Handmade Lingerie: What Makes It Special
I love handmade lingerie.
I love the idea that the lingerie that I buy has been created by someone for
me, rather than just buying up part of a mass produced order. I love the
couture-like details that many lingerie designers add, from embroidery to
positively bling-like crystals. I love the idea that I'm supporting a lingerie
brand that creates their pieces in a thoughtful way (and usually in a more
responsible way). One of the things I've admired about Bella Bella Boutique over the
years is their willingness to support handmade lingerie designers early on in
their career. I've been a regular customer of labels like La Lilouche
and Priscilla Jade
for several years now and I have Bella Bella Boutique to thank for the
introduction. Today I'm going to be talking about some reasons to add some
handmade lingerie to your drawer as well as showcasing some of my favorite
2. Sometimes we all need to indulge our inner queen of the universe.
3. Some things just can't be done on a machine. La Lilouche has always incorporated handmade details in her collections, but the handmade ribbon and bead flowers on her Daisy Bra and Knicker sets this season are some of the most intricate I've ever seen. Each bra is covered in intricately made ribbon and bead flowers for an added wow factor that rivals many major couture labels. This kind of detail takes time to create and can't be reproduced in a factory where large amounts of garments are cut and sewn at one time. Similar floral details can be seen on her Lara Halter Bodysuit in the new bridal collection.
4. Handmade lingerie designers have strong voices. I first saw the Priscilla Jade line at a show in New York City and got a chance to ask her about her mesh line of lingerie. She told me they were named after all of her ex-boyfriends, which had been the inspiration for the all black collection. Handmade designers frequently wear their inspirations on their sleeves, which makes for stunning and moving collections that tell a story. Her latest collection is full of candy colors and lightness, but her strong voice still shines through.
While some handmade designers create each piece in their own studio and some have larger production setups, each brand is carefully managed by one person who controls the quality and aesthetics of the designs. This means that when you buy from a handmade lingerie brand you're supporting one person's creative vision. For instance, when you buy from Rebecca Ansah, all of your pieces will come directly from Rebecca's hands to yours. If you have questions, she's around to help. Isn't this the kind of thing you want to support? Brides should check out her sweet and sultry bridal bodysuits, although I'll always be partial to her Louiza Bodysuit with Shoulder Motifs.
Do you own handmade lingerie? What do you most like about it?
by Holly (Bella Bella Boutique Blog Contributor)
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