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Toru and Naoko: SS15 Wild Young Hearts

Some images in this post are NSWF.

Toru and Noako Cora set

Toru and Noako is a new Chilean brand that launched earlier this year. Since then we've been smitten with their strappy bralettes and wrap around bras that are reminiscent of the famous Kestos bralette of the 1930s.

There is definitely a vintage vibe in this small, handmade label, though the silhouettes have been modernized to feel entirely new and fresh. Toru and Noako's Spring/Summer collection is titled 'Wild Young Hearts' and the pieces reflect the carefree attitude and uninhibited spirit of being on a romantic vacation.

Simple silhouettes wrap around the body with ease, with comfortable stretch fabrics made special with unexpected details like little stars, bows, and hearts.

Toru and Naoko Julia

While the line is certainly feminine, it doesn't try too hard. In fact, with strapping details and cutouts these pieces are quite architectural, making them a good choice for the tomboy crowd that wants something beautiful without being too fussy.

Their white Kumiko set is one of the featured items on our Holiday Lingerie Shopping Guide, with its pretty lace mesh, adjustable harness straps, and open back details. This is lingerie that is both dainty and edgy, a rare combination with tons of personality.

Bralettes receive their shaping with darts or seaming, with wrapped styles providing extra lift. The Julia soft bra has clever seaming detail along the halter cups that continues linearly to the plush elastic strapping that crosses in the front of the body. The natural silhouette and center ring of this style has a bit of a 70s feel, don't you think?

Toru and Naoko Kumiko Bra

The stretch fabrics of this collection are really lovely, especially the botanical devoré which is a floral burnout fabric that makes it look as if flowers are sitting on top of the skin. The lace mesh pieces with bows and little dots have sweet 1950s charm, especially when crafted in a high-waist brief. Such a cute, flirty look to pair with skirts.

As is often the case with debut collections of small, independent brands, there were a few quality control issues that were noted in our review of the Kelly set. Here is hoping that as the brand continues to grow and refine its operations that these issues will continue to resolve themselves because Toru and Naoko has a unique point of view that is really fresh and exciting.

All pieces are handmade in a small studio in Chile, so allow about two weeks for your item to be created just for you. The collection is sized XS-XXL, though made to measure services are available for a small additional fee. Orders are accepted through Toru and Naoko's website or Etsy store.

Toru and Naoko Kumiko set toru-and-naoko-kumiko-set Toru and Naoko Julia set Toru and Naoko Kumiko set back Toru and Naoko star bra Toru and Naoko 1 Toru and Naoko Kelly Set Toru and Naoko Paris set Toru and Naoko 2 Toru and Naoko Cassia set Toru and Naoko Cassia Panties Toru and Noako Mimi set

What do you think of Toru and Naoko's SS15 collection? Are you a fan of strappy, unstructured styles? Which is your favorite look?



Laurie Shapiro

Laurie Shapiro is the former owner and designer of the luxury lingerie label, Toad Lillie. Based in Seattle, WA, she now helps lingerie businesses engage their customers through brand communications and social media.

5 Comments on this post

  1. Christine Scott says:

    Surprised that you barely mentioned the panties. They are gorgeous.

  2. Claudia says:

    Being Chilean-American myself, I was overjoyed to see this. It is a gorgeous collection! The Kelly wrap bra and Cassia bralette are two of my favorites.

  3. Rocky Swift says:

    I am really impressed with the collection, so stylish but yet so revealing. Definitely vintage but sexy at the same time.

    However, I wonder if the fabric is so transparent and thin, is it ok to wash with the washing machine or manually by hand ? What do you think ?

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Rocky, It says on Toru and Naoko’s website that items should be hand washed, which is often the case with intimates crafted of delicate fabrics. I’m glad you liked the post!

  4. Camila says:

    Thanks Laurie for the lovely feature! And thanks to all of TLA for always supporting independent labels like mine. You are the best!

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