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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

10 Jan

Happy New Year!  For me, the New Year is a great time for reflection.  Many years ago I started a habit of keeping a journal.  I am not one to write in it daily; but I make it a point to pull it out in the first part of January to write out my accomplishments from the previous year and to list out my goals, hopes, dreams and initiatives for the coming year (both personal and professional.)  It’s fascinating to look at what was written the previous January.  Most of the time, I forget what I wrote!  Usually, the goals that were set have been accomplished (in some shape or form.)  And more often than not, the outcome is far better than I could have imagined!  So before I get you up to speed on the upcoming “Intimate Affairs,” I’d like to reflect back on 2012.

Dear Kate Ms MoxieIn 2012, we saw the launch of several new independent brands including Angela Friedman, Nevaeh Intimates, Fleur du Mal, Cheeki brand and Rouge Séduire among others.  Julie Sygiel re-launched the revolutionary, absorbent, leak-proof and stain-resistant underthings now known as Dear Kate.  And the Empowered By You panty was launched which enables underprivileged women to spearhead their own businesses. 

The lingerie blogosphere expanded to include new bloggers and other independent intimate apparel professionals including my personal new fave, Caro the Lingerie Lesbian!

In ecommerce retailing, we saw new methods of marketing and selling intimates from sites including True & Co., IntiMint, AdoreMe.com and Ampere.  Ecom retailers are offering lingerie subscription services and other innovative methods of retailing. 

I witnessed an increased awareness of the importance of a proper fit. There were numerous online “debates” regarding the best way to fit, vanity sizing and so on.  More and more brands, manufacturers and retailers are paying closer attention to the needs specific to the full-figure and full-busted consumer.  Early last year, Bare Necessities launched their sister site, Bare Plus, which is an online shopping environment dedicated to this consumer.

Freshpair Pic 1Several e-tailers made an attempt to answer the question of how to get a proper fit when purchasing online.  HerRoom.com launched the proprietary “Know your Breasts Bra Finder” questionnaire which purports to help you discover your best bra styles.  And Freshpair.com re-launched their website which now includes more personalized services such as an At-Home Bra Fit Service and a Men’s Underwear Club.  Freshpair also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of National Underwear Day by hosting a one-of-a-kind “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store experience in New York City in August.

LingerieAlliance_horizontal logoIn August of 2012, my partner Luis Paredes, publisher of The Lingerie Journal (and The Business of Pleasure,) and I launched the online collaborative community of intimate apparel professionals known as The Lingerie Alliance.  The Lingerie Alliance was inspired by the Brand Affair Marketing and PR Panel Discussion we hosted during February Market 2012.  The Brand Affair proved to us that there is a need for a collaborative community of lingerie professionals as well as education, information and resources.  Throughout the year, we sponsored several events including NOLCHA Fashion Week’s Closing Party and the non-profit fundraisers PinkChoseMe’s BRA Day USA 2012 and Go Naked and Check Yourself.  We ended the year with a fun “Festive Affair” Holiday Networking Social which represented our vision for The Lingerie Alliance.  The coming year will bring more events, workshops and seminars tailored specifically for today’s intimate apparel professional and we hope to have the membership functionality for the site itself completed before Summer.

LingerieFW_imageLauren Rich of RICHPR announced that she will be launching LingerieFW in New York City in February 2013.  LingerieFW will be the first fashion week dedicated to intimate apparel brands.

In late October, the northeast suffered the wrath of Hurricane Sandy which delayed the quarterly wholesale market week and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses including my friend Marla Wink’s lingerie store, Indian Summer, in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  (I’m happy to report that Marla is as determined as ever to rebuild her store and is hopeful that she will re-open her doors in time for the busy Summer selling season down the shore.)

The Lingerie Collective is coming to New York City in February 2013!  The boutique trade show is well-known in London for featuring British and international emerging brands with a focus on innovation and luxury.

Jene Luciani and Moira Nelson_2012 HUG Awards GalaThe non-profit Underfashion Club and the Intimate Apparel Square Club continued their programs in 2012 including the FEMMY Gala last February, the H.U.G. Awards Gala in November, various other programs throughout the year and their annual Holiday parties in December.  Both organizations make significant contributions to our industry and raise funds to support their respective causes.

Angie Courtney, owner of Sweetest Sin

 

Other charity events included Go Naked and Check Yourself which was hosted in part by Sweetest Sin Boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey and included sponsors LELO and The Lingerie Alliance.

