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Intimate Insight: MulMul Creates Sweet and Ethereal Pieces for the Contemporary Woman

4 Feb

One may associate pure white with simplicity; or perhaps it connotes chastity or modesty.  However, MulMul’s achromatic loungewear collection conveys anything but a boring experience.

Each silhouette in the collection is characterized by detailed stitching, beadwork and white-on-white embroidery.  The collections are designed in New York and manufactured in India, made from luxurious habotai silk and supima and mulmul cottons.  Therefore, each milky white selection is feminine and light, without the extravagant frills often associated with luxury loungewear and sleepwear.  The intricate details incorporated into the MulMul collection convey a certain sophistication and elegance.

It’s time to upgrade your loungewear drawer!  These fine pieces are for the grown-up woman who appreciates quality and detail.  Ditch the men’s v-neck undershirts and sweatpants in favor of whispy white nightgowns and paper-thin caftans.

MulMul was created and founded by Puja Codha, who holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University.  “I am inspired by and naturally drawn to beautiful things that are well-made; things that in their simplicity, speak directly to the soul,” she says.  “Mulmul is essentially a personal expression and confluence of my passions: art, photography, theater, fashion, design, and spiritual well-being.  I feel that it is my calling to restore beauty to the world, a calling which to me, represents the very essence of life.”

Puja created her capsule collection primarily from mulmul (hence the brand name), fine, semisheer cotton muslin often referred to as “woven wind.”  Understanding that fashion trends swell and fade, her collections are always designed as timeless pieces with subtle nuances.

A pleasant bonus to this feather-light collection is that MulMul produces with sustainability in mind.  During the development phase of each collection, materials are sourced consciously, with the company seeking certified organic cottons whenever possible.  MulMul also ensures that all of its facilities in India are places where workers are treated well and paid fairly.

MulMul loungewear represents more than simply clothes to be worn during those ever shrinking moments of down time.  “It celebrates a life of balance, harmony and well-being,” says Puja.  The idea is to treat yourself well.  The brand invites its customers to “take time out for a bit of everyday luxury.”

The line currently includes tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories and jewelry.  MulMul is stocked at select boutiques all over the world and can be purchased directly through their online store.

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Intimate Insight: Lingerie Designer Showcase Returns to NYC

2 Aug

The Lingerie Designer Showcase, a New York based lingerie trade show of independent designers and brands for buyers looking for innovative, new collections returns August 5th – 8th at the luxurious AKA Hotel in New York City near Times Square.

The show promotes a collective environment where brands work together to help each other achieve their goals by sharing their industry knowledge and experience. At the same time, the showcase gives buyers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with designers in a relaxed setting.

At this edition of the Showcase, buyers can meet and discover independent lingerie designers such as Carrie Russel of With Love Lingerie; Melissa Franchi of Nevaeh Intimates; Angela Friedman with her vintage-inspired Versailles Collection of intimates and corsets; Clare Herron of Clare Bare Lingerie; Masako Shirokawa of Ombrato Lingerie and Sleepwear; and the design team of Erica Paul and Courtney Newman of Dirty Dolls Lingerie.

In addition to the Showcase, there will be a lingerie fashion show and networking event on Saturday, August 4th. “Our last event sold out within 24 hours and was standing room only,” said Luis Paredes, publisher of the Lingerie Journal.

If you’re a boutique owner looking to find exclusive and innovative designers to bring into your store, please take a moment to RSVP for the showcase: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/attendee-registration/

Exhibitors

Angela Friedman
Angela Friedman is a New York based lingerie designer specializing in corsets and silk intimates. Her new Versailles Collection is a vintage-inspired lingerie line, featuring intricate Baroque detailing and a delicate, muted color palette. This line emphasizes beauty and indulgence, and its hourglass silhouettes and draped silks are designed to make women feel as alluring as they look. The line features steel-boned corsets, bias-cut slips and robes, and lace bra and panty sets. Each fabric is selected for its luxury appeal: European silks, metallic brocades, French lace, frothy ruffles, and hand embroidery add to the luscious, decadent, and feminine feel of the collection. The line philosophy is to maintain the integrity of historical fashion, but blend it with a contemporary aesthetic. This collection offers women the opportunity to access the fairytale romance of the past, while presenting a style that reflects their everyday modern lives. The Versailles Collection empowers women to feel stronger and more confident in their own skin, all while indulging themselves in the soft, delicate intimates that they deserve! Angela Friedman’s lingerie is designed and manufactured by hand in the heart of New York City’s garment district. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/angela-friedman/

