Beaujais launched their first collection for Autumn/Winter 2011 and their luxurious, romantic, and supportive lingerie for full busts was immediately captivating. At the time, there was nothing with silk, Leaver's lace, and seductive sheer cups on the market for this size range so two years later, I'm delighted to see the company going strong and releasing products the commercial brands wouldn't dare touch. Two weeks ago, I met with Alice Warner, the designer and director of Beaujais, for a breezy outdoor lunch in Bristol. There were some big surprises during our chat and it was great to get a peek "behind the scenes" of this mysterious luxury brand.
|I didn't get a chance to see this line, the Inkling, but it's one of my favorites for the art deco embroidery!|
The Sweet Nothings belonged to Alice's debut collection and the soft pink "Liquer" colorway continues to be her top seller. The selection has grown since the initial launch and now includes the Teal, bright pink "Sorbet" or the ethereal mint "Celadon" option. The bra's cups consist of eyelash French Leaver's lace and a thinly padded and silk enclosed side sling.
|The Sweet Nothings Balconette Bra in "Sorbet"|
|The Sweet Nothings Balconette Bra in "Celadon"|
|The Shadow Wrapped Balconette Bra|
|The Smokey Taboo set (Balconette & Mini Knicker)|
|The Dark Paradise Plunge Bra|
|The Dark Paradise High Waist Knicker|
|The Caligo Plunge Bra & Waspie|
What does the immediate future hold for Beaujais??
Alice shared that her Autumn/Winter 2013 additions may debut as early as mid-September, although she hesitated to give me an exact time as -- like many independent designers -- she doesn't have to follow the industry's semi-annual release schedule. She did share two surprises coming down the pipeline sometime soon:
Shapewear! Alice explained that for such a long time, it had been impossible to find shapewear pieces if you were full busted and she wanted to create something practical that could work for the upcoming office or holiday festivities. She'll be carrying it exclusively online and if it sells well, she's open to expanding the endeavor. The piece I'm wearing below is gorgeous -- the seams pull up and in everything you'd want to smooth down and it's an intoxicating mix of architectural lines, color contrast, and complementing textures. The longer length was flattering and I felt so, so sexy (not a feeling shapewear has given me in the past...). I loved this!!
Oh gee golly, that's some great lace! I was shocked when Alice pulled this English lace out of her bag and explained how inspired she was to incorporate it into a design. I pointed out that it will be Beaujais' first foray into floral territory, but she said she loved how directional it was. Can't argue with that, can you? It's also absolutely beautiful, duh.
- I would've given you more information about fit and I did try some Beaujais sets on, but they were the sample or overstock sizes so I don't have any expert tips in that department.
-Beaujais offers a core size range of 28-38 D-GG and if you don't see your size available from her, you can get in touch. :) The bras are made to order so it would take a week before your purchase would ship.
-Since Beaujais manufactures in Britain, provides those workers with a liveable wage, and uses the highest quality material, it retails at a luxury price point. Bras cost £86 - £98 ($134 - $152), matching bottoms go for £47.50 - £69 ($74 - $107), waspies or suspenders between £55 - £78 ($85 - $121).
-Beaujais has had it's first sale this summer and select styles and colors are going for £30 or less ($47) so it's worth checking out to see if your size is left! Additionally, if you buy an entire set at once, there's a £20 - £25 ($31 - $39) discount.
Are you a fan of Beaujais too? Have you ever ordered from the brand before?
What do you think of the sultry collection? Or, her new shapewear direction?