The October 2016 edition of Lingerie Insight is available to read online now!

The latest edition of Lingerie Insight is now available to read online, featuring the latest business news, designer interviews and trends features.

The October issue kicks off with the news that Pretty Polly is continuing to thrive in the UK and internationally, despite its Derbyshire factory closing in May.

Speaking exclusively to Lingerie Insight, managing director David Donnelly said the heritage label still has strong presence in store and online and is focused on creating new collections for the next season and beyond.

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Our front section also covers a new made-in-Africa collection by Nubian Skin, Peter Stringfellow’s announcement that he will launch his own lingerie collection by Christmas and Bluebella’s plans to crack America.

Over on our legal page, fashion solicitor Tim O’Callaghan discusses a new legislation that will require private sector employers to publish annual data on their gender pay gap.

Under the Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016, due to come into force on October 1, employers will need to take a snapshot of their gender pay data in April 2017, and publish the information on their UK website no later than April 2018.

Also this month, we made a trip to Berlin to interview Philip Mountford, the CEO of Dutch lingerie retailer Hunkemöller.

Speaking at a press event that marked former Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes – our cover start this month – as the new face of the brand, Mountford spoke of his company’s vision to dominate the European market.

Also taking the interview hot seat are Jen Scott and Kimberley Mather, the lingerie buyers at Very.co.uk.

They reveal that an explosion of fashionable lingerie that is worn to be seen has led to a 28% uplift in underwear sales for the retailer.

Over the page, Annabelle Mu’azu, the owner of luxury online boutique Beautifully Undressed, talks to Chris Folayan, the founder of a new virtual shopping mall, about the benefits of selling lingerie in Africa.

Mall for Africa is an online platform that buys products from US and UK retailers and delivers them direct to consumers in Africa.

Later in the issue, Panache unveils the winners of its 2016 Modelled by Role Models campaign. Read the inspiring stories behind the women featured in the brand’s latest photoshoot.

Over in our product pages, INVISTA unveils a concept collection that brings to life lingerie, swimwear and athleisure trends for 2017/18 and we list the must-stock tights and stockings from some of the biggest brands in the hosiery industry.

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