|Gorilla style! My hands look huge in this photo, they're actually doll-sized.|
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. :)
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.