Curves Expo Feb. 2014

Hello Everyone,

In a few short days, I will be traveling to New York City for the first time ever, and I cannot be more excited.  As a little girl, I swore I was going to move to New York to strike my fortune as an attorney, but as I grew older, I realized I liked country living more than the city.  In a twist of fate, I never had the chance to visit the city of my dreams until opening a lingerie store.  Not only will I attend the fabulous Curves Expo this weekend, but I will also meet some of the gorgeous NY-based bra bloggers!  For those of you not addicted to lingerie (like moi), Curves is the lingerie show in the US where lingerie professionals ranging from designers, manufacturers, store owners, department buyers, bloggers, and press writers converge on one spot to ravenously devour the upcoming delectable goodies put forth by the most intimate part of the fashion industry.

The Jacob Javits Center where Curves is held.  Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Jacob Javits Center where Curves is held. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

For a boutique owner, Curves provides an atmosphere where we can communicate directly with the brands we sell in addition to those we would someday like to include in our buying mix.  Beyond first glimpses of the stunning colors, unique prints, and retooled designs of the season, Curves is about fostering an open dialogue between customers, whether that customer is a store owner asking a manufacturer why the Cleo Marcie is not available in basics or a blogger representing what I affectionately call “the end user” asking why the Cleo Marcie is not available in basics.  I’m sure there are more questions that need to be asked, but with the prospect of buying a neon yellow Marcie looming over me this spring, this is one query in which I have a personal investment!

Would it kill you Cleo to step outside the Crayola Neon color box and make this bra in a neutral?
Would it kill you Cleo to step outside the a highlighter box and make this bra in a neutral too?

However, I would also like to give my readers and customers a chance to ask questions, especially given how many of you struggle with finding certain sizes or fits.  My schedule is booked solid, meaning time will be limited, but I would love to incorporate some of the issues bothering you with the current lingerie market and hopefully bring them to the attention of the companies making our bras.  Below is a list of the manufacturers I will be visiting:

My camera is charging and ready for packing so that I can take plenty of pictures to include in the blogs of my experience.  The trip promises to be exhausting but exciting, and I am counting the days until Sunday.  Nevertheless, in order to attend the show and be able to see so many new and exciting things, I do need to close the store for two of the days we would usually be open.

Saturday, February 22nd:  10a.m. to 4p.m.
Sunday, February 23rd – Wednesday, February 26th: Closed

We will reopen on February 27th for normal store hours, and I will begin work on assembling all of the information I gathered.  Thank you everyone for understanding and for your continued support of the shop!

Erica

Curves Expo Feb. 2014
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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25 thoughts on “Curves Expo Feb. 2014

  • February 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    I would love it if any of the designers would make a bra with non slip straps sith my short torso it is my one pet peeve. Bali I
    used to make one but discontinued it. I miss that bra

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    • Erica
      February 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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      Strap placement is definitely one of the things I want to ask about, especially with brands like Cleo which can be very broad. Thanks for contributing!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    Have fun! Wish I was going! I have just realised I missed our version here in the UK but hopefully I can go next year. Really looking forward to seing the photos of what you find!

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    • Erica
      February 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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      Hi Alex! I’d love to go the European shows at some point because it would be like a vacation/business trip combined. I’m going to try to get posts up as quickly as I can since there will be so much material to cover.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    Would you be willing to ask the Curvy Kate people if they’re going to be coming out with another version of their Tease Me bra? It fits me perfectly. Thanks!

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    • Erica
      February 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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      Definitely, Jodi! I know the last time I spoke with my reps they said Curvy Kate was planning on reviving the Showgirl Line in some form.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm
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    New York City will certainly blow your mind. Have a ball!

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  • February 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    Have a great time Erica! I would love a “real” explanation from Elomi as to why they won’t make many of their styles(Amelia, Betty,Valentina etc.) in 36J when they manufacture the same cup volume. Their band tend to be stretchy so sister sizing up is not a great option.

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    • Erica
      February 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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      Thanks, JCupJedi! I will definitely ask about the sizing rationale for the Eveden brands and see if they cna give me a plausible explanation. Don’t get your hopes up as they can be rather snooty when questioned about their sizing/styles!

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      • February 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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        Yes, I get really snooty replies on their FB page. Have a blast.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm
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    My dream bra was (is?) an old Wacoal t back front closure one. I’ve never found another one that was as amazing as it. It came in their toast lace and it was my workhorse bra for many years. I need them to revive it. I actually brought one to a seamstress to see if she could make a knock off for me and she thought I had a mental problem.

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    • Erica
      March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
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      Wacoal does have some new front closures coming out as does a line called Parisa. I think the regular Natori line also has a really cute one too, so watch the previews and see if anything comes close to your favorite style! 🙂

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  • February 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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    Panache and/or Eveden regarding bras for >K cups. Panache used to make one but discontinued. Any thoughts on reviving even ONE style for KK plus.

