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BRAS & BRIEFS WITH BENEFITS

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The lingerie industry is much more than Victoria's Secret, Agent Provocateur and La Perla. Beyond the big name corporations there are thousands of small brands, designers and companies working to change the intimate apparel industry. More and more companies are flexing their economical, political, environmental and social consciousness by offering women much more than just bras and briefs by using their profits to further benefit women. Scroll down to view a few of these companies making a difference....

 

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BEHIND BRAS

 A social enterprise creating beautiful lingerie to support women as they transition from prison to find meaningful employment in the fashion, retail and creative industries. Did you know less than 10% of women who leave prison find a job? This brand believes every woman deserves a second chance and 100% of profits from each bra goes straight back into BehindBras to help and support women in prison to find meaningful employment when they leave. 

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BLUEBELLA

Bluebella believes public workers deserve luxurious and desirable lingerie too. At great prices. So they have joined with Heart Cart to offer a special discounts for public workers. Anyone working in the NHS, armed forces, local government, police or fire service in the UK can get 15% off any order at Bluebella.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP

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THE PANTS PROJECT

Helping women feel strong and beautiful through the power of pants, no matter what fertility issues they're facing. Launched in December 2016, the Pants Project sources beautiful lingerie from all over the world with a percentage of the profits from each pair sold goes towards Fertility Network UK, the UK's leading national patient fertility charity. Their goal is to raise funds and awareness for those with fertility issues- whatever they might be. Since launching they have hosted a Valentines Pants Party Auction, selling stunning and unique knickers by top UK lingerie designers, an online auction and have raised 5K and plenty of exposure for the charity.

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NAJA

Naja is Columbian lingerie label changing the way women shop for lingerie as well as changing the industry as a whole through the company's dedication to changing women's lives. Naja's garment factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. At Naja, they've implemented flexible work policies that make it easier for women to balance work and childcare. Every child of a Naja garment worker recieves books, school supplies, uniforms and all school meals paid by Naja.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE 

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SMALLS FOR ALL

Smalls for All is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. The company helps those living in orphanages, slums, IDP camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. Additionally they have also established an education programme to support some of the poorest children by helping them to gain access to education.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

The New Year Resolution

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Happy New Year!

This year we've made the decision to boycott the usual New Year's resolutions. There will be no lengthy lists of demoralising "New Year, New You" goals. Instead we have opted for just one resolution - To educate ourselves on our breasts.

2016 was a great year for #body-positivity and #self-love and we hope 2017 is the year more women than ever get professionally fitted... or learn to do it at home.

It is just one fairly straight-forward task that will make you feel better, look better and won't cost you a penny.

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It is often cited that an incredible 80% of women wear the wrong sized bra and many more women put up with a bra that doesn’t suit their shape or style.

If you're in London, why not treat yourself to a trip to the Selfridges Body Studio or the legendary Rigby & Peller.

Rigby & Peller is a veteran in this arena, providing exemplary customer service since 1939. The stores are reported to mirror a luxury bridal boutique in their level of service, with their plush fitting rooms, satin robes and professional styling advice over a glass of prosecco. In the last few years, Rigby and Peller has also introduced made-to-measure technology into some of its stores. Its 3D mirror scans the upper body, recording over 140 measurements in less than a minute to determine a woman’s bra size.

If not, there is an array of great lingerie boutiques worldwide that offer professional fitting services. Or you can teach yourself to do it at home.

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FIT ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

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BREAST SHAPES

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BRATABASE

a community of bra bloggers and fit reviews

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THE ONLINE FITTING CHALLENGE

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WILL THIS BRA FIT APP CHANGE EVERYTHING?

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BRA BAND PROJECT

this site aims to raise awareness about what properly-fitting bra sizes look like in “real life”, as well as demonstrate the variety of shapes and body types throughout (and within) each size

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BRA FITTING 101

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Modern Miracle

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING & MAKEUP: LINGERIE LA FEMME

MODEL: JESS @ 12+ UK


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If you've ever felt the slightest bit insecure about your 'bikini body' - chances are you've heard of the Miraclesuit. It's the shaping swimsuit with the cringe-worthy tagline "Look 10lbs Lighter in 10 Seconds".

But once you get past the questionable marketing you'll find a vast array of swimsuits that are pretty amazing and engineered like no other swimwear in the world. These beauties are the swimsuit equivalent of the Hervé Léger Bandage Bodycon dress. They look good on EVERYONE - they flatter, shape and streamline your silhouette regardless of size.

