Wander-Lusting for the Perfect Panty: Les Culottes Product Review
“From a small beach in Morocco to a global underwear revolution, Les Culottes is quite literally changing the world- one country traveled at a time.”
Sun-kissed with ocean water dripping from her hair, Alice Marzano reflects on the sunset after a rigorous surf session. Sitting there, worlds away in the small fisherman’s village of Imsouane, Morocco an idea sparks to life. That spark would grow into a fiery blaze, inspiration fueled by landscapes during her year one-year road trip through Europe and Africa. Alice would spend the next year furiously sketching, creating and dreaming up a collection of exquisite underwear as unique as her life.
Globe-trotter-panty-designer-extraordinaire Alice Marzano lives a life most of us could not begin to fathom. Ok, Alice is cooler than any of us, full stop. When I wrote her to get some more info on the TO DIE FOR modal panties she sent me, she quipped “ok I’ll do my best, as I’m out hiking in the African bush right now, will try when there’s service!” I mean, can I be her? But I digress, I’ll stop crushing on Alice the free-spirited nomad, we’re here to discuss her brainchild, Les Culottes.
I’ve always said no one can master efficiency like a mother. It’s very apparent in Alice, mother of two’s, Les Culottes line. These are the underwear you don’t have to think about once you put them on. Simple, functional, but absolutely the best and of highest quality. Breathable fabric cut in a stay-in-place shape, it’s clear that a great deal of thought went into their creation. “I wanted non- itching, non- sweating, non- pulling, non- showing undies!” she declared.
“I really cannot adequately express what a game changer the fabric for Les Culottes is.”
It’s July here in New York, which means you spend your days sweating as you run to the next air-conditioned building or subway car. I tried on the Aereo panty and sighed in sweet relief. My god I could breathe in it! I may be feeling dramatic because I’m delirious from the heat, but the Les Culottes modal fabric is the best thing to ever happen to me. Alice agrees- ‘’don’t they just feel soft as silk?” The story behind the fabric is totally something to nerd out over if you’re passionate about sustainability. The small family owned mill in Italy who sews the panties also MAKES the fabric.
How amazing is that? This Modal is a unique one as it’s 98% modal and only 2% elastane. It’s made from the original Lenzing Modal Fiber which is produced in Austria from sustainable beech tree fields that grow fast and need less water than cotton. It’s also softer and more airy. I really cannot adequately express what a game changer the fabric for Les Culottes is. Its like if fine European silk and soft jersey cotton had a love child that could mold to your body-it’s so thin you forget it’s there.
“I swear there is some supernatural magic going on here, the fabric and almost invisible elastic mold to your body and disappear.”
Les Culottes panties STAY IN PLACE. FULL. STOP. I wore them throughout a busy day of running around, I even slept in them, and I swear the leg line did not budge. No wedgies, no panty lines, honestly are these things bomb proof? The shape is really cute and flattering too, I normally don’t go for full coverage panties, but the leg line shows the right amount of cheek so it still has sex appeal. These are definitely not granny panties, they’re the panties of the future. The waistline hits in the perfect spot too, a blend of mid to low rise. And the elastic finishing on the legs and waist again shows Alice’s attention to detail and demand for perfection. We see a lot of briefs that promise “no panty lines”, but let’s be real, unless it’s a thong, you’re seeing panty lines. Not with Les Culottes! I swear there is some supernatural magic going on here, the fabric and almost invisible elastic mold to your body and disappear.
“In the Les Voyageurs collection they are the landscapes, oceans and star constellations inspired by Alice’s travels.”
At first glance I appreciated the linear graphics on the panties for their clean lines and simplicity. I thought, oh that’s a nice way to add something pretty to a basic panty. But the crisp line designs are far more than a graphic, they’re a love story.
In the Les Voyageurs collection they are the landscapes, oceans and star constellations inspired by Alice’s travels. Le Meridien collection represents the “meridians that pass our pelvis, our feminine energy paths”. (Yes girl grab a pair and get your earth goddess on). And my personal favorite, La Pompadour, is a “lace pattern design inspired by my great grandmother Granny who used to buy lace underwear and couture from Paris to sell in her shop in the roaring 30’s.” Granny sounds as fabulous & adventurous as her great granddaughter.
From a small beach in Morocco to a global underwear revolution, Les Culottes is quite literally changing the world- one country traveled at a time. I know I’ll be packing a few pairs in my suitcase for my trips this summer. The Les Culottes girl is as Alice puts it, “a modern-day nomad with a lust for life, who constantly seeks new adventures while being surrounded by style and comfort”. A South-African line is next in the works, when I interviewed Alice she was in the Drakensberg mountains. “The most beautiful mountain chain so lush and green! I just dipped my feet in the freezing cold river water!” I truly hope to see some of these majestic mountain peaks in her next designs. It seems impossible that a pair of panties can adequately capture the joie de vivre and sense of adventure behind her travels, but now knowing the story perhaps it will encourage us to make our own adventures.