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Breaking News: A Full Bust Lingerie Trip to Poland


As I mentioned back in December, Zack's family took us on a European river cruise through Southern Germany and onwards along the Danube. Unfortunately, we had one major travel kerfuffle: the cruise turned into a bus trip when the river was too high to navigate safely on! Dear Historic Flooding of December 2012, you suck. But while strolling through Vienna and trying to kill time before we all meet up, Zack and I spotted this lingerie boutique. There were tons of lingerie superstores lining the main shopping district so it wasn't a total revelation...and then I saw Masquerade! And busty
mannequins! Kris Line! I dove in there faster than you can say "lingerie".

 When I walked in, I was greeted warmly by a woman about my age. Since I'm familiar with many of the British full bust products, I asked to see Polish lingerie exclusively and I told her my (usual) size range. I expected to try one or two Kris Lines and be on my way. Well, what happened next shocked me! There was tons of selection from companies I've never heard of, read about, or seen in U.K.-based e-retailers. I tried on pieces from Dalia, Samanta, Kris Line and sometimes the bra would come and go so fast, I couldn't get a proper look at the tag! There was a massive selection that all came out of Poland. When Zack and I were rung up, I handed the gals my business card. After a moment of enthusiastic inter-German chatting, they told me they recognized me! So obviously, this is one of the top 10 Greatest Moments of My Life. I was recognized in Vienna. I still can't get over it and don't mention this to my mother because she will tell this story to anyone willing to listen.
 
Walking out the door, I felt like a celebrity. Of course it was wonderful for me personally, but the moment also gave me a new perspective on what I'm 'doing' as a blogger. I assume that most of my readers are native English speakers and the full bust brands from the U.K. are the premiere manufacturers of DD+ lingerie. It's a rather arrogant point of view as I'm both an English speaker and a diehard fan of British brands. While I wouldn't argue that the Panache and Eveden brands operate on the same scale as Polish brands, I've slowly realized that Poland has a full bust lingerie culture all their own. I'd also say that for the most part, that culture has been kept separate and inaccessible to the market as a whole. Ewa Michalak and Kris Line seem to be the tip of a larger iceberg.  I spend hours (quite literally) on the Internet researching full bust options. How is it possible that I have the Curvy Kate catalog memorized and I couldn't name three Polish brands?  To me, that seems a bit... weird?


I'm an insanely curious person so when I got home from our trip through Germany/Austria/Hungary, I started to see what I could suss out online about Polish DD+ brands. I used the Polish Lingerie Directory and Google translated my way through the Stanikomania! blog. I discovered even more companies like Gorteks, Ewa Bien, Kostar, and Gorsenia. I also found a cluster of lingerie boutiques that stock these brands in Warsaw. Like any rational and financially responsible person, I've bought a ticket and booked a hostel for a week. That's right, guys: I'm going to Poland to research, learn, and buy Polish lingerie next month.

To clarify just how insane this plan may be, I'm going to Poland by myself and I'm not at all familiar, let alone fluent, in the Polish language. I'm hoping we can all speak the Universal Language of Bras and I can grab an audio program that teaches me how to ask, "Where's the good bread?". 

Corin was the only Polish full bust lingerie company presenting at Curve NY. Of course, I had to stop by and of course, I feel in love with the "Lazurite" above.

Here's where you guys come in though -- my parents keep asking me questions like, What are you going to do exactly while you're there? What are you specifically going to see? What will the focus of your trip be? I have a lot of (vague) ideas about what I'll do, but this is really where I'd like to get some input on what you would like to see. Whatever you'd like to read about, I'll try my best to make happen. If you want me to bang down Ewa Michalak's door and tie her to a chair and interview her, I'll attempt it. If you'd like to learn the history and background of Central European intimate apparel production, I'll cover it. If you want me to travel to boutiques and try gorgeous bras on, I'll very, very happily share photos, info, etc. I'll be there next month, from March 13th to the 20th.

So: tell me what you want, what you really really want!! (I know, but what can I say? I grew up with them!)

If you're in Poland reading this, I'd love to get your thoughts and suggestions. If you're of Polish descent, fill me in on any cultural customs. And by all means, if you're a lingerie brand from Poland that I might not know about, feel free to contact me at underpinningsblog@gmail.com.




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  1. I hope that trip to Poland will be interesting for you :) You're going to visit Warsaw, as I understand - there's a lot of good shops with wide range of bra-brands, you can check it here: http://stanikowamapa.prv.pl/ A lot of them have polish brands, and there's a lot of polish brands worth trying:)
    Have a nice trip!

