The latest edition of Lingerie Insight is available to read online page-by-page, packed with the latest business news, designer interviews and trends features.
The March issue kicks of with an exclusive interview with Ultimo founder Michelle Mone, who talks about her decision to launch concession stores in Debenhams and House of Fraser. She tells us how the new retail concept has given her brand full control over the selection of garments it can display in a lingerie department.
We also here from Sarah da Costa, a Masters student from Central Saint Martins, who has designed a bra that could deliver cancer-fighting drugs through the wearer’s skin. The inventor has teamed up with the London College of Fashion and scientists at the University of Westminster to design the bra that has the potential to save lives.
The latest issue also asks industry experts whether heavy discounting online is having a negative impact on bricks and mortar stores. Philippa Bradley Agencies, Odyssey Boutique, AWG Brands, Guilt Lingerie and Ayla Rose join the debate.
Over the page, we honour Gossard and Berlei managing director Tony Jarvis, who has announced his retirement after 21 years in the intimate apparel industry. In a special feature, her looks back on his illustrious career and shares his ambitious plans for the future.
This month’s columnist is Justin Opie, managing director of IMRG, the UK’s industry association for retail. He discusses the changing face of online retail and how it is positively affecting the lingerie industry.
Michelle Taylor takes the hot seat as this month’s interviewee, discussing her return to Salon International de la Lingerie with her brand Tallulah Love after receiving equity investments to grow the label. She chats to LI editor Sarah Blackman about her latest collection, which took the Paris exhibition by storm.
In this month’s products and trends section, we capture luxury intimate apparel from top French design houses in a special photoshoot directed by Lingerie Insight and Lighthouse Fashion. Premium brands LOU, Huit, Passionata, Maison Lejaby, Secret D’eva and Barbara feature.
We also pick out key AW15 trends spotted at Salon International de la Lingerie and Moda trade shows this season, from 80s-inspired corsetry and jewel tones, to luxury nautical swimwear and silk nightwear.
The March edition of Lingerie Insight also features a special roundtable debate on fuller bust trends. We invited brands and retailers to gather in central London to discuss whether the lingerie industry is meeting the needs of larger-cup consumers.
And, to round up this business feature, we’ve listed the must-buy fuller bust bras for the new season, from young and colourful styles to sexy boudoir pieces.