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Lingerie Expedition: Day 1 Dispatch

Gorilla style! My hands look huge in this photo, they're actually doll-sized.
I've been teasing you guys about my trip on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so it's about time I revealed my cards. I'm going to give you the "meeting itinerary" down below, but first I'd like to share 5 interesting tidbits from my first day: 

1. Poland has a mother of full bust lingerie. I was told today there's a woman who essentially introduced these sizes to Poland and who now consults with the brands and runs workshops for retailers. I want to talk to her so, SO bad.

2. You can, in fact, get lost for 4 1/2 hours in a quest to find a bra store. Hahaha! If you're in Warsaw and saw a woman wondering around in circles and wearing a brown coat, that was totally me. For the record, Warsaw is an easy city to navigate. It's on a grid and there's a lot of public transportation options so you can now understand how idiotic and stubborn I can be.

 3. In Poland, it matters where a bra is manufactured. Every full bust brand I tried today (except one!) makes their lingerie in this country and many of the companies are family owned. Honestly, I never think about this stuff when I buy bras. I know that Freya uses a factory in Africa and Parfait comes from China...beyond that, I'm stumped. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but would that make Poland the country with the most homegrown lingerie?  

4. British lingerie has an empire. I studied their historical world domination in college, but they've done it again in their fierce grip on this field. How did they do it?! Every lingerie shop I've visited so far has an extensive U.K. selection. Does Britain have an equally strong representation of Polish brands? Somehow, I doubt it. In the U.S., what are the most widely available bras from either country? Nope, the Brits are killing the competition at home too. I write this as a devoted and lifelong Anglophile: what's up with the monopoly?

5. I tried on a lot of bras today and not one of them cut into my armpit area. I have high placed breasts and almost every bra I wear digs in right by the fatty tissue near my pits. It was a revelation to try on bras that didn't have that issue!

Here it is, guys! Below you'll find the names of the companies I have confirmed or tentative appointments with. If you have brand-specific questions for them (besides Ewa Michalak of course) just leave me a comment. :)

Ewa Michalak


Comexim


Samanta


Urkye


Avocado


 Corin


Ewa Bien


Kris Line


There's one company that's not here and I'm a little frazzled about it. Outside of the Ewa M., Dalia is the first Polish brand I tried and I am consistently a 65G in their styles. Great, consistent quality. Widely available. Elegant and detailed designs. I would've loved to visit or chat with them, but there's been silence on their end. I feel like my prom date stood me up. No, he didn't...He did something infinitely worse: he showed up! Hahaha, #promsucks?

Going to bed before I fall asleep on the computer or make any more bad, bad jokes.

20 Comments

  1. Oh, wow, I'm SO JEALOUS!

    Question for Comexim:
    Any chance they'll expand their size range to larger cups? I love that they make all their bras into nursing bras and how flexible they are, I just wish I could fit into their range. Such pretty bras!!!

    Urkye:
    Any plans for nursing/maternity wear? Also, will they come out with a coat next season or any heavier sweaters/hoodies?

    Question for Kris Line:
    Is it possible to order internationally from their website? Often their website carries bras that I don't see on Brastop and have often wondered how the ordering process would go.

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    1. I DEFINITELY want to know the answer to the Kris Line question! I love their designs and they're reasonably price and the only non-padded bra that I like enough to wear is by them, but Brastop doesn't carry their full size range :(

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  2. SOOOOO AWESOME THIS LOOKS SO FUN AHHHHHHH. I am a sophisticated commenter. I am not familiar with any of these brands and I am so excited to hear everything they have to say!

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  3. Question for Comexim: Are they going to refine their website so that international ordering is easier? I struggled and never ended up getting an order, despite several emails back and forth. My English-only speaking was a big part of the problem, but I really want to try their bras!

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  4. I love this post! I don't know much about any of these brands so I can't wait to hear what you find out. So cool!

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  5. I would just love to learn more about international ordering/shipping in general. (especially for Comexim and Kris Line...) This is so exciting and I can't wait to read about your experiences!!

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  6. Ahhhh I've been waiting for your first report! I'm so excited for you, and I hope you have an absolutely amazing time!

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  7. I'm so excited for you! I'd been waiting for your first report. So many of these brands are new to me, so I can't wait to hear more. Have an amazing time!

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  8. I guess the question for all of them is do they sell online to abroad? Let's flood the world with Polish bras! As much as I love Freya and Charnos, a bit of healthy competition can only be a good thing. For why should only a-d women have a lot of choice?

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  9. Please ask Avocado about adding PayPal ... as it is a pain to do bank transfers, as lovely and helpful as they are.

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    1. ^this. So often I see pretties from Poland, but I don't order because of the bank transfer issue.

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    2. I have to be honest, I am now rather pleased I had to order Avocado through email as it's the first time I've bought non "fitted" bras, and they made sure I was ordering the correct size - I would have bought the wrong one through direct ordering, but they made sure the correct ones were ordered and arrived. Frankly, she they fitted me into better bras by email than I got in a famous bra shop yesterday ..

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  10. Now i want to travel to Warsaw to try on bras :-)

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  11. Wow, what you're doing is sooo exciting! Can't wait for your next update!

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  12. You are my hero :)
    I will be contacting you for some guidelines soon, I'm going to poland in a few weeks, so I know you will be kind enough to let me in on how this apointment making bussines goes :)

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    1. Of course, Vee. I'd be happy to help! :)

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  13. Hi. As others have set I hope more will set up international shipping. I have tried contacting some such as mardo, corin, dalia etc to ask if they do this, but no response. Comexim say yes, but am still trying to organize. And thankfully avocado and ewa m do ship os. So please encourage more of the companies to do this. And thank them for making 28s!!!! I found a place once that shipped mardo but it was hundreds of dollars, which seemed a bit ridiculous when the bras are only about twenty or thirty!

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