BY PARFAIT Private Label Program

BY PARFAIT Private Label Casey Plunge Molded Bra and Boyshort in Ruby Wine

“BY PARFAIT gives lingerie and swimwear clients the opportunity to meet the standards of their target customer with fashion-forward designs and long-lasting comfort, all while being a part of the production process from beginning to end.” – Anthony Chan.

After bringing fashion-forward, quality lingerie to the full figure and plus size markets for nearly a decade, global lingerie powerhouse Parfait is announcing its expansion into the private label lingerie and swimwear industries with BY PARFAIT. Designed by the same team that’s created Parfait collections since 2009, including the cult-following “Charlotte” group.

“It’s our mission to improve fit and comfort for all body types without losing the function, and beauty, of the design,” says VP of Design & Product Development Anthony Chan. “BY PARFAIT gives lingerie and swimwear clients the opportunity to meet the standards of their target customer with fashion-forward designs and long-lasting comfort, all while being a part of the production process from beginning to end.”

BY PARFAIT will develop lingerie and swimwear solutions in an expansive size range, extending from 28A to 48K; XS – 5XL.

BY PARFAIT Private Label Program Features

Parfait FW16 Charlotte Padded Bra and highwaist Brief in Bronze

BY PARFAIT will develop lingerie and swimwear solutions in an expansive size range, extending from 28A to 48K; XS – 5XL.

Each client can expect:

• Our capability to produce quality products with sizes up to 48K and 5XL

• Effective collaboration between the PARFAIT team and yours.

• The same PARFAIT team develops products.

• Our PARFAIT development team expertly fits every product.

• Products produced by the same technically capable PARFAIT production facility.

“There was a demand for stylish intimates for the large bust woman and we’ve successfully filled this gap with press and media favorites, like our infamous Charlotte. By helping clients perfect the fit and design for their target market, we can help more women find what they’re looking for,” says Chan.

Learn more about the BY PARFAIT Private Label Program

BY PARFAIT would like to collaborate with your team.
Contact: pl@parfaitlingerie.com
Website: www.byparfait.com

About Parfait
Dedicated to fit and innovative styling, BY PARFAIT is a private label solution developed by the Parfait team. Styles range from lingerie intimates to swimwear pieces, available in sizing ranging from 28A to 48K; XS – 5XL bottoms. It is PARFAIT’s mission to build strong, reliable and successful partnerships with private label clients through the BY PARFAIT program by providing quality, comfortable, and fashion-forward lingerie and swimwear to consumers around the world with a consumer-centric philosophy.

A press & celebrity favorite, Parfait collections have been worn by top actresses, models & performers around the world including Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Nicki Minaj, Ashley Graham, Nicole Scherzinger, Gabrielle Union, Alicia Silverstone, British soul singer Lianne La Havas and more. Shot in a Parfait bra on the cover of Allure magazine September 2012, Vergara is quoted saying: “When I find a bra that works for me…” Parfait collections are available at retailers and e-retailers nationwide and is growing rapidly outside of North America. www.parfaitlingerie.com

Lingerie Selection Recap

Lingerie Selection Recap

Above: the Lingerie Selection team with a visiting guest last month.

“Visiting buyers enjoyed an oasis of lace in the heart of New York City to see luxury lingerie, loungewear and accessories…”

Last month, three amazing designers teamed up to unveil a new trade experience — the Lingerie Selection. Visitors enjoyed an oasis of lace in the heart of New York City thanks to The Giving Bride, Nevaeh Intimates and Alessandra Mackenzie. The brands showed off their luxury lingerie, loungewear and accessories collections.

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Above: a view of the luxurious setting for the Lingerie Selection — Daylight Studio in NYC.

It was a relaxing and beautiful way to see these amazing creations and meet the designers in person. Cocktails and light snacks helped visitors relax throughout the two-day trade event.

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The Lingerie Selection also hosted a Buyer’s Night and Trunk Show. The trio is now planning the next edition of the Lingerie Selection, so stay tuned for more updates.

If you missed these amazing designers last month, we’ve put together a special edition of our Buyer’s Guide to showcase and highlight the Lingerie Selection Exhibitors. Click HERE to experience the new issue and scroll down for some more images from the show.

Learn more about the Lingerie Selection

Website: thelingerieselection.com

Lingerie Selection Recap: the Brands

The Giving Bride

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Started in 2012, The Giving Bride creates timeless lingerie for the discerning bride. Our classic styles are made from luxury fabrics and high end finishes and are embellished with French lace and Swarovski crystals.

Nevaeh Intimates

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Decadence is key. Nevaeh Intimates, created in New York City, exudes femininity and empowers the modern day sophisticated women with a new luxurious lingerie collection.

Alessandra Mackenzie
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Alessandra Mackenzie was born out of a desire to create luxurious loungewear for the modern woman, inspired by the ease of menswear.

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CURVEXPO Experience: New York to Las Vegas

Parfait at CURVENV

Above: Parfait at CURVENV.

“This is our third year at CURVE and we like it. It’s new, it’s different. There a few new faces and seems to be a lot of fun – we’re really enjoying it.” Hollis Hall, Love Letters Intimates.

This season, my CURVEXPO experience started on the number 7 train in New York, rolled through the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and ended at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

It was an intense month of travel and trade shows giving me an expanded view of exhibitors at both Mode Lingerie and Swim CURVENY NEW YORK and CURVENV Hosted by PROJECT WOMENS.

CURVEXPO Experience Vegas Entrance

Snapshot of the CURVEXPO Experience: Vegas at top and CURVENY below. Photo by Jan Klier.

CURVENY photo by Jan Klier

Together, both NYC and Las Vegas were great to experience.

The show organizers included all the things that make trade shows special: the chance to see products in person, meet with brands and retailers, connect, learn and experience something new.

