Thursday, July 29, 2010

Empreinte Designs Lingerie With a Larger Cup in Mind

We have always felt that all women deserve luxurious, sophisticated, feminine lingerie, regardless of size. In the past this might have been a challenge for women with a larger breast, but today there are many elegant options, not the least of which being Empreinte Lingerie, a preeminent company in fuller-figured lingerie.

Empreinte Lingerie has more than 60 years experience designing bras with a larger cup. This company selects fabrics, shapes and fits for women with a C-cup or larger. In 2006 Empreinte premiered their G-cup in popular lines like the Melody, shown right.

We have carried the Melody for years because it's timeless and universally popular. It is made of a molded, seamless all-lace cup, (seen left) making it invisible under clothing and stunning on its own. The design provides great lift and the lace has a flattering semi-transparent look.

We carry the Melody in caramel and black and recommend it for any large-breasted woman who wants a beautiful piece that can be worn comfortably every day.

Empreinte chooses the words generous, natural, modern and elegant to describe their designs. We encourage you to drop by Secret Drawers Lingerie and try one on to see why we agree.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Arrival - Marie Jo Tonya - Elegance up to 38E

Mary Jo has experience in Haute Lingerie dating back to 1919 and every moment of that experience is evident in the new design for the autumn season: the Tonya.

Tonya's beautifully designed floral pattern on the cup and unique strap are the first things that catch the eye, followed closely by the rich green hues which evoke thoughts of dark emeralds. Arriving just this week, this piece is perfect for the woman looking to stand out and add character to her lingerie drawer. Best of all, a variety of women can enjoy this look as we are carrying it in sizing 34A to 38E. Secret Drawers Lingerie has the Tonya in stock in a preshaped cup, providing a smooth front to the bra with detail on the side. A matching thong and panty is also available.

Marie Jo Haute Lingerie

Generation after generation of experience and know-how is present in every Marie Jo piece. They are always focused on the same goal: making the next collection an uncompromising mix of fashion, quality and comfort. 

Their delicate components are hand cut and every piece requires 30 to 40 different operations and 25 to 30 minutes of manual work. This is 25% to 50% more than the average in the lingerie industry. 

We are pleased to offer the Mary Jo line to our customers as for over 90 years, Marie Jo has proven that underwear matters

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cleavage, stilettos and afros, oh my!

Nena and I love it when we get the chance to support women outside the doors of Secret Drawers Lingerie as well as inside, and this event: Big Hair, Low Cut Dresses, High Heel Shoe Party, was the perfect example.

We got to spend the evening eating canapés, drinking, flirting with the barmen and dancing with beautiful women of all sorts all against the breathtaking views of the Schooner restaurant in Tofino on Vancouver Island. We kicked up our heels inside the rich interior and outside on the deck - so much so that the neighbourhood dogs decided to join in to the revelry with their barking.

Women came baring stilettos, plunging necklines and hair teased to within an inch of its life. The heels might have been removed for dancing but the daring cleavage was on display all night.

Mare Bruce, the hostess of this bash and owner of the Schooner restaurant, looked stunning in a copper gown and attracted attention all night long. She was celebrating her 55th birthday but the way she and the rest of us giggled and gallivanted you could have sworn we were a group of twenty-year-olds.

We cavorted into the wee small hours of the morning, but still found the energy to wake up to a spectacular breakfast and another appearance from our hostess.

We spent the afternoon meandering between downtown galleries and shops amid the surfers, families and tourists. Our day ended withe the sun on our face and the sand between our toes looking out over the blue-green Pacific Ocean.

We'd like to say a big thanks to Mare Bruce, the Schooner, and all the women who proudly bared their hair, heels and decolletage. These lively women, in this lovely place, simply left us wanting more.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hank Panky Winners Announced + News Catchup

Firstly, Vashti and I would like to thank everyone who visited us last Friday during Market Day. The weather was gorgeous and we heard the entertainment was amazing, but we barely had time to take a glance thanks to all our clients. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Second, thanks to the Comox Valley Record for featuring a piece on the three-year commemoration of the fire that burned our old location to the ground:
Secret Drawers Looking Forward

Three years after the fire that destroyed the Palace Theatre on 5th Street in Courtenay, Secret Drawers Lingerie, also destroyed, is rising from the ashes.

Their third year anniversary this year found owners Nena Bill and Vashti Lehrle, looking forward and looking back...
And finally, we'd like to announce the winners of the free Hanky Panky thongs:

Thanks to all those who entered. Keep reading our blog for new promotions and deals.

For those who won, you will be receiving an email from us shortly. If you haven't heard from us, drop Secret Drawers Lingerie a line to arrange pickup or delivery.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Kenan: Canadian Born Luxury

We get excited when we get to feature a beautiful product line from Canada, and the sleepware and lingerie by Kenan, is just such a line.

For the summer we have brought in several new pieces. Seen right is the Kenan iMode Daphne bust cut chemise. It's in a coral silk charmeuse with a black lace bust, complete with a crystal in the center of the bustline. This chemise is light, figure-skimming and offers extra ease with stretch in its fabric. This is the perfect piece in which to flounce about the house and then slip straight into bed. Combine it with the floral kimono for flair or a little extra coverage while sipping cocktails on the back deck.

