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Empreinte Spring/Summer 2016: Gardens in Bloom


Empreinte Pompadour in Poudré

Empreinte is one of those brands that everyone in the lingerie industry knows and loves, but that outsiders (like myself) often have a hard time getting. It was years before I was able to look beyond the ornate European lace and embroidery, and truly understand what made their bras so extraordinary. When it comes to full bust bra design, Empreinte is a master, and I'm not just talking about the aesthetics here. The fit, the shape, the quality, the support - Empreinte represents the gold standard in this niche. While there are lots of full-bust bras companies nowadays (literally more than ever before, in fact), Empreinte is still widely regarded as one of the (if not THE) best.

Yet as we've covered a few times on TLA, exceptional quality like this doesn't come cheap, and Empreinte has one of the highest price tags for a bra brand in the lingerie industry, especially for a fit-focused (as opposed to a fashion-focused) label. Many of their bras start around the $150 USD mark, with limited colorways or special editions nearing $200. However, customers unanimously agree that the brand is worth it. Nothing else works as well or lasts as long. A single Empreinte bra could easily replace 3 or 4 cheaper bras of lesser quality.

The Spring/Summer collection pays tribute to the flower gardens of Versailles with bloom imagery throughout, often in delicate shades of blush, rose, and berry. The Melody Seamless Lace Bra, Empreinte's flagship style, is a standout this season in beautiful gold-tinged Chantilly lace while the Hanae range is inspired by the delicate cherry blossoms of spring. The deep suspender belt in this range shows off Hanae's elegant lace and embroidery to full effect; I can't help but think this will be a popular item for wedding season.

Lilly Rose picks up on this year's jacquard trend, while the silver-laminated embroidery trim adds a truly decadent touch. Contrast this with the Grace collection which is almost refreshing in its simplicity, and utilizes a gorgeous floral Leavers lace to give support without adding bulk. Finally, the Pompadour range, with its ornate lace and embroidery seems directly influenced by the court of Versailles; the tightly focused opulence displayed here seems to be casting an eye back to when ladies of the French court set the tone on fashion for the rest of the European world.

Do you have any thoughts about Empreinte as a brand or their latest collection? Is this a label you've tried before? And, if so, what did you think of the fit and quality?


Empreinte Lilly Rose in Argent


Empreinte Hanae in Blanc


Empreinte Hanae in Blanc


Empreinte Hanae in Cerisier (Cherry Tree)


Empreinte Grace in Smoothie


Empreinte Melody in Gold


Empreinte Elsa in Blanc


Empreinte Elsa in Petale


Empreinte Pompadour in Noir


Empreinte Pompadour in Noir


Empreinte Pompadour in Ciel


Empreinte Thalia in Pacific


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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

3 Comments on this post

  1. Nicole W. says:

    I discovered Empreinte fairly recently, but am head over heels for the brand. When I first tried it, the fitter only showed me their full-cup styles. While the bras themselves were comfortable and beautiful, I didn’t like the way they made me look, so I gave them a pass (their shoulder straps tend to be fairly wide, too, which gave me pause at the time). A few months later, I came across one of their balconettes on clearance, and decided to give it another try. It was a completely different experience – same comfort and beauty, combined with the perfect shape!

    I’ve since picked up several more of their balconettes, and have more or less stopped wearing any of my other bras (mostly Panache, Cleo, and Prima Donna). I am a 32G/32GG/34G depending on brand and style, and a perfect 32G in Empreinte, which fits better than anything else I’ve tried. The fabrics and detailing are beautiful and I absolutely love the fact that they’re unlined. The materials are also strong and soft, so I feel comfortable wearing them all day. And while the style isn’t for everyone, there is a pretty good range, especially if you include some of the older lines.

    While I would certainly love it if they were less expensive (I usually wear matching sets, and the price of the panties kills me each time), I do feel that you get what you pay for, especially if you tend to be sized out of the higher end of the market.

  2. SamConover says:

    I absolutely love this brand, both personally and as a bra fitter. The materials and construction are worth the price. And I’m really keen on a lot of their innovative fabrics and construction techniques: their seamless bras are woven in such a way to lift the breasts up and in, it’s almost as if they have invisible seams.

    However, I do wish Empreinte would take a risk and expand their size range a little. I know they have the technical know-how! Their balconette cup only goes to a G. Expanding to an H cup in just one style would be spectacular! There are many customers slightly outside the size range who want to buy these bras!

  3. Lee Rivers says:

    I’ve gone to several boutiques where I’ve tried Empriente and tended to find the designs pretty but a bit more ornate than I wanted. I’m also technically not in the size range, but the fitters tended to bring me their larger bras anyway, hoping they’d fit. I wasn’t sure whether to be cynical about this since the stores didn’t have anything in the same price range in my size.
    Everyone I know who fits into an Empriente bra and likes the styling raves about the fit and durability, though!

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