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By ELLEN LEWIS

Calida Lingerie Sustainable Nature Collection as featured on Lingerie Briefs

One cannot speak of sustainability in the world of intimate apparel without mentioning Calida. I have focused on this aspect of the brand’s heritage more than once in this column. They have been an industry force in this domain “long before it was cool” Their credo: “Sustainability should not be a fashion, but a promise” is reflected in its many faceted collections.

Calida Lingerie Sustainable Nature Collection as featured on Lingerie Briefs

The sustainable pursuit is no small undertaking and Calida has been on this journey since its inception 80 years ago. But Calida is much, much more.… Read More


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By ELLEN LEWIS

Calida Collaboration with Viktor & Rolf Heritage X Sustainability Collection as featured on Lingerie Briefs

It was the last minute of the last day of the last (Feb 2020) Salon de Lingerie show in Paris. I was on the way to the coat check to retrieve my belongings and exit the exposition when I passed the Calida booth and stopped dead in my tracks. It wasn’t the end of show champagne that did it. It was the gorgeous visuals that leaped out at me showcasing the Viktor and Rolfe collaboration with Calida, the premium underwear label. I felt that old surge of discovery and begged a few minutes with the European reps to learn more.… Read More


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By ELLEN LEWIS

I am in awe of the Calida brand, their message, and their incredible merchandising platform. Ever since I first highlighted the The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ I Love Nature t-shirts in 2018, I have become more and more enamored of the superior sustainable programs that the company supports. Calida is an iconic brand, 80 years young, a mainstay of many intimate apparel retailers worldwide. Full disclosure: although, I always valued their soft hand, meticulous construction, comfortable styles, and extraordinary quality, I admit, they seemed a bit too “traditional” for me.… Read More


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By ELLEN LEWIS

CALIDA I LOVE NATURE compo t-shirt as featured on Lingerie Briefs

As a sportswear buyer in the late 1970’s I have keen memories of the signature Calvin Klein t-shirt that mainstreamed this legendary designer’s collections. This $11.00 style anchored my department’s sales.  The cotton t-shirt was immortalized by James Dean and Marlon Brando in the 1950’s when the actors, wearing basic white, made them larger than life on the Hollywood screen and they became a fashion icon. Flash forward to 2018, this essential piece remains a wardrobe staple for men, women and children worldwide.… Read More


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By ELLEN LEWIS

Lingerie Briefs Salon at Curve NY as featured on Lingerie Briefs

While I intend to showcase visual highlights mined from the Curve NY show, I have a few macro-observations I want to present. As a merchant, I am not only charged with identifying product with sales force, but also, I must sniff out shifts in consumer interest at a visceral level. This is the lingerie trade show where such vibes emerge. It is, by default of space availability, the only venue capable of accommodating mainstream brands as well as side shows valuable to retailer education.… Read More


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By ESTELLE PULESTON

Madame Pierre Frauen Women Femmes Collection for AW 21 as featured on Lingerie Briefs

If ethically-made, elegantly-luxurious lingerie is your cup of tea, then Swiss brand Madame Pierre is one you’ll no doubt be delighted to discover. Founded by Sabrina Peter, the decidedly slow-fashion label debuted in 2015 and launches two new collections per year: swimwear for the Spring/Summer season, and lingerie for Fall/Winter.

Madame Pierre Frauen Women Femmes Collection for AW 21 as featured on Lingerie Briefs

Sabrina knew she wanted to design beautiful underwear from a young age – ever since watching the film Die Herbstzeitlosen (Late Bloomers), about a woman who finally decides to fulfil her lifelong dream of creating and selling lingerie after turning 80.… Read More


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By ELLEN LEWIS

Avery Rose Lingerie as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I went to the Curve LA show last week, having missed its much-applauded 2020 launch, the last live lingerie hurrah pre-covid. The event blueprint was small, but buyer feedback was excellent. It was absolutely an affirmation of all I stated in my Curve NY feature. Vivid Colors are dominant. Prints prevail. Casual wear continues its ascent. The Sexy comeback is driven by transparent fabrics, beautiful embroideries, and lace. And silk is prevalent. There were interesting brand collaborations, a growing part of the industry.… Read More


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