Millesia Lingerie – Autumn/Winter 2014-2015

Editor’s Note: This post contains nudity.


Millesia is a relatively new brand on the TLA radar. I first caught site of them on the website of the European lingerie megastore Cazar, but lately, they’ve been appearing stateside too, primarily on sample sale sites like MyHabit, Gilt, and Ideeli. Recently, Revival Brands, a lingerie distributor out of New York (that company also handles US distribution of the Italian hosiery label Philippe Matignon) added Millesia to their stable of brands. With that new development, I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more of this label in the upcoming months (already, my fave local boutique, BelleFleur, has started stocking this brand).

Unlike many of the more famous French lingerie brands (Simone Perele, Cadolle, Aubade, Lejaby, and Scandale), Millesia was founded relatively recently. This year, they’re only celebrating their tenth anniversary. Generally, I’m always a fan of newcomers to the market; I think it helps the industry to stay creative, relevant, and fresh. I really enjoy Millesia’s use of laces, and the variety of bra cuts and styles they offer. Like that other European company, La Perla, Millesia has multiple ranges, and this blog post only shows a fraction of what’s actually available.

Favorite looks for me include the quarter cup frame bra below, and the red polka dot waist cincher a bit further down. In terms of what I’d be most likely to wear on a daily basis though, the bra above is perfect. In the midst of such a terrible winter, I think we all deserve something a little extra special under those heavy sweaters and coats.

What do you think of Millesia? And if you’ve tried this brand before, how was the fit and quality?
















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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

22 Comments on this post

  1. Henry says:

    I love the pictures, it is so… French ?

    • Cora Cora says:

      Yes, it is! It’s interesting to me how different countries have their own photographic style, though sometimes I wonder if that’s just me because I look at so much lingerie all day.

  2. Rachel says:

    The collection doesn’t really speak to me. Thick lace embroidery on bras/panties turns me off. Though, I love the strappy sides of the purple bra in the middle picture.

    • Thursday says:

      This is my feeling, too – I am generally not a fan of the heavy, embroidered laces used here for lingerie pieces. They give the pieces a thick, dense look that I personally don’t go for. The blue and red sets with the ribbon lacing insertion in the bra wings have a much more appealing look to me – not opulent or luxurious, but a nice every day kind of feminine.

      • Cora Cora says:

        Historically (as in my own personal, lingerie history), I haven’t really been into embroidery, but lately I’ve noticed it more and more and I quite like it. I don’t know how popular a brand like this would be stateside though…especially since the typical American consumer loves her no-show t-shirt bras in beige.

    • Cora Cora says:

      That’s a really interesting detail to me! Aesthetically, it’s quite nice, but technically, I wonder if and how it compromises the band. It seems like the kind of style that would not work well at all with a full bust customer who requires a solid band for support.

  3. Evija says:

    Oh dear, I’ve seen so many tacky bras with “corset”, that is criss-cross ribbon detailing that I’ve lost faith it could be featured in anything that doesn’t look trashy/tacky/the like. Sadly this is no exception, but it may be my personal quirk.
    Also, I’m out of their size range, and it got me thinking is there any point in featuring bras that only go up to a D? Sure, a lot of people are within that range, then again, a lot of them are not. Doesn’t mean I don’t like seeing pretty lingerie, but still – it’s so frustrating!

    • Cora Cora says:

      Hmmm…while neither of the points I am about to make my apply to this brand specifically, I disagree with the notion that it’s only worthwhile to talk about brands that make a D cup and up (a sentiment that’s becoming more and more common in certain parts of the lingerie blogosphere). One, there are brands doing interesting work that’s worth featuring, and they may focus on smaller cup sizes (like A or B cups), and I think women at that end of the size spectrum deserve to know their options and what lingerie is available in their size too. Especially since the vast majority of the lingerie blogging community only talks about full bust sizes. Two, many indie brands are not able, either through lack of resources (such as funds) or technical ability to make bras that can support a full bust (DD cup and above), and I think independent designers are absolutely worth supporting.

