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Intimate Insight: Crème Bralée Lingerie Launches “Pin It To Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest

3 Feb

For the woman that wants it all, Crème Bralée Lingerie is giving away a lingerie set valued up to $65 through the brand’s new “Pin it to Win It” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest.  The Contest runs through tomorrow, February 4, 2014. Fans of the sexy, full-busted brand have the opportunity to express their originality by creating a dedicated Pinterest board representing the theme #HaveYourCake.

On February 4th, the brand’s designer, Liz Marrell, will select one winner to receive a Crème Bralée set (valued up to $65 USD.) The winner will receive her new lingerie set just in time for the hottest holiday of the year — Valentine’s Day!

Everyone will interpret #HaveYourCake differently. Is it Sweet? Erotic? Lustful? Passionate? Alluring? Full of Fascination and Fantasy? Intriguing? This contest gives entrants the opportunity to reveal their own personality and desires in interpreting this theme. The brand itself offers imagery to inspire and motivate entrants to explore their own vision of having it all.

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“Have Your Cake” can mean many things, sweet, erotic, lustful, passionate, fantasy, etc.  To me, the well known phrase, ‘Have your cake and eat it too’, can be positively empowering- being able to do what you want when you want, especially on Valentine’s Day,” says Crème Bralée’s Design and Creative Director, Liz Marrell. “Go on a romantic date or have a girls night out. Buy lingerie for someone else or wear it for yourself – you can be your own Valentine if you desire!  Also, desserts and lingerie have always gone hand in hand on V-Day.  I post a weekly ‘Better Than Sex Dessert’ photo every week on our social media and I’d love to see what everyone comes up with for Valentine’s Day.”

Crème Bralée was created by Q-T Intimates, makers of fine lingerie for over 68 years, to fill a void in the plus sized market and offer a fashion-forward line of bras and panties available in an extensive size range, full-busted and full-figured women will have no problem filling their wardrobes with the lingerie they’ve been lusting over. Crème Bralée is available in those hard-to-find sizes of 32-46, C-G cup.

“Our Crème Bralée collection offers an amazing assortment – inspired by luxury and opulence. We concentrated on the details of styling and fit and had every woman’s shape and need in mind when designing the fabulous new line,” said Meryl Kutzin, VP of Merchandising. “Each piece celebrates a shapely and curvy figure.”

Contest Rules

To enter Crème Bralée Pinterest contest, please follow these simple guidelines:

Log on to http://www.facebook.com/cremebralee and LIKE the Crème Bralée page.

Create your own Pinterest Board with the theme #HaveYourCake and title it Crème Bralée. Your Board must contain a minimum of 12 “Pins.” Be as creative as you can!

Post the link to your Crème Bralée Pinterest Board on Crème Bralée’s Facebook Page between today and February 7, 2014. (Feel free to tell us a bit about your vision and/or inspiration when posting your link.)

Where possible, use the hashtag #HaveYourCake.

Only ONE entry per person.

Please use wise discretion. Do not include pornographic or violent images in your Crème Bralée Pinterest Board. You can “push the envelope,” but please don’t go over the edge. Since this is subjective, if you need clarification, please contact us before posting your board.

Boards which are deemed pornographic or violent will be deleted from Crème Bralée Facebook page and the entrant will be disqualified from the contest.

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be age 18 or older

Must currently reside in the United States & U.S. territories, Canada, or the United Kingdom.

Must not currently be an employee of Crème Bralée, their immediate families, marketing / pr affiliates or third party suppliers.

The Prize:

The Crème Bralée team will judge the submissions and select the winner.

Winner will be selected on or about February 8, 2014.

Winner will be contacted via Facebook message.

Winner must respond to confirm acceptance of the Prize no later than February 9, 2014.

Winner selection is final.

There will be only 1 (one) winner.

Winner will be announced on Crème Bralée’s Facebook Page no later than February 9, 2014.

Winner will receive a Crème Bralée lingerie set (valued up to $65).

Prize will be shipped via USPS, UPS or FEDEX and is expected to reach the winner no later than February 14, 2014.

Returns will not be accepted unless the product is damaged/defective.

About Crème Bralée

Launched in late 2013, Crème Bralée Lingerie is an intimates collection designed for the full-busted, curvy woman and offers retailers an extensive size range of fashion-forward bras and panties at competitive price points.