Rafaella Intimates photo by Jan Klier

Above: Rafaella Intimates. Photo by Jan Klier.

In New York, this translated to an after hours networking event; Trend Presentations by Promostyl and the new Fashion Flash Mob event which showcased new styles on 55 models walking throughout CURVE.

Talluah Love hang tag

Above: Talluah Love.

The Fashion Flash Mob carried over into the Las Vegas edition and buyers also networked on day one and two of the show in the lounge area in the middle of the venue with food and margaritas.

Everyday Glamour Lace Unlined

Above: Curvy Couture’s Everyday Glamour Lace Unlined Bra.

Anita Sports Bras

Above: Anita’s new sports bras.

On the show floors, in both cities, SS17 looked lacy, loungey, seductive, supported and very athletic.

Activwear and Athleisure options were everywhere as brands like Curvy Couture and Anita unveiled new sport bra options while LIVE! showcased a lifestyle collection at home in Pilates and yoga studios or out on the town.

Exhibitor & Buyer Reactions

Squeem Team

Above: Squeem at CURVENY.

Buyer traffic in New York was strong while Las Vegas seemed slower. Buyers and brands seemed divided on the experience by varying degrees. Despite feelings on buyer attendance, the brands we talked to reported a good results for their business.

Elila Lingerie photo by Jan Klier

Above: Elila Lingerie. Photo by Jan Klier.

“The management of Curve works very hard to get the best buyers/stores to attend, and we are appreciative of this,” said Krista Tonra, US Sales Director for Lou Lingerie. “New York tends to have more traffic, but we had a good response in [Las Vegas] as well. And since we launched Swimwear for SS17, we were able to participate with a Spa/Resort program offered for Las Vegas with the opportunity to focus on the swim category.”

Vanilla Night and Day Model

Above: Vanilla Night & Day.

“Regarding Curve Vegas, Naja was very excited to have participated in the show for the first time,” said Patricia Japson, the brand’s director of sales. “While we hoped there would be more traffic, we did make some good connections with retailers who attended and look forward to getting Naja product into their stores this Fall.”

Above: Catrina Maccalla and Hollis Hall of Love Letters Intimates. give their opinion on CURVE.

Kathy Zutz of the Bra Garden said, “Well you know what, the first couple years was great, but we’re going back to New York in February.”

Kathy cited CURVENY’s amenities and overall experience a stronger pull for her and her team.

On Buyer Attendance

Empreinte booth

Above: Empreinte.

One of my concerns is that there are fewer lingerie buyers out there. Those that remain are making strategic decisions about what events to attend and when based on budget and time.

Addiction Nouvelle booth

Above: Addiction Nouvelle.

Recently, Lingerie Insight reported a drop in MODA attendance with exhibitors complaining about the lack of buyer commitment to that show.

It’s important to note that the CURVE team, as Krista Tonra noted, works diligently at finding new ways at attracting buyers to their show and makes it a point to add new features and listen to exhibitors and buyers.

Teddies for Bettys at CURVENY

Above: Teddies for Bettys at CURVENY.

The Future Looks Bright

The lingerie retail landscape is rough, but there are positive signs for this side of the economy we’re involved in.

This summer, Azaleas opened a second store; Teddies for Bettys moved into a larger location and Musée opened in New York City. And later this season, Sugar Cookies moves into larger digs.

Dominique Intimate Apparel photo by Jan Klier

Above: Dominique Intimate Apparel’s booth at CURVENY. Photo by Jan Klier.

It’s also worth noting that more e-Boutiques are sprouting online each month. However, many e-retailers we talked to at the shows said they were disappointed with brands refusing to do business with them.

Digital Divide

We understand the hesitation of working with a new retail partner. However, e-boutiques are going to outnumber brick-and-mortars. Brands — large and small — have to adjust and evolve their business practices to include new and established e-retailers.

(E-boutiques are seen as less legitimate vendors than brick and mortar, even though online shopping continues to rise.)

— Bluestockings (@BluestockingsBo) September 1, 2016

Above: Blue Stockings Boutique’s excellent thread on the issue of e-boutiques not seen as equal business partners.

It wasn’t too long ago that major brands were highly dismissive of lingerie bloggers. Now, many of those same companies hire and work with these digital influencers to move product and improve their social media presence.

The same shift has to happen (quickly) with online retailers.

Look at successes like Bella Bella Boutique and incredible newcomers like Anya Lust and Blue Stockings Boutique to see the future of online retail.

(Hint: it’s versatile, inclusive and diverse!)

What’s Next?

Foxers team photo by Jan Klier

Above: FOXERS at CURVENY. Photo by Jan Klier.

I wish I had the answer. But I hope that more brands and retailers invest in their digital marketing and advertising and leverage social media and video to drive more sales.

We know it works. The Lingerie Journal helps influence behavior on social media and it’s been a great help to our advertising partners and the brands we cover.

For example, at CURVENY I sent out an image of a Mad Mac panty. In the post, we highlighted the brand’s features including the Microbrushed Lace and Signature “Animal Print” liner. The result:

Had a chance to see the lovely @madmaclingerie at @curvexpo. The collection features "Microbrushed" #Lace w/Signature "Animal Print" liners. See them at booth 535! photo by @allklier

A photo posted by The Lingerie Journal (@lingeriejournal) on

Within minutes, the post received several likes and a consumer placed an order. At-home lingerie concierge service Rosie’s Lingerie later commented that they would start carrying Mad Mac lingerie. It was great to see this play out on the show floor.

So we hope to see more social activity at the CURVE Shows next year. In the next few months, we’ll keep our readers updated on all of the new CURVE developments. We also suggest that buyers and brands reach out directly to the show organizers. They genuinely want to hear from their visitors and are actively looking at ways to improve the show CURVEXPO experience for everyone.

