Product Review: Samanta Hana A111 Review

Hello Everyone,

Earlier this week, I reviewed the fabulous Samanta Mintaka A925 bra, and today, I am following through with my promise to review the other bra gifted to me by Sweet Nothings:  The Hana A111.  If you have not already done so, I recommend reading the Prelude to a Product Review post I wrote before continuing forward as I discuss Samanta’s sizing, pricing, and brand strategy in depth—all of which I will not rehash here.  Also, please check out the original review written by Sweet Nothings on both the Mintaka and Hana as she has additional insights and photos you may enjoy.

Sizing & Fit:  As with the Mintaka A925, the Hana is a size 70K (roughly a UK 32H) and fits well.  Because the bra is lightly used, I am estimating how much the band has stretched to determine sizing consistency.  Furthermore, after revisiting my current measurements, I realized I am between a 30 and 32 band again. With this information taken into account, the Hana fits comfortably on the middle hook some days while others feel better on a tighter setting.  This variance could also be related to how much salt I imbibed on the previous evening (if I had popcorn *cough* last night *cough*, count on me needing the middle hooks).  However, the fabric on the wings feels like it may have more innate stretch, and the Hana also lacks the side stays of the Mintaka.  Side stays often constrict the ability of the wing to fully stretch and are frequently paired with a firmer fabric near the underwire before transitioning to something more flexible after the stay.  I am going to tentatively claim the band runs truer to UK sizing here.  (Note:  I came to the same conclusion on the video; however, the video and pictures were shot nearly three weeks before I got a chance to write the review.  In between that time, I lost a couple pounds which changed how tight I can wear the band.)

Samanta Hana A111; Sizes: 65E-M, 70D-L, 75C-K, 80C-J, 85C-I, 90C-H, 95C-G
Samanta Hana A111; Sizes: 65E-M, 70D-L, 75C-K, 80C-J, 85C-I, 90C-H, 95C-G

The cups on the Hana fit me perfectly, giving me enough depth and space to completely fill the cup without encountering any overflow in the front or on the sides.  Unlike my Comexim bras which I adore (clearly since I mentally compare everything else to them and can’t stop mentioning them in my reviews—I realize this, but hey, it’s my blog.), the Hana offers a more relaxed, natural profile without sacrificing lift or forward projection.  According to Samanta, the A111 “optically reduces the bust, exposes it and slightly raises it up. It maintains and naturally rounds the bust. Deep cups cover 80% of the bust, ensuring maximum subtlety and comfort.” Kudos to Samanta’s copywriter because that is a clear, concise, and honest description of how the bra fits and the profile it creates.

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The narrow center gore fully tacks comparable to the more traditional “UK Tack,” and the sides are slightly wider than I need.  However, the height of the underwire and the shape of the outer cup are low enough to not create any issues with the bra cutting into my arm or digging into sensitive tissue.  In fact, the cup design for the A111 is quite unique in the fuller bust market.  Composed of a three-section cup design, the A111 offers a smooth lower cup, a side panel, and an embroidered upper cup.  Often, you see the use of a vertical seam directly beneath the heaviest part of the bust to create additional lift, but the A111 manages to achieve support without needing one.  The traditional side panel pulls breast tissue into the front, and the embroidered top cup contours inward for a perfect fit.  Like Mintaka, the back closes with two hook-and-eye closures, and the straps are wider than I prefer but comfortable and fully-adjustable.

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A full coverage piece, the A111 completely lifts and separates tissue into a flattering, modern silhouette.  My Comexim bras often created challenges closing button-fronts even before I gained weight, but Hana offers a more subtle profile, particularly for clothing more sensitive to extreme projection.  I have also been missing non-padded bras lately, and trying Hana reminded me how much I enjoy them.  Finally, anyone who had reservations about the tacking issues, padding, or general shape of the A925 Mintaka may find something to appreciate here, particularly people interested in a bra with less immediate projection.

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Materials & Design:  The Hana A111 uses exceptionally smooth, non-irritating materials for the bulk of the design which translates to an effortlessly lightweight bra.  A dreamy, slightly stretchy fabric represents both the side panel and lower cup, and the wings anchor the body but feel soft and comfortable.  Hana disappears seamlessly into the background of the day rather than reminding me constantly that I’m wearing a bra.  Moreover, I frequently experience issues with banded frames flipping underneath the underwire during my daily activities and then rubbing my skin.  Longlines have been a perfect solution for me, but Hana manages to avoid the problem entirely.  Even if the band does someday roll under, the fabric is so smooth and devoid of lace or embroidery that I think it will not create the same problems.