Overall, 2012 was a year full of growth and advancements.  I am motivated by the forward movement in our industry and look forward to seeing further progress throughout 2013.  I wish all of you the best of health, happiness, a sense of well-being, success and prosperity in your professional lives and in your personal endeavors.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming “Intimate Affairs” which are taking place here in the USA and around the World:

The Lingerie Collective in London- January 13th – 15th, 2013

Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfiliere in Paris- January 19th – 21st, 2013

Pure London in London- February 10th – 12th, 2013

Moda Lingerie and Swimwear in Birmingham- February 17th – 19th, 2013

Curve NV in Las Vegas- February 18th – 19th, 2013

Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW) in New York- February 22nd – 23rd, 2013

The Lingerie Collective in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

Curve NY in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

INDX Intimate Apparel Show in the UK- March 19th – 21st, 2013

China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong- April 27th – 30th, 2013

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

12 Dec

It’s a very busy time of the year full of holiday shopping, long work hours, year-end meetings, goal-setting for 2013, dinners, parties and other events.  And I’m full of anxiety… attempting to accomplish everything I set out to do before the year is over.  Am I the only one that’s feeling the pressure?  Any good tips for maintaining a sense of balance during this time of the year?  I’m getting enough sleep; I’m sticking with my usual meditation routine, allowing time for myself and making self-care a priority… Yet I still feel a bit overwhelmed.  Please share your advice for coping with life’s ups and downs…  I’d love to hear what you do to stay sane. 

UFC Party 2012_Gifts for Foundling Kids

On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club hosted its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.  The Intimate Affair featured dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest which was judged by Lingerie Briefs’ Ellen Lewis and Laurence Teinturier of Curvexpo

Victor Vega_Sophia and Gabrielle_Bob VitaleThe Grand Prize went to Joseph Lara from Delta Galil.  He won a ticket to the 2013 Femmy Gala which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC.  The 2nd Prize went to Sophia Gergatsoulis and Gabrielle Bizzoco from Wacoal America.  Sophia and Gabrielle each received a 1-year membership in the Underfashion Club for their creative entry in the contest.  In addition to the festivities, the UFC never forgets to take care of its own community…..gifts of clothing and toys were collected and donated to the New York Foundling Children.  Club president Walter Costello and other members of the Club and industry pros including Debby Long-Gedney, Roslyn Harte, Lance Whitaker, Gary Hughes, Victor Vega, Bob Vitale, Julia Burns, Steve Chernoff, Justin Chernoff, Suzanne Beck, Luis Paredes, Joel Fertel, Ellen Lewis, and many others came together to celebrate the season in style. 

Dear Kate Ms Moxie

Dear Kate Launch PartyThe official Dear Kate Launch Party was held on Friday, December 7th.  The Intimate Affair was hosted by Azaleas at 140 Second Avenue, NYC.  Family, friends and fans of the innovative brand came together to celebrate the launch of this unique lingerie line.  Azaleas was standing-room only.  Congrats Julie and thanks for the Dear Kate logo tote!

Bra La Mode hosted a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th.  The Intimate Affair featured Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introduced – for the first time ever – the luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire.  The event was held at the neighborhood spa, Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC.  Guests enjoyed Mani/Pedis and admired the three independent lines being showcased at the event. 

Buyer Kelly OBrien from Linger chats with Darcy Frye of Love and Dream Sleepwear at Bra La Mode Trunk Show Sat Dec 8th

TulipbackContinue supporting these brands by shopping online at: www.dirtydollslingerie.com and www.shoploveanddream.com.  And although Rouge Séduire is not yet available for retail sales direct to consumer, you must check out the steamy website which just launched late last week- www.rougeseduire.com.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs:

The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held this Thursday, December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

On December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  The legendary lingerie lady, Roslyn Harte, will be judging the Ugly Sweater Contest.  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, December 12th.  Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

5 Dec

Let’s cut right to the chase.  There are tons of Intimate Affairs over the next few weeks.  Great opportunities for networking with fellow industry pros and excellent bargains for lingerie collectors!  Or perhaps you would like to make a difference this Season by getting involved in one of the industry’s charitable organizations?  I hope to see you at one of these festive events.

