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Intimate Insight: Love and Dream offers Comfortable and Fashionable Loungewear for Mother’s Day

2 May

We all love lacy bras and panties, but sometimes we all yearn for a the perfect robe or pair of pajamas.  Luckily, for those lazy weekend mornings, there’s Love and Dream.  The brand was born in Manhattan and was created by Darcy Frye.  Darcy believes that sleepwear and loungewear should be fashionable, comfortable and effortless…. all while making you feel secure.  The collections feature clean lines, easy fit and a soft hand feel for a classic simplicity that can be enjoyed season after season. 

Love and Dream is designed with special attention to comfort and security.  Every piece in the line is designed to stay in place rather than slip and slide, making you feel secure enough to relax.  The lace details are designed so they never touch your skin which adds an extra layer of comfort.  Each style is made from luxuriously soft jersey knit fabric, and almost no stitching is exposed to add longevity and comfort to each piece.

The Marin Collection contains nightshirts, classic pajama sets, robes, chemises, as well as tank tops and shorts.  The pieces are offered in either grey or purple, and all are lovingly sewn in Manhattan from fabrics made in the U.S.A.

These silhouettes are ideal for any woman who wants to stay fashionable while lounging, without sacrificing comfort.  These pieces make great gifts for Mother’s Day, so together with Darcy, I’m offering a special discount of 25% off the line now through May 12th!

“At Love and Dream, sleepwear is not just a product, but part of an experience.  The experience of comfort and rest.  That cherished moment between saying goodnight and falling asleep, your time to yourself.  That time where you may be lounging on the sofa watching TV or sipping tea in the kitchen while reading your latest book, wrapped in your favorite robe.  A ritual that is unique to each woman, the time you most deserve.”

Resources:

www.shoploveanddream.com

Follow @LoveandDream

Designer Profile: Kriss Soonik Loungerie

5 Oct

I was fortunate enough to connect with Designer Kriss Soonik while she was in New York City for Fashion Week early last month.  The Estonia-born designer hails from London but her designs are influenced by her home country and she produces all of her goods in Estonia using fabrics, laces, and other raw materials she sources from around the World.  While sipping tea at a midtown café, Kriss and I chatted about her background, how she got started, her passions, her current collection, the future for her namesake brand, and she graciously shared her advice for other independent designers looking to break into the business.

Designer Kriss Soonik

Kriss has been designing for over ten years.  However, it is only in recent years that she has considered it her life’s work.  Initially, it was a hobby for her.  She graduated from college in Estonia with a BA degree in Business.  And she moved to London just a little over six years ago where she studied Strategic Fashion Marketing at London College of Fashion.  Designing came naturally to her, but she was also passionate about the branding and marketing of apparel.  After finishing school, she went to work for the famed UK Lingerie company, Agent Provocateur.  At Agent Provocateur, Kriss was responsible for retail marketing and pr including the planning of in-store events worldwide.  Branding, marketing, and pr are passions of mine….  So, I was excited to learn how she plans to utilize her expertise and the knowledge she gained working at AP to make her own brand a success.

In the Fall of 2008 (as the recession first hit), Kriss started posting some of her designs on the well-known UK “chic lingerie boutique” site Glamorous Amorous.   The site features emerging lingerie designers, and Kriss felt this would be a great way to receive feedback on her designs before taking the plunge to venture out on her own.  By January of 2009, she had quit her job at Agent Provocateur, and her brand was officially born.  The first Kriss Soonik collection launched in Spring/ Summer 2010.   

Kriss’ friends and family thought she was crazy to leave a stable job to start her own business just months after the recession hit.  But Kriss felt the timing was perfect!  Production facilities were looking to fill their lines and retailers were looking for something fresh and new.  Very few people were taking risks at this time because of their fear of the economic downturn.  Kriss turned this into an advantage for her and capitalized on it.

When Kriss was initially developing the concept for her brand, most of the pieces she was developing were “experimental” showcase pieces.  But once she ventured out on her own, she discovered a more practical sense.  She had to think about how to wear them and how to make them; how to appeal to her target consumer without losing her brand identity.  She has found that her best sellers are the more practical pieces, her Jersey Knit items in particular.  Growing up in the colder climate of Estonia, she wanted to meld comfortable pieces with a more sexy, modern aesthetic. 