Each swimsuit is crafted with their exclusive Miratex fabric and you can tell by the weight and feel of the fabric that it's good quality. Even their simplest designs are complex with multiple seams, intricate details and a variety of techniques and finishes used. And they are especially good you're above a C cup and looking for a one-piece that doesn't have your boobs spilling out left, right and centre.

Their SS16 collection incorporates some of this season's biggest fashion trends - asymmetry, lace-up detail, tie dye and strapless.


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LA VIE EN LINGERIE : JADA SEZER

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Jada is an incredibly popular plus-size model with 30K Instagram followers. She starred in the well known 'Curves Illustrated' shoot for SwimsuitsForAll and in her spare time runs her own blog and gives speeches on empowerment. Here Jada shares her style, her inspirations and her penchant for Parkour...

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Hi Jada, tell me about yourself:

I'm 25 and from London. I'm a full-time model with Models 1 and I was the face of London's first ever plus-size fashion show.  I've been working in New York for the past year but I'm back in London for a while. I wanted to spend some time with my family and I'm looking forward to doing some Parkour. There is a centre I go to in Greenwich, its incredible fun and such a great workout!

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How would you describe your style?

Contemporary elegance with a rock and roll edge. For me it is all about the fit. My favourite designers are Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. J-brand also produce some great wardrobe staples. Although at the moment I'm mostly just wearing my Nike trainers, some sports leggings, a simple top and a leather jacket.

 

Would you say your lingerie fits into that style?

My lingerie doesn't tend to fit in with my everyday aesthetic. I love black and sexier lingerie. I wear a lot of La Perla, Pour Moi? and Boux Avenue. My lingerie style is more of a classic sexy look. I would prefer to buy edgier lingerie but it's so hard to find any brands like that in my size.

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And how about your swimwear?

I have to admit finding swimwear to my taste is quite hard to find. My favourite bikini is a Pour Moi black halterneck with tie side bikini bottoms.

 

Do you have a favourite set of lingerie?

My Boux Avenue bodysuit, its gives me an amazing silhouette! I love the moulded cups and it really pulls in my waist. My dream set of lingerie would be something strappy, sexy but still supportive. It would be innovative and push design boundaries.

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How do you feel about your body image?

Like every girl I have my hang-up days but I try to listen to my body. You've got to learn to fall in love with your body without feeling the need to conform to anybody else's standards. I think it's great that there seems to be a plus-size trend at the moment, plus-size models are booking the bigger jobs and gaining quite a lot of followers. It's expanding awareness of the media's restrictive beauty standards. When I was growing up there where hardly any plus-size stores, lines or celebrities I could relate to - Now there are so are many plus-size models out there, all different shapes and sizes. It's something I'm really passionate about, in my spare time I give talks at Hubdot events to empower women.

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What do you think makes a woman sexy?

Great underwear of course. And a well suited style - knowing how to dress... If you know how to dress yourself well it showing that you appreciate and understand your body.

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Do you have a favourite quote?

"Be yourself because everybody else is taken".

 

And 3 things you couldn't live without?

Family. My phone. Chocolate.

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ASHLEY GRAHAM | CHARNOS |POUR MOI?


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PRIMA DONNA BRA & KNICKERS | DOLCE & GABBANA SLIP DRESS | ELOMI MOULDED BRA & KNICKERS


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POUR MOI? BRA & KNICKERS | VERPASS BLACK SLIP | GOSSARD BRA & KNICKERS


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Sensualité

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

HAIR/ MAKE-UP: RAENAH KROBO-EDUSEI

MODEL: KATIE M @ MILK MODEL MANAGEMENT 


Following on from the previous article, Our editorial 'Sensualité' introduces the most luxurious and covetable lingerie available to the larger-cup consumer. All these seductive and sophisticated sets offer support without sacrificing sensuality...

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Lingerie-la-femme-larger-cup-lingerie-plus-size-model-kate-m-milk-models-playful-promises-02PLAYFUL PROMISES -  BALCONETTE BRA | QUATER CUP BRA | SUSPENDER | KNICKERS | STOCKINGS

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HARLOW & FOX - BRA | SUSPENDER | KNICKERS

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FANTASIE - STRAPLESS BRA | SUSPENDER | KNICKERS

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ALL UNDONE - BRA | KNICKERS

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HARLOW & FOX - KIMONO | BRA | SUSPENDER | KNICKERS

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Larger Cup Lingerie

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For a long time larger-cup brands have seemed to lack labido. With campaigns full of bubblegum bright colours, smiling faces and theatrical displays of girls 'having fun'....It's no wonder that until recently I had never bought a set.

As a 34DD, I have been lucky to be able to shop at both straight size and larger-cup brands. My personal taste is minimal and mostly black, but when it comes to my lingerie I want to invest in luxurious, innovative and, most of all, sexy pieces.