CURVE 2017 Show Dates

Mode Lingerie and Swim CURVENV Las Vegas
Hosted by Project Women’s

Mandalay Bay
February 21 – 23, 2017

Mode Lingerie and Swim CURVENY
Jacob Javits Center
February 26 – 28, 2017

Website: curvexpo.com

A Deeper CURVEXPO Experience

The Lingerie Journal’s latest Buyer’s Guide highlights 14 great CURVENY exhibitors. Click HERE to read the latest issue.

Cosabella Bras Evolve

Cosabella Bras Evolve Evolved Bra, a beautiful and comfortable range (t-shirt and push up) from Cosabella

How do you make the most comfortable bra?

First, you listen to your customers, take note of what they want and need from a bra and start designing. Then, you source high-quality components from around the world and wait for samples to arrive.

That’s what Cosabella’s design team, headed by Kristin Bear, did for over a year to update the brand’s Evolution Bra.

close up of Cosabella's Evolved Bra

“It was a slow crawl to find all the things that we wanted,” explains Kristin. “One month, we would get in a wire. Three months later, straps came in and we would have to choose from the best.”

The result? The updated Evolved Bra — a beautiful and comfortable range (t-shirt and push up) from Cosabella that features six key improvements:

The Evolved Bra

Evolved Bra, a beautiful and comfortable range (t-shirt and push up) from Cosabella

• Super soft, newly developed Italian Lace that lays so flat it’s practically invisible.

• Updated wires and wire casing for better support and a softer feel.

• New developed padded hook-and-eye closures.

• Soft foam t-shirt cups for subtle shaping.

• Peached Lining inside the bra cup.

• and Thin brushed finish elastics inside straps for extra comfort.

close up of Cosabella's Evolved Bra

“The cups have a very smooth outside and the inside are very plush — they have a peached feeling and are super soft, molding to the body.” – Kristin Bear

The Lingerie Journal received two samples: the Push-Up Bra in Nude Rose and a T-Shirt Bra in black. Of the six improvements, two of the bra updates stand out immediately — the new Italian Lace and updated hardware.

The gorgeous lace draws your eye towards the bra’s wings and feature a hand-designed pattern unique to the bra that Kristin helped create with the brand’s Italian Lace supplier.

close up of Cosabella's Evolved Bra

The hardware — the front closures, clasps, slides — are clean, modern and in the case of the bra in Nude Rose, comes in a beautiful Rose Gold color that’s a joy to look at. The black bra features hardware in a stunning gun metal shade.

The changes stem from Cosabella’s constant self reflection and feedback from their retail and wholesale customers.

close up of Cosabella's Evolved Bra

“The straps have a microfiber backing making them super soft and the front have this beautiful cording detail.” – Kristin Bear.

“All of these improvements were needed and missing in our line,” said Kristin. “Also, I felt that as a woman, we needed something better, we need something more comfortable and we just went after it.”

close up of Cosabella's Evolved Bra

Cosabella fans can expect these improvements to find their way into many other of the brand’s ranges by the end of 2017. Retailers interested in the collection can order the new bras now with an expected delivery for mid January.

“We hope all these changes mean as much to our customers as they do to us,” said Kristin. “We worked as hard as we could to build the most comfortable and beautiful bra for them.”

Questions about the Bra Updates?

Email: sales@cosabella.com
Website: www.cosabella.com

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Evolved Bra, a beautiful and comfortable range (t-shirt and push up) from Cosabella
Evolved Bra, a beautiful and comfortable range (t-shirt and push up) from Cosabella


Naturana Celebrates 100 Years

Naturana 2017 Collection

Above: Delicate floral embroidery enhances this light Simplex shapewear design, new for 2017.

The lingerie industry is constantly changing and its hard for a company to stay afloat with so many competing brands and changes in trends. One brand that has been able to navigate the tricky waters of fashion and lingerie is Europe’s Naturana!

Naturana Vintage Ad

2017 marks 100 years in business for this well-loved lingerie brand. It wasn’t always easy to stay in operation, in fact, during the post-war years, when fabrics were scare, Naturana made a virtue out of necessity and produced bras made out of old aprons and tablecloths. With that level of hard-work and dedication to bra making, its no surprise that Naturana has continued to rule the lingerie world even into 2017!

Naturana’s History

Naturana factory

“We were the founders in a lot of early technologies with the use of fabrics, especially, in the 1960s with the use of more flexible, stretchable elastic fabrics…” Tom Kavanagh, Naturana.

Founded in 1917 in Germany, Naturana is now one of the largest lingerie and swimwear manufacturers in the world. The brand has always been celebrated for its ability to combine fashion with a perfectly engineered fit. Naturana makes creating comfortable, well-fitted affordable lingerie for all shapes and sizes their number one priority.

Carl Dolker, the brand’s founder, originally set out to create fashionable silhouette for women without the restraints of a corset; a revolutionary idea at the time! This desire to create a more natural silhouette required innovation and pioneering textile manipulation. This hard worked paid off and by the 1930s, Naturana was known as the brand for the modern active woman of the day.

Their sales and marketing director in the UK, Tom Kavanagh, explains, “We were the founders in a lot of early technologies with the use of fabrics, especially, in the 1960s with the use of more flexible, stretchable elastic fabrics that did not restrict the movement of the body…”.

Delicate floral embroidery enhances this light Simplex shapewear design.  The fabric provides outstanding comfort and fit, whilst a control panel at the front provides a smoother silhouette.

A Star is Born

Naturana’s dedication to innovation continued into the 1970s with their brand new silhouette, a soft cup bra called “The Star Bra”. The Star Bra features crossover detailing at the front, giving a natural look. This bra is still one of the company’s bestselling models, with over 30 million items manufactured and sold since its creation. Famous showgirl, Marlene Charell, became the face of this iconic bra in 1978!

