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Loveday London made a major splash when it first launched in 2014. From their debut collection, the brand’s aesthetic was developed and iconic. Their tagline, ‘Hardcore Romance,’ captured the label’s trademark pairing of harsh leather with soft laces, silks and embroideries. Loveday London’s imagery also evokes a lush and opulent lifestyle, with the lingerie styled alongside their coordinating product ranges of cushions, blankets and candles.

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One of my first lingerie shopping experiences was at Kaori’s Closet Tokyo in NYC. A sweet little boutique on Houston, Kaori’s Closet offered fancifully-decorated Japanese lingerie, otherwise unavailable in the US, and pretty loungewear from international indie lines. With bras covered in engineered floral embroidery, 3D lace appliques, textured elastics, and perfectly-placed rhinestones, the shop was overtly girly and definitely over the top.

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Fleur Du Mal is the brainchild of ex-Kiki De Montparnasse designer, Jennifer Zuccarini. The lifestyle brand offers a range of lingerie, loungewear, corsetry, swimwear, clothing and accessories. Launched in 2012, the brand now has an impressive range of stockists (including Net-A-Porter, Saks & Selfridges) and intends to open a physical store this year, presumably in the USA.

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Atusko Kudo is one of the best known names in latex fashion. You could certainly argue she’s one of the designers responsible for bridging the divide between latex as fetishwear and latex as mainstream fashion. She’s dressed countless celebrities (including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian) and is stocked by some of the most prestigious luxury retailers in the world.

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Six years ago, I moved from the landlocked Midwest to a city on the ocean and never looked back. I try to make it to the beach every week in the summer (salt water is the cure for everything, as they say). As such, I have amassed a small collection of swimsuits. So many people hate swimsuit shopping, but I love it, especially since discovering swimwear that actually fits me. Seriously, full bust swimwear is a life changer. I’ve stopped buying non-cup-sized bikinis entirely. Nothing is worse than trying on an XL bikini top, only to find the band is too big and the cups are still too small. Well-fitting swimwear is like cute lingerie that’s socially-acceptable to wear outside. In other words, it’s the best.

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