Intimate Affair: Bra La Mode presents an Intimate Affair featuring Crème Bralée Lingerie

30 Apr

Please join me on Wednesday, May 15th for an Intimate Affair featuring Crème Bralée Lingerie.  View the all new Crème Bralée collection – inspired by luxury and opulence – each piece celebrates a shapely and curvy figure.  Meet the designers and manufacturers behind the brand and mingle with fellow Intimate Insiders while sipping pink bubbly and sweet French treats.  This event is exclusively for buyers/retailers and the media/press.  For an Event Invitation, Contact Us here.

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“The all-new Crème Bralée collection offers fashion-forward lingerie for the sexy and sophisticated full-busted and full-figured woman.”
 
About Crème Bralée Lingerie and Q-T Intimates:  The Crème Bralée Lingerie collection is designed and manufactured by Q-T Intimates.  Since 1945, Q-T has been specializing in all categories of intimates; from basics and fashion sets, to bridal, nursing, sleepwear, dancewear, and shapewear.  Q-T Intimates is also the licensee for La Leche League International Intimates (LLLI), under which they design and manufacture a fabulous line of nursing intimate apparel, perfect for the fashion conscious, breastfeeding mother.  In addition to the many exciting brands that Q-T offers, they continue to supply many top retailers with private label programs – designing, fitting, and manufacturing to each client’s needs.

About Moira Nelson & Bra La Mode:  Moira Nelson has worked in the wholesale Intimate Apparel industry for over a decade and is the founder of Bra La Mode, a resource site for professionals in the Lingerie industry and related fields.  Bra La Mode takes a look inside Intimates by hosting unique intimate apparel related events and provides services specific to the lingerie industry.  The site features event coverage of Intimate Affairs, intimate interviews with Intimate Insiders, and opinion pieces providing Intimate Insights.  BraLaMode.com reaches hundreds of consumers, buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals (as well as those in related fields) on a daily basis.

Intimate Affair: ClosetDash Shop and Leading Full-Bust Blog Hourglassy to Sponsor Busty Clothing Swap

16 Oct

ClosetDash Shop and the leading blog for full-busted women, Hourglassy are excited to sponsor the first event of its kind, a Busty Clothing Swap from 11am-2pm on Saturday, October 20th, for women who wear dress sizes 2-16 and bra cups D and higher, at ClosetDash Shop’s new space on the fourth floor of 30 E. 20th Street in Manhattan, NYC.

“Forty women with similar body types in the same room means everyone should be able to find something she loves that fits,” says Darlene Campbell, founder of the full-busted clothing line Campbell & Kate and creator of the blog Hourglassy.  “We also have amazing raffle and gift bag items from some of the best full-bust brands out there.”  In addition, Bottomless Closet will be in attendance to accept donations of clothing.

Finding clothing that fits is a perpetual challenge for women with small backs (a 28-36 bra band) who wear D cups and higher.  Campbell began her blog in 2008 to help full-busted women discover the lingerie and clothing lines that cater specifically to them.  When she blogged about attending ClosetDash Shop’s first swap in May, she realized there was enough interest for a large-bust-specific swap.

It was only a matter of time before ClosetDash Shop’s founder, Jennifer Lee, approached her about co-sponsoring such an event.  “There’s potential for more body-specific swaps in the future,” says Lee.  “Swaps already have a fun sense of community, but imagine the shared laughter in a room full of tall women, or women with large hips, or really petite women?”

Participants will be charged a $10 admission fee and should bring up to ten items of clothing in sizes 2-16. Advanced registration is recommended, at www.cdsbustyswap.eventbrite.com.

Follow Darlene Campbell @CampbellKate

www.Hourglassy.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. 

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VIDEO: The Lingerie Alliance Launch Party and Lingerie Fashion Show

22 Aug

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, me and my partner Luis Paredes hosted an “Intimate Affair” Launch Party and SS13 Lingerie Fashion Show to celebrate our partnership and the launch of our latest endeavor, The Lingerie Alliance

The Event, which attracted over 300 industry professionals and other guests, was held at Griffin lounge and nightclub in the exclusive meatpacking district in Manhattan.  The “Intimate Affair” was sponsored by leading lingerie lines Affinitas & Parfait and took place on the eve of the bi-annual Lingerie Market Week in NYC, which draws designers, brands, retailers, buyers, media and press from around the World. 