Kriss Soonik Kristel Jersey Suspender Top

Kriss says that her brand evolves as she evolves.  She defines her brand identity as an effort to connect comfort and seduction.  What exactly is “Kriss Soonik?”  Loungerie!  It happened by accident…  It was a typo, actually.  And as soon as she saw it on the screen, she knew this was it!  Loungerie is luxe loungewear.  Like lingerie is to underwear; loungerie is to loungewear….  Luxe Loungewear!  Kriss is working to give a unique look to loungewear and has adopted the “innerwear as outerwear” concept.  Her styles are multi-functional.  Her target consumer is the woman that is looking for something different, new, and fresh.  Although it is sold at a high-end price point, she feels her consumer is willing to spend the extra money for something unique that can be worn in multiple ways.  My experience in the wholesale intimate apparel industry proves the same notion.  When the economy first turned, consumers scaled back their spending and reverted to “generic” brands.  But now that we’re several years into the recession, consumers are back to spending.  But there is much more emphasis on “value.”  Consumers are willing to spend the money if they are getting something “extra” for their spend…. 

Kriss Soonik Diana Wings Wrap

Kriss’ current Fall/ Winter Collection really shows what it means for “innerwear to be outerwear.”  Kriss is excited to see how her consumer interprets her styles.  When Kriss and I met for tea back in early September, she was wearing a leather sheath dress AND her own Diana Wings Wrap (proving that her Loungerie can be worn as outerwear).

Kriss Soonik Loungerie is currently sold in boutiques and specialty stores (including ecommerce).  She has considered breaking into the department store tier but is concerned it may get lost there.  Her focus is on expanding her own ecommerce site which sells direct to consumer.  She says that her website is proving to be an important tool in defining (and maintaining) her brand image.  On her own site, she can show her consumer the various ways of wearing her styles.  Her website and other media (including social media) will be powerful communication tools in expanding her brand.

This trip to New York City was Kriss’ first venture into the US.  She really didn’t know what to expect.  She said, “New York is the Fashion Capital of the World!”  She couldn’t believe Fashion’s Night Out.  The feedback and response she received during her Trunk Show at Journelle on Mercer Street in SoHo on September 8th was tremendous.  She said her Susan Lace Bodysuits practically sell themselves.  They are multi-functional; they can be worn as innerwear or as outerwear (layering pieces).  They can be worn with the opening in the front or the back.  In fact, Kriss wore her Susan Lace Bodysuit in Orange (with black trim) over a graphic tee shirt with a pair of pants on Fashion’s Night Out.  Her Jersey Suspender Tops are top sellers as well.  The biggest surprise was the popularity of her Triangle Bras in both Lace and Mesh. 

Kriss Soonik Susan Motion Lace Bodysuit

Kriss already has brand loyalty to her “Classic Collection.”  She plans to continue this Collection into the next Season and will be introducing White as a new colorway in January 2012.  Early on, she made a lot of changes as the brand evolved.  But she quickly learned that once you discover what your consumer wants, you have to give them what they want!  She is still trying to determine the most efficient way of evolving season by season.  She wants to continue introducing new styles each season…  But she is still learning how to execute it- How many new pieces?  How many new colors?  When do we introduce them?  As time goes by, the assortment will likely get tighter and tighter and her brand identity will become more clearly defined.

What’s next for Kriss Soonik Loungerie?  Kriss let me in on a little secret….  But I can’t reveal all of the details yet!  But if you plan on being in London on November 10th– mark your Calendar and don’t make any other plans!  Kriss is preparing an exclusive “invite only” event for the evening of the 10th.  Remember, she was once responsible for planning in-store events for Agent Provocateur retail stores worldwide….  So, I’m sure her own event will prove to be exciting and unexpected!  You won’t want to miss it!  Kriss loves the excitement of these promotional events.

I asked Kriss if she had any advice for other emerging designers looking to venture out on their own.  She said “Be prepared!  Everything takes much longer than you think.  Be patient.”  And, “Initially, you’re on your own.  Trust your instincts.  Ask for help.  People are happy to help if you ask for it.  I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by great people.  But at the end of the day, it’s up to you!  The high’s are higher and the low’s are lower.  Ohhhh….But it’s sooo worth it!”

Kriss Soonik Susan Chic Lace Bodysuit

I can’t wrap up this story without letting you know the proper way to pronounce her last name….  One would think its pronounced “Sue-Nick.”  I was delighted to find out that it’s actually pronounced “Sonic.”  As in “Supersonic!”  Now, we’ll never make that mistake again, will we??  Kriss laughed as she told me that she has been inspired by superheroes throughout her career….  I have to say this was one of the most delightful conversations I’ve had in a long time as Kriss was smart and sweet, funny, charming, and willing to share so much about her journey…. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me, Kriss!  I wish you all the best in your career.  We’re all waiting to see what’s next for Kriss Soonik!  And I wholeheartedly support your efforts to expand your brand into the US market.