Naturana New Styles

During the 1950s, their bestseller was a rigid cotton bra with circular stitches. This bra was produced by Naturana in shiny satin with overstitched cups and matching girdle, creating an hourglass look which was so popular with the many glamorous film stars of the time, such, as Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Shoppers alike clamored for these delicates so that they could indulge in the luxurious styles of Hollywood with a great fit.

Keeping it in the Family

Naturana is not only unique in its vision, but also in the way the company itself is structured. Since its inception in 1917, the brand has been a family business. Being family run, certainly has its perks. Kavanagh relates, being a “…family business is a real benefit because they respond quicker,” allowing the brand to respond to proposals and trends immediately.

The family’s commitment is evident in their support for the move of its UK premise to Sutton Coldfield, England last year. Kavanagh continues, “…the family has invested heavily, especially in the UK, with an office/showroom relocation and a new restructured sales force to help to drive sales and the brand forward into the next 100 years”.

Naturana 2017 Collection

Above: Ornate and beautifully feminine, in classic colour palettes of midnight blue and white, these designs make ideal fuller figure sets. Extremely comfortable to wear, these highly popular bras offer a choice of underwired and soft cup styles, together with matching briefs.

Although the family is still leading the lingerie brand, there have been several big changes for Naturana. Their sales and marketing director in the UK explains that one of the biggest changes is that they’re, “…moving from our core essential business, which is still 60% of our sales overall, to more fashionable colourful collections” and focusing on their high-end boutique collection, Eva, which celebrates the femininity and sensuality of the female form.

Naturana 2017 Collection

Naturana’s soft cup padded bras make the perfect everyday style, in a choice of pure white, skin colour or midnight blue, teamed with smooth shaped briefs.

2017 and Beyond

So, when it comes down to it, what has lead to 100 years of success for the Naturana brand? The innovation? The celebrity endorsements? The relocation to the UK?

While those things have certainly helped, Tom Kavanagh breaks it down simply, explaining, their “…great quality products with a great fit and affordable value…have always helped us stay ahead of our competitors”. Naturana not only considers their retail customer, but also their wholesale clients. Kavanagh reveals that, “we also offer great intake margins for our retailers when considering their budgets”.

Naturana is certainly enjoying their centennial celebration, but they are also looking to the future. Kavanagh says the brand hopes to, “…continue supporting curves… [and] continue to raise its brand profile in many high street doors with up to date merchandising units and valued point of sale, that will help drive sales and the awareness of a ‘value for money brand’’ like Naturana.

Wholesale Questions?

Tel: 01543 414441
Email: sales@naturana.co.uk

Press Questions?

Susan Czarny
Tel: 0208 953 9190
Email: info@susanczarnypr.co.uk

Pin Me Up – Special CURVELASVEGAS

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Striking a pose and sharing some laughs with Natalie Hrassnigg, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Anita. I wore a Mesh corset by Phaze Clothing paired with Peek-A-Boo Black Balcony Bra by Dear Scantilly and a sheer bolero from my personal collection. I collaborated with both lingerie brands last year and I wanted to show that you can wear Lingerie as outerwear and create a chic professional look.

Last month I had the pleasure of attending my first CURVEXPO in Las Vegas that took place at Mandalay Bay from February 21 – 23, 2017. CURVELASVEGAS was hosted by Project Womens and was part of the Magic Show where clothing brands from all over the world were exhibiting as well. I was thrilled when I found out that The Lingerie Journal granted me two press badges for myself and my husband, Jason Kamimura Photography so that I could get you the best lingerie insights for fuller figure and fuller bust gals. Pleiades of lingerie and swimwear brands were part of the event, but I decided to focus on the ones that gave me private interviews and exclusives on the release of their new collections.

On the first day, I stopped by the Anita booth and I even got a chance to get fitted and found out that I was a size 36H in their lingerie. It’s always interesting how sizing varies from one lingerie brand to another and it can be a little daunting. But the entire team was very helpful and was able to answer all of my questions. I met with Natalie Hrassnigg who is the Sales and Marketing Assistant at Anita. This year they are celebrating Anita’s 130th Anniversary, the German brand started in 1886 in Dresden. I was immediately intrigued as I am always fascinated by brands with a long history, I think that’s the vintage aficionado in me.

Anita is known to be a lingerie brand specializing in both nursing bras and post-surgical lingerie, but what was presented to me was both sexy, practical and sleek. I especially loved the Comfort Corselet in the gorgeous Fiore color that would complement a lot of women’s skin tones.

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Presenting the Comfort corselet available in Cups B through E at the Anita booth.
Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.

Pin Me Up Las Vegas

I loved the simplicity of this Black lace lingerie set, with the detail of a red bow on both the bra and the high waist panties. It probably is the pin-up in me but this is the most classic set one could ever get. As Dita Von Teese once said, black lingerie looks great on every woman.

As we looked at other bra sets, the fiery red sport set from Anita Active really caught my attention. I have been trying to make healthier choices for the past year and I have been attending spin classes diligently at least 3 to 4 times a week. To this day I still don’t own good sports bras simply because I couldn’t find one that looks good enough and is in my size.

I usually wear gorgeous lingerie sets on a daily basis, so finding a set that is in such a rich shade of red and with high waist panties really got me excited. This lingerie set is part of a limited edition and I would definitely suggest that you keep your eyes on that one, as this will give you maximum support and keep you fierce and glammed up for any workout. Red certainly evokes confidence and seduction, two feelings we don’t always feel while working out.

This style is coming out on August 2017 and will be available in Cups A through G. I can hardly wait to get my hands on that one.

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Named 255 Limited Edition as part of the Anita Active line. Photo Credit: Jason Kamimura Photography.