Only a couple of years ago when browsing through the most popular larger-cup lingerie sites I noticed the distinctive lack of suspender belts, lace or anything that took my fancy. Ok - the bras were supposed to be comfortable. And the fit was supposed to be amazing... but where was the sex appeal (and on occasion, taste)?

 

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Granted people buy lingerie for many different reasons - maybe a lot of women want bright, floral, overly - cutesy everyday lingerie? Just not me. The knickers appeared to be an afterthought with very little detail - and maybe a bow or two stuck on for good measure. It was too bright, too girly and sometimes too garish. There was such a particular lack of ANY sexier ranges it was hard not to feel disappointed.

So for a couple more years I continued to shun larger-cup brands, opting for the likes of Agent Provocateur, Myla and independent brands that catered to women above a C cup. The lace was more alluring, the suspender belts increasing more intricate and the detail unrivalled.

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However in 2015 things are changing in larger cup lingerie market. Brands, designers and ranges are surfacing that I can finally get excited about. As I've mentioned before Adina Reay is a brand to look out for in 2015, the detail, suspenders and sexiness of their lingerie is intoxicating. Also the popular usually-bubblegum-and-bows-brand Curvy Kate is launching their own more seductive range complete with ouvert knickers in A/W15, and the much anticipated release of the Ashely Graham collection has seen black lacy lingerie available through Addition Elle. There are countless other brands I have come across - Harlow & Fox, Scarletta, Land of Women, SJ Lingerie DD+ Collection etc... and I imagine many more are yet to be discovered.

 

What are you're favourite larger-cup brands and what would you like to see more of from them?

 

Next week we will be showcasing some of the sexiest larger-cup lingerie in an exclusive editorial.

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Nouveau: 2015

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 INTRODUCING EXCITING NEW BRANDS FOR 2015.

BLUE REIGN

January 2015 welcomed the arrival of Blue Reign. A dark, sexy and beautiful brand which marks an era of self-sufficiency,fearless independence and infinite possibilities. There are no boudoir secrets or romantic mysteries...  Only a lifestyle of success and ambition. A statement of progressiveness. An exploration of confidence. A celebration of control.

Redefining the balance between sex and power, designs from Blue Reign embody the lifestyle of the progressive modern woman, reminding her of her self-worth, her ambitions and her ability to take control of her world. Each piece is carefully constructed and all handmade to order from a home studio in London. With bra sizes ranging from 28B - 34HH and knickers from XS - XL, Blue Reign caters to women beyond the core sizes.

The Dynasty collection takes inspiration from Scythian history and their battle culture. Scythian warriors used quilted leather in a protective manner during combat to defend themselves from the opposition.This debut range introduces the notion of strength (Leather) and fearlessness (chiffon). When combined, these two fabrics create a beautiful paradox of power and finesse. The elegant handle and immersive matte finish of the chiffon pieces command attention but also convey a sense of respect; and the leather has been hand quilted to achieve a careful, strong and eloquent finish. Each design is bold, strong and definitive – sure to make a statement.

Blue Reign is about acceptance, celebration and self ownership.

Your world. Your Rules.

 

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HDH SWIM

On January 26th 2015 Hackwith Design House launched their first swimwear line, HDH Swim.

The collection is beautifully simplistic, conveying a sense of understated elegance. Each piece is minimalistic and versatile, combining neutral colours and simple silhouettes - flattering against any body type. Featuring 12 different swimwear designs in black, white and two-tone combinations , these are perfect to mix and match! While most of Hackwith Design House's pieces are available in limited edition, HDH Swim, like their basics line, will be available on the website all year round. Made by hand in their Minneapolis studio, each piece is of exceptional quality - and thankfully they offer international shipping!

"I like to design with the idea that women's bodies are as diverse as their skills, talents and accomplishments. Our Swim line is no different, with designs intended to complement all unique body types." - Lisa Hackwith, Founder

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ADINA REAY

For me, the launch of  Adina Reay was much anticipated.  After coming across their brand at The Lingerie Edit in London, I couldn't wait to get my hands on their designs.

Sharon Lake, the Founder, told me she wanted to create a larger-cup brand everybody would want to wear - even women who could slip into a Agent Provocateur set with ease. After browsing through the collection, I could tell her goal had been accomplished. Available in sizes 32DD to 36G, Adina Reay offers covetable, highly luxurious sets with beautiful, elegant bras and equally stunning suspenders and knickers.