The Fashion Show featured SS13 collections from Affinitas & Parfait as well as the imaginative designs of independent brands Angela Friedman, Clare Bare Eco Intimates, Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Nevaeh Intimates, Ombrato Sleepwear and Lingerie, and With Love Lingerie.  Celebrity stylist and author of The Bra Book, Jené Luciani, entertained the guests as emcee of the “Intimate Affair.” 

Additional sponsors of the “Intimate Affair” included Jené Luciani and her well-known publication, The Bra Book, the luxury beauty and lingerie brand Naked Princess, leading lingerie publication The Lingerie Journal and the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase, fine lingerie stylist, sensuality stylist and personal shopper, The Lingerie Goddess, renowned intimate apparel blog, Lingerie Briefs, boutique PR firm specializing in intimate apparel, RICHPR, LingerieFW which will be the first Fashion Week dedicated exclusively to lingerie, the intimate apparel resource site and consulting company, Bra La Mode, luxury Hosiery ecommerce retailer PEEK Brooklyn, and The Full Figured Chest, a marketing firm catering to lingerie pros.

The Lingerie Alliance will be an exclusive, members-only platform utilizing the latest technology to create a collaborative community experience.  The site will feature a searchable directory of members (by area of expertise,) as well as interactive LIVE forums and chat sessions with industry experts as well as offline workshops, panel discussions and seminars.  In addition, The Lingerie Alliance will host networking socials and other special events throughout the year (Intimate Affairs.) 

“The goal is to have all functionality fully live by Spring 2013,” says co-founder Luis Paredes.  All of the site’s features will be rolled out throughout the coming months.  Regarding the event, Luis stated, “We were thrilled with the turn out, the runway show was spectacular, and the Griffin was the perfect choice for this type of event.  All of the lingerie featured was sexy, fresh and fun and the independent designers are extremely talented.  We are passionate about showcasing independent brands so that they can gain well-deserved exposure.  Most importantly, since launching The Lingerie Alliance, we have received tremendous feedback from the lingerie community.”

www.TheLingerieAlliance.com

Follow @TheLAlliance

www.facebook.com/TheLAlliance

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: Curvy Kate “Star in a Bra” Model Search Launches Today in the USA

5 Apr

Calling all Curvy Girls…. Today’s the day….. Log on to Curvy Kate USA’s Facebook page to enter yourself into their “Star in a Bra” Model Search.  For more information (or to learn about past “Star in a Bra” Contests in the UK and in Australia,) log on to Curvy Kate’s official website.

You’re Invited: “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts

26 Mar

Bra La Mode and VMV Hypoallergenics are co-hosting “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 2pm – 8pm at VMV Hypoallergenics boutique at 868 Broadway, NYC.  Happy Hour will be from 4pm – 8pm.

The in-store Intimate Affair will feature the latest intimate apparel designs from the acclaimed, NY-based lingerie brand Dirty Dolls Lingerie and the iconic button-front white shirts from the NY-based clothing company, Campbell & Kate.  Merchandise from the two brands will be available for purchase at up to 80% off the original retail prices.

The event is being held in the upscale VMV Hypoallergenics boutique and spa where free makeovers will be offered while guests enjoy champagne and other treats such as cheese & crackers, fruit and chocolates.  In addition, free samples will be provided, VIP VMV gift bags will be distributed and all guests can expect a free gift with purchase courtesy of VMV (valued at over $30.)

Inspired 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.

Campbell & Kate ships iconic white shirts across the globe to women who wear a bra cup size D-H and dress size 2-16.  In perfecting the classic white shirt, the company has paid painstaking attention to the issues that matter to the woman with a large bust, including proportionate sizing between the bust, waist and shoulders, and gap-free closure at the bust.  The classic white shirt is the first of the line to launch with other colors to follow in fall 2012. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the festive, in-store shopping event: www.letsgetskintimate.eventbrite.com

www.vmvhypoallergenics.com

www.dirtydollslingerie.com

www.campbellandkate.com

#IntimateAffair

Intimate Insight: Curvy Kate Launches “Star in a Bra” Model Search in the USA

22 Feb

It was over a year ago that I first discovered the UK brand, Curvy Kate.  As a full-busted consumer, I am always on the lookout for new brands which cater to women like me.  And as an intimate apparel professional, I make it my business to know what’s happening in the world of lingerie.  I was immediately drawn to the youthful, playful and flirtatious styling of the brand and anxious to find out how to get my hands on a matching set.  And it was great to see the product on curvy models that looked like me!  But more importantly, it was their business strategy that caught my attention.  Besides the fact that they had over 400% growth in the few short years since launching the brand, I was very impressed with the company’s innovative approach to marketing. 

