[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]When I am in Paris, if time allots, I try to sneak away to the Musée Rodin, for a moment of artistic reprieve.  In fact, in the past, I mandated that my lingerie design team visit this beautiful sculptural enclave for inspiration.  I believe that Rodin’s work is the perfect manifestation of the sensual form.  One of my favorite pieces, Danaid is carved from a luminescent block of highly polished marble so that the subject’s body emerges from the  stone and begs to be observed.   Modeled with provocative undulating lines, the shape flows to the surface inducing a feminine landscape.  Rodin was a modernist in his time, transforming the ordinary to the evocative without compromising the inherent underpinnings of the medium.

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This Week’s Intimate Discovery:  A Woman’s Needs Inspires a Lifestyle Boutique in Canada.

[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]It’s one week before Thanksgiving and reminiscing about holiday preparation all I can think of was the intensity of the selling floor when I was working 12 hour days, 6 days a week as a department manager in the early years of my career.  It was all about key item intensification as we set our sites on the best gifting merchandise.  So when owner Robyn Zechel shared the [lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]story of her shop, Cloud Nine Pajamas, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I was charmed.  Conceived as an environment that could satisfy a woman’s desire to relax throughout any stage of her journey, this is a very … Read more

[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]When my daughter Kate was 13, I took her to Paris hoping that the opportunity would broaden her sensibilities.  I literally had to drag her to the Musée d’Orsay to see the Impressionists.  She was much more fixated on the French Patisseries and her new found obsession with chocolate éclairs.  Imagine, then, my thrill, as I witnessed the transformation of her perspective as she began to wander through galleries devoted entirely to one school of art.  So many focused masters assembled together make such a powerful impact, that this venue is now recognized as the heart of Impressionism in the world.  I wanted her to understand the virtue of concentrating on an individual theme and pursuing it to make a statement.

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This Week’s Intimate Discovery:  A classic sleepwear style emigrates to the USA just in time for the holidays

[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]The first lesson I learned when I migrated from the world of retail buying to product development was the importance of basics to the infrastructure of any brand.   It was more years ago than I care to mention, that I first identified the classic cotton PJ as a critical driver in a sleepwear[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox] assortment. The very first sample I ever purchased in my global travels to bring this point home to my design team was a Laurence Tavernier pajama in this timeless awning stripe detailed with the signature pocket monogram.  Perpetually modern and exquisitely tailored in 100% soft cotton poplin, this … Read more

[lightbox color=”#000000″ type=”image” title=”” link=””][/lightbox]I understand anticipation. I began writing this blog a few years ago as a hobby.   Initially, I had no expectations.  I just wanted to write as I am deeply motivated by the aesthetics that make life interesting and I have a passion for lingerie because this product, above all, appeals to the sensitive side of a woman’s nature.  Now, with a modicum of pride and some market persuasion, I am about to deliver a new version of LINGERIE BRIEFS; due date, sometime before the New Year.  This revised site will still maintain the genetics of my original message. Published 2x weekly, the home page will continue to espouse my personal perspective on the most provocative product, personalities and places offered in the intimate apparel … Read more

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