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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 Announcement: The Lingerie Alliance Has Launched!

12 Jul

Founded by intimate apparel professionals Moira Nelson and Luis Paredes, The Lingerie Alliance is an interactive, online collaborative community of professionals in the intimate apparel industry and related fields.  When the site is fully developed, 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.  In the meantime, Moira Nelson and Luis Paredes are hosting an “Intimate Affair” Launch Party and SS13 Lingerie Fashion Show to celebrate their partnership and the site’s launch on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Griffin lounge and nightclub in the trendy meatpacking district in Manhattan.

The Event is sponsored by the stylish yet affordable lingerie brands Affinitas & Parfait and takes 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 will feature the SS13 collections of Affinitas & Parfait as well as the imaginative designs of the independent brands Angela Friedman, Clare Bare Eco Intimates, Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Nevaeh Intimates and With Love Lingerie.  Celebrity stylist and author of The Bra Book, Jené Luciani, has signed on to emcee the “Intimate Affair.” 

Keng Zhang, President of Affinitas commented on the partnership saying, “We are honored to support The Lingerie Alliance at their launch event and as an Alliance Leader.  TLA’s goals of inspiring, innovating and empowering the lingerie industry are right in league with our own as a lingerie brand, and we couldn’t have found a better fit.”

The Griffin is the perfect venue for this event which is intended to promote a festive spirit.  Designed by Marc Dizon of the boutique collective Lewis & Dizon, the Griffin is an intimate jewel box filled with fringe-lined velvet banquets, gilded tables, rose-antique mirrors, and reclaimed herringbone floors.  Filigree detailing accentuates the space, and a glittering centerpiece of crystal chandeliers hanging overhead sets the cinematic mood for the room.  The lingerie featured at this event will really radiate against this opulent backdrop.

Additional sponsors of the “Intimate Affair” include 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, boutique PR firm RICHPR which specializes in intimate apparel, the intimate apparel resource site and consulting company, Bra La Mode, and The Full Figured Chest, a marketing firm catering to lingerie pros.

Moira Nelson, co-founder of The Lingerie Alliance stated, “Collaboration is the essence of The Lingerie Alliance.  Our mission is to unite lingerie professionals from all aspects of the industry to elevate the industry as a whole.  We envision a diverse network of members including Retailers, Buyers, Brands, Retail Store Owners, Independent Lingerie Designers, Wholesale Manufacturers, Press/Media, Suppliers and so on.  If you do business in the intimate apparel industry, you are welcome to join the Alliance!” 

Buyers and Media/Press are welcome to attend the “Intimate Affair” or they can register to view the designer collections during Market Week.  Affinitas & Parfait will be exhibiting at CurvExpo from August 5th through the 7th while the five emerging, independent labels will be showing their lines at the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase from August 5th through August 8th at the AKA Hotel, Times Square, NYC.  The Showcase gives buyers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with designers in a relaxed setting.  Buyers looking for innovative, new collections can pre-register for the Designer Showcase at: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/attendee-registration/

Collaborate – Educate – Inspire – Empower – Innovate – Achieve

About The Lingerie Alliance:

Founded by Moira Nelson and Luis Paredes, The Lingerie Alliance is an interactive, online collaborative community of professionals in the intimate apparel industry and related fields.  The mission of The Lingerie Alliance is to unite lingerie professionals from all aspects of the industry to elevate the industry as a whole- Retailers, Buyers, Brands, Retail Store Owners, Ecom Retailers, Independent Lingerie Designers, Wholesale Manufacturers, Influential Lingerie Bloggers, Press/Media, Publicists, Marketing Professionals, Suppliers, and Service Providers.

About Affinitas & Parfait:

Sexy or sweet? Take your pick with Affinitas’ wide selection of stylish yet affordable bras, panties, 3-pack packaged panties, camisoles, babydolls, chemises, and bustiers, ranging from basic, everyday styles to on-trend and special occasion pieces. Bras and bustiers span a size range of 30-38 A-DD, with all other items sized XS-XL. Complementary line Parfait additionally caters to the full-bust market with bras sized 30D – 40G (and bottoms sized XS-2X). Meaning no matter your size, Affinitas has the right lingerie for you. Whether you’re feeling flirty, glamourous and feminine, or want to channel your inner vixen, Affinitas has a look to match your mood. Made of fine, soft materials sourced from all over the world, Affinitas ensures you can wear any piece from the line – be it all day…or just for a few minutes! The Affinitas woman is fashion-forward and discerning, wishing for stylish, comfortable, quality lingerie – at prices that won’t break the bank. Constantly expanding to meet your needs, wants, and desires, Affinitas’ mission is to have you covered (well, mostly) for every occasion.