      I can definitely understand that it’s frustrating to see items that aren’t available in your size, but to illustrate, I wear a size 11N shoe (a hard to find size here in the U.S.), and while it sometimes it frustrates me that my favorite blogs and magazines only talk about shoes that go up to a size 10, I don’t think it’s useless or pointless simply because it doesn’t apply to me. Sometimes I’m exposed to a trend or style I want to keep in mind, even if a specific brand doesn’t make that trend or style for me.

      • Evija says:

        You do make some really good points here. Then again, a lot of high-end bras don’t even cater to A cups, like Agent Provocateur – and it’s obviously not for a lack of funds! It is just so annoying that brands put an image of who they want their customer to be, in this case, a B-D cup, which is a very narrow range, and I just don’t think it corresponds to the average woman today.
        What I mean is it’s understandable in smaller brands, but DD isn’t even what I’d call a full bust, and many lingerie brands go up to DD, so why can’t fancy people do it?
        Having said all this, I wouldn’t want TLA to become another place that’s focused on DD+ gals, there’s much too many than necessary already out there, but hmm, maybe a possible tip would be to include the approximate sizing in the post itself? Save people the frustration of scrolling through beautiful lingerie just to find out it goes just up to a D :)

        • Cora Cora says:

          Oh no doubt, there is definitely an aspirational element to a lot of brands (especially luxury brands) that has nothing to do with either point I mentioned. It’s like how I can understand why one brand might only use white models (she’s an indie with no budget and her models happen to be friends who had free time when she needed them), but it doesn’t explain why most brands only use white models.

          While I won’t speak to the “average” woman (America and Europe’s average, which is what most people focus on, may be not be China or India’s average and in addition, the “averages” people get tend to be skewed in a variety of ways), I think it’s also worth remembering that lingerie brands who make a wide size range (say A-G cups) still sell most of their bras in the B-D range. So if a brand, especially a fashion brand, is wanting to make a lot of money very quickly (and who wouldn’t?), it does make financial sense from their perspective to focus efforts on the sector of the market that 1) sells the most/has the highest turnover rate and 2) isn’t as concerned with fit as, say, the G cup market.

          Anyway! I do think your suggestion to include size ranges is a good one. I do usually try to do that; I think I was just so jet-lagged while writing this, I forgot. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

  4. Estelle says:

    Oo I’d never heard of this brand before, but I LOVE it! Just a shame their sizing is quite limited or else I’d be buying the Lolita set right now :)

  5. paige says:

    Thanks Cora

    i too just recently came across this brand myself. they have some wonderful stuff it seems.

    I at first love the lace that they use, but as pointed out by another commenter, the heavy lace is something that i have found a little annoying when wearing a thinner top, the pattern shows through, and depending on that pattern it could look messy.

    the Quarter cup bra caught my attention the most, but sadly they do not go to a size 36DD/E.

    finding such a bra in that size has proven to be very difficult. If you’ve got a list of quarter cup bra’s available in D+ sizes. I’m sure there are many of us out there (in north amarica at least) that would love to find them.

  6. Udel says:

    I have the first bra pictured, only in the balconette style, and I can say that this bra is not only beautiful, but comfortable (you forget you’re wearing it), and fits true to size (I’m 32DD).

  7. Chris says:

    I am looking to find somewhere that sells Millesia in the US as a Christmas gift for my wife. Where is your boutique Bellefleur? Is it in Canada or France? Thanks for any input you have!

    • Cora Cora says:

      It’s in Seattle, and you’d need to call them to get a sense of their current stock. They also have an US-based retail store you can purchase from.

  8. new guy says:

    I have a question. Would something from the old line like 2013 be available anywhere? Some of those styles are very creative. Also, could you recommend any brands similar to Millesia? Thanks

    • Cora Cora says:

      Hi, the best thing to do would be to check the distributors website (it’s the first link in this article). They have a webstore, and they would also know who, if anyone, still has the lines you’re looking for in stock. Regarding items similar to Millesia, check European-focused lingerie retailers like Nancy Meyer and Cazar.

      • new guy says:

        thanks Cora. Whats weird is that their website has bits from 2012-2014 but none of their new line. I asked them but no response. Maybe they don’t have it yet. Anyway, thanks again.

  9. newguy says:

    so I got some answers regarding the brand and distribution. I don’t want to make it public on here, however. How can I send you a PM or email?

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