The brand's signature style challenges traditional patterns by using hidden structural elements and whisper-fine, yet strong, fabrics to maximise support within the cup - allowing delicate straps and reduced coverage over the bust, sides and back. The aim is to make women feel special when they buy and wear Adina Reay, no compromises have been made on the quality of design, materials, manufacture or packaging. Its the lingerie that women of this size have deserved for years but have had difficulty finding. The collection comprises of pieces created from the highest artisan-quality; Leavers laces, bespoke Austrian embroideries, satins and tulles, creating a classic, sophisticated yet modern look.

Adina Reay is modern and sophisticated lingerie that is beautiful in its own right, regardless of size.

A small selection of their collection in now available online with more to come..

 

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GEM PICKET

Gem Picket is the brainchild of veteran interiors and fashion executive, Germaine Picket. After leaving the fabled Store Development department at Ralph Lauren, where she created global retail interiors for the iconic brand throughout the better part of a decade, Germaine decided to give life to a lingerie concept she had conceived several years prior. Beautiful, comfortable, sexy creations of luxurious natural fiber fabrics (particularly cotton) in a neutral palette, something she had struggled to find in the marketplace.

Based in Manhattan, NY and due to launch in AW 2015, the namesake line Gem Picket introduces sophisticated and feminine silhouettes in cotton/silk batiste and fine cotton knit fabrications sourced from Japan and Italy. Ranging from soft bras to expertly cut knickers to open-back tanks and flirty shorts, lounge pants to leggings, bodysuits to rompers, perfect to wear together or separately, inside the bedroom or out...

" Like many women, I wear my day clothes like a suit of armour, a uniform. They help us create who we need to be for the public role we play on any given day. They are a means of expressing who we are to the world, or want to be, and where we fit in. But in my private life, I want to express nothing more than my playful, relaxed, cute, sexy, smart and sophisticated inner self. Truly being who I am and not who someone else wants me to be. " - Gem Picket

 

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 SIAN HOFFMAN X MODEL TRAITOR

For 2015, two established and renowned brands come together to launch the Sian Hoffman x Model Traitor SS15 Collection.

Sian Hoffman creates sensual body-sculpting foundation garments, handmade with particular attention to detail and the highest quality of craftsmanship. Pushing boundaries between fashion and the erotic, her corsetry is timeless and alluring. Her collections can be broken down into four distinct lines – Fashion, Restraint, Bridal and Feminine Vintage. Each is versatile in the preferred way of wearing; as underwear or outerwear. Sian’s highly exclusive and unique collections are designed completely from scratch, without the use of existing historical patterns. These cutting edge foundation garments include beautiful control girdles, panty girdles, waspies, full-cupped tightlacing corsets, posture collars, luxury everyday basics and bespoke boned and laced items. All are predominantly designed for waist reduction, encouraging posture and forming a magnificent silhouette.

Her fascination with the corset has grown beyond aesthetics and body modification, to the psychological effects it has over the wearer. It is of enormous satisfaction, not just creating these intricate sculptural pieces but to empower her clients whatever their gender, with an open-minded approach that encourages the wearer to be proud of their body and fantasies: Power, Seduction, Domination, Submission, Comfort; but most importantly, Confidence…

The Model Traitor is a London based brand created by British born, renowned corsetry designer, Sian Hoffman and Sardinian born fine artist Valentina Piras, who have seamlessly managed to blend their expertise of luxury design and craftsmanship with the philosophy of fetishism. The concept is based on the firm belief that sensual pleasures have to be fulfilled, consentingly, limitlessly and fearlessly, enriching our lives and relationships from the pleasure we create.

The Model Traitor’s signature collection comprises of luxury leather restraints and hand crafted flagellant tools created in their London Discipline Atelier.  Traditional but uniquely designed objects of restraint are distinguished by a selection of high quality leathers with premium gold brass fittings. Their powerful design oozes richness, style and beauty and although they are created for the art of bondage, The Model Traitor Choker’s and Cuffs can make a distinctive fashion accessory for their symbolic and aesthetic as well as their predominate functionality. Their irresistible erotic body wear is designed to accentuate and flatter the sublime female form and enhance pleasure whether it is for the part of seductress or submissive. Gracing the pages of publications including Vogue, Garage, W, GQ and Ellen Von Unwerth’s limited edition book ‘Story of Olga’, to name a few, their pieces are stylish, yet sinfully alluring…

The  new SS15 collection not only features Sian Hoffman's timeless and alluring corsets combined with The Model Traitor's luxury leather restraints, it also incorporates a brand new selection of body wear harnesses and luxury lingerie.

Sian Hoffman will soon be launching a new e-commerce site which will also featuring the brand new SS15 collection... so, intently, watch this space...

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