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    • Erica
      February 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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      No plans from what I heard, Kacey! 🙁 They fall back on the “demand” issue, but I feel like the problem is more that the companies do not invest the time and resources into developing properly fitting JJ-KK bras, making women more likely to need alterations and thus less likely to buy at full price.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    Have a great time in NY!
    Perhaps it’s just me but, being right on the cusp of the full bust (36K or 38J/JJ) and plus size market I end up with total east west or quad boob in most cuts. Elomi, Sculptress,and Goddess always fit oddly for my FOT and close set boobs. Freya and curvy kate cups never fit either which leaves me with primarily panache or cleo or ewa michalak.

    Long story short I would love a stretch lace panel on the cleo marci as well as 3 hooks and eyes and some nude or black color ways. Also the envy was touted as the basic version of the jasmine but it’s really not. The seems are just slightly different and give more east west on me as well I had to go up a cup size to get the same fit of the jasmine. Also having more variety in the J/JJ or K cup margin would be awesome- something like long lines, babydolls (parfait didn’t work for me), etc…
    Maybe it’s just me but it seems the plus sizes tend to stop at the H/HH cup margin (unless it’s the one model that not even my grandmother would wear) as well as being too wide set while the full bust (panache for me) wires dig in either on my back or right under the arms.

    The thing is I’m not excessively large, my whole family extended and otherwise are built just like me. We are all well over 6ft tall and are anywhere from size 8-14 with chests roughly the same sizes but finding anything to fit is horrible. Okay rant over.

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    • Erica
      February 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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      Thanks for the comments, DJ! I have asked about bigger cup sizes, but they don’t have plans for that right now. I think that as more women are fit into the right size bra, it will be come apparent that not only do we need more J-K options but we also need K+ options too. Marcie is slated to appear in basics (yay!), but it will still have the two hook-and-eye closures. I wish they’d make the bands thicker myself, so I appreciate your pain! I think some of the brands are slower to expand in general to new things because they don’t want to be caught with too much inventory, but they’ll never fully realize the demand if they don’t at least open a dialogue with the market.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 4:55 am
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    If only I had the chance to have a conversation with the Cleo people… I would ask them, why they use such horrible patterns and strong colours, and if they would please make something more sophisticated like the panache bras. And, I would beg them to add a 26” back to their line or go back to the same firm band as the Zia bra. I find that the band on their bras has become less and less tight since then, and they do have a great number of customers who need a firm 28” back or 26”. So, a wish list would be;

    – more subtle patterns and colours; nude/beige/pale pink would be very much appreciated, so that it would be possible for me to wear the white and pastel summer blouses. (Forget about white bras, they are much too visible through fabric)

    – Go back to firmer bands please, or add a 26” to the range.

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    • Erica
      February 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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      Hi Marie! I did ask about 26 backs, but again, no plans on that for a while. Having said that, I got a Minnie bra in yesterday, and the band/fit feels almost identical to the Zia. Much firmer overall, and the lift is nearly identical. You may want to snag one of these styles and test it out! Plus, the red/white polka dots are not overly bright either. Fall looks much better, by the way, so there is hope!

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      • March 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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        Thanks Erica, maybe I should give the Minnie a chance then. You keep mentioning that fall looks much better – when will you be able to say something more specific? 😉

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        • Erica
          March 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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          I’ve got loads of pictures to put up on the blog. I’m trying to get everything assembled so we can upload the series over the next two weeks. We saw a lot of stuff, and I think everything really needs to be put into separate entries. So, to answer your question: Soon, very soon! 🙂

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  • February 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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    We definitely need answers about why there are no basic color ways for the Marcie. I would buy like ten of them in black! And has the Lucy been discontinued? It seems like for the first time in a very long time, there isn’t a new color way planned for AW14.

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    • Erica
      February 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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      I heard that there definitely plans for a Marcie basic. I had to ask, and I get a tentative “yes.” So do the happy dances now!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucy has not been discontinued. There is a fall style in a lime green (I can’t recall the name offhand) that is based on the Lucy frame. They changed the embroidery on it, but the Lucy style is still there.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    UGHHH– Do NOT do business with the Little Bra Company. Warning.
    First, the bras that they list in standard sizes do not REMOTELY fit in the same sizes you’d find in a store. WAY too small.
    The quality of the ones I ordered was AWFUL. Extremely cheap-looking colors and lace. Ewwww.
    And when you return them, if you’ve also ordered matching panties– they WILL NOT honor a return on them, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN OPENED!
    I was flabbergasted. Add to that, they don’t even pay the postage on a return.
    So this lousy, miserable dealing with these people (or person) actually ended up COSTING ME MORE THAN A HUNDRED DOLLARS.
    BUYER BEWARE. WELL aware.

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    • Erica
      March 13, 2015 at 11:21 am
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      Thanks for the feedback, Michelle! Were they smaller in the cup, the band, or all-over? Which styles did you try (if you can remember, of course)? I like hearing more about what people did/didn’t like as it does help me make more informed decisions.

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