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Disclosure: This lingerie was purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. It seems to be a milestone in most lingerie designer’s lives: counterfeit versions of their designs appearing on websites like AliExpress and eBay. I first noticed these at the start of my design career. My strappy harnesses and frame bras appeared on these websites with alarming frequency. Whilst one could argue these were generic designs in […]

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I hold the firm but controversial belief that no design is truly original. At least not in the world of lingerie: designers don’t live in a vacuum and they all face influences, whether it’s consciously or not. Inspiration can come from almost any source, be it the haute couture catwalks or historical costume. More often than you’d expect, it’s purely a matter of zeitgeist that sees a swathe of labels […]

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I’ve noticed a pretty disturbing trend in the lingerie world right now: that of entitlement. There’s an awful lot of people out there who really seem to believe they unquestionably deserve luxury lingerie. Paying for it seems to be another matter entirely, whether that means paying what the individual believes to be a ‘fair’ price or getting the piece for free. Clickbait headline aside, I genuinely believe that the sense […]

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Has there ever been a more controversial subject in the fashion industry than this one? No matter your opinion on knock-offs, cheap copies of luxury goods are here to stay. After all, if there’s a market for people who want expensive items for lower prices (and there definitely is), there’s going to be a company willing to cater to that market. Some of these knock-offs are outright counterfeits and forgeries […]

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I was flipping through the latest issue of Essence Magazine this morning when I ran across this shocking ad: My first thought was “Wow! Marlies Dekkers is advertising in Essence. That’s new.” Then I looked at the opposite page and saw the following text “Cacique: Exclusively at Lane Bryant.” Whoa. Wait. Seriously? Now I’m not naive. I know copying happens all the time in the fashion industry. In fact, it’s […]

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