I spend more time browsing luxurious lingerie more than I care to admit (especially at work, ssh...), so today I thought I'd share four of my favorite high-end independent lingerie brands that I hope to one day be able to add to my collection.
1. Angela Friedman
Made locally in NYC, Angela Friedman's lingerie is full of bold lines, sheer fabric, and lots of amazing ruffles. Her collections feature lingerie, corsets and loungewear in a range of vibrant colors and luxurious laces. Sizing is on an XS-XL basis without band or cup sizes, but via her Etsy shop, you can request custom made pieces. When I finally gather up the funds to try an Angela Friedman piece, I will likely take advantage of custom ordering, since my measurements don't quite align with most regular sizes.
Some of my favorites from Angela Friedman's current collection:
Clair de Lune Robe
Bordelle's aesthetic is so different than what I usually go for in lingerie. I love modern takes on vintage designs, lace, silk and pieces that can be described as glamorous. However, I have been seduced by the sheer sex appeal of Bordelle's bondage-inspired pieces. Founded five years ago in London, Bordelle offers ready-to-wear and bespoke collections of beautiful erotic lingerie. Like many independent lingerie labels, the pieces come in sizes S-L, but given the plethora of adjustable straps in many of the garments, they could likely accommodate a wider range of sizes. Plus, a cupless bra or peek-a-boo panty is not exactly something that will be worn all day at work...
Gia Shelf Bra
Caramel Bondage Harness Brief
Malena Bodice Bra
3. Gilda & Pearl
Returning to my prevailing style of sheer fabrics, sashes and eyelash lace, I introduce Gilda & Pearl. Another UK native brand, Gilda & Pearl offers lingerie and loungewear in universal sizes S-L, as well as some styles in sizes 28-38 A-F, which puts me right at the edge of their size range. My absolute favorite feature about Gilda & Pearl's designs is the prevalence of iridescent lace. It's not an easy feat to use metallic fabrics without crossing over into blinged-out gaudy territory, but this lingerie looks nothing but classy. It pains me that the Isadora bra (see below) stops at D cups in 28 and 30 bands!
Harlow Allover Lace Kimono
How to Marry a Millionaire Bra
Marlena Tie-Side Knicker
I could probably go on for days, but these are my top choices for now. What are your favorite independent designers?