It’s not going to shock anyone when I say this, but I have a pretty extensive lingerie collection. While some of my purchases do wind up on TLA as lingerie reviews (speaking of which, I plan to get back to doing those soon), the vast majority of what I buy never makes it onto the blog. Rather, I just add it to my general lingerie body of knowledge. That way, when a reader asks me about the fit or quality or customer service of a particular brand or store, I have a well-informed answer to give.
Still, despite my gallery of intimates (yes, I’m referring to my underwear like a museum collection), there are a few brands I’ve not yet managed to get my hands on. While there are, of course, dozens I want to try, the five names in this article are the ones I’m most looking forward to sampling in 2015.
I’ve had my eye on Alexandrea Anissa for a few seasons now. While the label does specialize in fairly unstructured garments, like bralettes, there’s just something I find very viscerally exciting about this new, indie designer. I see these pieces, and I instantly want them…which is something I cannot say for every lingerie brand. Alexandrea Anissa also produced one of my favorite lookbooks of 2014. I’m excited to see where this label goes; I believe they have that “it” factor.
Paloma Casile is a French lingerie designer that I honestly don’t hear much about. I see the brand’s work often (mostly because I follow them on Instagram), but they’re a rather quiet label. Despite their under-the-radar approach to marketing, I’m ecstatic that several high-end lingerie boutiques already carry this brand – notably Jane’s Vanity and Nancy Meyer. Paloma Casile’s airy emphasis on lace pushes all the right buttons for me. There’s something I find very classic, yet also very approachable about their body of work. I tend not to be obsessed with French lingerie companies, but I’m very much looking forward to trying at least one piece from Paloma Casile soon.
While I’m on the subject of luxury lingerie, let’s go ahead and talk about Carine Gilson. Carine Gilson is the most established brand on this list, both in terms of industry longevity and name familiarity. Their work is world-renowned for fitting the highest standards of true luxury lingerie, and their pieces use construction techniques that have been all but phased out of the typical lingerie brand. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a single Carine Gilson piece I didn’t like. This is a designer that almost everyone agrees is one of the best in the world. And, for the first time since I’ve started blogging about lingerie, I feel like I’m knowledgeable enough to truly appreciate their work.
La Lilouche is an indie designer we’ve been talking about for years on TLA, and I’ve been a solid fan of their innovative designers for just as long. But I think this year is the year I finally commit to buying something. It’s very exciting to watch designers I’ve known since the very beginning grow and change and develop their unique brand voice, and La Lilouche has a very individualized perspective I don’t see from any other label. I have roughly six La Lilouche items saved to my favorites on Etsy right now, and I think it’s time to buy at least one.
Ewa Michalak is the darling of the full bust community, and is perhaps best known for customizing bras in hard-to-find band sizes like 26 and 28. They’re also famous for their exceptionally size-diverse group of models (showing how the product varies on different body types), and for passionately standing up in their own defense when they feel certain customer complaints are unfair (which can be a shock, particularly if you’re used to American-style “the customer is always right” service) Though I’ve known about Ewa Michalak for awhile now, I just haven’t bitten the metaphorical bullet and tried a set. Yet I’ve been visiting their site more often lately, and I’m ready to to see what everyone else is raving about.
Are they any lingerie brands you’re especially excited about trying this year? I’d love to hear! Please share them in the comments.