independent lingerie brands

NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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Based in the California, Alexandra Anissa is an independent lingerie label handcrafting dreamy intimates to order from their cosy pink studio. Known for her provocative-yet-ultra-feminine aesthetic, each piece is handmade by the designer herself. From pattern grading, cutting, sewing and packaging - all orders are done with her immaculately-polished hands. Alexandrea Anissa believes lingerie is for everybody and every body, so all the her designs are available in sizes XXS - 5X (in UK sizes this ranges from about a 6-24).

Last week the label launched their very first lingerie pattern - the Valerie High Waist Panty. This classic and super cute design is ideal for the novice lingerie sewer and I couldn't wait to test it out.

The pattern was delivered by PDF and pretty easy to construct. If you are making multiple sizes I suggest tracing the pattern rather than cutting from the original, this will save A LOT of time as printing and assembly can be tedious and time-consuming. Directions are simple and easy to follow - from cutting to completion it should take no longer than a couple of hours.

If you're a fan of comfort and retro knickers, this is the perfect pattern to introduce you into the world of lingerie construction...

To find out more about Alexandra Anissa visit her website www.alexandraanissa.com or

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Designer Profile: Marika Vera

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Marika Vera

 is a luxurious lingerie label, designed by stylist and fashion designer Marika Vera. After studying Fashion Design at the Isitutuo Marangoni in London, Marika went on to work for several fashion and intimates brands, including Pauric Sweeney, Giles Deacon, Vanessa Bruno and Yes Master, before launching her eponymous label in 2010.

Now based in the heart of Mexico City, Marika designs timeless pieces that elegantly bridge the gap between underwear and outerwear. Worn by countless celebrities including Rihanna, Daisy Lowe and Emily Ratajkowsky, the brand effortlessly combines style and sensuality for the modern woman.

Marika Vera is sold in small boutiques in London, LA, NYC and Sydney and they will be opening their store in Mexico City, Polanco Area in September.

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You studied in Australia, and at the Istituto Marangoni in London, then made the decision to return to Mexico and launch your own brand. How important is your international background and your Mexican soul?

 

When I graduated I had no choice but to come back to my country, it is hard to find a job in Europe with a Mexican passport. In Mexico it is hard to find a well-paid job as a designer and the lingerie industry is very focused on the mass-market, it’s about volume and Mexican consumer behaviour (mainly padded bras and shape-wear), so I had no choice but to try to build my own brand. I think the International experience has influenced my fashion culture and knowledge of design; however, it is here in my country where I found the infrastructure to make it happen at a reasonable price. My soul is in making women all around the world feel free when they work, when they seduce.

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How would you define SIGNATURE by Marika Vera, your diffusion line of lingerie?

 

SIGNATURE by Marika Vera is an extensive collection of reinvented teddies, negligees, kimonos, bodysuits and lingerie. Complemented by a mix of luxury basics that fit into every modern woman’s wardrobe. The garments are made in Mexico with high quality fabrics and trimmings, always following delicate and minimalistic lines, without compromising the erotic element of the garments.

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What are your sources of inspiration?

 

I am always on the search for what’s happening in the world of fashion, music, art and design. I love to find strong female characters in films; a few days ago, I found this amazing Director from the 1930’s - Busky Berkeley, he was such a great artist and his work was very related to femininity and eroticism. He was the one that made that Carmen Miranda video "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat", I highly recommend having a look at his black and white work. I love vintage lingerie and swimwear and I own a collection of cheap yet amazing finds, which inspire me a lot in the design process.

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Any tips to young designers that are going to approach the lingerie world?

 

Get to know the market, the competitors, give your best at your graduation collection, ask for internships more than 10 times if necessary in the places you admire, understand female bodies, design things you will wear anytime to represent your sensuality. If you are building a brand focus on finding production and materials that allow you to have a competitive price, you need to compete if you want to have creative freedom and continue to grow.

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#Intimates of Instagram

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Instagram is amazing for many things and lingerie is no exception. It makes discovering new brands a breeze and over the past year we've built up quite the collection. Here are a few of our favourite handmade lingerie labels from around the globe.

Luxurious handcrafted garments are only a few clicks away...

 


ALEXANDREA ANISSA


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@alexandreaanissa

Bio | Handmade with love ✂️ CA - NY ✈️ 💌

Posts | 699

Followers | 33.3k

What to expectBody diversity, clashing colours, lustful lace lingerie and flirtatious rose-tinted images. 

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ARABEL LONDON


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@arabellingerie

Bio | Luxury petite lingerie, designed and hand made in the UK.

Posts | 119

Followers | 336

What to expectClose-up shots, lace and lookbook images. 

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ELMA


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@handmadebyelma

Bio | Petite sized lingerie, handcrafted, sexy, and engineered for comfort. Based in California. Bespoke services available.

Posts | 740

Followers | 13.7k

What to expect: Lingerie anatomy, luxurious lace and lots of behind the scenes shots. 

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OH SO LOVLEY INTIMATES


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Bio | Lingerie and intimates handmade in the UK ⚡️Both daring and simplistic delicate pieces. Worldwide shipping.

Posts | 619

Followers | 64.8k

What to expect: Delicate lace lingerie, outfit inspiration and composed quotes. oh-so-lovely-intimates-handmade-lingerie-in-the-uk-instagram-favourites-underwear-01


WAKING UP WITH VENUS


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@wakingupwithvenus

Bio | Handmade Lingerie created to empower from the moment you get dressed in the morning until the moment you undress at night 🌞🌜 #iwuwvyou

Posts | 742

Followers | 6,965

What to expect: Serene imagery. Promo codes and plenty of lace lingerie, stars, glitter.

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PAMELA COOPER INTIMATES


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Bio |Handmade in NYC 🌃

Posts | 121

Followers | 1,540

What to expect: Product shots, give-aways and insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

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ALMEIDA


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Bio | ♡ Luxury boudoir-lead lingerie and ready to wear ♡ Hand made in the UK 🇬🇧 WORLDWIDE delivery.

Posts | 544

Followers | 10.9k

What to expect: Lookbook images, seductive videos and a heady dose of erotica. Almeida-london-handmade-luxury-lingerie-label-based-in-london-instagram-favourites-lingerie-la-femme-02


SOREIL LINGERIE


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@soreil_lingerie

Bio | Handmade lingerie brand put together with much care and exploration of high quality fabrics,that result in unique luxurious pieces ✨ Bogotá, Colombia

Posts | 122

Followers | 679

What to expect: Beautifully displayed lingerie and lay flat images. Floral appreciation and discount codes. Soreil-lingerie-handmade-lace-intimates-colombia-lingerie-la-femme-instagram-favourites-02


Have we missed any of your favourite handmade lingerie labels? We'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments below...

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