Letter from Paris: Lingerie Year in Review

Letter from Paris 2013 Year In Review

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, President of Pink Bra Bazaar, a lingerie charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for breast cancerby Kathryn Kemp-Griffin
TLJ’s Associate Editor for France

Kathryn is the co-founder of Pink Bra Bazaar, a charity dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. She is also founder of  Paris Lingerie Tours and offers exclusive lingerie tours as an unusual alternative to the regular tourist attractions.

Contact Kathryn at: kathryn@thelingeriejournal.com

The Lingerie Year in Review in France was marked by the following events to remember 2013 as une année extraordinaire!

Lingerie Exhibition

Behind The Seams: An Indiscreet Look at the Mechanics of Fashion

Letter from Paris Corset circa 1876, Melanie Talkington collection


Top photo from the Melanie Talkington collection by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin. Bottom photos by Patricia Canino.

Curated by Denis Bruna, this major retrospective of undergarments at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris displayed an extraordinary variety of fascinating and complex structures used over the centuries to shape and contort bodies. Nearly 200 pieces showcased the art of lingerie and its influence on fashion in our pursuit of the perfect silhouette.

Bold Initiative

Les Atelières

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Photo by Les Atelières.

When new owners took over the bankrupt French brand Lejaby last year, closed the remaining factory in France and moved production offshore, disgruntled workers protested, opinions flared, national pride was injured and politicians intervened. The saga inspired Muriel Pernin, a former journalist and director of communications agency, to do something in order to maintain the tradition of corsetry in France and launched Les Atelières, an atelier near Lyon to manufacture haute couture lingerie.

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Photo by Les Atelières.

This unique initiative, first a non-profit and now a cooperative, required significant funding. Madame Pernin started asking for money and she got it — enough to hire 26 employees, including many of the experienced ex-Lejaby couturiers. In January 2013 Les Atelières officially opened for business and started filling orders. A year later the adventure is in full swing, but in need of more financing to grow and be competitive.

Retail Innovation

Galeries Lafayette

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The world-renowned Parisian department store did a major re-do of their lingerie department in May. Under the artistic direction of French designer Stella Cadente, the new lingerie department covers a spacious 350 square feet with the design and charm of a Haussmann-style apartment.

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An exceptional selection of brands, 50 spacious fitting rooms, and a beauty area for pampering offers customers an intimate setting to enjoy the luxury of lingerie shopping. A must for any visitor to Paris eager to take home the ultimate French souvenir!

Meilleurs Voeux pour 2014!
Best Wishes for 2014!

Learn More

Galeries Lafayette

Les Atelières

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Catch up on our Letter from Paris Series

Take a tour of the lingerie world with Kathryn Kemp-Griffin and read the series from the start HERE.

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