Nubian Skin for women of color as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I’ve been wrestling for some time on how to feature Ade Hassan’s trailblazing Nubian Skin brand on this site. Why? I am a white woman in her 60’s who grew up with a modicum of privilege. What could I possibly know about Ade’s journey? However, recently, I read Kwane Anthony Appiah’s column in the New York Times Opinion section (Go Ahead, Speak for Yourself) and figured that, that’s not the point. Appiah’s column clarified why my experience allows me to identify with Ade’s pursuit.

Nubian Skin as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I spent some time in the late 1970’s as a Cosmetics buyer for Abraham & Straus (now absorbed into the Macy’s monolith). One of the major companies with whom I worked was Fashion Fair Cosmetics, whose clientele were African American Women. As a merchant, I was thrilled with the volume I did with this brand that recognized the missing consumer link in the makeup business and capitalized on the need. When I left A&S to become a Leg & Bodywear buyer at Macy’s, the same profit potential evaded me as I searched for a hosiery brand that catered to women of color and found none; dollars slipped through the cracks.

Nubian Skin as featured on Lingerie Briefs

Ade’s brand, Nubian Skin, has intrigued me from its initial launch as the hosiery connection resonated with my merchandising history.  Nubian Skin is about “a different kind of nude” promulgating the real meaning of naked skin color.  But it is their intimates’ line which I have watched closely for the past few years, that makes them a pioneer in the Lingerie business. The Naked Collection, consists of bras, panties, &  layering pieces in four different skin tones [bras available from 30-40, B-G cups in UK sizes (I cup USA) and intimates XS-XXL]. Worn by many celebrities (Beyonce and her dancers for the Fomation World tour) Nubian Skin has gained award winning international recognition. Although I am seeing some progress being made in the traditional lingerie market, it is this entrepreneurial brand, Nubian Skin, which can take a good deal of credit for catapulting the potential of this market to the mainstream.

“Do Not go Where the Path May Lead.
Go Instead Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sugar Candy Crush bralettes up to a G cup

I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to the bralette trend. Lots of bralettes have been developed over the years that were aimed at the full bust market, but few made good on their big marketing promises. Until last year, I was fairly sure that some people (like myself) were going to find themselves left out of the bralette trend completely – and I was okay with that. Then, Sugar Candy happened.

Sugar Candy Crush bralettes fit up to an H cup

Ellen has written about the Sugar Candy Original wireless bra before – and I like them so much that I’ve bought two of them. My only complaint was on the style front, so I was thrilled when the brand recently debuted their new Sugar Candy Crush styles.  All of these leisure bras use smart fabric tech and an inner sling system to provide real lift in larger cup sizes, even without wires. This patent … ...Read more


Simone Perele bodysuit spring 19 at Curve NY on Lingerie BriefsSimone Perele

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Randy Mora for Suki Cohen as featured on Lingerie Briefs

illustration by Randy Mora

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The brand’s designer, Sarah Cohen, studied fashion design in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which may explain her expertise in creating swimwear (even though she started out exclusively creating lingerie).  Whether swim or lingerie, all of the styles are wireless and unpadded, so as to work with a woman’s natural form.  The embellishments are minimal (mainly cut-outs and straps), the swimwear coverage steers clear of vulgar, and patterns are only … ...Read more


Girl & A Serious Dream as seen on Lingerie BriefsGirl & A Serious Dream

I have just finished a 4 day market marathon, the main course of which was CurvExpo NY: more on that after I debrief. The finale of this brand feast is, however, a small boutique show, The Lingerie Selection, which I always attend. (I can never resist dessert.) The Lingerie Selection showcases 10 indie brands at a studio location not far from the Javits Center. Each year I discover someone and something of interest,  young (and not so young) entrepreneurs whose passion for lingerie reveals itself in their designs. Some of these collections have been here before (The Selection is 5 years old) and some are newbies.  Here’s a brief overview

Girl & A Serious Dream as seen on Lingerie BriefsGirl & A Serious Dream

Girl & A Serious Dream as seen on Lingerie BriefsGirl & A Serious DreamIpek Kiramer as seen on Lingerie BriefsIpek Kiramer

Ipek Kiramer as seen on Lingerie BriefsIpek Kiramer

Ipek Kiramer as seen on Lingerie BriefsIpek Kiramer

The Muse Lingerie as seen on Lingerie BriefsThe Muse Lingerie

The Muse Lingerie as seen on Lingerie BriefsThe Muse Lingerie

Clio lingerie on Lingerie BriefsClio

The Giving Bride as seen on Lingerie BriefsThe Giving Bride


Nevaeh Intimates as seen on Lingerie BriefsNevaeh

Blue Eleven Intimates as seen on Lingerie BriefsBlue Eleven

Loulette Bride as seen on Lingerie BriefsLoulette...Read more

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