Spirits are Rising

vegasshowsI am not much of a gambler, but having visited the CurveNV Lingerie show held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas last week, and based on the feedback I received, I would bet that business is beginning to stabilize.

The Las Vegas vibe has never been my cup of tea.  I would rather spend my time horseback riding in the open air.  But now and then, bright lights and a great show are a welcome change of pace.  The CurveNV  exhibition did not disappoint.  Increased attendance by both buyers and exhibitors contributed to the positive energy. … Read More

Smooth Operator

jazz6The past few weeks at work have been pretty hectic and finding down time has been an elusive goal, so last night when I was able to relax at home with a glass of wine and soothing music,  I was finally in my comfort zone.  Listening to Sade’s silky rendition of the Grammy winning song, Smooth Operator,  I was reminded of how a great jazz song can be sexy and soft although it is tightly arranged.

Anais Nin wrote:  “Jazz is the music of the body”

Keeping the body controlled without sacrificing sensuality and fashion is exactly why DuMi shapewear was launched in February 2009.      … Read More

New Beginnings

sunriseI am off to Las Vegas this weekend for the Curve Lingerie show and I have to say that I am actually looking forward to it. Besides the anticipation of seeing new ideas from established sources, there is always the hope of discovery. Many designers will be showing for the first time and, of course, there is that quintessential west coast vibe.
I could use an infusion of sunlight, color and positive energy. It’s raining again in New York City.

Before I go, though, I wanted to tell you about one bright spot on the horizon, Fleur’t Lingerie.… Read More

Ripe With Passion

readingbookWhen I was a teenager, I was very taken by the work of D.H. Lawrence. I was particularly enamored by the novel Sons and Lovers and I fell in love with a passage in the book where Gerald schools Hermione on how to eat a fig. All of Lawrence’s poetic writing was ripe with passion. He said:

 “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”

These missives came to mind eating figslast week when I had the opportunity to preview the sexy, new lingerie line from Brazil, Fruit De La Passion.… Read More


Monarch_Butterfly_000002isIt’s been raining all summer in the Northeast.  So when the sun broke through last week for two consecutive days, it was a pleasure to actually sit outside on my porch and witness a butterfly floating through the milkweeds.  The rainy weather has kept us cocooned since spring.
It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of August and these colorful gems, often regarded as flying flowers, have already begun their migration south.
  I am hopeful that their presence is a sign of change. After all, it has been said that “if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”Read More

Hope is Blooming!

matisseApparently hope is blooming again because the energy and positive attitude I felt at the CurveNY lingerie show this past week at the Javits Center in NYC was palpable. Walking around the Spring 2009 fair, there was a clear change in mood from the exhibition last February. This show felt like an evolution. After a long winter of hunkering down, there appears to be a focus on brighter days ahead. Perhaps the entrepreneurial spirit is back.

It brings to mind the confident vision of Henri Matisse, who when musing about his work once said,

 “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”Henri_Matisse-flowers

Besides the obvious increase in traffic, I had the opportunity to walk the show with my colleague, Jenny Kell, the Design Director for  Concepts Paris  and review some very exciting new products.… Read More


 Since the age of 16, when I spent a summer living with a family above their cheese factory in Reims, France, I have been enamored by the elegance and savoir-faireaesthetic of the French culture. Maybe it was the Veuve Clicquot champagne that was served freely at the dinner table, or the chocolate éclairs I managed to overeat while exploring the plethora of patisseries with my teenage friends.

In college, while studying the art and language that is at the heart of the French psyche, I could not ignore the elements of style and taste that inform this seductive society.    … Read More

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