About Moira Nelson and Luis Paredes:

Moira Nelson, lingerie industry professional and founder of the intimate apparel resource site Bra La Mode, and Luis Paredes, publisher of The Lingerie Journal and founder of the Lingerie Designer Showcase, share a passion for uniting independent lingerie designers, brands and businesses with larger scale intimate apparel companies, organizations and professionals.  Their mission is to connect lingerie professionals from all aspects of the industry to collaborate, educate, inspire, empower, innovate and achieve.  Ultimately, their goal is to elevate the intimate apparel industry as a whole through collaboration.

www.TheLingerieAlliance.com

Follow @TheLAlliance

www.facebook.com/TheLAlliance

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Intimate Insider: Sonata Lingerie Embraces the Belle Epoque

20 Jun

Using sheer, high-end laces, satin, silk chiffons and Swarovski crystals, designer Sonata Rapalyte has created multiple award-winning collections.  If you’re familiar with Sonata Lingerie, you have likely seen one of her luxurious lace bodysuits which Sonata says “is destined to adorn the bodies of those who want to be subtly reminded that they are deserving of only the very best.”  Sonata’s latest collection, ‘Belle Epoque’, is available in stores now and Sonata is excited to announce the launch of her recently re-designed website www.sonata-lingerie.com.  Intrigued by Sonata’s background and impressed by her hand-made designs, I interviewed her to get an intimate look at the designer behind the brand….

BraLaMode: What inspires you most?

Sonata: I love fashion.  I love good shoes.  Wearing good lingerie gives you the same feeling as wearing good shoes.  Wearing good lingerie makes a woman feel confident, attractive, and it gives them a real positive lift throughout the day.

BraLaMode: What did you do before starting your brand?  How did you get started?

Sonata: I moved to London quite quickly and started working for the uber-trendy lingerie designer Damaris.  I worked with Damaris as a seamstress and technical designer during the launch of her brand and throughout the early years.  However, I started to want to make my own designs.  My love for travel as well as my passion for lingerie then inspired me to move to the Sardinian coast for a while.  I ended up designing my entire first collection there.  I was surrounded by the unmistakable and breathtaking beauty on the island!  It was so inspirational.  I used to take a boat and sail out to the middle of the ocean, sit in the sun with the breeze and the waves, and just design.

BraLaMode: What’s the number one thing that differentiates you from other brands?

Sonata: It is a high-end lingerie line due to the quality fabrics and handmade aspects of the designs.  Sonata Lingerie is designed with fabulous women in mind everywhere.  I hate to think I have only one type of lady buying my designs.  I hope to inspire all ages from 18 to 80!  I just want to make women feel pretty, confident and sexy.  When you wear amazing lingerie, you feel amazing.  Basically, if I’ve achieved you feeling fabulous, then I’m happy with that.

BraLaMode: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Sonata: Sonata lingerie will take over the world!

BraLaMode: Tell me something interesting about you that isn’t lingerie related.

Sonata: My passion is cooking.  I always have my girlfriends around for dinner to try new types of foods or dishes.  We talk, we laugh, and they love my cooking!

Sonata Lingerie is available at www.bellabellaboutique.com.

Resources:

www.sonata-lingerie.com

@SonataLingerie

Intimate Insight: “Mysterious White Nights” – Kriss Soonik Loungerie Spring/Summer 2012

13 Mar

I first introduced you to designer Kriss Soonik and her  unique collection of “loungerie” late last Fall.  Now, the UK based designer is introducing her Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. 

It’s all about the color Navy for the season…. For the SS12 photo shoot, Kriss and her crew traveled to the wild Nordic beaches of her homeland of Estonia.  Because of seasonal climate changes, it was hard to predict if they would be able to shoot on the beach…. But they captured the best day of the Summer…. And believe it or not, these images were taken at 9pm!  The Mysterious White Nights of Estonia….

Kriss Soonik Loungerie is available online at www.kriss-soonik.com and in boutiques worldwide including Journelle in NYC and Miami, Lingerie on Lex in NYC and Oh Baby in Portland.