We carry the Kenan iMode Morgan, seen right, year-long in a variety of seasonal colours, but just to tempt you, this is its design for the winter collection in barolo wine with black lace. This design is an extra touch of elegance in an already luxurious line.

More styles and colours have been brought in for summer, ranging from demure to exotic. Come into Secret Drawers Lingerie to find the one right for you.

Elegance? Body-skimming silk that stretches? Floral and deep tones? There is no doubt, for Kenan, underwear matters...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Join Us for Market Day - Friday July 16

Every year Secret Drawers Lingerie participates in Courtenay's annual Market Day. It's a family-friendly event where kids, parents, and even grandparents wander downtown 5th street enjoying a festival of local arts, crafts, music and performance.

As you can see, on Market Day fifth street in downtown Courtenay gets cordoned off from traffic so you can mix and mingle through the shops, awnings and entertainment. The event starts at 7:30 am and Secret Drawers Lingerie is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm this Friday, July 16th.

Join us for treasure and bargain hunting, not to mention great deals on some of our most popular lines of lingerie like Lejaby, Princess Tam Tam and Piege. Let us get you into a beautiful, well-fitting bra for less than any other day of the year.

Just have to know what's happening before Friday? No problem, we have you covered. Just come in this week and we'll give you a sneak peak and access to the Market Day deals.

It's going to be beautiful, sunny and an event you won't want to miss. See you there.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Prima Donna Lingerie: Putting Women of All Sizes First

Prima Donna comes from the Italian, literally meaning first lady. And while a president's wife rarely makes an appearance at Secret Drawers Lingerie, we do feel that our Prima Donna lingerie puts women first.

Some lingerie lines are cheeky enough to size only the slightest of women, but the beautiful Prima Donna Stockholm, above, is available all the way up to an H cup. It arrived just this week and comes in ocean blue, with matching thongs and panties available.

Prima Donna is known for its fine embroidery and romantic feel. It's designed to flatter a woman's curvaceous body. Wearers tell us they feel seductive in this luxurious line, beautifully adorning figures of all types.

And with looks like the Stockholm, any woman wearing it knows that she is put first.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Wacoal: Best in Beautiful Basics

Many women who walk through our doors aren't looking for tulle or lace; they're looking for a beautiful basic best that can guarantee comfort in a range of sizes. For these women, we point them towards Wacoal. Here are three of our favorites.

Wacoal creates the front contour bra, seen right, with just a hint of lace, starting in size 32AA for the more petite woman looking to create a delicate feminine shape. We love that this allows us to fit very petite women with a bra that allows them to choose their level of shape with removable "cookies" of padding.

The Wacoal beautiful basic seen left provides superior comfort and support in a calla lily jacquard fabric across the cups. Women dressed in this can expect to see a subtle, smooth silhouette due to this bra's light padding, creating shape and not size. This bra offers full coverage and seamless shaping in a range of sizes. We love this bra because the straps over the shoulders are wide, ensuring they don't dig in, and the generous band across the back, including four hooks, ensures comfort. We particularly love it in the new fashion colour of stone blue.

And finally, this beauty basic has been in our drawers for years at the behest of many of our clients. Outstanding construction and a seamless stretch cup without being molded or padded make it unique. This beauty basic bra is designed to flatter fuller figures and has double-padded underwires for maximum comfort.

We love and wear these bras ourselves because even if you're not looking for french lace and frills, we know that underwear matters.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What is Better Than Cotton for Breathability?

When people think of silk they often think of shiny, restrictive, stretch-free fabrics, but with Kim Allan Silks nothing could be further from the truth. Kim Allan Silks produces comfortable, ultra-breathable, nonrestrictive, sensible, everyday, silk garments.

Kim Allan Silks are a woven silk with long fibres allowing for stretching and flexing with your body. It remains smooth against the body making it perfect for sleeping uniquely keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The Top Five Reasons People Love Kim Allan Silk
  1. These silks are perfect for travel. You can toss them into your luggage and rest-assured they will still look great at your destination. They are also easy to hand-wash with shampoo in your Parisian hotel room's petite sink, and they dry in a snap.
  2. Silk is perfect for the hot flashes and night sweats of menopause. Silk breathes better than other fabrics and wicks away fabric keeping you dry and sound asleep.
  3. Silk is gentle on even the most sensitive skin. The garments are so light and delicate they are preferred for conditions like post-radiation.
  4. Used under clothing, the silk provides warmth without bulk.
  5. No fabric has all the amazing properties of silk: absorbency, comfort, strength and weightlessness. And Kim Allan Silks takes these attributes and transforms them into sensible silks for every body.
Secret Drawers Lingerie has carried Kim Allan Silks for years and they continue to remain popular thanks to their timeless designs and versatility. We carry a loungewear collection including pieces like a chemise and a long gown in 70/30 Silk/Cotton blend. This blend retains the properties of silk but creates a more opaque garment that can be worn at home or out to a summer dinner al fresco.

We also carry the 100% silk line which includes french and full cut underwear, long and short shirts, a camisole with adjustable straps, and more. This season, look for colours like red pepper (seen right) and eggplant.

By devoting the last 13 years to creating luxurious undergarments, Kim Allan proves that underwear matters.