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I loved that Anita had two models with two different body types. Diversity is so much needed in the industry, as customers want to be able to relate to the models they see when they shop. Seen here are Hope McBane @hrmtalent and Amber Coyne @ambercoyne
Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography

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With Steve Chernoff Chairman of Rago Shapewear.

Since we are talking about lingerie with a history, I had to make a stop by the Rago Shapewear booth. If you are passionate about vintage or achieving that perfect hourglass silhouette from the 1950s, this brand will resonate with you. Rago Shapewear has “ over 65 years of experience for creating beautiful, high-quality, made-in-the-USA body shaping garments, Unique designs, best materials, excellent workmanship, and perfect fit.”

As a pin-up model I cannot tell you how excited I was when I was able to get a meeting with Steve Chernoff, Chairman of Rago Shapewear. He gave me a full presentation about the history of the brand and shared video clips with me from shows such as Dr Oz, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, Boardwalk Empire, The View and media such as Instyle Magazine, Glamour or Oprah Magazine. I used to watch Mad Men, which was a show set in the 1960s that had gorgeous actresses such as Christina Hendricks wearing vintage and vintage inspired lingerie. I do remember seeing Rago Shapewear on that show and being able to meet someone from the brand was one of the highlights for my first time attending CURVELASVEGAS. I couldn’t pick everything that was presented to me, so I decided to focus on the products that were shown to me on their lovely model. All Rago products come with what Steve calls “The no roll guarantee” meaning that if you wear their shapewear underneath your clothes you will not see any rolls.

Their model was wearing the Long Leg Shaper paired with a long line bra and a lace waist cincher. I have never owned any of the Rago Shapewear lingerie but I have been dying to purchase a few products for the tummy control. My tummy is still my most troubling area. Thankfully Rago has everything from cinchers, to high waist panties that will help with that. I also do have my eye on their gorgeous corselette but I have yet to figure out the sizing. There weren’t any new releases presented to me that day, as they were all lingerie designs that are part of their permanent collection. I hope to collaborate with them in the future and do a full review on some of my favorite pieces from them. So Stay tuned!

Pin Me Up - Special CURVELASVEGAS

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Here with Chelsea Shagi The Marketing coordinator at Eveden Inc. I am wearing a black bodysuit designed by Ashley Graham for Addition Elle. I reviewed it in my previous column and you can see it here worn as outerwear and paired with a sheer tie top by Loco Lindo and black pencil skirt.

The Eveden Inc. booth that gathered Freya, Fantasie, Goddess, Huit and Elomi, occupied most of our time on the third day of attending CURVELASVEGAS. We sat down with Chelsea Shagi, the Marketing Coordinator at Eveden Inc., who gave us a full two-and-a-half-hour presentation. The amount of information was so broad and we are so grateful to have had a private appointment to share on The Lingerie Journal. I made sure that my favorite lingerie and swimwear sets were photographed and I cannot wait to share them with you.

To begin with, I loved all the jewel tone lingerie sets from the Goddess collection, their model Jihan Amer who is a Canadian Curvy model, based in Los Angeles (Instagram: @jihanamer ) got me hooked on every single set, because of her sassy attitude while she presented each set.

Miss Jihan Amer is the face of the entire Autumn/Winter 2017 Goddess Collection, and you can see her flawless beauty on the cover of their catalogue and throughout the pages.

I have to say it’s exciting to see some diversity and I love that Eveden Inc. chose her as she truly embodies what a true goddess is.

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Jihan Amer @jihanamer is the face of the Goddess Lingerie brand part of Eveden Inc., wearing The Kiera bra in a gorgeous Plum colorway pairs a semi-sheer top-cup with a luscious satin fabric. This bra is available in many different colorways, including a Scarlet and Chocolate.

I got really excited when I saw Goddess’s “Bustier Basque”, which is their oldest design. I own a Bustier Basque that is vintage and I can’t stress enough how flawless the construction is. This staple that evokes the 1950s pin-up would be my go to bustier to wear underneath any dress or pencil skirt, or even on your wedding day. Available in UK sizes 32 through 44, up to a HH cup. I love the shape of this simple, but chic lingerie staple that every woman should own. I love that it offers lower coverage at the neckline, firm support and boned cups for a super fit and hold. While I was visiting the Eveden Inc. booth I received a second bra fitting session from Teresa Anderson-Sharma and found out I was a 34HH in their lingerie.

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Bustier Basque from the Goddess brand, is a long line strapless bra that has been around since the 1950s.

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Elomi “ Beautiful lingerie for the curvier figure” really lives up to its name with this stunning purple and hot pink set. The Mathilda by Elomi has an embroidered top cup that emulates rows of beads in a gorgeous shade of violet and fuschia, one of my favorite color combination.
Model is Jihan Amer @jihanamer

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The Cate bra and matching panties in a gorgeous Stormy blue colorway pairs a semi-sheer top-cup with a luscious satin fabric and stunning Art Deco detail. This is part of The Elomi collection, that looks pretty similar to Goddess. Model is Jihan Amer @jihanamer

From the Freya collection the one model that caught my attention was the Bralette in Soiree Lace. Crafted from a rich stretch geometric lace, the whole collection is a true show stopper. However, the longline bra was probably one of my favorites that was presented to me that day. The whole set looks like a spiderweb print and I know my retro aficionados will love that print that is always so popular among us pin up gals and beyond .
Available in sizes 28-36 up to a G cup.

Pin Me Up - Special CURVELASVEGAS

We ran out of time and I wasn’t able to see any of the Fantasie lingerie sets, but when I flipped through the pages of their catalogue I was floored. I love their Elemental collection that hommages nature and uses soft hues, such as light pink and cream. I especially loved The Marianna set and its mix of cornflower colorway and light pink.