On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club hosted its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.  The Intimate Affair featured dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest.  In addition, gifts of clothing and toys were collected and donated to the New York Foundling Children.  Members of the Club and other industry professionals came together to celebrate the season in style.  Stay tuned for pictures of the event and the list of design contest winners.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs:

clowintersale2012Today, December 5th, Clo Intimo is hosting a Holiday Sale which will also feature NY-based, independent jewelry designs from Poupette.  The Holiday Sale is taking place from 5-10pm at the Archstone Murray Hill, 245 E. 40th Street, Penthouse, NYC.

Paris Trend Event Dec 6thThe Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) is hosting a trend presentation on Thursday, December 6th at the Consulate General of France in NYC.  The presentation is a fresh insight into the latest fashion and home trends by the trend forecasting agency NellyRodi.  It will be followed by a panel discussion between Paris-based trade shows and American trend experts.

Dear Kate launch invite Dec 7The official Dear Kate Launch Party is being held this Friday, December 7th from 6-9pm.  The Intimate Affair is being hosted by Azaleas, 140 Second Avenue, NYC.  Celebrate the launch of this unique and innovative lingerie line with cocktails, music and more.  The first 50 guests will receive a Dear Kate tote bag.  RSVP to party@dearkates.com

PrintBra La Mode presents a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introducing – for the first time ever – luxury lingerie line Rouge Séduire.  As an added bonus, Stella and Dot jewelry and accessories will be sold too!  Wrap up your holiday shopping in one stop.  The Intimate Affair will be held at Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC from 10am-3pm and will feature Spa Specials including a Traditional Mani/Pedi for only $22 (reg. $34.) and a ½ Hour Full Body Massage for only $30 (reg. $40.)  Come in from the cold and shop for Holiday Gifts up to 50% off and indulge yourself with a Spa treatment!  Be sure to RSVP at www.festivetrunkshow1.eventbrite.com.  Guests can expect refreshments and gifts with purchase.

Lille Boutique_astral-bodies-flyer-1On December 12, 2012, from 7pm to midnight. Lille Boutique will be celebrating the holidays in style with a Planned Parenthood benefit at Holocene nightclub, located at 1001 SE Morrison Street in Portland, Oregon.  The highlight of the event will be a Fashion Show with models by Q6 (styled by Sephora and Proper Salon) for the launch of Fortnight Lingerie’s latest collection, Asteria 2013, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Lille will be raising funds for Planned Parenthood, so 100% of the profits from this amazing event will go to charity.  Tickets are currently sold out, but an additional 15 general admission tickets to the fashion show will be released at the door.  The free after-party does not require a ticket, so all are welcome to attend for a chance to win over $1000 in donated raffle prizes, including gift certificates to Lille Boutique, lingerie from Fortnight, Maison Close, Only Hearts, Unforeseen Circumstances, The Lake and Stars, Huit, and much more.  New Deal Distillery will be donating complimentary drinks during the cocktail hour, and the event will be catered by Luce, with cupcakes donated by Cupcake Jones.  There will be additional entertainment in the form of Astrological Readings by Psychic Siamese Terror, film projection, a giant photo booth, and music by the Sex Life DJs.  Fortnight Lingerie’s designer, Christina Remenyi, will travel to Portland from Toronto to attend the event and answer questions about the collection.  Lille Boutique and Lille Trousseau carry high-end lingerie, swimwear, antiques and accessories, with an emphasis on vintage-inspired garments, independent designers and natural fibers.

HUG AwardThe Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held on December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

Bella Intimates in Rye, New Hampshire is hosting “Men’s Night” on Thursday, December 13th from 6-8pm at the store located at 150 Lafayette Road, Rt. 1 in Rye.  Bella Intimates Holiday Collection will be modeled throughout the evening.  Guests are welcome to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while shopping.  Your gifts will be wrapped AND… Bella is offering Curb Side Service!  Just pull up in front and your packages will be delivered to you! www.bellaintimatesNH.com

TLA_FestiveAffairInviteOn December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  The legendary lingerie lady, Roslyn Harte, will be judging the Ugly Sweater Contest.  Additional sponsors include byChez Designer Lingerie Boutique.  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

3 Jul

“Hot town, summer in the city…..Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.”  Happy 4th of July.  I have fabulous memories of watching the fireworks over the Navesink River in my hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey as a kid.  But it’s the food that really sticks in my mind…. There’s nothing better than my Mom’s homemade Potato Salad alongside a few slices of tender London Broil and corn on the cob.  I wish you all a safe holiday with friends and family.  Create some great memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. 

Here are a few Intimate Insights for this holiday week….

