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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links.   It’s amazing how much plus size swimwear options have changed in a relatively short period of time. A few years ago, most plus size swimwear options were bland one pieces or tankinis, with no attempt to even approach the vast variety of style or attention to detail given to swimwear in straight sizes. In just a few years, we now have a […]

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As you may have guessed, lingerie market is an incredibly busy time of year. Between attending Curve (the major lingerie tradeshow), visiting ateliers, and going to all the meetups (such as the one TLA hosted last season for POC and LGBTQIA lingerie professionals), the week is packed solid. Every year, there are brands I miss out on because there’s just too much to see at once, but this year I […]

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While the intimate apparel industry is built on functionality and practicality, my favorite kind of lingerie always has an element of the fantastical. Whether we’re talking operatic dressing gowns or sci-fi inspired bustiers, I love lingerie that tells a story. Years ago, before the bondage trend and the bralette trend, brands were all about the pinup trend. Inspired by women like Dita Von Teese, retailers tripped over themselves to offer […]

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It’s happening again. That thing where I can’t stop thinking about a particular lingerie set. Where it fills up my thoughts and my dreams and makes me obsessively check my budget, wondering if this is the day I move forward and commit…or do I dare to wait just a little while longer? Truth be told, there are two reasons behind my hesitation. One, I’ve never purchased anything from Uye Surana […]

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It’s been a month or since this season’s CurveNY, and I’ve honestly been struggling with if I should even write a trend report this year. Last season, I mentioned how the New York tradeshow isn’t really the place to see what’s new and exciting in the lingerie world. Yes, it is definitely the place to get a sneak peek at what’s coming up in stores and boutiques (which is still […]

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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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  A few weeks ago, I had the incredible honor and privilege of being invited to Paris by Promosalons, the global network of French tradeshows, to visit some of their flagship exhibitions including Maison & Objet, Mode Who’s Next, Bijorhca, and, of course, the Salon International de la Lingerie. Along with a delegation of journalists from the U.S., Korea, China, and Japan, I was taken on a whirlwind tour of […]

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Though I can’t sew for anything, one of my hobbies when I really need to decompress and unwind is embroidery. I’m not even slightly good at it yet (my brain has this annoying habit of forgetting everything I’ve learned if I go more than a day or two without practice on a more complicated stitch), but it feels very meditative to me. My mind slips into this weird state between […]

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To be totally honest, I’m not quite sure where to begin with this year’s second lingerie trend report. I’ve been sitting on these notes for months, trying to unravel my thoughts and decide what to say… or, to be more specific, how to say it. As TLA has already covered several times this year, the lingerie industry is undergoing some tremendous changes, and certain tensions or issues are finally showing […]

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It’s time for another round of corset tidbits! In May, I did my first “Lace-Up” of innovative corsetry designs and news. This month I have some more gorgeous corsets to show you, as well as some major news about the world’s most famous corsetmaker… Corset fans have likely seen the progression of Purdy‘s exquisitely beaded ventilated corsets. At long last, we have the chance to see one on a model, […]

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