Clare Bare Lingerie
Clare Bare is a Brooklyn based designer specializing in fashion forward eco-friendly lingerie made from organic cotton, bamboo jersey, and vintage fabric. Clare creates garments that are structured to flatter your body in a natural way without the use of constrictive hardware, and each piece is as comfortable as it is sexy. All of her pieces are made in house with the assistance of local creatives, using sustainable practices and natural and handmade dyes. The designs range everywhere in between fashion and function, and offer something for everyone. Soft cup bralettes, bodysuits, panties, and garter belts are created with a modern take on vintage styling. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/clare-bare-lingerie/

Dirty Dolls Lingerie
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. Dirty Dolls Lingerie was founded in November of 2008 by Courtney Leigh Newman and Erica Rosalind Paul, two veteran fashion designers known to their loyal customers simply as “The Dolls.” The company’s core mission is to provide gorgeous, perfectly fitted brassieres, panties, and shapers to women who wear hard-to-find sizes. The Dolls themselves are among the millions of ladies who’ve long been frustrated by the absence of great brassieres available to those blessed with sexy curves. After years of being forced to buy dull bras simply because they had beautiful bosoms, The Dolls decided to take matters into their own hands. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/dirty-dolls-lingerie/

Nevaeh Intimates
Decadence is key. Nevaeh Intimates, by Melissa Franchi and created in New York City, exudes femininity and empowers the modern day sophisticated women with a new luxurious lingerie collection. Fever and Thoughts is a timeless collection that fulfills all needs and desires: long-line, non-wire, full coverage bras, bikinis, high waisted briefs, hipsters, thongs, chemise, and garters. The pieces are designed using exquisite details, such as galloon lace inserts, luxurious stretch silk charmeuse, and hand-sewn vintage gold beading. Pieces are adjustable and removable to ensure comfort and support. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/nevaeh-intimates/

Ombrato Lingerie and Sleepwear
Ombrato means “take it easy” in a Japanese dialect. As the name suggests, Ombrato creates simple, elegant and comfortable sleep and lounge wear using high quality materials. Inspired by clean and understated elements of Japanese aesthetics, the design is streamlined yet gives women a sense of femininity and being special. The borderline between inner wear and outer wear is increasingly blurred and Ombrato aims to offer pieces that can effortlessly travel both worlds. Ombrato is based in New York City and all the garments are manufactured locally.  For Spring/Summer 2013, Ombrato introduces lounge wear using Liberty of London seasonal collection. Stripes in muted colors and nature inspired patterns are truly unique and a slip dress and camisole can easily be worn outside. There are also pieces using lace fabric and English stretch net as well as silk charmeuse and chiffon.  Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/ombrato-lingerie-and-sleepwear/

With Love Lingerie
With Love Lingerie is about evoking glamour and intimacy through underpinnings that are made and worn with love. With Love founder and head designer, Carrie Russell, muses, “women can feel guilty when they indulge in a box of chocolates or a bottle or their favorite Merlot, but the right lingerie should make them feel like a million dollars.”
Russell draws much of her inspiration from her background in Visual Art and English Literature. She has worked with several North American lingerie companies, evening wear designers and private labels. In 2010, she launched “With Love Lingerie,” a lingerie company that marries her love of design from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with her signature modern femininity. The collection combines sensuous textures and luscious color stories with classic feminine design and a luxury sensibility. Many of the pieces draw inspiration from the graceful aesthetics of decades gone by and are infused with modern elements and details. Many of the pieces in the collection flatter the curves of a range of women from XS-1X. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/with-love-lingerie/

About the Lingerie Designer Showcase
NYC’s first lingerie trade show dedicated to independent designers, the Lingerie Designer Showcase, has quickly become the premiere destination for lingerie buyers looking to find the most exciting and unique lingerie brands for their stores all in an intimate and relaxed setting.

