many of my neighbors are still without power after two long, cold, dark weeks.  Life as we know it has been changed forever.  Insurance pay-outs and FEMA funds cannot restore one’s wellbeing.  Luckily, I was one of the first to have power restored here in Jersey City. I opened my doors to everyone & anyone that needed some warmth, a hot shower, a phone charge, or a hot meal.  But it was only a temporary “fix.” 

Sea Bright, NJ. Photo by Mark Vetrini

Most of my family is “down the shore” where entire towns have been literally wiped out.  My sister, Eileen Rafferty, hopped in her car and ventured into some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Jersey such as Belford and Keyport.  She knocked on doors to pitch in with clean-up efforts and to find out what they really need.  After a day on the “front line,” Eileen called me and said “We need undies!”  I jumped on the horn and within a matter of hours, I was able to collect cases of Clean/Unworn Underwear from manufacturers and designers around the Country.  Out of this need, the #SpareAPair Campaign has been born.  Organizations such as Bra Recyclers and Support1000 have been accepting donations of gently worn bras for years.  These organizations get the bras directly into the hands of the women in need (around the world.)  But what about skivvies?  My mom always told me, “Never leave the house without clean underwear!”  But after a disaster, that’s not so easy, is it?  Can You #SpareAPair of Underwear?  Contact me directly to find out how you can support the #SpareAPair Campaign.

Christian Siriano and Jene Luciani

The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s 57th Annual H.U.G. Awards Gala was held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  This year’s Intimate Affair (called “An Enchanted Evening”) honored LuAnn Via, former President and CEO of Payless ShoeSource, Inc. as well as Steven Chernoff, chairman of Rago Foundations, LLC.  Intimate apparel industry veteran Janet Peters was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the Club.  The annual event raises funds to support NYU Langone Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and Tisch Hospital.  Despite the wintry weather, members and supporters of the Club gathered together at 230 Fifth Penthouse to celebrate the humanitarian achievements of our honorees and to support the “RUSK Kids.”  The event’s emcee was celebrity stylist and author of The Bra Book, Jené Luciani.  Luciani wore a gown designed by Project Runway star, designer Christian Siriano.  Siriano attended the event and presented his friend LuAnn Via with her H.U.G. Award.  Via was also dressed in Christian Siriano from head to toe.  Siriano arrived at the event with his guest, movie star Isabelle Fuhrman who also donned his designs!  The event raised thousands of dollars which will be donated directly to NYU Langone Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and Tisch Hospital.  The IASC is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and none of its members are paid.

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.”

This Wednesday, November 14th, luxury brand Fleur du Mal is celebrating its launch by hosting an Intimate Affair featuring Parisian DJ Inez Melia and renowned Mixologist Xavier Herit.  Fleur du Mal is a signature collection of ready-to-wear and lingerie by Jennifer Zuccarini.  The designs will be sold exclusively through a uniquely interactive e-commerce site- www.fleurdumal.com.

The Lingerie Alliance is proud to be participating in another fundraiser on November 18th at Teak Restaurant, in Red Bank, New Jersey.  The Intimate Affair, GO NAKED AND CHECK YOURSELF, is an evening dedicated to bringing awareness / prevention to detectible cancers where you can go naked and check yourself – skin, breast and testicular cancers.  The event is presented by Sugarush (a specialty bakery in Red Bank, NJ) and the award-winning lingerie boutique, Sweetest Sin.  The mission of Go Naked and Check Yourself is to take the stigma of embarrassment out of checking yourself, because early detection can prevent long term issues.  All proceeds from the event benefit charities such as The American Cancer Society.  And since the areas surrounding Red Bank, NJ were so badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, 25% of all proceeds will now benefit MOVE FOR HUNGER.  Contact me for tickets or to make a donation.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Intimate Affairs:

December 4, 2012 – The Underfashion Club’s Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.

December 13, 2012- The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party at the RUSK Institute followed by a Dinner at Trattoria Alba.

December 18, 2012- The Lingerie Alliance presents a Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave, 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Sweater Contest and more.  $35/ per person.

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

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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

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