Congrats to my friend Ann Deal at Fashion Forms!  I’m excited to hear that you’re opening an East Coast Showroom at 183 Madison.  The showroom will be built out just in time for the Wholesale Market Week- July 30th through August 3rd.  We’ll be neighbors!  Best Wishes!

Jockey is launching an Intimate Apparel collection endorsed by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe.  The collection will be available in Jockey stores and on Jockey.com this month and will be rolled out in major retailers starting October.  I’m anxious to see the line!

Mode City PARIS starts this coming weekend.  If you haven’t already done so, register online for your badge at www.mode-city.com.  The famous Salon International du Swimwear and de la Lingerie and Interfiliere are being held from July 7th through July 9th at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 1.

The Intimate Apparel Square Club is having their annual Christmas in July Party at the RUSK Institute on 34th Street and First Ave in NYC on Wednesday, July 25th.   Members of the Club and other supporters of IASC and RUSK come together to visit with the children who are suffering from life-altering illnesses or disabilities to spread some “holiday” cheer.  The festive Intimate Affair brings joy to the children and warms the hearts of all those who attend.  If you are interested in attending this special event or want to learn more about how you can get involved in the IASC, feel free to reach out to me.  We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our “small but mighty” Club.

The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is just a month away.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with several independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  This season’s show runs from Sunday, August 5th through August 8th at the AKA Hotel on West 44th Street, NYC and includes With Love Lingerie, Nevaeh Intimates, Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Clare Bare Eco-Friendly Intimate Apparel.  Buyers are welcome to pre-register here:  www.LingerieDesignerShowcase.com/attendee-registration/

With Love Lingerie

SAVE THE DATE!  Luis Paredes, publisher of The Lingerie Journal, and I have partnered together to create something truly unique….  We will be officially announcing our latest endeavor on Monday July 9th and will be celebrating our partnership with a Launch Party and Lingerie Fashion Exhibition on Saturday, August 4th.  Space will be limited.  But we will do our best to accommodate everyone that wants to be a part of this special Intimate Affair.  If you would like to be added to our Invite List, please email me at BraLaMode@gmail.com and put “AUG 4th” in the subject line.  I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the entire lingerie community. It will align all facets of our industry in very unique ways.  Stay tuned for the official announcement!

Buyers are welcome to register for the upcoming CurvExpo at www.CurvExpo.com.  The Designer Lingerie and Swim Show is being held in NYC from August 5th through August 7th and in Las Vegas from August 21st through the 23rd.

The Best of Intima’s Best Shop Awards Event will be held in NYC on Sunday, August 5th.  Last year, my friend Angie Courtney from the Sweetest Sin Boutique in my hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey won the Best of Intima’s Editor’s Choice Award for Best Shop in the United States and Canada.  Let’s see who receives the honors this year!

Who’s excited that Nordstrom is coming to the Big Apple?  Nordstrom has excellent customer service (and actual bra fitters) in their Intimates Dept, so I’m excited about the news.  I’m grateful to Nordstrom for introducing me to one of my all-time favorite bras- the Freya Deco Plunge!  Of course, they’re projecting the store won’t open until year 2018.  Hmmmm…. I wonder what bras will look like in 2018?  Interesting thought, huh?

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

26 Jun

I’ve always been bothered by the heat…  I much prefer the Spring and Fall seasons over the steamy Summer months.  However, hot Summer nights inspire me to pull out some of my favorite sleepwear pieces such as Cami Sets and Rompers in buttery soft modal fabric or rayon blends.  These fabrics drape so effortlessly.  And I’m a sucker for their cool hand…  There’s nothing better against my skin.  Check out the adorable “Prisoner of Love” Teddy I picked up at last week’s Eberjey Sample Sale…  I LOVE IT!

Last Thursday, June 21st, 50 dancers kicked-up their skirts (exposing their Hanky Panky panties) to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Flatiron building!  The Flatiron “Flashmobseque” was inspired by the historical legend which coined the term, “23 Skidoo.”  It is said that in the first decades of the twentieth century, the ship-like shape of the Flatiron building carved a windy slice in the New York City skyline, which would blow women’s dresses up, exposing seldom seen legs and causing men to loiter and watch.  Local authorities would say “23 Skidoo” to the men, which meant they better stop their gazing and get out while the getting was good.  Hanky Panky sponsored the Intimate Affair by providing Hanky Panky boyshorts for the dancers and stylish Hanky Panky fans for all the flash mobsters!  The site-specific dance theatre performance was choreographed and produced by Shandoah Goldman and was followed by an After Party at the ultra trendy Gershwin Hotel on 27th Street.

