Last week my friend Marina, author of our Intimate Vision column, took me for a visit to the Dover market on Lexington and 30th street in NYC. Duplicating the existing concepts already in sync in London and Tokyo, this is the conceptual inspiration of Rei Kawakubo creative master of the Japanese brand Comme Des Garcons. Much discussion abounds about the eccentric content and the artful interiors that make this shopping experience a new approach to merchandising. Nonetheless, controversy is, in my opinion, just what is needed to catapult the retail industry out of the white box syndrome that has taken the USA hostage. Tagged as a “Slow Shopping” experience, this seven floor studio of known and emerging designer brands is a continual stage for the imagination. Yes, some of the content makes one wonder, but so do the works that fill many art gallery’s worldwide. Slightly off the beaten track … ...Read more
Submitted by Sarah Wizemann, owner of Lille Boutique Portland, Oregon
I opened Lille a little over 6 years ago after moving to Portland from New York and not finding any lingerie store that catered to my aesthetic sensibilities. I was looking for some place tasteful, elegant, fashion-forward yet simultaneously vintage-inspired, with a good selection of natural fibers and non-padded options that offered a range of prices, and that just didn’t exist here (or anywhere really), so I decided to fill that niche.
I had always been fond of fine lingerie and particular about construction, owing to the fact that my mother was a seamstress and designer who made all the costumes for my dance company (I studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz, etc. for nearly 20 years before retiring after college due to injuries.) She taught me how to sew, so I have a special appreciation for beautifully constructed garments, and … ...Read more
Submitted by Britt Cruikshank, owner of La Silhouette Lingerie in Madeira, Ohio
La Silhouette Lingerie evolved out of my frustration with Cincinnati’s lack of luxury European lingerie shops and the brands that I grew up with, along with my genuine passion for helping women feel good about themselves from the inside out. I opened La Silhouette Lingerie in 2007 to bring a piece of Europe to the Midwest in Madeira, Ohio. I grew up shopping the quaint boutiques common in Sweden and the rest of Europe that feature quality products and a high level of hospitality.
I designed the shop to help people feel like they are stepping off the streets of Paris and into a sanctuary of high-quality, luxurious lingerie. The Boutique is decorated with a bit of my Swedish heritage to make customers feel at home. The chandeliers along with a few pieces of furniture are from the … ...Read more
Submitted by Patti Hartlove Platt, owner, à la mode Intimates in Annapolis, Maryland
In French, à la mode means “in the fashion,” and I believe every woman should have the opportunity to feel beautiful and stylish in all her fashions. Before launching à la mode, I struggled to find bras that fit, and the few times that I did, they weren’t exactly pretty. So, I set out to find beautiful bras for women of different sizes and to present them in a relaxing, welcoming environment. In fact, our boutique design was inspired by spa-like colors and comforts: rich browns, dark hardwood floors, plush carpeting and beautiful drapes.
Women step inside our doors and discover that fashion and functions are not enemies! I enjoy the opportunity every day to share the styles I have found flattering with our customers. We know that women need some basic bra foundations, but the basics … ...Read more