Resources:

www.kriss-soonik.com

Follow @KrissSoonik on Twitter

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kriss-Soonik-Loungerie/135838919680

About Kriss Soonik

Kriss Soonik [son-ik] launched her first collection in 2008 introducing her signature talent for giving the “underwear as outerwear” concept a fresh and modern twist. When the traditional approach has been about corsets as eveningwear, Kriss Soonik has started a new wave – wearing velour gowns to a chic Sunday brunch.

In 2009 the term “loungerie” was born. Loungerie is luxe loungewear at its freshest, blurring the boundaries with fashion. It’s not cute and sweet, it’s sexy and powerful. It is loungewear with an edge.

With stockists and fans worldwide the London based designer never fails to produce a collection that is fiercely contemporary yet nostalgic. Over the years she’s taken inspiration from Manga comics, superheroines and cult film figures to challenge the traditional attitudes associated with lingerie and loungewear. All of her designs are finished with the trademark cat or beautifully plump bow in patent leather, satin, silk or perhaps chiffon.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Kriss stands by having all of her designs handmade in her native country and produced from the finest materials she sources from across the globe. 

Producing two collections a year, Kriss designs with the understanding that all women can be superheroes. This is lingerie and loungewear that empower, inspire and break the rules.

Fashion’s Night Out- In Lingerie Style Part I

15 Sep

I was lucky enough to attend a number of events for Fashion’s Night Out.  There is so much I want to share with you all…. But it is definitely too much for one Blog Post.  The following chronicles the first stop on my Itinerary, Journelle on Mercer Street in SoHo.  Check back in the days to come for details of the remainder of my evening. Here is Fashion’s Night Out-  In Lingerie Style- Part I….

Premier Lingerie Store Journelle & Founder/ CEO Claire Chambers

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, cities around the globe celebrated Fashion’s Night Out.  The annual event coincides with New York Fashion Week and is a “shopping extravaganza.”  Retailers around the world (including over 1000 in NYC alone) keep their doors open late, offer discounts, and create a festive shopping experience like no other.  One can expect celebrity guests, gift bags and other giveaways, food and drink, music, and an overall party atmosphere including guest lists, red carpet entrances, and security guards checking your bags at the door.

I planned my Fashion’s Night Out itinerary days in advance (using the Fashion’s Night Out web tool to create my evening including addresses, mapped locations, and listings of each retailer’s scheduled events).  Although I did my homework, I was still not prepared for what was to come.  I selected a handful of Lingerie stores which were within the same vicinity so that I could bounce around and see everything I wanted to see.  My target destination was SoHo (downtown NYC).  Who knew this would be the mecca for Fashion’s Night Out shoppers seeking a glimpse of the Kardashian’s or a free goodie bag….???  Certainly not I.

When I emerged from underground at the corner of Spring & Lafayette downtown, I could feel a certain energy in the air.  It was only shortly after 5pm, and already the streets were crowded with fashionistas hungry for a good bargain and an evening of star-studded festivities.  It was certainly festive…  Who am I kidding??!!??  It was outright insane and chaotic!  The streets were blocked off.  Policemen lined the streets alongside their metal barricades.  People blindly crossed the streets without looking.  I was being shoved from side to side as I attempted to navigate towards Prince & Mercer….  But I must say, I was loving every minute of it!  I’m not a fan of large crowds (typically avoiding parades and mass parties such as New Years Eve in Times Square).  However, there was definitely a magic in the air on that night.  It was a warm night and slightly humid… but the temperatures dropped to a comfortable level by dusk.  The streets were full of people looking to catch a glimpse of “something.”  The retail parties spilled onto the narrow, cobblestone streets.  Outrageous displays welcomed you from one shop to the next…. Often blending together… 

3.1 Philip Lim "Girls on Bikes"

I finally made my way past 3.1 Philip Lim’s shop on Mercer Street (which had a mani/pedi truck parked out front… It was kinda like a taco truck… only they were giving gel manicures)!  Not to mention the dozen or so bicycles parked on the sidewalk as part of Lim’s “Girls on Bikes” theme….  I wandered into the first stop on my itinerary…. Journelle.  Journelle was an oasis from the chaos in the streets.  It’s a sweet & sexy lingerie boutique located just doors down from Agent Provocateur.  It was still early… Only half past five in the evening.  Honestly, I think I was the only customer in the store as the sales associated scurried around in preparation for the evening’s event which was to include trunk shows for three emerging independent lingerie lines- Kriss Soonik, Bazsarozsa, and La Fee Verte.  I knew I wanted to get a good look at these three collections, so I was glad that I entered the store early (and beat the inevitable crowd which was to pack the store within just a few short hours).

