A couple of years ago, I wrote an article on black-owned lingerie brands and it became one of TLA’s most popular articles to-date. Despite what many business experts or industry authorities have to say about the importance of “neutral” or “colorblind” companies, it turns out many people want to support underrepresented or marginalized designers. This is especially when these brands respond to a need the larger intimate apparel industry has neglected for decades.
When I saw JBC Lingerie’s new lookbook, “DAD I’M GOING OUT,” pop up on my timeline, I was in awe. I saw models in a range of shapes and sizes all sporting badass lingerie and an IDGAF attitude. JBC Lingerie tapped into a level of inclusion rarely seen in lingerie.
I’m not sure how I heard first heard of Nettle’s Tale. Maybe on Twitter. Or perhaps Bustle. All I know is that I’ve had them bookmarked for a little while as an example of a company doing this inclusivity thing right. Made in Vancouver, BC, Nettle’s Tale has an appropriately Pacific Northwest mood. Super chill. Very casual. Completely unstructured. While I sometimes like to imagine myself as a glamorous poolside […]
Nubian Skin’s 2014 debut was a watershed moment for the lingerie industry. After years of campaigns like “What’s Your Nude?” being ignored (if not outright mocked), here was a lingerie brand created by a woman of color for other women of color. And the response was explosive. Not only was Nubian Skin featured in O Magazine, Ebony, Self, and Allure (not to mention MTV, The Los Angeles Times, Elle, and […]
I wrote this article a week or so ago, but decided against publishing it. Then I thought about it more and decided this article needed to be published, but also that I should explain why I was so hesitant in the first place. And so here we are a with a blog post that’s somewhat meta and rather inconclusive, but hopefully shines a light on what seems to be a […]