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.
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!
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:
- Rago Shapewear
- Creme Bralee
- Curvy Kate
- Shock Absorber
- Yummie Tummie
- Panache Lingerie (including Cleo)
- Le Mystere
- Parfait and Affinitas
- N by Natori and Josie by Natori Sleepwear
- Little Bra Company
- Eveden (including Freya, Fantasie, Elomi, and Goddess)
- Cake Lingerie
- Wacoal (including b.tempt’d)
- Natori (including the N Line and Josie)
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!