CLO Intimo is hosting Champagne and Strawberries Summer Soiree and Sample Sale today, June 26th at Archstone Murray Hill.  The Intimate Affair will also feature the handcrafted jewelry brand Poupette NYC, designed by Geri Roucaute.

Just a reminder: Mode City PARIS is right around the corner.  Be sure to register online for your badge at www.mode-city.com.  The famous Salon International du Swimwear and de la Lingerie and Interfiliere are being held from July 7th through July 9th at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 1.

Attention Lingerie Designers!  The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is opening its doors this summer.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with 10 independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  Designers interested in exhibiting at this summer’s show should contact info@lingeriedesignershowcase.com to request an application. Space is very limited, so be sure to register quickly.

SAVE THE DATE!  Luis Paredes, publisher of The Lingerie Journal, and I have partnered together to create something truly unique….  We will be officially announcing our latest endeavor on Monday July 9th and will be celebrating our partnership with a Launch Party and Lingerie Fashion Exhibition on Saturday, August 4th.  Space will be limited.  But we will do our best to accommodate everyone that wants to be a part of this special Intimate Affair.  If you would like to be added to our Invite List, please email me at BraLaMode@gmail.com and put “AUG 4th” in the subject line.  I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the entire lingerie community. It will align all facets of our industry in very unique ways.  Stay tuned for the official announcement!

As you know, I am a proud member of the non-profit Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC.)  IASC raises funds to support pediatric rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center’s RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Our largest fundraiser of the year is the H.U.G. Award Gala which is held each November during Market Week.  This year’s H.U.G. Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th and will be held at 230 Fifth Avenue Penthouse.  Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for invitations in early Fall.  We recently announced this year’s honorees which include LuAnn Via, president and CEO of Payless Shoe Source, Inc., Steve Chernoff, chairman of Rago Foundations, LLC, and the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to longtime Club member Janet Peters.

I’d also like to mention that the Children’s Museum of the Arts is currently exhibiting artwork created by the children in the RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and children from PS116.  The artwork has been created through the Creating Connections program and will be on display through September 30th.  The Children’s Museum of the Arts is located at 103 Charlton Street, NYC.

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

22 May

Got any big plans for the coming Memorial Day Weekend?  My focus is on Swimwear rather than Intimate Apparel this week…  As long as this rainy, wet weather blows through before the weekend.  Fingers crossed for sunny skies!  I can’t wait to pull out the bra-sized Fantasie brand bikini top and matching high-waisted bikini bottom I picked up at La Petite Coquette here in the City earlier this season. 

Here are a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

On Wednesday, May 16th, Hanky Panky and Sanrio hosted a party to celebrate the launch of the Hello Kitty for Hanky Panky collection.  The “invite only” Intimate Affair was held at Studio 450 in midtown Manhattan and featured special guest Hello Kitty, a flipbook photo booth, and Sephora Hello Kitty Beauty Express Services for make-up and fragrance.  The venue provided a spectacular view of the City as the sun set to the west.  The DJ was spinning great tunes & guests enjoyed signature Hanky Panky for Hello Kitty cocktails and Hello Kitty cupcakes.  The event was playful and fun and there was a lot of “hot pink” everywhere you looked…  Even Hanky Panky’s Glam Guru, J.D. Breen, colored his hair hot pink to commemorate the collaboration with Hello Kitty!  The event was held in support of The Humane Society of the United States. 

On Thursday, May 17th, reality star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Bethenny Frankel celebrated the launch of Skinnygirl Solutions at select Macy’s stores nationwide.  The Intimate Affair was held at the R Lounge in NYC’s Times Square.  Bethenny created the shapewear brand, Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, for every woman & every body.  The shapewear brand differentiates itself from other brands by featuring “shapewear that’s meant to be seen.”  Bethenny spoke frankly about the line saying,It’s lazy lingerie; you’re wearing it now, and if you take your clothes off, you’re already sexy for your husband or your boyfriend or for a date.”  Pop into your local Macy’s store to check out the lingerie-inspired Skinnygirl shapewear that’s meant to be seen.  *Disclaimer- in case you didn’t know, I spend my days representing Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers for Bethenny.  Now get your buns to Macy’s & buy some!