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Aside from the incredible materials, the Hana is also an understated, elegant design, and I think the use of tight seaming, flat embroidery, and smoother fabric ensures the bra will not be rejected for a lack of discretion under thinner clothing.  In the claret, Hana imbues a deep, crimson for a pop of rich, jewel-tone color, and the textured straps and ornate floral embroidery offer visual interest without competing with the eye-popping color.

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Overall, I have been wearing the bra for a few weeks, and I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite between Mintaka and Hana because I like them for different purposes.  Mintaka channels the forward projection and shape I have come to rely on over the last two years, but Hana reminds me of of my lost love Freya, now upgraded and improved to fit my figure while still providing the rounded, lifted shape I love.

Erica

Product Review: Samanta Hana A111 Review
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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16 thoughts on “Product Review: Samanta Hana A111 Review

  • May 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    You had me at ‘low wires and no side stays’. But, yes, this is the style I was thinking of. Is there any stretch to the upper embroidered part of the cup? I.e. How would a full-on-top fare?

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    • Erica
      May 7, 2016 at 10:21 am
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      Hi Alicia! The upper cup is not stretchy, but it doesn’t feel harsh or exceptionally stiff. I think very FOT may have issues, but I wouldn’t totally rule it out either. If you get a chance to try one, please let me know!

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  • May 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    I am FOT and it fits me beautifully 🙂 So no problems there! This is also one of my most used comfortable everyday bras and the quality is absolutely superb 🙂

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    • May 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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      Hi Sophie. I’ve seen, I think, all of your other Samanta reviews – I do not know how I missed that one! I’m a fan of gray colorways, and that one has a really unique look, with the contast.

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      • May 12, 2016 at 3:21 am
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        Yap, I have quite a few of Samanta reviews so it might have got lost somewhere in there 😉 I am actually wearing the bra at the moment and can still vouch for it, it is such a comfy little number.

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    • Erica
      May 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm
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      Thanks for weighing in on that, Sophie! The overall projection and roundness seems more forgiving than some of the embroidered upper cups from other manufacturers. I love how lightweight it feels, and those fabrics are just so soft against the skin. By the way, your reviews were instrumental in helping me with Samanta. I think I referenced yours, Sweets, and Miss Underpinnings post repeatedly while figuring out what to order and which styles would work best. So thank you for writing such helpful, thorough reviews! <3

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      • May 12, 2016 at 3:23 am
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        Hi Erica! That is absolutely my pleasure, glad I was of help with your choices <3 That's one of the reasons I write my blog, to make retailers job a bit easier as you can rarely try the samples on yourself. xx

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        • Erica
          May 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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          It’s amazing help. <3 I don't always get a chance to comment, but I do usually read everything. Plus, your pictures are always so cute! I love how you do your hair and makeup. 🙂

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  • May 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    This is not my style of bra (preferring something with more structure as I do), but…buttery, salty popcorn is one of life’s most delightful guilty pleasures, and I say go for it. 😉

    (Though the bra isn’t my style, it IS very pretty, especially in this rich, glamourous colour!)

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    • Erica
      May 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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      You would probably like the Mintaka better then! I adore popcorn, but I have to admit I use way too much salt if left to my own devices, lol. No one will even share popcorn with me if I got my hands on the salt shaker!

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  • June 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    That pretty red bra has two facets: sight and touch. The sight is magnificent, yet the touch seems to be “Abrasion”. Really it is beautiful, just not meant to be touched.

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    • Erica
      June 13, 2016 at 10:00 am
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      Hi Luke! Actually, this is one of the most comfortable bras I own! The fabrics are exceptionally soft, and I can wear it all day at work without ever once feeling like it is rubbing, pinching, or abrading the skin. Photos may be a bit deceiving here because in person it is perfect.

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      • June 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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        Erica, sorry for the confusion. The abrasion would be experienced by the person who is not wearing the bra. I think some bras do not invite touch as much as others. There’s an abrasion difference between that bra’s cup top and bottom. Pretty to look at, yet not designed to be touched.

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  • July 23, 2016 at 8:49 am
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    So nice and beautiful. The embroidery work on bra is very beautiful. Also, the color red adds an extra touch of sexiness. Perfect to wear on any special day or occasion to make it extra special. Love it 🙂 If you allow me then I love to feature it in my blog. Please contact me @ http://www.mylingeriemag.com

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    • Erica
      July 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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      Hi Jasmin! Sure go ahead and feature it. 🙂 As long as credit is given to the original source material, I’m okay with it. And I agree that the red just works so well with this print and fabric. The black looks lovely too though!

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