By ALISON CONNOLLY

Like something straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, comes Karen Mabon sleepwear.  This British-based label, established in 2013, specializes in silk pajamas made from original illustrated prints that are both unexpected and personality-packed.   The designer is also known for her printed silk scarves, and a number of collaborations and bespoke designs for brands such as Anthropolgie, Lane Crawford, Vogue, Bloomingdales, etc.  In fact, it’s worth taking a look at the Karen Mabon website just to get a glimpse at some of the special projects she’s worked on, which go beyond the realm of loungewear and scarves. As for the brand’s loungewear, you will find 100% silk pajamas with a relaxed, loose fit in both long & short sleeve options.  What you … Read more


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Helen Sanchez Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Last week I visited Helen Sánchez at her Chelsea (NYC) Atelier.  Fruit, rugelach, coffee and a lengthy conversation about the loss of “affordable” luxury at retail ensued. I’ve known from the onset that the evolution of big box stores into a banker’s paradise would stem the tide of design creativity at retail. But I really believe in the pendulum effect (I’ve been reading a lot of history this summer). Art cannot be stifled. Perseverance can seed a barren landscape. Helen was well schooled in the fundamentals of design, graduating from FIT to apprentice under the venerable Norma Kamali. But it was the desire to make her own statement that steered her to take the leap. That jump can be treacherous, flying in thin air for … Read more


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Elila Bras for Curvy Girls on Lingerie Briefs

My grandfather was a last minute shopper. He wasn’t much of a gift guy – in fact, my mother has lots of memories of sale gifts hastily wrapped in newspaper for many special occasions. But not when it came to my grandmother’s birthday.. He would walk into the fanciest lingerie store in town and buy a full matching set for his wife, instructing them to wrap it beautifully and make it look special. My grandparents weren’t rich by any means, but this Birthday treat was an important part of their lives. Having a pretty lingerie set that matched made my grandmother feel special for the rest of the year, even when she was managing a classroom of full of kids as a … Read more


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Turkish Delight Candy on Lingerie Briefs

I wonder if C.S. Lewis knew exactly how much his use of Turkish Delight as a provocative ploy by the evil witch in The Chronicles of Naria would become a symbol of seduction. This delectable candy took on a magical connotation as the evil enchantress used it as bait to induce the impressionable young Edmund to her will (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe). This ancient dessert, perfumed with rose petals and dusted with sugar is very difficult to resist. It is a delicious article of persuasion.  I learned this myself on my first business trip to Istanbul, where in the Grand Bazaar colorful mounds of this Arabian confection lay in wait for the next victim of desire. My Turkish colleague introduced me to … Read more


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Labor Day by Tina Wilson

No one says it better than Tina Wilson. Illustrating the essence of the Labor Day Holiday with a special call out to our female compadres, we at Lingerie Briefs are inspired by the creative insights that Lingerie always provides. We hope you have a great weekend celebrating summer’s swan song. I know Tina is. I just spoke to her on the beach in Fire Island. The weather here in the Northeast is exquisite. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the country. We grieve for the victims of Harvey and extend a very grateful thanks to those responders whose only thought is of their fellow man. These are the individuals to whom this weekend is dedicated. They are the building blocks … Read more


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This is a funny week, the last week in August. It feels as if the whole world is on vacation. However, I think it is much more likely that as women, we are consumed with more mundane matters; fall prep and summer’s last hurrah. Personally, I found myself in a cleansing mode this past week-end. I decided to purge my bra drawer. Yes, I have an entire drawer devoted to bras. Let’s face it, besides the fact that I am large busted, I receive samples. For the record, I don’t really like to do reviews. One person can never determine the viability of a product, particularly a bra. Fit is very personal and every breast shape is different (like a snowflake). One cannot judge true … Read more


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