Resources:

www.Kriss-Soonik.com

@KrissSoonik

Intimate Insider: “Sheer Perfection” Designer Asi Efros of Ann Vogue

15 Feb

I was first introduced to Intimate Insider Asi Efros last Fall when she was showing her line, Ann Vogue, at a private sale hosted by The Lingerie Goddess Margaret Shrum.  At that time, I wrote “The attention to detail is impeccable.  Each stitch is sheer perfection.  Ann Vogue is an exquisite lingerie collection which should be reserved for your most special occasions.  The quality of the fabrics, the attention to detail, and the construction of these pieces insure you will cherish them for a lifetime.  The unparalleled fabrics include silk, silk chiffon and crinkle silk chiffon and most styles are trimmed with a delicate French leavers lace trim in a medallion motif.  Even the straps and ties are handmade of self-fabrics such as chiffon and are fully functional.  Ann Vogue epitomizes absolutely luxurious lingerie!”  My point of view has not changed since then.  I discover emerging lingerie designers on a fairly regular basis.  But it is only one in a million that really captures my attention.  Ann Vogue is unequivocally my favorite independent lingerie brand.  At Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair, Asi provided my guests with a sneak preview of her latest collection which will be premiering next week at The Lingerie Designer Showcase, Tuesday, February 21st through Thursday, February 23rd at the AKA Hotel on 44th Street, NYC.  Make it a point to visit her at the show…. You will not be disappointed!

Late last year, Asi and I met for a cup of tea to discuss her brand and more importantly…. So I could discover the “women in black” behind the brand.  I am always fascinated by the designer.  I want to better understand their thought processes, what inspires them, how they got their start and where they are hoping to take their brand.  Each designer is as unique as the garments they create.  Their designs are usually a reflection of their soul.  Asi Efros’ line, Ann Vogue, is no exception.  Here’s some Intimate Insight into the birth of her brand….

Asi is an immigrant from Russia.  She fled to the United States with her family in 1989.  As they were leaving, her husband said to her “as long as we have your sewing machine, we will be fine.”  Initially, she was sewing dresses here in the States.  But eventually she learned fitting, draping and other techniques they simply don’t teach in Russia.  She landed in the intimate apparel industry where she worked for others for many years….always dreaming of creating her own brand.  In the Spring of 2010, Asi decided to take a break to rediscover herself.  She booked a trip to Europe and left everything behind.  Asi says, “I have a lot of respect for the European culture; they put life before work.” 

Asi spent the next few months observing and absorbing the culture of London, Brussels and Paris.  It is in Paris that the Ann Vogue brand began to take form.  She says, “France is so different from the United States….. The entire city of Paris is enormously sexy!  It’s inherent in the people.  They exude sex.  It’s in their mannerisms, how they move and talk, the language, their attention to detail.”  By the end of the sabbatical, Asi’s concept came to life.

The Ann Vogue brand is organically sexy and forever elegant.  The styles are not overly complicated; they are timeless, classic styles which can be treasured forever.  Asi says, “Like Paris, the collection doesn’t need to try to be sexy… It just is.”  Asi believes that every night can be your “wedding night.”  There’s no need to “wait for sexy.”  She continued, “Life consists of little memories and moments evoking certain emotions.  This is how art is created.”  Each piece is handmade in NYC in the heart of the garment district by amazingly talented people whose craftsmanship and attention to detail is legendary.  Only a few pieces of each style are being produced to maintain the exclusivity of the collection. 

Asi hopes to reintroduce the long forgotten lifestyle when nice clothes were purchased, cherished and cared for as a tribute to its value and craftsmanship.  She remembers her grandfather saying, “We are not rich enough to buy cheap things.”  She says, “It sounds even truer now than it did about a quarter century ago. Our young generation spends thousands of dollars at stores just to throw away shrunken, pilled or deformed garments a month later.”  Asi aspires to continue creating individual works of art in the form of one-of-a-kind, super special sleepwear pieces…..Ann Vogue.

Ann Vogue is available at AnnVogue.com and The Lingerie Goddess Boutique online.

Here are a few pictures Asi took while in Europe in 2010.  Each image inspired her in some way to create the unique Ann Vogue Collection.

