Your most special intimate pieces are different than your everyday bras and knickers. These pieces have a little undefinable, evanescent extra … something. They breathe life into us. We return the favor, breathing a little extra life into them too. Perhaps for you it is a vintage robe, your Bridal trousseau, a custom corset or something of a more risqué nature that summons up the blushing coquette or the proud provocateur you love to be (now and then).
Chances are that the pieces you love the most carry a vivid, living vibe with them always. That vibe comes from someone who loved creating what you love now.
You can almost imagine the hands they were made with, the scissors and sewing machines. You feel as though someone breathed life into the garments before they came alive on you, with you. It is a special thing to feel that love and craft. Yes, there still are loving people out there who labor over pretty patterns, bolts of fabric and bobbins of thread. They wake up with ideas and go to sleep with dreams.
I was introduced to such people, just recently, three young women whose beautiful ambitions are being realized in a new lingerie line, Lilipiache. Please take a moment to get to know them with me, would you?
First, the name. Lilipiache is floral, and flowers are Nature’s own symbol of full throated femininity. Delicate, resilient, colorful and compelling. A lingerie designer really does not need to look far beyond the garden for rules to live by. Lilipiache lives in this garden.
Next, the people. Two sisters and a sister in spirit, schooled in the fashion business in their native Japan, and drawn recently to New York with a mission to grow Lilipiache in a bigger, wilder garden and to look for inspiration where it always is, just around the corner, down the block, up in the air, all around.
And now to the pieces where the passions are revealed. Starting with the Organic Cotton set (pictured above). Organic is the key word here. I live in Georgia, a state where you do not have to drive too far to see a cotton field, and believe me when I tell you that Mother Earth is not grateful for how we go about growing the stuff. Mostly. Lilipiacheorganic cotton though comes from ground that has been free of pesticides and crazy chemical cocktails for a full 3 years. You can practically feel the sigh of relief in fabric. Nothing but the coolest, softest, comfy cotton on the skin.
Prettiness abounds on the surfaces too, the micro mesh strap detail, the gorgeous froth of Leavers lace and a delicate eyelash trim winking away at cup top. The bikini panty is perfect. Snug, sleek, giving and breathing, and just as rich with embellishment. This is cotton to love, and cotton to be loved in.
If I have ever seen romance and cotton in a better embrace I cannot imagine how I forgot it. Mother Earth is happy somewhere too, and I suspect I know what she would be wearing if she was back on the dating scene.
Others of us on the dating scene might opt for the Luscious Black bra and bikini set for a special night out. Luscious walks the very fine line between innocent and provocative with confidence and a cheerful click of high heel. Less modest than her cotton cousin, there is nothing between the gossamer lace cup and you. Diaphanous and discrete at the same time. A thin veil of micro tulle is ruched around the cup, sitting naturally at balconette height. This exterior veil can be playfully positioned as a low cut shelf, gorgeous folds of mesh arranged in pretty contrast from the lace. The gently elasticized nylon wings of micro-mesh stretch comfortably, and fasten surely at a sturdy 2-row, 3-column metal hook and eye set. The matching panty is, no surprise, a delight to wear and a delight to look at and touch too.
Leavers lace is a signature element of Lilipiache, and a true luxury. John Leavers developed machines intended to rival the artistry of Venetian and Parisian lace weavers in England early in the 1800’s, and honestly, nobody has made an inch of progress in this pretty arena in the last couple of centuries. Leaver looms are scarce and their output is expensive. It shows in price points, but it glows on the skin. Only the most dedicated designers refuse to settle for less, and hope that people who appreciate the difference are not so scarce. People like you I hope.
The Lilipiache line is designed and sized for women of more slender dimensions. 32, 34 and 36 B and C cup assortments are rounded out with 34D and 38B offerings. The line fits very true to size, provides ample support and practical, day long comfort. Made in New York from materials sourced the world over, and available today at select fine boutiques and online directly from Lilipiache.
To our friends in the business who are attending Curve NY in August, be sure to find the time to visit with Lilipiache. I suspect that their booth will be super busy. To book some private time there, you can set an appointment here. I promise you it will be time well spent, and that the lingerie you find there will breathe a little new life into you and your boutique both.