Jene Luciani at Skinnygirl Press Event

CLO Intimo hosted Spring Champagne & Strawberries, Soiree and Sample Sale last Thursday at the Penthouse at Archstone Murray Hill, NYC.  The Sample Sale included designer jewelry by local artist Geri Roucaute’s line, Poupette.  And, high-end sexy accessories brand LELO hosted a multi-brand Sample Sale last week including luxury lingerie brand Jenna Leigh.  Guests snagged pleasure accessories and sexy intimate apparel up to 70% off!

I am co-hosting an Intimate Affair with the US distribution company, Revival Brands, on Tuesday June 5th.  The “invite only” event will feature luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was just introduced to the States last year….  We will be previewing their Fall/Winter 2012 collection.  This exclusive industry event is sure to have you falling for this seasons legwear trends!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.  The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) is hosting a “H.U.G. Social Event” to raise awareness of the Club’s mission, to raise funds to support the pediatric rehabilitation center at NYU Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and to attract new members to the Club.  The event will be held at Legends Lounge on 33rd Street in NYC and will feature an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.  Invitations will be sent out in early June.  To learn more about the Club, go to www.thehugaward.org.

Attention Lingerie Designers!  The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is opening its doors this summer.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with 10 independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  Designers interested in exhibiting at this summer’s show should contact info@lingeriedesignershowcase.com to request an application. Space is very limited, so be sure to register quickly.

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

15 May

It seems like Spring is finally here.  The weather was beautiful this weekend…Making for a great Mother’s Day.  And I’m blown away by the number of Intimate Affairs happening this month!  It says a lot to me about the growth of our Industry!  Here are just a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

Last Thursday, the spectacular European Intimate Apparel brand Marlies Dekkers presented their upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 collection at a press preview held at the swanky SoHo House in NYC’s Meatpacking district.  Both the Marlies Dekkers line and her Undressed line were shown to the media, press and to various stylists.  The collections were inspired by “Cool Scandinavia” and featured exquisite details such as textured laces, flocking, leather trims and unique strap details (like only Marlies can!)  The collections evoked a sense of being in an ice castle or skiing the Swiss Alps!  Here is an image of my favorite silhouette of the season, the Padded Plunge Balcony Longline Bra from her Icicle line.

The girls from ILOVEAGOOD hosted a “Spring Fling” in collaboration with BedHead Pajamas at 252 Elizabeth Street in NYC last Thursday.  The Intimate Affair was a press preview by “invitation only” and featured fun drinks, great décor, and cute models in BedHead printed shorties.  This is BedHead’s very first New York store!  Be sure to pop into the store next time you’re in the ‘hood!

Also on Thursday, Fantasy Lingerie held an Intimate Affair featuring a runway show at the trendy Hudson Hotel in NYC.  The event drew a crowd of Intimate Insiders from the sexy side of the biz who partied it up into the wee hours of the eve.

I hosted an Intimate Affair on Saturday, May 12th at Bra Smyth on Broadway in NYC!  It was a perfect day for a “Celebration of Women” in honour of Mother’s Day.  It included An Afternoon Tea Party courtesy of Chambre de Sucre Imported Gourmet Sugars.  The Intimate Affair was sponsored by luxury French lingerie brand Simone Perele in collaboration with The Lingerie Journal.  Our featured guest was Fine Lingerie Stylist and Personal Shopper, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum.  One lucky lady walked away with the Grand Prize Raffle Basket which is valued over $600!  It included a Cami & Boyshort Set from luxury lifestyle brand Naked Princess, a $120 Gift Certificate from event sponsor Simone Perele, a $50 Gift Certificate courtesy of Bra Smyth, panties from Affinitas Intimates, a bottle of SOAK WASH, a signed copy of Jene Luciani’s The Bra Book and more.  Special thanks to Bra Smyth for hosting the Intimate Affair and to the Event Sponsors and Participants: Simone Perele, The Lingerie Journal, Chambre de Sucre, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum, Naked Princess, Affinitas Intimates, Jene Luciani and The Bra Book, Fashion Forms and SOAK WASH.

On May 16th, Hanky Panky and Sanrio are hosting a party to celebrate the launch of the Hello Kitty for Hanky Panky collection.  The “invite only” Intimate Affair will be held in midtown Manhattan and will feature special guest Hello Kitty, a flipbook photo booth, and Sephora Hello Kitty Beauty Express Services for make-up and fragrance.  The event is held in support of The Humane Society of the United States.  Join the fun by tweeting #hellokittyforhankypanky.

