lingerie designers

BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

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This summer over 100 students will graduate from the UK's 2 prestigious Fashion Contour degree courses.

One is the renowned De Montfort University Contour Fashion BA, celebrating it's 70th year running. The other is the up-and-coming Fashion Contour BA at the world famous London College Of Fashion.

We had the opportunity to visit both the De Montfort 70th Anniversary Graduate Catwalk Show and the LCF Graduate Presentation. Inspired by the student's innovation, we wanted to celebrate the next generation of creative talent by publishing a few of our favourites.

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VOIMENT | YUMAN HE

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LILY ROUSE

Lily Rouse, London, creates innovative designs featuring the art of fabrication and manipulation under the influence of the natural forms of nature. The demi-couture brand is structured from intricate detailing emphasising femininity, sophistication and creativity. The inspiration comes from the concept of underwear as outerwear, introducing pieces that can be worn as evening-wear or at events but are constructed through lingerie components to contour the female body.

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LIZA INTIMATES | JESSIE DRABBLE

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ABIGAIL MELLOR

Abigail's Natsumi collection is inspired by Japanese temples and shires with traditional Japanese shapes with a western, modern influence. Hand-painted print from original photograph of the Nachi temple in Japan.

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TARA O'DONOVAN

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IN THE STUDIO WITH BEIJA FLOR

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Beija Flor is a brand new lingerie label. Having launched only 4 days ago! Last month I had the pleasure of visiting their studio and finding out more about the Luxury London based brand. 

Read on for our exclusive interview with Abbie and Mazie, the two sisters behind the label ...


Tell me about your brand.

Abbie: Beija Flor is a modern, minimalist and urban lingerie brand. We wanted to make lingerie that we, and women we know, would wear. Our aim was to make underwear that reflected our outerwear choices. Clean, simple, sexy pieces you can wear under your suit.

Mazie: Our X, Y, Z ethos is an integral part of our brand. It was essential that we were able to offer up to a G cup. We imagine 3 friends sitting around a table. One’s an A cup, one’s a B cup and the other is a G - why can’t they shop at the same place? They all have a similar taste and want the same aesthetic so it seems unreasonable to us that the G cup has to go to specialist larger-cup retailer.

Abbie: Bigger-cup brands often go for a retro, almost burlesque, feel and shape. But just because you have bigger boobs it doesn’t mean you want that look!

 

When did you start the brand?

Mazie: We officially started working on the brand just under a year ago, in February 2015. Abbie had just come back from living in Brazil in January so we moved pretty quickly! We flirted with the idea of launching to trade but it meant we would have to wait till September 2016 to launch properly!

Abbie: We knew we wanted to do things differently. While it was scary at times, we decided not stick to the traditional seasons and launch early. So we’re debuting what was originally our A/W16 collection in January and we’ll be adding new things onto the site every 8-9 weeks. It’s liberating to know that we can sell our products whenever we want!

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So when is the launch date?

Abbie: We officially launch on the 6th January. It’s the day the website will go live! We’re really proud of it; we’ve worked with a great web designer to produce something that is truly sleek and beautiful. There’s also a video. We’ll be unveiling it on the website and then showing it again at our launch party on the 12th January.

 

What was your history before the brand, did you always want to get into lingerie? 

Mazie: We grew up around lingerie. Our mum started Aura, a company which designs and supplies lingerie to the UK high street. There were always pants and bras on our kitchen table! Abbie was a size 34B at the time so her wardrobe was always bursting with free lingerie samples.

Abbie: Yes, it was amazing!

Mazie: It’s a great industry but I never knew what I’d end up doing. I studied Business and was working for a small menswear label before we started Beija Flor.

Abbie: I didn’t know either. I studied Footwear Design at Cordwainers. But lingerie is too good an industry not to be involved. Through our parents we have access to amazingly talented people and resources most start-ups only dream of. It would be silly not to try - if we had never given it a go, we’d always wonder “What if?”

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I love the name, is there a story behind it?

Abbie: Beija Flor means ‘Hummingbird’ in Portuguese. They’re beautiful and eye-catching but also very minimalist. There’s nothing excessive about it, no huge feathers or oversized wings! It’s just attractive and simple.

Mazie: We feel the hummingbird reflects our brand really well - it’s neat, tidy and precise. Beija Flor is to-the-point lingerie, no bells, no whistles.

 

Do you have a muse?

Abbie: We don’t have one particular muse, we’re inspired by lots of different women. We idolize women who are kicking ass and doing things for themselves.

Mazie: We love #GIRLBOSS and the whole spirit behind it. I read the book by Nastygal founder, Sophia Amoruso, and found it inspiring. We also have a lot of respect for women such as Sophia Webster and Sharmadean Reid (The WAH Nails founder) - Women who have created their own businesses from nothing and achieved phenomenal success.

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Do you have an ideal celebrity customer? 

Yes, we have three: Clémence Poésy, Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny. They’re awesome; they have effortless style and great taste!

 

What was the inspiration behind your first collection?

Abbie: Our first collection is called ‘Without Exception’. It was inspired by the many women we spoke to during our market research. For our first collection we wanted to master the basics - Black, white and ‘nude’. The ‘nude’ for us is our walnut colour and we decided to add in a grey as it compliments so many skin tones.

Mazie: Our next collection, which is called the ‘Mombasa’ range, is a little crazier. The fabric was the main source of inspiration; we always start designing with the fabrics and colour cards first.

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What fabrics do you use and why?

We use European fabrics such as French lace and tricot, Italian cotton and satin and Spanish swimwear materials. The quality of the cloth is important to us and we find European fabrics are the best quality.

 

What sizes do you produce?

Our bra backs go from 32-36 and Cups AA-G.

X = AA-B.

Y = B – D.

Z =DD – G.

Knickers and suspenders are size 1 (6-8), 2 (10-12) and 3 (14-16)

We hope in the future to expand our size range to be even more all-inclusive. A G cup really isn’t that big these days!

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What is your biggest career moment?

Mazie: I don’t feel we’ve had one major career moment yet... although lots of great little things have happened. We were thrilled when the founder of Mother Meetings, one of the networking groups we belong to, followed us on Instagram and sent us a XX.

Abbie: I agree! Also getting production and tote bags, we were worried our stuff was going to be late so it was a relief when it arrived. Also the technical team, who have extensive experience with lingerie and really high standards, have started wearing our designs. It's such a huge compliment.

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What is next for the label?

As well as preparing for the launch we're currently working on our Spring/Summer range. We'll be introducing swimwear next season. Also eventually we'd like to get into some stockists. Harrods and Selfridges would be amazing. And we're also looking at independent boutiques - there are some great ones, such as Goodhood in Shoreditch, that beautifully curate their stock.

To find out more about Beija Flor and visit their shiny new website London: click here.

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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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