Pin Me Up - Special CURVELASVEGAS

This leads us to swimwear and the two brands from Eveden Inc. that caught my attention were Freya Swim and Fantasie. Let’s start with Freya because a lot of the collection reminded me of my French background. I especially loved the Drift Away sets that evokes Saint-Tropez as it was portrayed back in the days with Icons like Brigitte Bardot. These sets have a lot of navy stripes and I love their simple and chic feel. I only regret that this collection doesn’t include any high waist bottoms as they were a big deal in the 1950s and they are my go to style for perfect tummy control.

The bras are available from size 30-36 G or HH depending on the models presented. Some of the bottoms go up to a size XXL.

The bondi set lives up to its name and really reminded me of the 1960s Bond girl, Ursula Andress or more recently Halle Berry. I wish that some of these sets were presented to me, as I feel so inspired looking at them now and I could see myself wear them. Sadly, the bottoms only go up to XL but the bras go from 30-38G.

Something that really stuck with me from Eveden Inc. and most of their swimsuits is that they had an underwire. I can’t stress enough how annoying it is to purchase a swimsuit that is supposed to be plus size but doesn’t include support for the girls. Now I know not every plus size gal has a big chest, but a lot of us do. So I thought it was fabulous to see that the girls would receive full support in a bandeau or one piece swimsuit.

From the Fantasie swim collection, the Mustique print was my favorite. It exists in three different styles. And I love the one piece as much as I love the bikini set. This gorgeous collection is botanical inspired with gorgeous fuchsia hues and jade green accents.

Special note on the gorgeous matching pareo that can be worn over your swim set or as a dress. I am dying to add this one to my growing swimwear collection. This will be perfect for a tropical vacation or to head to Catalina Island if you are from the West Coast and don’t want to go too far.

Pin Me Up - Special CURVELASVEGAS
Bandeau Adjustable side suit from the Fantasie Swim collection.

I can’t tell you how helpful it was for me to attend CURVELASVEGAS as I discovered new lingerie brands and found out that my options to look fabulous in lingerie and swimwear were much broader than I thought they were. And I really want for this column to be about opening you up to a variety of options to dress your bodies in pretty lingerie and swimwear, especially as fuller bust gals. The media always seems to perpetuate the misconception that pretty lingerie sets are only for certain body types and my mission with Pin Me Up is to defeat that.

I hope that you will feel inspired by the lingerie and swimwear brands shared on Pin Me Up.
I encourage you to try new styles and experiment, as it is a lot of fun to do. I think I have said it in the past, wearing lingerie is a celebration of ourselves as women and embracing all of our bodies! So just go for it and keep owning who you are, as there is something for everyone.

With love Jenny �

Works Cited:
“The Rago Shapewear Brochure and website.”
“The best of Intima Magazine 2017.”
“Fantasie Swim, Freya, Elomi and Goddess catalogues.”
“Anita New Arrivals catalogue.”

Pin Me Up - Special CURVELASVEGAS
Overview of CURVELASVEGAS at the Mandalay Bay. Photo Jason Kamimura Photography.

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection Embroidered Fringed Flower

Above: Rya Collection. Photos by Krystal Peto for the Lingerie Journal.

“Design-wise, this was one of the more exciting [CURVE] shows I’ve been to within the last few seasons.” – Cora Harrington, the Lingerie Addict.

Fringed embroidered flowers, hand-covered satin buttons, roses seemingly brushed on fabric and a star chart stitched on a pair of sheer knickers.

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Va Bien star chart set

These are some of the visual and tactile memories from CURVENEWYORK that stand out for me weeks after the show ended in early March.

It was a treat (and refreshing) to see highly creative and unique designs from brands like Rya Collection, Amoralle, AJOUR, Ginia, Nüdwear, Adina Reay, and Va Bien — amongst many others — at the show.

amoralle bodysuit

Amoralle’s founder, Inese Ozola, said each satin button on this bodysuit is expertly hand-covered.

“After years of neutral t-shirt bras and iterative bondage-style designs, I felt like brands were making more of an effort to connect with their historical and aesthetic roots,” said Cora Harrington, founder of the Lingerie Addict. ”There seemed to be an overall sense of ‘Playing it safe isn’t working, so let’s see what happens when we get a little creative.’ Design-wise, this was one of the more exciting shows I’ve been to within the last few seasons.”

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Dominique Booth

Above: Dominique Intimate Apparel. The brand showcased their updated Aimee Bra at the show

Antonia Townsend, founder and Chief Knicker Officer of the Enclosed said of the show: “I like how designers are taking risks. AJOUR caught my eye with a hot fuchsia set that’s wonderful and unique which is exactly what we’re looking for — things women can’t find at a department store.”

Decades of Lingerie

Lingerie Brands Celebrating milestones

Brands like Hanky Panky, Natori, the Little Bra Company and Oh La La Cheri also celebrated huge milestones from 10 to 40 years in business at the same time as CURVEXPO.

And this is what continues to make CURVE a great business opportunity – they help connect brands with buyers. The show has been doing this for years now — 10 in fact.

At this edition of CURVENEWYORK, the organizers celebrated their 10th Anniversary. To highlight their Lingerie Tin, CURVE partnered with seven exhibiting brands for a retrospective exhibition at Javits.

Lovely visit from @ASOS buyer Rachel with our CEO/Founder Dora Lau at the Curvy Couture booth! @curvexpo pic.twitter.com/j4ioKFYCAP

— Curvy Couture (@CurvyCouture1) March 2, 2017

Visitors browsed through styles and best-sellers that have become ubiquitous in the lingerie market from Anita, Chantelle, Eveden, Hanky Panky, Leonisa, Lise Charmel, Montelle, Panache, Simone Perele and Wacoal. Also featured were the top trends over a decade by Cora from theLingerieAddict.com (pictured below).

