The United States is a big country and full of eager consumers, but we're also a country that's geographically distant from the strongest full bust manufacturers. Thus, our options have historically been confined to naive or formerly native brands such as Wacoal, Maidenform and Victoria's Secret. We must remember it's expensive, complex, and time consuming to move European lingerie from their region to ours. However, Poland has a bit of an advantage in the other direction. They have a closer neighbor that is also a big country and definitely full of eager consumers: Russia.
|You have to ask yourself, what lingerie would Anna Karenina wear?|
This relationship brings up many questions and might be an explanation of why Polish lingerie can seem so...well, foreign? On a previous post in this series, a commenter wrote that the marketing standards threw her off, that the images felt risque or excessively done up. There are also some bras (i.e., Corin's Amanda) that aren't my taste at all, but I was told were bestsellers in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, etc. On our side of things, French companies have had to react to their growing American market and release more padded, beige, or simple styles. Likewise, some of the full bust Polish brands have a deeper bond with, or have evolved alongside, demand in Russia and the surrounding area.
Have you ever noticed photographs of Polish lingerie look 'different'?
Do you like opulent, dramatic bras? Have you ever considered we might share a "North American" sense of beauty & lingerie?
If you're Russian, of Russian descent, or have ever visited Russia, let me know your thoughts!
I'd love to hear what everyone here thinks of this...