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Intimate Insight: Peek Brooklyn Presents Hosiery With A European Flair

25 Jul

When Cristina Casciano-King found herself forced to wear all black at work, she began collecting a wide assortment of stockings and tights.  Cristina soon realized that legwear allowed her to add a personal touch to her otherwise “boring black” outfit.  Ten years and over 500 pairs of legwear later, she has long since quit that job and is now the proud owner of Peek Brooklyn, an online store offering a vast assortment of hosiery to fashionistas across the U.S.  Cristina traveled to Europe frequently and was disappointed with the hosiery assortment available in the States.  So she set out to bring her favorite brands to the U.S. market.  Now, she can embrace her funkier sense of style whenever she wants and sells stockings that allow other women to do the same thing!

Peek Brooklyn is everything you could want in a hosiery boutique.  Cristina focuses on imported brands that aren’t widely known or available in the U.S. market, with stunning results.  Peek Brooklyn carries everything from socks to hold-ups in both fashion styles (various fabrics, textures and patterns) as well as everyday basics.  Cristina hand selects the assortment to showcase brands that most people have never experienced.  The top three bestselling brands are House of Holland for Pretty Polly, Jonathan Aston and Phillipe Matignon.  Peek Brooklyn products range from $18 to $45 retail, making hosiery an affordable bit of style to accent any wardrobe.

The typical Peek Brooklyn customer ranges from 20 to 40 and has a unique sense of style.  Although Cristina sells basic stockings, her most popular products tend to have an “edge.”  Lots of her customers come back for the more daring fashion pieces.  As an example, Cristina says that she’s sold more Pretty Polly Super Suspender Tights than most small e-retailers.

Cristina said, “We aim to bring the finest hosiery the world has to offer to the U.S.  We don’t carry the typical brands found at department stores and are in the process of designing our own range of products.”

To find out more about Peek Brooklyn, go to:

Peek Brooklyn Website

@PEEKBrooklyn

Intimate Insight: Philippe Matignon- Luxury Italian Hosiery

9 Apr

Even though temperatures have been heating up lately, there’s no reason to put away your stockings!  Philippe Matignon makes wonderful luxury Italian hosiery, and carries a range of products that will take you through the freezing cold winter straight into the heat of summer.  Philippe Matignon’s unique aesthetic and extensive collections offer the stylish woman a variety of feminine tights, sheers and opaques in a range of colors, textures and patterns.  Silhouettes include basic tights, stay-ups, knee-highs, leggings and socks.  The brand offers a Classic Collection of timeless styles which provide quality and luxury for any occasion, season or for everyday.  While the Fashion Collections are renewed season by season and are distinguished by their range of textures, laces/embroideries and fine finishing touches- from light and fresh designs for Spring/Summer to more structured styles for Fall and Winter. 

Philippe Matignon hosiery is a perfect example of the old adage “you get what you pay for.”  Their products range from $12 to $70 in price.  But their legwear are all well worth the price.  The parent company, Golden Lady, is a fully vertical operation.  They produce over 1 million pairs of legwear per day.  They start with the nylon fibers.  The only raw material they purchase is Lycra.  Each nylon thread is double or triple wrapped with Lycra, which helps the stockings and other legwear products to stay strong and avoid those nasty runs and snags that everyone hates.  This is what sets the brand apart from its competition.  In addition to their own brands, Golden Lady produces Private Label legwear for well-known brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, Hue and No Nonsense.

Golden Lady owns and operates the Golden Point chain of department stores in Europe (with over 500 doors.)  Thus, the Philippe Matignon brand has been incredibly popular in Europe for years, but they just hit the US market last year.  Since then, they’ve been spotted on the runway at New York Fashion Week and have become a favorite among US stylists and celebrities.  The company also has an Intimate Apparel line which will be introduced to the US Market later this year.  

In addition to their unique knitting and production processes, the company pays a lot of attention to detail in designing the luxurious Philippe Matignon products.  If you have issues with thigh highs slipping down by the end of the day, try a pair of Philippe Matignon thigh high stockings.  Their thigh highs have comfortable bands at the top that prevent slippage, yet keep you comfortable all day (avoiding the “pinch” that is so common among other brands.)

Philippe Matignon recently launched their Silhouette Collection- luxury shaping hosiery designed with Lycra Beauty brand spandex yarns.  The Italian brand redesigned their already successful line of shaping hosiery to include the Lycra Beauty certification to meet the evolving needs of the modern consumer.  Lycra Beauty fabrics are engineered to meet extremely demanding standards that create new solutions for shaping products that satisfy the expectations of this ever-evolving category.

Philippe Matignon’s latest line of “Socquettes” is perfect for summer wear.  This unique new line provides the sleek feel and look of stockings in a sock length that is perfect for warm weather.  They come in a variety of bright colors to help spice up your closet, and look great with everything from open toed heels to flats.

Philippe Matignon legwear can be purchased online at Fresh Pair, Peek Brooklyn and Her Room, and at select boutiques such as The Pink Slip, as well as on the Philippe Matignon US website.