CURVENEWYORK 10 Year Exhibition

The celebration continued with the CURVE 10 Year Anniversary Gala to honor the community brought together a decade ago by the CURVE founders, Laurence and Jean-Luc Teinturier. The gala was also a nonprofit occasion and CURVE, in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), donated all gala proceeds to BCRF.

Innerwear & Outerwear Blurred

Loulette Malva Lace Crop Top

Above: Loulette Malva Lace Crop Top.

Walking the event, the Lingerie Journal team also found that several brands like Loulette and Arianne were incorporating ready-to-wear pieces into their collections or helping retailers visualize how consumers should think about their lingerie as fashion foundations.

This is notable because so many buyers like those from Belle Mode Intimates naturally come to CURVE with this mentality on behalf of their customers:

Loving this versatile bodysuit by @HankyPankyLtd at @curvexpo meant to crossover as an outerwear piece! #fallfashion #lingerie #curveny pic.twitter.com/HPwTpAH4IM

— Belle Mode Intimates (@BelleModeVA) March 1, 2017

Arianne’s Melitta Boisvert echoed these sentiments saying, “[Retailers] want to see how a bra works under a shirt. I show them how our tops can be layering pieces for their customers.”

Arianne Lace Tops

Above: Arianne Lace Tops.

CURVENEWYORK FW17: Ones to Watch

There were quite a few brands at CURVENEWYORK that made more than a few people do a double take and spend some extra time at their booth. We wanted to take a second here to showcase a few of those brands for our readers just in case they missed them at Javits.

Mayana Genevière

Mayana Geneviere

When I was walking the show, my wife was still pregnant with our son and maternity and nursing intimates were defiantly on my mind. And quite a few brands perked my interest, but I was truly impressed by Nadine M. Woods’ vision for her brand, Mayana Genevière.

Described as, “…a high luxe, intimate apparel line designed to celebrate and support the journey of womanhood. Initially created to bridge the gap between fashion lingerie and maternity undergarments (with a focus on the restoration required during postnatal recovery), this innovative intimate apparel brand has evolved into a versatile line capturing the essence and needs of a woman as she transitions through life’s many stages.

Uwila Warrior

uwila warrior

Underwear is fun. Sometimes we lose sight of this and it’s great to see a brand like Uwila Warrior bring color, vibrancy and whimsy into their design process.

The brand was founded on one simple belief: Women shouldn’t have to twist their bodies and lifestyles into underwear that only fits sometimes – they should have unapologetically colorful, beautiful, and comfortable underwear that fits every moment of their lives.

Giapenta

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Giapenta Bra

Coming off a successful Kickstarter Campaign, Giapenta showcased their luxurious collection intimates at CURVE. The brand’s collection is beautiful and there’s some serious fabric tech behind each piece. Giapenta is designed to proactively balance body temperature and incorporates other design solutions to their intimates more comfortable and fit better.

CURVEXPO Summer 2017

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Eberjey booth
Our coverage of CURVE continues with our new Buyer’s Guide coming out in the next few days and if you missed CURVELASVEGAS, Jenny Rieu put together an amazing recap of the Vegas show that you can ready HERE. So stay tuned for more on the show from TLJ and mark your calendars:

CURVENEWYORK returns to Jacob Javits this summer from August 6 – 8, 2017.

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Gallery

CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Dominique Booth
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection Embroidered Fringed Flower
CURVENEWYORK 10 Year Exhibition


Loulette Malva Lace Crop Top
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Va Bien star chart set
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Giapenta Bra


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Eberjey booth
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Triumph Bodysuit
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Trasparenze booth


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Simone Perele Models
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection floral set
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection Embroidered Fringed Flower detail


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection 3
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Rya Collection 2
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Panache Sports Bra


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Panache Bra
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Nudewear robes
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Nudewear robes close up


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap nudewear booth team
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Nubian Skin model
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Nubian Skin display


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Naked Princess Thongs
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Montelle
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Models


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Liviara
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Lise Charmel model
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Les Jupons de Tess panty


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Les Jupons de Tess booth
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Knicker Luxe
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Just Sexy Lingerie


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Hanro booth
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Glamory and Knicker Luxe
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Felina


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Felina cami robe set
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Escora Model
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Empreinte Booth with buyers


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Edge o Beyond
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Eberjey x Rebecca Taylor
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Derek Rose


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Curvy Couture Booth
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Charnos bra
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Changewear details


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Antigel bras
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Amoralle set
CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Va Bien booth


CURVENEWYORK FW17 Recap Triumph Models


PARFAIT Launches “Lingerie Success” Podcast Series For Retailers

Lingerie Success Podcast

PARFAIT is thrilled to announce the launch of their “Lingerie Success” podcast series, designed to help intimates retailers grow and maximize their selling success in today’s increasingly competitive retail market. Produced in-house, the weekly series features a dynamic 30-minute podcast committed to offering insight and guidance to brick & mortar lingerie boutiques and specialty shops.

The series kicked off this past week with the first episode, “Using Google to Drive Business to Your Lingerie Store.” Retailers can listen in via Soundcloud, Google Play or iTunes, and all podcast episodes are further housed online at: http://success.parfaitlingerie.com/topic/podcast.

Parfait FW17 Lingerie Collection

Above: Parfait FW17.

“We are big believers of providing value to the lingerie business community,” says Kristoffer Cardona, PARFAIT’s Marketing Manager. “After speaking with hundreds of lingerie boutiques about both challenges and successes, we decided to launch this podcast series to offer a further resource of tips, strategies and information tailored specifically to the needs and goals of the lingerie store owner.”

Keys to Success

Parfait Charlotte Bra
Committed to producing powerful yet practical information, the podcast series centers around three key target areas:

1) How to reach new shoppers and drive more foot traffic into your store
2) How to drive repeat purchase ability and increased spend over time from the same shoppers
3) How to best share your store’s success to further grow and develop a loyal customer base.

