Briefs

Make a Statement

lace  kate 2For me, Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote:  “Speak softly and carry a big stick” has always informed my approach to communication.  Keep the dialog warm, calm, and open but make sure it is powered by an infrastructure of facts.   My opinion is that this is the most productive way to make a statement.

I visited the Premiere Vision Preview show in NYC last week.  The show was small and not particularly dynamic, BUT one message kept running through my mind as I reviewed the fabrics and colors presented for 2010. … Read More


Reinvent Yourself!

vintage jewelryI was rummaging through an old box of vintage costume jewelry the other day and was struck by how unique these pieces were.  I keep thinking how matronly I thought they were when my mother showed them to me years ago.  Now, they seem so interesting.   I  wonder how they might look pinned on a particular linen jacket in my closet.

I think the juxtaposition of the new with the old is a real fashion statement.

 A while ago, I had the opportunity to review The Betsey Johnson Intimates line at the Carole Hochman showroom. … Read More


Spoil Yourself!

chocolatesI have always believed that shopping at the ideal Lingerie Boutique is like diving into a box of gourmet chocolates.  I want to lose myself in the rich sweet flavor and feel great during the entire experience.  Once and awhile, breaking the rules should be satisfying.

 For me, one of the best venues for indulging the urge to treat myself is the iconic lingerie store, La Petite Coquette, located in downtown NYC.  The sexy retro vibe and European flair combined with the warm, welcoming atmosphere are a special shopping treat.… Read More


State of Grace

TriggerHorses are my passion! This is Trigger. He belongs to my friend Gale and I have a tremendous crush on him. Horseback riding is a sport I took up, just 5 years ago and now, I ride every week. I have decided that moving in tandem with a horse is being in a state of grace.

 

For me, comfort during sports has always been a challenge. I have struggled with finding a sports bra that really fits, shapes, and even flatters. The fact is, I am larger than a D cup with an average band size.… Read More


 In early June, I went to the New York Botanical Gardens  to see the spring Dutch Bulb display, but what really intrigued me were the plethora of peonies wrapped around the main greenhouse.  Layers of petals unfold when a peony blossoms.   big pink peony (2) (1)The inside of a pink peony is a perfect metaphor for spring 2010 lingerie. It is silky, soft, cool, light, a statement of sensual innocence.  Look at the stamen and imagine three delicate birds, their tiny fuzzy heads reaching up from a coral peony smwispy yellow nest, open purple mouths waiting for nourishment.   

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lingerie main imageI have decided to write down my thoughts here about the lingerie industry because frankly, after 25 years of immersion in this venue, I feel certain that I have a perspective and an insight that is unique. After all, I am constantly exposed to the market, both retail and wholesale under the umbrella of my consulting business, Intimate Product Concepts.

When I interviewed for my first buying job with Mickey Drexler, who was then MVP for Ready to Wear at Abraham and Straus (now part of Federated Dept Stores), we had a very interesting merchandising conversation that has been implanted in my brain ever since.… Read More


Ellen Lewis
Ellen Lewis

Greetings.  Each week (and sometimes more often) I’ll be sharing new articles, ideas and opinions on the intimate apparel industry.  I welcome your comments and look forward to having you as a regular subscriber to Lingerie Briefs!

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