About The Lingerie Journal
The Lingerie Journal is the number one online lingerie trade publication in the United States reaching 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 with lingerie news and lingerie trends. Follow and interact with the Lingerie Journal on Twitter to learn more: @lingeriejournal

Intimate Affair: Independent Lingerie Professionals- Chicago

8 Dec

Members of the Independent Lingerie Professionals group living in the Chicago area gathered together for an Intimate Affair on Monday evening, December 5, 2011.  The event was hosted by Stephanie Kuhr of Dottie’s Delights.  Bra La Mode was unable to attend the Intimate Affair (although I really did consider making the cross-country trip in the name of “lingerie love”!)  But lucky for us, the fabulous Norma Loehr of Orange Lingerie offered to share the experience (and some great pictures) with Bra La Mode readers.  Thanks, Norma!

The Dottie's Delights Studio, Chicago

Who knew there were so many lingerie companies in the Chicago area? Being new to the area, I certainly had no idea. Luckily I found Stephanie Kuhr of Dottie’s Delights. As a 2010 designer in residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator, she is plugged in to the local lingerie scene and graciously hosted us all in her studio earlier this week.

Designers Norma Loehr and Stephanie Kuhr

The goal of the get-together was to meet everyone and learn about what they are working on. As it turns out, we all take a different approach to our respective lingerie businesses and have our own unique style so our gathering was very collaborative. It was great to be in a room surrounded by people who speak “lingerie” and, like me, think nothing of whipping out a lingerie set in a meeting at the local Starbucks!

So, who are the lingerie professionals in the Chicago area? On the designer side, there were five of us at the Intimate Affair:

Dottie’s Delights which specializes in vintage-inspired shapewear and foundations.

Evlove run by Jenny Dombroski lets you design your lingerie on their website or at an Evlove lingerie party.

Naughty4Nice is a line in development by Maggie and Matt. They plan to use organic fabrics and donate a portion of their profits to charities that benefit women. Note that they are still looking for charities to work with!

Orange Lingerie is a company I started to make custom tailored bras and lingerie for individual clients in Chicago and New York.

Urban Fox is the work of Lizzie Cook. Each piece from her line is dyed and sewn by hand from machine-processed bamboo and organic cotton blends in the U.S.

Daniel, Denise and Matt

On the blogger front we were joined by Sarah of StackDD+, a blog with researched reviews, tips, and clothing ideas to support the DD+ woman. Daniel from Directory Sexy, the go-to resource on the web for all things lingerie, made the trip to Chicago to show us the new features he is adding to the site in the first part of 2012.

There were also some newer lingerie entrants at the party.  Denise of Sinsational Nights, a company that puts together in-home lingerie parties was at the event and Lena from her as yet unnamed company which is working on a sports bra for larger breasted women.

It was fun to see samples from other designers. I enjoyed talking to Stephanie of Dottie’s Delights about bra construction and fitting. I also loved seeing her work close-up to really appreciate her use of vintage stitches. I also got the chance to feel the eco friendly fabrics that Lizzie uses for Urban Fox. I really like the trim she uses on her pieces too. It is made of mostly organic linen with some spandex.

Lizzie and Lena

Lena brought sketches for the sports bra she is working on. Sarah of Stack DD+ was very helpful in offering her perspective on Lena’s designs. She knows a lot about fitting DD+ cups and what is currently available in the marketplace, so she is a great resource for feedback on new bra ideas. Happily, I discovered she is on the hunt for a strapless bra as well as a plunge bra. Of course I can make custom fit versions of both for her so I gathered details about exactly what she is looking for. Yes, it is possible for DD+ to have pretty and supportive versions of both!

Daniel shared the enhancements he is making to Directory Sexy in early 2012 and since I don’t want to spoil his thunder, I won’t say too much here other than he is adding flexibility via editing features for those in the directory as well as incorporating some very interesting social networking elements. It was great to get a sneak peek of the new features so we can start thinking about how they may impact our listings in the directory.

Lena and Sarah

Throughout the evening a few themes emerged. All designers have faced the difficulty of finding good patternmakers for lingerie and finding sewing contractors willing to sew bras. In fact, several of us currently handle the production of our own product to get around this problem. Of course, the day is approaching for each of us where it will be necessary to have help producing our garments. This is one of the areas we can help each other the most – sharing our experiences with contractors and other resources.

Another theme was our belief that production in the USA (and preferably locally in Chicago) is important to our respective businesses. Admittedly, we may be biased on this point either by the size of our business or by our independent spirit!

We plan to continue getting together regularly to share ideas.  Perhaps we will invite boutiques so they can meet the designers in person and have a more personal story to tell about the garments in their stores.  And, we can hear more from them on what their clients are looking for in our lingerie!

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