Episode topics include best marketing strategies, selling tips and tools, retail news, industry interviews and more, presented in an efficient, easy-to-digest manner adaptable to each store owner’s unique needs.

Together with PARFAIT’s recently launched in-house blog, the brand now offers a complete set of resources for both the consumer and industry – all underscored by a core mission to inspire, educate, and engage today’s no limits woman through inclusive, positive and empowering messaging.

About Parfait
Dedicated to fit and innovative styling, Parfait collections are designed in both fit and silhouette to elegantly embrace and enhance the body, from petite to full figure. Styles range from bra and brief sets to bustiers and best-selling babydolls, available in sizing from 28-44 bands, A-K cups, and XS-4XL bottoms. The Parfait woman is independent and confident, fashion forward and discerning. She pays utmost attention to fit in her bras and lingerie and wishes for stylish, comfortable, quality pieces at an accessible price point. Now women can easily add confidence and style to her lingerie wardrobe just by whipping up a little bit of “Parfait!”

A press & celebrity favorite, Parfait collections have been worn by top actresses, models & performers around the world including Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Nicki Minaj, Ashley Graham, Nicole Scherzinger, Gabrielle Union, Alicia Silverstone, British soul singer Lianne La Havas and more. Shot in a Parfait bra on the cover of Allure magazine September 2012, Vergara is quoted saying: “When I find a bra that works for me…” Parfait collections are available at retailers and e-retailers nationwide and throughout the globe. www.parfaitlingerie.com

Nina Parker Curvy Couture Collaboration

Nina Parker wearing Curvy Coutour's Tulip Lace Push-Up Bra

Nina Parker wants women to start a new bra relationship with Curvy Couture. The actress is teaming up with the full bust specialist for a month-long campaign designed to inform and inspire her fans on the importance of proper bra fit.

“I have had a really hard time my whole life finding bras that fit my nice voluptuous boobs properly…but with Curvy Couture I’ve really found bras that make me feel like I’m not even wearing a bra. And I have to hook my girls up!” explained Nina in a recent video announcing the collaboration.

Each week, the campaign features weekly doses of bra inspiration, real talk and giveaways. The hook up Nina mentioned in her video? That’s a 20% off discount code (NINA20) customers can use on the Curvy Couture site throughout the month.

“We’re encouraging everyone on social media to be part of our journey with Curvy Couture. Start your new bra relationship with Nina Parker & Curvy Couture!” added the brand’s Summer Rose. “Finding the perfect fit will change your life. Tune into every Friday for a new giveaway and be sure to use the hashtag #CurvyInspired to enter.”

Nina and Curvy Couture fans may be wondering how this collaboration got off the ground. Summer explained, that “Surprisingly, the relationship started in a very organic way. Nina reached out to us after seeing one of her girlfriends wearing a Curvy Couture Strapless Bra. After struggling with a lifetime of bra dysfunction she was stunned to see a strapless bra actually supporting a curvy girl. We sent her bras to try and the rest was history!”

Nina and Curvy Couture’s #curvyinspired message is already reaching the masses — Nina was spotted live on USA Today and featured in Modern Wellness Guide talking about the importance of boosting confidence.

Learn More about the Nina Parker Curvy Couture Collaboration

Follow Nina and Curvy Couture for the latest updates on the new campaign and visit https://curvycouture.com/pages/nina-parker for more details.

Questions about Curvy Couture?

For more information about the bras please visit, www.curvycouture.com or email summer@curvycouture.com for wholesale inquiries.

Artful Lingerie Selection

the Lingerie Selection opens its doors tomorrow (August 8, 2017)! To remind our readers about the beautiful lingerie at the show, illustrator Haley Housman shares her visions of TLS exhibitors: Etched Lingerie, Loulette Lingerie, Tyes by Tara, Uwila Warrior, Alessandra Mackenzie, the Giving Bride, Nevaeh Intimates, Suzy and Black.

(As we finished this project, a new exhibitor joined: Taryn Winters! A luxury, fit-conscious lingerie line designed out of the NY designer’s childhood ballet studios.)

The Lingerie Selection runs from August 8 – 9, 2017 at Daylight Studios in New York City (450 West 31st Street, 8th Floor) from 10am – 6pm daily.

Etched Lingerie

Etched Lingerie Illustration by Haley Houseman

Contact Details
Email: ellana@etchedwoman.com
Website: etchedwoman.com


Loulette Lingerie

Loulette Lingerie Illustration by Haley Houseman

Contact Details
Email: latimberly@loulettelingerie.com
Website: loulettelingerie.com


Tyes by Tara

tyes by tara Illustration by Haley Houseman

Contact Details

Email: tara@tyesbytara.com
Website: tyesbytara.com


Uwila Warrior

Uwila Warrior Illustration by Haley Houseman

Contact Details

Email: lisa@uwilawarrior.com
Website: uwilawarrior.com


Alessandra Mackenzie

Alessandra Mckenzie Illustration by Haley Houseman

Contact Details
Email: alessandra@alessandramackenzie.com
Website: alessandramackenzie.com


The Giving Bride


Contact Details
Email: Maggie@TheGivingBride.com
Website: thegivingbride.com


Nevaeh Intimates

Nevaeh Intimates Illustration by Haley Houseman
Contact Details
Email: melissa@nevaehintimates.com
Website: nevaehintimates.com


Suzy Black

Suzy Black Illustration by Haley Houseman
Contact Details
Email: info@thenewsuzy.com
Website: thenewsuzy.com


The Lingerie Selection Details
Dates: August 8 – 9, 2017
Location: Daylight Studios (450 West 31st Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Website: thelingerieselection.com