Curvy Briefs

By HOLLY JACKSON

MariLupa couture lingerie in larger sizes Rachel Kenyon and I met a few years back as a result of the size expansion of Buttress & Snatch, but it quickly became apparent that we were fans of many of the same things in life. We both love old buildings, finding historic treasures in our respective cities and giving vintage things a new life rather than finding new things to create more waste. When the Marilupa Instagram account popped up, I knew that this must be the passion project that Rachel had been working on, even before she sent me the official email about it.MariLupa couture lingerie in larger sizes Couture lingerie for larger sizes is a niche within a niche with only a handful of companies trying it out. “I’ve never felt the very precious and artisanal side of what I make entire belongs in Buttress and Snatch. The materials are much more expensive to work with and the techniques are different and much more involved so the price to make it exist is a lot higher. ” Rachel says. Her previous design experiences include work with Coco de Mer, Barneys, major stylists and work on pieces that ended up in Liberty of London.MariLupa couture lingerie in larger sizes At the same time, she was becoming concerned about the impact of cheap clothing and lingerie on a global scale. “Why should a poor woman slave to make something that she could never enjoy wearing herself? It’s just basically never felt fair to me. I have always enjoyed the process of making and never felt comfortable at all with the traditional model of sending the work away for poorly paid people to do. Even when my business was much larger I felt that everyone should take equal part in what they earned from making it happen and that we were all a team. That way everyone would ideally take a lot of care about making the things well and would feel happy at work and fairly treated.” she says.MariLupa couture lingerie in larger sizes - Mermaid lingerieMarilupa has given her the freedom to create bespoke pieces for women of all sizes, along with the ability to have a conversation with them about what kinds of lingerie brings them joy. Her most popular pieces are ones that are particularly sexy or brightly colored, while still using high-end fabrics and locally produced laces. She’s particularly excited about her stash of lace by the company who made Princess Diana’s wedding dress, which will become a couture bridal lingerie line later this year to celebrate the royal wedding.While Rachel is excited about the future of both Marilupa and Buttress & Snatch, she doesn’t know what the future holds for couture lingerie in larger sizes in general. “The reason why it is underserved is that it is a hugely time consuming and painstaking process. It’s easily as difficult as men’s tailoring where high prices are acceptable as it has a long tradition behind it.” For now, she’s just happy about putting more women in lingerie that makes them feel fantastic and reflects her personal values.Marilupa and Buttress & Snatch

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By HOLLY JACKSON

Oh La La Cheri and Real Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Every year, the New Orleans Mardi Gras season starts with the same parade: Joan of Arc rides through the French Quarter on her birthday, while the rest of the moving drama behind her reenacts her life story. The parade happens at twilight, which means that by the time Joan gets to the cathedral the light is just low enough to create a glow around her angelic crown, ermine robe and her gleaming armor. It’s costuming and pageantry at it’s finest, all in the service of one young girl whose conviction and determination changed the world forever more than 600 years ago. Standing in the crowd as Joan raised her sword after it was blessed this year, it was easy to feel like it was all almost real. Costuming has real power, whether in private or as part of a Mardi Gras parade.… Read more


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Sculptress Plus size bras on Lingerie Briefs

I didn’t really appreciate basic bras when I was younger, mostly because I lived in colder climates where your clothing hid your lingerie choices. Now that I live in New Orleans, I’ve quickly learned to appreciate the flexibility that a great basic bra provides. Weather here can vary wildly in the winter, from the 81 degree day we had last week to the 45 degree days we’ve been experiencing this week. When you’re dressing in layers and dealing with warm winter temperatures, basic bras give you the freedom to not have to think about what lingerie you’re going to wear.

As we all know, not all basic bras are built alike. I had the pleasure of trying out several of Sculptresse’s basic line over the past several months, which gave me a greater appreciation for how much attention and care have gone … Read more


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Bedhead pajamas to size 26 on Lingerie Briefs

I hadn’t contemplated becoming a pajama person until this past summer, when I found myself chasing down a neighbor’s gigantic bulldog (complete with post-vet neck cone) in my front garden while wearing nothing more than a slightly sheer vintage slip. Since I work from home, I often find myself not getting dressed until it’s required to leave my house. However, now that I live in a busy neighborhood, a lot more people see my clothes during the day than they used to. Packages get delivered, friends stop by unexpectedly for coffee or snacks and you occasionally find yourself chasing down a sweet but seriously lost dog. I didn’t think I was going to start getting dressed while I worked, but it did seem like time to upgrade to some socially appropriate loungewear options.

Bedhead pajamas to size 26 on Lingerie Briefs

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Bra Genie Store sign in New Orleans Louisiana on Lingerie BriefsAs I drove across Lake Pontchatrain a few weeks ago, I was a little nervous. While I greatly appreciated Bra Genie’s invitation to try one of their bra fittings, it’s rare for me to have a good time at a bra fitting. Years of being fitted into ugly bras as a teenager had made me self-conscious about the whole process. At my first “adult” bra fitting, the fitter had immediately touched my stomach and asked how many months pregnant I was – I nearly burst into tears on the spot. Thankfully, I am here to report that that my avoidance of bra fittings may be over, at least if I can have them all at Bra Genie.

Elomi Plus size Sports Bra on Lingerie Briefs

Bra Genie is one of the largest lingerie boutiques in the New Orleans metro area, both in terms of store size and inventory. Their inventory … Read more


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Prima Donna Eternal Bra and Panty set on Lingerie Briefs

When you work in the lingerie industry, it’s easy to take high quality bras that fit perfectly for granted. We’re all surrounded by the latest and the greatest bra inventions, which means that we tend to forget what great lingerie can do for someone’s confidence and figure. My last two weeks have been full of discoveries regarding Prima Donna and Marie Jo – and how their bras can truly change someone’s outlook on lingerie permanently.

Prima Donna Madison and Deauvill bra and panty sets on Lingerie Briefs

Two weeks ago, Van de Velde and the local Bra Genie boutique got together and graciously invited me out to see the Prima Donna and Marie Jo lines in the flesh. My clients who run lingerie boutiques have raved about these lines for years, but I’d never actually seen any in person. I’ll write more about my Bra Genie experience as a whole as part of another … Read more


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