On Thursday, May 17th, Alison Brod PR is holding a press event with reality star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Bethenny Frankel.  The Intimate Affair will showcase her latest line of Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers which launched at select Macy’s stores nationwide this week.  Bethenny created the shapewear brand, Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, for every woman & every body.  The shapewear brand differentiates itself from other brands by featuring “shapewear that’s meant to be seen.”  Pop into your local Macy’s store to check it out.  *Disclaimer- in case you didn’t know, I spend my days representing Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers for Bethenny.  Now get your buns to Macy’s & buy some!

CLO Intimo is hosting Spring Champagne & Strawberries, Soiree and Sample Sale this coming Thursday from 5-10pm at Archstone Murray Hill, 245 East 40th Street, Penthouse, NYC. Sip champagne, have some fun and try on the latest Spring styles at this Intimate Affair!  The Sample Sale will include designer jewelry by local artist Geri Roucaute’s line, Poupette.

I will be co-hosting a press/media event with the US distribution company, Revival Brands, on Tuesday June 5th.  The Intimate Affair will feature luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was just introduced to the States last year….  We will be previewing their Fall/Winter 2012 collection at this exclusive industry event.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 19th, 2012.  The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) is hosting a “H.U.G. Social Event” to raise awareness of the Club’s mission, to raise funds to support the pediatric rehabilitation center at NYU Medical Center’s RUSK Institute and to attract new members to the Club.  The event will be held at Legends Lounge on 33rd Street in NYC and will feature an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres.  Invitations will be sent out in early June.  To learn more about the Club, go to www.thehugaward.org.

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com.

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

8 May

Last week was a busy one here in New York City.  Buyers were in town for Market appointments; and business dinners and other events ensued late into the evening.  And it’s not over yet!  It seems that the wholesale Market Week is going to last for two weeks this year…..  Still lots of appointments on the calendar!

On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Intimate Apparel Council hosted “Retail Mobile Engagement” at the Union League Club, a panel discussion on mobile marketing. The panelists covered topics such as the different types of action codes and how to develop companion apps for iPhone and android platforms.  Panelists included Leslie Burke, Director of Interactive Print at Conde Nast, John Puterbaugh, Ph.D, CEO & Founder at Nellymoser, Inc., and Liz Smith, Vice President of Marketing at Wacoal America, Inc.  The Intimate Apparel Council is a division of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.  Guests at the Intimate Affair included Gwen Widell and Victor Vega of Wacoal America, Steve Chernoff of Rago Shapewear, Joel Fertel of Womens Wear Daily, and the event’s host was Debby Long-Gedney of Biflex (current president of the Intimate Apparel Council,) among others.

Lorna Laurentino

The Fashion Institute of Technology held their annual end-of-year runway show, “The Future of Fashion,” last Wednesday evening.  The best work of FIT’s graduating fashion design students was presented in the professional runway show including sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear.  Design student Lorna Laurentino presented in the Intimate Apparel category.  Cotton Incorporated presented awards for the “Best Use of Cotton.”  Lorna received the 2nd place award for her use of cotton in her designs.  The annual event was held at the college’s east side Manhattan “campus” and notable guests included Josie Natori, Calvin Klein and Joe Zee (Host of BRAVO’s “All on the Line with Joe Zee.”)  Follow tomorrow’s Intimate Apparel talent today at: www.lornalaurentino.com.

Also on Wednesday evening, International Intimates, Inc. (Rene Rofe) held an “invitation only” Launch Party to present their latest licensed brand, Isaac Mizrahi New York Intimates.  The Intimate Affair was held in a Penthouse Suite at the Dream Downtown Hotel.  Buyers and media were in attendance….  They enjoyed light snacks and an open bar while admiring Isaac’s Intimate line which places emphasis on body shaping.  Isaac himself attended the event along with his design team and executives from the brand’s owner, Xcel Brands.   Here’s the “Behind the Scenes” Video of the Isaac Mizrahi New York Intimates photo shoot:

On Thursday evening, I attended the monthly membership meeting of the Intimate Apparel Square Club.  Like usual, we enjoyed dinner and discussed Club business.  But this month, we were also joined by one of the administrators of NYU Langone Medical Center’s RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation medicine.  Pediatric Rehabilitation at the RUSK Institute is the primary beneficiary of the Club.  At Thursday’s meeting, we learned how our generous donations directly impact the lives of these children.  The institute is currently treating an infant with severe Cerebral Palsy.  This disability makes it virtually impossible for the child to function normally.  Per special request, a portion of the Club’s funds were used to purchase an iPad for this child.  Using a specially designed app, this 20-month old child is now able to communicate with his parents for the first time!  This story brought tears to my eyes and reaffirmed my personal commitment to the Club.  To find out more about the Club and the work we do, go to www.thehugaward.org

