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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 Insight: Italian Hosiery Philippe Matignon on the Runway

17 Feb

New York Fashion Week is all about legwear!  Ultra sheer tights, layered sheers, bold colors, thigh-highs and classic opaques grace the NYFW runways.  Here are designers that you know and love enhancing their looks with luxurious Italian Philippe Matignon legwear!

Intimate Insight: Backstage with Bra*Tenders

10 Jan

Alan and Lori Kaplan are very serious about the business of bras.  Their boutique, Bra*Tenders, is a quirky and vibrant shop with a Broadway-theme tucked inside The Film Center Building on Ninth Avenue in NYC’s Theater district.  This hidden gem is not your typical bra store.  There’s no store front.  Passersby would never know it was there.  Non-theatrical clients (civilians like you and me) are required to make an appointment.  And they do very little advertising.  They don’t need to….  Alan and Lori carved out their niche nearly thirty years ago and have maintained loyalty to the clients that supported them in those early days when they hand-delivered undergarments to Broadway Theater stage doors from their home in Brooklyn.  They have built their business by catering to “theatrical clients” in the entertainment industry.  Over the years they have provided undergarments, stockings and other unique intimate accessories (like the “Houdini” for men) to thousands of performers in showbiz. 

Bra*Tenders

Besides the occasional listing in a Playbill, Alan and Lori get little credit for the work they do.  But they have vowed to help all of their customers find the undergarments that help them look and feel their best.  This commitment to providing impeccable customer service sets them apart from other intimate apparel shops in the area.  They dedicate a full hour to every customer that comes through the door.  This is why non-theatrical clients are required to schedule an appointment.  Professional Fit Specialist, Cristal Gordon, sees a client every hour of every day, five to six days per week.  She says, “Every hour is a different boob; and that’s a lot of boob!”  Dedicating a full hour to every client ensures a loyal customer.  As Cristal says, “Finding the right bra isn’t an easy task.”  The unique store often sees brides-to-be looking for a solution-type undergarment to wear on that special day, full-busted and full-figure women that are “hard to fit,” and simply women that are struggling to find a great bra that fits properly and feels good.  The store has held private bridal parties, bachelorette parties and even “Bra-Mitzvahs!”  Bra*Tenders carries every brand imaginable including top-sellers such as Wacoal, Fantasie, Freya, Chantelle, Panache, Cleo, Le Mystere, Simone Perele, The Little Bra Company, and b’temptd.

Bra*Tenders- Racks & Racks of Bras

Although this is plenty to keep any lingerie aficionado satisfied, what really intrigues me about Bra*Tenders is what goes on “behind the scenes.”  Bra*Tenders has a team devoted to filling orders for the shop’s theatrical clients.  Wardrobe supervisors and costume designers are not required to make an appointment.  They often walk in with a cast list as long as your arm.  They provide the Bra*Tenders staff with their requirements and a list of measurements and the team gets to work filling the order.  Behind the “stage door” are racks and racks of bras and other specialty undergarments and accessories.  And there are half a dozen people picking and packing undergarments for shipment or hand delivery to theaters and studios around the globe.  Bra*Tenders has such strong relationships with their theatrical clients that they often send out garments on “memo.”  This means that the staff will select a handful of styles and sizes that they think will suit the performer.  They messenger the garments to the client.  She (or he) tries on the assorted styles and picks the best ones.  Then, they return the balance.  The cast members never have to set foot in the store!  And, Bra*Tenders keeps track of each performer’s prior purchases and sizes.  So when they’re performing in their next show, the wardrobe supervisor simply asks Bra*Tenders to check their records.  This level of service is unheard of in the fast-paced environment we’ve all grown accustomed to.  But Lori says, “Our theatrical clients come before everything else.  I don’t know how to do it any other way.”  I can see why the Kaplan’s have dedicated their business to serving this unique client…..  A typical performer goes through a dozen pairs of pantyhose a week!  By providing undergarments to theater, television and film, Alan and Lori have built a “Broadway Bra Empire.”  Further attesting to their dedication, although the shop is only open from 10am-6pm, Alan and Lori are available 24 hours a day to solve a costume emergency or wardrobe malfunction.

This highly unique bra boutique will play the role of “host” in Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from noon to 4pm.  The in-store bra fit event will provide women of all ages, shapes, and sizes the opportunity to receive a free bra fitting as well as education on the importance of a proper fit courtesy of Bra*Tenders. Various designers, authors, photographers, and “Bra-lebrities” will also be on hand to showcase everything from newly released books to the classic white work shirt.  Attendees will snack on champagne and cupcakes while they mix and mingle with the hottest lingerie professionals in the New York area. The event is sponsored in collaboration with the world- renowned French lingerie brand, Chantelle Paris, and in association with the leading lingerie trade publication, The Lingerie Journal. 

The event will include a trunk show by Darlene Campbell of the full-busted clothing company Campbell and Kate.  Darlene will be showcasing 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.  Author and bra-fit expert Ali Cudby will be signing copies of her recently released book “Busted: The Fab Foundations Guide to Bras that Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic.”  Professional photographer Michael Steele who is known for “capturing the female form” will be snapping candid shots of guests enjoying the soiree.  Guests will be treated to champagne and cupcakes courtesy of M Squared Sweet and Chic Treats.  All sponsors of the event have generously contributed product for giveaways and/or gifts with purchase.

The highlight of the Intimate Affair will be the raffle for a Grand Prize basket that is estimated as having a value of over $600.  Contributors to the raffle prize include Bra La Mode, Chantelle Paris, The Lingerie Journal, Campbell and Kate, author Ali Cudby, Ann Deal of Fashion Forms, international intimate apparel brand Anita, photographer Michael Steele, and “Bra-lebrity” Jene’ Luciani.  Additional sponsors of the event include the wholesale buying platform Monkey N Middle and guitarist Alan Brace.  All guests at the event will receive one entry into the raffle and guests that make a purchase of a bra at the event will receive a second entry into the raffle. Attendees can purchase a third entry for the raffle by donating to pediatric rehabilitation at a prominent NYC medical center, supporting the non-profit Intimate Apparel Square Club and their fundraising efforts.

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the Intimate Affair at: www.bralamode.eventbrite.com

Bra*Tenders resident feline "Phineas" at the "Bra Bar"

Bra*Tenders is located at:

630 Ninth Avenue at 44th Street, Suite # 601

New York City, NY

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