Late last year I wrote an article for The Lingerie Journal about the importance of social media in the intimate apparel industry.  I identified Curvy Kate as one of several intimate apparel brands which are doing a great job utilizing social media to promote themselves.  I wrote, “In the U.K., the newcomer on the scene is a full-busted brand called Curvy Kate…..they’ve come on the scene and made quite an impression. And the bulk of their marketing has been a “grassroots” social media campaign. Curvy Kate is active on the internet and appeals to the “everywoman.” Rather than hire expensive models to promote their brand, they conducted a model search called “Star in a Bra.” All of the Curvy Kate models are amateurs who submitted themselves to be the face and bust of the brand. And the best part is that we get to be the judge!”

At that time, Curvy Kate was only available in the UK and in Europe and was starting to take hold in Australia.  But this relatively small, full-busted UK label has since gone global.  And much of this success is due to their innovative “grassroots” marketing and PR initiatives.  The brand is now being sold in specialty shops throughout the US and is available on the leading intimate apparel ecommerce site, BareNecessities.com.

To celebrate the brand’s foray into the US market, the company has recently announced that they are bringing their annual Star in a Bra competition to the US.  Starting in April, the brand will scour the United States for a naturally curvy woman who will become the face and body of the brand.  Going against the grain, Curvy Kate champions shapely figures by searching for D plus girls who are curvy, charismatic and confident with a fuller body and a natural full bust.

The Star in a Bra search will be run through the brand’s new USA Facebook page and they encourage fans to submit their favorite lingerie photos to win an international modeling contract and a year’s worth of Curvy Kate Lingerie. The winner will also be flown to the UK to take part in the brand’s latest marketing campaign with fellow UK and Australian winners.

The competition strives to celebrate healthy curves, a positive body image and diversity. Curvy Kate Marketing Manager, Hannah Houston, stated, “We truly believe that our customers should model our lingerie as these are the girls who will be buying it. Our model search isn’t just a one off – it’s here to stay to prove how gorgeous the shapely figure looks in lingerie – wobbles, bumps and all. If you can wear Curvy Kate lingerie – you’re in.”  Showing how Curvy Kate’s lingerie looks on a fuller bust and shapely frame gives a true representation of how the product fits and supports a larger bustline.

Curvy Kate D – K cup lingerie is designed for fun, flirty girls with a fuller breast and desire for fashion. Utilizing gorgeous, fashion-conscious designs and clever engineering, the brand offers variety and flattering, colorful styles normally only seen in smaller cup sizes. Bras retail from $65 to $75 USD.

Buyers can preview Curvy Kate’s next collection at the CurveNY lingerie trade show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center through Thursday, February 23rd.  Booth # 416.

Resources:

www.CurvyKate.com

Follow @CurvyKateUSA

www.facebook.com/CurvyKateUSA

You’re Invited: The Dirty Dolls Exhibit Pinstripe Pin-Up Collection

21 Feb

Dirty Dolls Lingerie has already made a huge splash with its classic line, which features luxuriously styled bras in hard-to-find sizes, as well as exquisite panties and shapers.  Now the budding company is spicing things up again with its vaudeville-inspired Pinstripe Pin-Up collection.

The new collection features design elements such as bold stripes and playful bows that were influenced by the ladies of the Ziegfeld Follies.  These beautiful chorus women, commonly known as Ziegfeld Girls, wore stunning costumes and exuded pure glamour.  The Dolls’ latest offerings pay homage to these sexy icons.

The centerpiece of the new collection is the Pinstripe Pin-Up brassiere.  This is available in sizes 28C through 38G.  The coordinating panty options are either a sultry power-mesh shaping panty with removable garters, or a provocative string thong.  All of these lovely under-things create a flattering and smooth look beneath any sort of garment, from a sharp business suit to a flirty party dress. 

View the collection at The Intimate Apparel Boutique Lingerie Show today through Thursday.

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