Intimate Affair: Bra La Mode Makes Her Debut

14 Feb

Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair­ — an in-store Bra Fit Event — was held on January 29, 2012 at the unique, appointment-only, intimate apparel store, Bra*Tenders located in New York’s Theater district.  The event was a tremendous success as it provided women of all ages, shapes, and sizes the opportunity to receive a free bra fitting in an exclusive environment as well as education on the importance of a proper fit courtesy of Bra*Tenders.  The in-store Bra Fit Event was sponsored by renowned French lingerie brand, Chantelle Paris and leading lingerie publication, The Lingerie Journal.

The Intimate Affair brought together consumers, intimate apparel professionals, independent lingerie designers, influential lingerie bloggers, public relations reps, press and media as well as “Bra-lebrities” including celebrity stylist and author of The Bra Book, Jene’ Luciani, designer Layla L’Obatti and her partner Josh Verleun of lingerie brand Between the Sheets, designers Courtney Newman and Erica Paul of Dirty Dolls Lingerie, designer Ellen Jacobson of full-figure lingerie brand Elila, designer Asi Efros of the high-end independent lingerie line Ann Vogue, Ellen Lewis of LingerieBriefs.com, the “Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum, lingerie designer Camille Block, publicist Lauren Rich of fashion PR agency RichPR which specializes in intimate apparel, legendary intimate apparel designer and lifetime member of the Intimate Apparel Square Club Roslyn Harte of Lances Harte, Intimate Apparel Square Club president Norma Reinhardt Mascarotti and IASC board members Michael De Prisco and Nina Levine among others.

My mission is to bridge the gap between independent lingerie professionals and larger scale intimate apparel brands, businesses and organizations.  Bra La Mode’s debut Intimate Affair accomplished that.  It’s really great to be part of a community of people who share the same passion.  And this is just the first of many events to come.

The event included a trunk show by Darlene Campbell of the full-busted clothing company Campbell and Kate.  Darlene showcased her innovative“CEO Shirt for the D.E.F. Woman” which ensures that all women can own a classic white shirt that fits them beautifully all over.  Campbell commented of the event, “I loved seeing the faces of women who wear D cups and up as they discovered that a Campbell & Kate button front shirt fits them perfectly.”

Author and bra-fit expert Ali Cudby signed copies of her recently released book “Busted: The Fab Foundations Guide to Bras that Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic.”  Cudby said, “Wearing a properly fitting bra is important to a woman’s health, so it was fabulous – and important – to have an event dedicated to helping women figure out their fit.”

Professional photographer Michael Steele who is known for “capturing the female form” snapped candid shots of guests enjoying the soiree.  Guests enjoyed Izze sparkling juice and champagne, as well as cupcakes courtesy of M Squared Sweet and Chic Treats. 

The highlight of the Intimate Affair was the raffle for a Grand Prize basket which had a value of over $600.  Contributors to the raffle prize include Bra La Mode, Chantelle Paris, Campbell and Kate, author Ali Cudby, Ann Deal of Fashion Forms, and “Bra-lebrity” Jene’ Luciani.  Additional sponsors of the event include the wholesale buying platform Monkey N Middle and guitarist Alan Brace.  The Raffle basket was won by student Patricia Persaud from Brooklyn.

I also used the event to garner attention for the non-profit Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC.)   I am a proud member of the Club and work hard to promote the organization’s work.  The IASC raises funds to support a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric rehabilitation and treatment being the primary beneficiary of its fundraising activities. The IASC’s H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award is presented to well-respected, high-profile companies, organizations and individuals at the IASC’s annual gala fundraiser in support of pediatric rehabilitation.  Ann Deal of Fashion Forms was the 2011 H.U.G. Award recipient.  Ann made a very generous contribution to this bra fit event.  At Bra La Mode’s debut Intimate Affair, guests were invited to make a monetary donation to support the “Kids.” 

Ali Cudby, Margaret Shrum, Moira Nelson
Contributing Writer “Everywoman” Liz and Moira
Jene Luciani and Moira Nelson
Darlene Campbell and Moira Nelson
Camille Block, Nina Levine, Moira Nelson
Moira Nelson and designer Asi Efros of Ann Vogue
Moira Nelson, Erica Paul, Courtney Newman
Moira Nelson and Ellen Lewis

Resources:

www.BraTenders.com

www.Chantelle.com

www.TheLingerieJournal.com

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