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    1. Hey Urkye! I will be based in Warsaw and I chose that spot slightly randomly. If you're in the surrounding area or would like to meet at a mid-point, I'd be happy to come see you! When I was doing my research I believe I found a boutique that carries your clothes in Warsaw? If I'm right, I'd love to stock up! :)

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  2. I am so excited for you! I would be curious if any if the Polish companies have Canadian wholesalers :-)
    have fun for me.

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    1. Darci, I'm on it. Canadian wholesalers, I'm gonna get to the bottom of it.

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  3. That's so awesome possum! Well what I would like to know are whether these stores have a website, what's their price range, and and and take lots of pictures! I don't mind scrolling down for days if it means looking at pretty full busted bras. :D

    And I also want a zigazig ah. ;)

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    1. LOVE IT. I wanted to be Posh Spice sooo bad.

      I'll definitely ask about price, website availability, and so forth. Prepare to be bombasted with pretty Polishness. :)

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    2. Me toooooooo. I squealed like crazy when I watched their Olympic closing ceremony perfomance. Posh looked FIERCE.

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  4. hi! that's my first comment here. I absolutely admire your courage) Recently I've read at Venusian glow an article about some Polish brands, may be you'll find it helpfull
    I'm especcially interested in Polish sizing because I have to buy lingerie online (as well as English brands, as far as I live in Russia) and I'like to get some Ewa's bras but I'm totally confused about how each bra fits

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    1. Sandrix, welcome! Thank you for admiring my courage because right now I'm terrified! Haha. I will certainly find the article on Venusian Glow, that sounds like an excellent resource.

      I will provide thorough information about fit so ordering can be a little easier for you. I understand, we Americans are far away too.

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  5. I stopped by Corin's booth at Curve too! Loved their stuff, it was gorgeous. Also loved that they had matching robes for a bunch of their bras -- talk about luxe!

    I would love it if you could see if any of these manufacturers are planning on selling their bras online anytime soon, and also, if you could do size comparisons among the brands. General ones would work -- which tend to run larger in the cup or band? Which run smaller?

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by Corin's booth too! Their stuff was great and they were the friendliest, most open booth I visited. Haha, did they give you candy??

      I will definitely dig deep on sizing because quite honestly, looking through their size range, I'm befuddled. It looks like a hybrid of British and European styles and I feel a little over my head. I'll report back! :)

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  6. Poland is lovely and people are very friendly - oh, and they almost all speak good English, though they will appreciate it if you try to speak Polish.

    I'm not surprised they lead the world with beautiful bras now. Even under the Communists, when most countries banned beauty salons, the Poles went the other way and democratised it - ie they had huge salons where dozens of women would have manicures at the same time

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    1. Dorothy, that's wonderful information. In the other European countries I've visited, I've found most residents can understand or speak English. I'm happy to learn Poland will be similar, as this time I'm traveling solo. I'm going to try to learn as many polite phrases in Polish as I can. Please and thank you go along way.

      That's also a wonderful story! And hopefully, I can learn more about how this enclave of full bust lingerie developed.

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  7. Ohh I am so excited for you! Have you heard of the Polish brand Avocado? They have some of the most gorgeous stuff, but ordering from their website is so difficult is you're outside of Poland.

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    1. Hey Ms. Windie! After Ewa Michalak and Kris Line, the only other two Polish brands on my radar were Avocado and Comexim so to get a chance to see even more brands is just the best. I feel tremendously lucky. I'll look into them particularly for ya.

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    2. re Avocado - I had issues with the web site because whilst I worked my way through the Polish ... I didn't have a PESEL number (ie Polish Social Security number). So I emailed them, and they helped me through it. They also were amazing about checking to make sure I was ordering the right size, etc.

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  8. Are you stopping to see the ladies at Biu Biu and Urkye, too? You know, for the full "Poland is oodles ahead of the USA" experience.

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    1. Hahaha, in full bust lingerie it seems EVERYONE is "oodles behind us" except maybe for the poor Australian gals. :(

      I'm definitely going to try and I think I've tracked down a bra store that also stocks them in Warsaw. Full immersion.

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    2. I know of one shop in Melbourne that has down to 28 and up to K so I think the situation in Australia is probably comparable to the US except for the fact that everything ever in Australia is always ALWAYS more expensive! There is one main stream shop that has 30 bands up to maybe G...? Still terrible situation pretty much everywhere at the end of the day!

