I have spoken at length recently regarding my newly acquired devotion to both the original Comexim Linea Artisana as well as their collaboration with Anna Pardal, but I have been remiss in actually writing reviews of their products. Georgia was one of my original free samples to demonstrate the quality and aesthetic of a Linea Artisana bra, and it ultimately became a personal favorite:
Sizing & Fit: I quickly discovered that both Linea Artisana and Anna Pardal employ tighter bands and slightly smaller cups than my former go-to Cleo. My usual 30HH was all kinds of small, so I settled on 32HH as my ideal size for the brand. In Georgia, this size fit perfectly, leaving me to believe there is consistency in sizing across the two lines. The band was comfortably snug on the loosest set of hooks when I received it although it has stretched a little faster over time, and the cups had no overflow or gaping at the top.
Georgia utilizes the same lightly padded three section cup design as the Anna Pardal Emmeline, and the high, rounded profile offers superb forward projection for the fuller bust. One of the reasons I love Comexim and Anna Pardal is their use of narrow, low underwires. Fuller-bust brands often assume we all need or want underwires to touch underneath the arms or center gores wide and tall enough to lift and separate breasts into their own galaxies. For some women, this design works exceptionally well, but for others, especially those with close set breasts like myself, it is a form of torture. The shape and lowness of the underwires and cups on Georgia feels comfortable, even after long days at the shop.
However, in the spirit of full disclosure, the narrow underwires do not work for everyone. If you have a lot of breast tissue to the side of your body, the narrowness can cut in and cause tissue to spill over the top. Certain styles we carry in the store are what I call “crowd pleasers” in that they have a generic enough shape which enables them to work fairly well across multiple breast shapes, and there’s nothing wrong with this design strategy. However, I am also not opposed to carrying brands or styles which satisfy the demands and needs of a niche customer. Comexim and Anna Pardal are the latter kind of brand, but for the women who love them, it’s hard to branch out to anything else. This begs the question of whether or not the brand would work for you, and I have found a good way to tell is to examine the underwire width and height of Cleo or Panache bras. If the underwires on those brands work okay or are even too wide for you, then Comexim is definitely worth considering.
Materials & Design: The Georgia creates a high dollar look from simple materials, meaning you get more of the proverbial bang for your buck. With a realistic black lace print on a deep teal background, Georgia focuses on luxe contrasts like velvet piping on the top and oversized bows at the center. A super soft interior cup feels dreamy against the skin while the wings are made from a smooth black fabric with a hint of sheen instead of the traditional lace or mesh. Restricted stretch straps are fully-adjustable for maximum versatility, and three hook-and-eye closures in the back provide added support and smoothing.
Linea Artisana is a lower priced line compared to Anna Pardal, and the opportunity to test both has been amazing. Before I continue, I want to state that both lines are phenomenal with Linea Artisana easily being on par with or superior to Cleo. Nevertheless, as a bra fitter and a lingerie store owner, I can pick up on the nuances of a more expensive bra. As a friend of mine once said: Quality shows in all things. The bands on the Anna Pardal styles have stayed firmer longer, and the fit of the cups is slightly better because because of the higher quality materials. Naturally, I do not expect a $50 bra to have the same longevity or material quality as a $65 bra, which is why I see both lines as being fantastic. For the price, the quality and value of the Comexim Georgia is perfect, and it quickly became a favorite in my collection. Furthermore, despite having a seamed cup, the smoothness of the fabric and the discreetness of the stitching makes this style a nice t-shirt bra alternative too, and it’s so much prettier too!
Overall Grade: A