Resources:

www.PhilippeMatignon.us

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Intimate Affair: Dollin’ Around – Dirty Dolls Lingerie Private Doll-House Party

22 Nov

Dirty Dolls Courtney Newman and Erica Paul

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Dirty Dolls Courtney Newman and Erica Paul hosted a private Doll-House party to showcase the styles from their latest collection, the Pin-Up inspired Pin Stripe Collection.  The Intimate Affair was a private event for friends, family, devoted Dirty Dolls customers and honorary Dirty Dolls like me and my friend Darlene Campbell from full-busted clothing company Campbell & Kate and founder of the Hourglassy blog– Above Average Style for the Above Average Bust.  The convivial event was a perfect “girls night out” replete with girly chatter about art and music, silly topics such as shower caps, shaving our legs, manicures, and of course, boobs and bras!

Dirty Dolls Pinstripe Pin-Up Brassiere and Brief

The Pinstripe Pin-Up collection is contemporary, yet it maintains the flirty and fun retro-feel of the brand.  The new Pinstripe Pin-Up Brassiere is a practical yet sexy full cup bra designed to fit and contour C cups and up.  It combines the allure of vintage glamour with modern bra construction to provide an everyday bra that makes you feel sexy and confident!  It is available in two colors- After Midnight and Tea Rose.  The Dirty Dolls have also introduced a Pin-Up Shaping Panty for Fall/Winter season.  This vintage-inspired brief flattens and sculpts without binding or pinching at the waist or legs.  It has oversized contrast color pink zig-zag stitching at center front panel seams and down center back.  This stitching detail adds to the charm of the panty which also includes delicate lace trim at the legs and waist.  The panty wouldn’t be complete without removable garter straps!  It is a true modern take on vintage shapewear from days gone by. 

The biggest news for the brand is that they are now offering their bras in sizes up to a G cup.  This is exciting for full-busted Dirty Dolls everywhere!  And, the Dolls have recently relaunched their website which now includes ecommerce.  So, for those of you that dream of being a Dirty Doll but can’t find a brick and mortar retailer in your local area, log onto their newly revamped site and order direct from the Dolls!

Dirty Dolls Peek-A-Boo Camisole Brassiere

I left the Doll-House event with a shopping bag laden with Dirty Dolls Lingerie including the new Pin-Up Shaping Panty from their latest collection as well as the Peek-A-Boo Camisole Brassiere, the organic cotton Cha-Cha Cheeky Short, the Smooth Her Tap Pant and the Showstoppin’ Shaper (from the Doll’s debut Classic Collection).  I am in love with the sensibility of this brand (which has recently undergone a brand image make-over), but I think I’m most excited about the Showstoppin’ Shaper which is designed as a heavy control shaping piece.  It is a true high-waisted shaper (it goes all the way up to your underbust) and is a long-leg.  This style is functional and sexy.  It reminds of old Hollywood glamour with its swiss-dot mesh at center front panel and two-tone lace trim at leg openings.  Finally…. Shapewear that’s sexy and sophisticated!  I can’t wait to wear it with my new Peek-A-Boo Cami Bra!  There is a lot of detail in this garment including bones at the side seams and silicone elastic along inside edge of the front/back waistband.  And, it has a “trap door” in the gusset!  What a surprise…. These are the construction details that are often sacrificed in today’s intimate apparel.  Nothing has been compromised in the quality, fit and construction of the Dirty Dolls Lingerie.  I look forward to seeing what’s to come from this emerging brand which has yet to disappoint!

My new favorite undergarment, the Dirty Dolls Showstoppin' Shaper

The Dirty Dolls will be busy Dollin’ Around town over the next few weeks….  On November 30th, the duo will be showing their collection at a Trunk Show being held at the NYC Sugar Cookies Boutique.  The event will be held from 6-9pm.  Champagne and Sugar Cookies will be served!  PLUS, guests will receive a free Dirty Dolls Lingerie lace thong with the purchase of any bra and panty set.  And as if that wasn’t enough, the Dolls will be offering 15% off all purchases made at the Intimate Affair.

Can’t get enough of the Dirty Dolls?  Head over to Woodside Queens for an “Afternoon Delight with the Dolls!”  On Sunday, December 11th, the Dirty Dolls are hosting an event which will feature several independent brands as well as other artists and entrepreneurs.  The event is intended to be an opportunity for holiday shopping as well as networking for local designers, artists and other independent business women.  Bra La Mode will be attending this Intimate Affair along with Darlene Campbell of the full-busted clothing company Campbell and Kate, legendary biscotti baker The Naughty Housewife, gourmet Japanese sugar importer Chambre de Sucre, boudoir photographer Yvonne Lynch, and hosiery retailer Peek Brooklyn.  What an eclectic bunch!  Come join the fun and spend a delightful afternoon with me and the Dolls!  For more information about this unique event, Contact Me.

About 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.  The founding Dirty Dolls have set off on their quest to fit all women with exquisite lingerie, and to educate them in the importance of wearing supportive, yet coquettish under-things!

Resources:

Dirty Dolls Lingerie

www.DirtyDollsLingerie.com

Follow @DirtyDolls

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