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As a lingerie designer, people often tell me my work sounds like a ‘dream job.’ An aura of fantasy and glamour surrounds the fashion industry. However, the reality is lingerie design can be pretty boring most of the time, with very little creativity involved at all.

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As a part-time lingerie boutique sales associate, I help all kinds of gift-givers: from the people who straight up say they don’t care if the receiver likes it to the people who want extra gift receipts just in case the color is 10% too blue. However, I spend most of my time helping people buy things for themselves. This means I’ve gotten pretty good at looking at lingerie gift-giving from […]

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Uye Surana is an independent brand from NYC with a commitment to ethical manufacturing, supportive bralets and gorgeous textiles. Their products are all sewn in-house in small quantities, and Surana’s designs offer a refreshing take on the overdone strappy trend. Delicate lace trims and plays on transparency/opacity make the aesthetic look fresh and appealing. The brand also has some gorgeous colourways and textiles on offer (including hand-floral-dyed silk). I’ve been wanting to try Uye Surana for a while, so felt pretty lucky when I offered some of their products to review. I chose the Claire bralet, panty and a Deep-V Layering cami.

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My love for indie designer On the Inside‘s Elise Olson is pretty much boundless. I’ve waxed rhapsodic about her work before in my article on lingerie for trans women (On the Inside’s knickers are absurdly comfy and provide amazing coverage in addition to being really pretty). Getting to wear the tragically discontinued Bold Calla set in the Bluestockings photo shoot last year was part of why I started getting really […]

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I’ve been in the lingerie for around five years now; it’s not long in the grand scheme of things, but it means that I have seen A LOT of lingerie. As time’s gone by, I’ve found myself getting less and less excited by contemporary design.  Capitalism demands that garments ultimately sell, so designers naturally face certain limitations in the materials, patterns and embellishments that they can use. It’s just the […]

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