Here in North America we tend to look over our shoulders, east out over the Atlantic for luxury lingerie and intimate inspiration. Dear friends, today, together, let us all tighten up our bellies a little so that we can see south of the equator, all the way to the shapely calves of our hemisphere, to Buenos Aires, the home of an inspiring find in the underworld, Burdel.
Burdel takes inspiration from an era common to the birth of another great Argentine export, the Tango. This famously provocative, seductive dance was born in late 19th century Buenos Aires brothels where skilled courtesans might engage in a little musical foreplay as a prelude to dances of a slightly different rhythm. In such settings, inner wear was evolving from purely functional to more decorative, abstracted and now iconic configurations. In these rooms, the power of the feminine form, enhanced and embellished by lingerie was realized to the delight of women and their admirers both. All of us here today know this power well.
Burdel – Gala
Burdel founders Erica and Mora have captured the essence of this power in their beautiful enterprise and in their lingerie. They have a firm hand on all elements of the business from design and manufacture right through the creation of a remarkable retail experience available to lucky shoppers in Buenos Aires. The online shopping experience for the rest of us around the world is first rate too.
The Burdel enterprise is staffed exclusively by women, and I believe this to be a real influencer of much of the brands magic, and so much about what makes wearing Burdel a lovely experience. To capture and amplify both the delicacy and the strength of our bodies in a single gossamer weight garment is the challenge of the lingerie designer. This challenge has been matched gracefully in today’s reviewed ensemble, La Gala Rose.
Burdel – La Gala Rose
The delicacy is embodied in the micro tulle back panels, the lace applique at cup and strap and in the lightest blushing pink tones shimmering in the ivory satin cups and center gore. The strength is found in a carefully finished two-piece cup supported by very serious structural under wire and side panel stays, and in a broad 3 column – 3 row clasp back fastener.
There is a comfortable, wearable lightness in this bra, but (oh my) a very pronounced change in my profile, a proud swell of decolletage above demi cup. They say that dynamite comes in small packages. I feel as though I have more dynamite today than usual. I do like the power.
Burdel – Bailarinas
Complete the set with either the thong or a cotton lined bikini, tulle all around except for the nicely contrast-stitched satin front panel adorned with hints of matching lace trim and discrete, pretty bow details. Conquer the world. Rinse and repeat.
The Burdel line represents the whole spectrum of intimate wear needs, from casual, comfy lounge wear to provocative boudoir sets, from blushing bridal ensembles to maternity pieces designed for a proud and beautiful pregnancy.
Burdel – Nu Shu Robe
These various lines are named for influential woman from recent and ancient history and carry with them some of the curious magic and potency that great and notorious women possess.
I feel in my Burdel pieces sure signs of craft and care, all of the finishing touches I expect from very upmarket European lingerie brands. I am delighted that garments of this quality are available at price points that are within the reach of more of us who want to enjoy a luxury intimate wear experience more often.
Burdel – Pandora
Today, you can enjoy the embrace of these pieces by shopping on line. Burdel is determined to slowly seduce the American market. I am confident that they will. If you are a lingerie retailer who brings the same sort of passion and pride to your work that I feel in the work of the women of Burdel, I encourage you to reach out to our new friends to discuss stocking this gorgeous, artful line. It does, after all, take two to Tango.