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  9. Cece, you're a rockstar! I wish I could come with. I've been wanting to do something like this ever since I read about the bra shop district and Venusian Glow wrote about her brafitting in Krakow.

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    1. Thank you, although if you ever meet me, you'll know how false that statement is. I'm a huge dork, I only look passably cool on the Internet.

      And duh, I wish you could come too! I need all the bra buddies I can get and eeekk, I'm a scaredy cat on my own.

      I've got to track down the Venusian Glow post. It sounds killer.

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  10. This is great! I'm from Poland and I can tell you that the bra market is growing really fast in here! You should definately check out Avocado and comexim bras, great support and they are really beutiful (especially avocado). You probably already know Ewa Michalak, which is great as well. And you should definately come visit Krakow, it's the most beautiful city in Poland! :)
    Take care!

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    1. This is great info -- Avocado and Comexim are two of the brands I'm the most excited about seeing in person!

      I've heard such great things about Krakow, maybe I'll see if I can swing it! :)

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    2. (Sorry, feel as if I'm turning a bit stalkerish on this post but ... ) Krakow is beautiful, real Medieval not rebuilt post the Nazis, worth the trip. I used to do it as a day trip on the fast train (also, they had amazing cheesecake on the train), and that's a very good alternative if you're uncomfortable on your own, although I suspect you'd feel safer there as it is smaller and much more approachable to visit.

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    3. Dorothy, you haven't been stalkerish at all! In fact, you've been a godsend. Krakow is very, very tempting - the cheesecake alone might be worth the trip! ;)

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  11. Actually almost every polish brand has its own website and an individual sizing table. Most of them don't make the double letter cups (DD, FF and GG), so you have to go 1-3 sizes up, if you're over the D cup. The bands often go looser (not in Ewa Michalak, Comexim). There's also a new great Polish brand, that you haven't mentioned - OnlyHer, sadly it still only goes up to the G cup (but totally worth checking out (eg http://www.onlyher.pl/products/226/p/998/search//?ProducerId=45). The Corin, Samanta, Kostar, Gorsenia brands aren't such great quality, but some of them fit fine and they are definately cheaper than the UK brands (though it is important to choose a fair shop). You can all check some of them on real busts here (registering required, though): http://balkonetka.pl/katalog/brand/
    If you mention your UK size or your measures to the brafitters they will surely help you find your PL size.
    I'm very excited about your trip, can't wait for the effects :)

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    1. Thank you, Asia! I'm excited too and can't wait to post on my trip.

      Also, the information you provided is wonderful. I was a little confused about OnlyHer actually. I couldn't tell if they were a retailer or a brand, but I'm assuming they're both, like Bravissimo in the U.K.

      Your comments are really appreciated. :) I need more Polish ladies to tell me where it's at.

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    2. Yes, OnlyHer started as a retailer and after few years turned started producing their own bras. They're still a small, growing brand, sadly may not be available in Warsaw.

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  12. Hmmm did blogger eat my comment? I don't see comment in moderation notice coming up. Anyway, lurking in abrathatfits, there are another two Polish brands: Mardo and Boccara! Hope that helps. :D

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    1. Thanks, Slique! Looking it into it now...

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  13. There is also Ewa Bień - great design, unfortunately still loose bands.

    But Ewa Michalak, Comexim, Avocado, OnlyHer - definitely worth trying! The latter actually specializes in the lower end of the size chart - you can find a well fitting 26aa, but they go up to f cup only.
    You should also have a look at the two Polish curvy clothing lingerie (similar in concept to Bravissimo's Pepperberry) - Urkye and Biu Biu.

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  14. So cool to hear that!;-) Cecily I'm a professional bra-fitter and also a full bust girl living in Warsaw and running my own bra-fitting boutique. I can recommend that you also take a look at Dalia Elegant Lingerie. Right now is one of the best selling Polish lingerie brand with cup sizes up to M or N even.
    If you need help or a company;-) during your trip to Poland please feel free to contact me!
    Good luck!;-)
    Kasia

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    1. Kasia, this is wonderful. Of course, I'm sure I'll need more both help and company! :)

      Did you receive my email? Last night, I tried to contact all the Warsaw bra boutiques I could find. I'd love to be in touch and visit your store. What's the best way I can reach you?

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    2. Cecily unfortunately I did not receive your email. My store is called "Fiszbiny i Koronki". You can reach me on my mobile: +48509595591 or my email: fiszbinyikoronki@gmail.com or rkatarzyna@hotmail.com
      Will be very happy to help you or keep you company;-) Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
      Regards,
      Kasia

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