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The Independent Brand Love-In

Every year we take part in the lingerie ‘Secret Santa’ with a host of wonderfully creative independent brands organised by Karolina Laskowska. It is an opportunity to get gifted some amazing lingerie and to help promote our community to the wider world. The world is becoming a more homogeneous place every day and by independent brands working as a community we can try to counter this as well as help foster creativity.

I was ill the week before Christmas and I popped into our studio on Christmas Eve and there was a parcel from Chile on my desk. I felt so curious. I didn’t remember ordering anything from Chile but there it was something all the way from Chile on the desk inmy office in London. I love it that our community is spreading so far and wide.

Inside it revealed that I’d got the amazing Toru & Naoko. They were generous enough to send me 3 sets as a gift. They were in a sparkly gift bag and each set was in cased in its own pouch (I’ve already used my 3 pouches for hair and make up products!) I love a bit of pretty but useful packaging.

My absolute favourite set was the Alexia Bra with Sharon Panties. These are so me. I love strappy sets. The fit was excellent. I wear a 34C/34D and despite not having any wire the fit felt very comfortable. I also really liked how the knickers had adjusters on all the strappy cut outs so they could be adjusted to my exact measurements.

What I noticed generally was the quality of materials and attention to design detail. There are lots of clever little twists to the design. I also liked how they had managed on The Tempest panties to make cotton panties feel glamorous. They are a lovely soft fabric but with daring detail. I haven’t seen this done before and it felt innovative.

Here’s a few snaps of me to give a feel of how good the fit is and how great the design.

Lingerie Secret Santa

Each year, we partake in Lingerie Secret Santa with other indie brands. Whilst an excellent opportunity to get some presents for ourselves, it's also a chance to showcase other brands that work hard in the industry and share a like-minded ethos. Bringing these brands together will hopefully encourage more people to shop independent brands this Christmas once they see the thought and impeccable design that goes into each piece!

To kick it all off, here's a few key pieces from each brand to give you a taster of what they do:


1. Betty Blue's Loungewear - Nell Teddy

2. Abigail Greydanus - Latex Red Riding Hood

3. All Undone - Ariel Set

4. Alma Robles - Polka Dot Set

5. Buttress & Snatch - Cupcake Set

6. Elisa Poppy - Hecate White Set

7. Harlow & Fox - Viola Almond Tie Side Brief

8. Karolina Laskowska - Libra Bralet

9. Kiss Me Deadly - Cupless Vargas Dress

10. Nubian Skin - Midnight

11. Pillowbook - Aime Set

12. She & Reverie - Clamshell

13. Sugar Lace Lingerie - Baby Blue Sugar Set

14. Tight Laced - Star XVII

15. Manoela Marandino - Ella

16. Nearer The Moon - Daphne Bodysuit

17. Toru & Naoko - Tempest

18. ... and finally, it's our Karine set (coming soon!)

Just taking a look at the diversity of each of the brands is so inspiring! There's something for everybody, and every budget. Anyone would be more than pleased to get something from these designers, so make sure to check each of them out and get prepared for gift buying this year.

It means a lot to us to support other indie brands, so having this festive event each year is a wonderful way to exercise this and have fun at the same time. We're super excited for our recipient to get our gift!

Will you be shopping indie this year too?