 

 

 

 

Designer Kriss Soonik and her model

The first line I looked at was Kriss Soonik.  Kriss’ collection is beautiful…. Modern yet classic.  She has multiple pieces which can be worn in multiple ways including several modal-feel rayon/spandex tops & tanks (surprise!….with suspender belts).  Kriss refers to her line as “Loungerie” which she defines as “luxe loungewear.”  I think she has accomplished her mission of creating a line of sensual pieces which can be worn as innerwear or outerwear.  My favorite piece is her Susan Chic bodysuit.  It is made from all-over lace with capped sleeves, a large slit back opening from neck to waist, a rhumba lace “back seat,” and contrast color velvet ribbon trim which ties at center top back (with sexy long tails!)  At the Journelle trunk show, Kriss wore her own Susan Motion bodysuit in bright orange with a graphic tee underneath.  Both of these all-over lace bodysuits can be worn throughout the day and into the night.  Truly unique and fun!  I’m looking forward to meeting with Kriss to further discuss her brand and her inspiration and direction for the coming season’s collections.

Kriss Soonik Susan Chic Lace Bodysuit Front View

Kriss Soonik Susan Chic Lace Bodysuit Back View

Designer Eniko Bazsa and her model

Across the Journelle shop, I found the Bazsarozsa Fall ’11 collection.  The Bazsarozsa line is designed by Eniko Bazsa and is a reflection of her personality.  Eniko is sweet and somewhat demure with a radiant smile and charming laugh.  Each style is simply elegant and fashioned for comfort.  Eniko said that she wanted to create “everyday basics” that were comfortable and sexy at the same time.  The styling is simple, but far from “basic.”  Each body style has unique trim details such as crochet-look lace trim and contrast color grosgrain ribbon straps.  Eniko said she wants people to be drawn to the collection because of its design & sensibility and then to be further enthralled with it when they discover that the fabric is locally grown organic cotton….  and the collection is produced in the USA too!  I love the dusty, neutral colors Eniko used in creating an ethereal feel…. Dusty Blush & Dusty Aubergine!  Love it!  Body styles include strappy camis, bralettes, cropped cami bras, hipster panties, and thongs.

Bazsarozsa Cami Set

La Fee Verte's Designer Adam Sakara and his model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhhhh…..the elegance of La Fee Verte!  The third independent lingerie designer featured at Journelle’s Fashion’s Night Out Trunk Show was Adam Sakara’s brand La Fee Verte.  I was surprised to discover that the line is designed by a man because it embodies all of the things that I seek in a sophisticated line of lingerie, daywear, and sleepwear.  Adam knows what women want!  The brand is sexy, sultry, seductive yet classic, elegant, sophisticated, and timeless.  The fabrics and laces are divine.   The delicate details are impeccable.  The overall sensibility and aesthetic is clean, pure, timeless elegance.  I am in love with La Fee Verte’s Silk Romper in Navy with contrast color Champagne colorblocking at the neckline and at the hem.  The romper is sophisticated, flirty, and sexy with spaghetti straps and a tunneled elastic waistband.  This collection includes a Bralette, Tap Shorts, a Chemise, and a Robe.  My pictures don’t do it justice….

La Fee Verte Silk Romper

La Fee Verte Silk Robe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journelle was only the first stop on my itinerary, but was certainly one of the highlights of my night.  I’m thrilled that I was able to meet and speak with each of the designers showcased at Journelle.  Each line is unique and destined to be recognized as one of the finest luxury lingerie lines in the intimate apparel market.

I departed Journelle on a mission….  Kiki de Montparnasse, Agent Provocateur, La Perla, and Bloomie’s were up next!  Check back soon for Fashion’s Night Out- In Lingerie Style Part II.

A big thank you to the independent lingerie designers Kriss Soonik, Eniko Bazsa, Adam Sakara, and to the entire team at Journelle SoHo.

Resources:

Journelle

125 Mercer Street- between Prince & Spring

SoHo, NYC

www.journelle.com

Twitter @ShopJournelle

Journelle is the premier lingerie store in New York for the modern woman. With inspiration from the archaic French word journellement, which means “daily”, they’re passionate about helping women feel great from the inside out. They believe in wearing designer lingerie every day, presenting a tastefully-curated (rather than exhaustive) selection of lingerie, and providing customers with compassionate, expert assistance.

Fashion’s Night Out

www.fashionsnightout.com

Kriss Soonik

www.kriss-soonik.com

Twitter @KrissSoonik

Bazsarozsa

www.bazsarozsa.com

La Fee Verte

www.lafeeverte.com

Twitter @LFV_LaFeeVerte

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