On Thursday, May 10th, the girls from ILOVEAGOOD are hosting a “Spring Fling” in collaboration with BedHead Pajamas at 252 Elizabeth Street, NYC.  The Intimate Affair is a press preview by “invitation only” and will feature fun drinks, great décor, and cute models in BedHead printed shorties.  This will be BedHead’s very first New York store! 

Bra La Mode is having an Intimate Affair on Saturday, May 12th at Bra Smyth in NYC!  It is a “Celebration of Women” in honour of Mother’s Day including An Afternoon Tea Party (and champagne, of course) hosted by Chambre de Sucre Imported Gourmet Sugars.  The Intimate Affair is sponsored by luxury French lingerie brand Simone Perele in collaboration with The Lingerie Journal.  Our featured guest is Fine Lingerie Stylist and Personal Shopper, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum.  Guests are encouraged to RSVP to bralamodemothers.eventbrite.com.  Bring Mom in for a free bra fitting, enjoy some scones and tea, receive free gifts with purchase and gift bags AND receive 10% off all Sleepwear throughout the Event.  Special thanks to Bra Smyth for hosting the Intimate Affair and to the Event Sponsors and Participants: Simone Perele, The Lingerie Journal, Chambre de Sucre, “The Lingerie Goddess” Margaret Shrum, Naked Princess, Affinitas Intimates, Jene Luciani and The Bra Book, Fashion Forms and SOAKWash.

If you’re “down the shore” for Mother’s Day, stop into Sweetest Sin Bras on White Street in Red Bank, NJ to celebrate “Support Your Girls.”  Each year, downtown Red Bank becomes “Pink Bank.”  Paint the Town Pink strives to educate local women about a very significant fact that “early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.”  Sweetest Sin Bras is hosting an Intimate Affair which is sponsored by Chantelle Paris on Saturday, May 12th to “Support Your Girls.”

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

As seen on LingerieBriefs.com.

Intimate Insider: Victor Vega of Wacoal America

19 Mar

Victor Vega of Wacoal America

In a world where the average worker changes jobs three to five times over the course of their lifetime, Intimate Insider Victor Vega is a statistical anomaly.  He began his career as a warehouse worker with Wacoal America, and by 2005 found himself in the position of Sr. Vice President of Inventory Production and Sales Management through hard work and dedication. 

I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Mr. Vega personally through various organizations like The Underfashion Club and the Intimate Apparel Square Club.  I have found him to be a “true gentleman,”  he is kind, honest, and humble.  I caught up with him just before the Femmy Gala this past January, where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the intimate apparel industry and for his loyalty to helping others.

I asked Mr. Vega about his lifelong devotion to charitable causes.  “I’ve always believed it is important to give back in our communities” he told me, “especially to those less fortunate.  Helping others motivates me.”  In addition to his participation in the non-profit organizations affiliated with the intimate apparel industry, Mr. Vega is involved with (and holds leadership positions in) numerous civic organizations in his own community.

When asked about the intimates industry as a whole, Mr. Vega said that he has seen many changes in the industry since the beginning of his career, and is looking forward to what the future will bring.  “I hope to see the industry evolve and grow; to have different people involved in it.  We all need to work together to take the industry to the next level, and the infusion of the next generation is wonderful.”

Victor Vega’s contributions to the industry are legendary, but when asked to name his greatest accomplishment, he says it is his good old-fashioned success story.  He’s proud of having worked at the same company for so many years, and for rising to his current position through hard work and dedication.  This year marks his 40th Anniversary with Wacoal America.

Victor Vega is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 FEMMY Gala

And finally, how does Mr. Vega feel about his Lifetime Achievement Award?  His response is simple and as always, humble.  “It is an honor, especially because it is given by the Underfashion Club which is made up of fellow industry professionals.” he says. 

Mr. Vega is an inspiration to all of us working in the intimate apparel industry.  His dedication to his employer is truly impressive.  But it is his devotion to those less fortunate that really makes an impression on me.  Victor Vega is a rare breed.  I feel privileged to know him and am honored to consider him a friend.

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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