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Boob-friendly brands – Avocado

I’d like to start introducing Polish lingerie brands that produce, have produced or are starting to produce full range of sizes. The brand that I’d like to begin with is Avocado,  a producer of luxerious lingerie for bigger breasted women. The company is not a newbie, they have been on the market already for several years. I remember seeing their first ads in women’s magazines 7 years ago, then visiting their website and salivating at all those beautiful bras.I wanted to have them all. They were quite different from what was available for us in normal shops. First of all, they had D+ cups (up to H), and secondly bras were made of French lace, had intricate embroidery etc They didn’t like like beige tents that we had to buy from most lingerie stores at that time. Here I must admit that a lot of Polish women still haven’t got over this trauma of beige tents – they simply refuse to buy bras in this colour (irrespective of how practical it is) as they were forced to do it for a long time. However there was a little snag too,  Avocado prices were kind of crazy… Out of reach for an average woman with an “average” Polish salary. I was really sad as I couldn’t treat myself to everything they had in the catologue:(

A bit later on (2004), I had a sudden influx of cash and I decided to pamper myself and buy 2 bra and thong sets, a white and blue Tutti Frutti and another one – black with red lace embroidery (already don’t remember its name). So I placed an order for 2 75D bras and bottoms and the waiting started – at that time internet shopping wasn’t developped that much as today, and it seemed like forever to receive my package. Finally it arrived, imagine my joy at having two new fancy bras, and the fact that actually their cups were much two small didn’t really matter to me. At that time I had no idea how a bra should fit, the Lobby of Big Boobed women didn’t exist yet and it didn’t even cross my mind that perhaps, I should have chosen a bigger cup – they were available afer all…

Time went on… The bra awereness among (some) brafitters and women started to develop, so did the size range of Avocado. 2008 collection already had bras up to J cup, now even K is available as well as smaller bands such as 60 and 65. However, Avocado’s K is not equal to a British K cup… Actually it was hard to compare it to the British sizing, because the company’s website was missing a proper size chart for along time:( This year when I decided to treat myself to some luxery again (especially due to the fact that some of the bras were on sale;)) I was really wondering what size to take, in the end I decided to take the biggest cup available with a 70 band… Of course later on I was told on the Lobby they might be too big for my British 32GG… Well, it was too late to change the order, so I waited impatiently biting my fingers when I looked at the diminishing stock of ordered bras at the website (meaning less sizes for a potential exchange). However, I had a really nice surprise when I received the parcel with Kabuki, Creole and two CanCans – two latter ones were fitting perfectly, two former were a little too big (but nothing that I small fold couldn’t solve). And the bras were stunning too – I’ve never had a bra such as Kabuki before… Creole was gorgeous either, with its metallic sheen it’s almost like wearing jewelry. CanCans are not as beautiful, but they are still one of my summer favourites.

Avocado has been enjoying positive feedback also from two other Polish bra bloggers, Kasica of Stanikomania wrote a review of Saskia, giving it a 4 out of 5 note, Mauzonka of Balkonetka did another review about Charlotte with equally positive feedback.

The above photograph (from Balkonetka) shows another model of Avocado bra.  I don’t really like beige bras, I hardly ever wear them – I have one, but I could wear a beige bra like Charlotte. What about you?

I just wonder when the size range of the brand increases even more to accommodate British J and K cups… A size chart is already on the website, so it’s easier to choose a fitting bra. Looking at it you can notice that “a jump” between cups is quite big, bigger than in British bras – where it’s 2,5cm (an inch),  Avocado’s cups grow every 4cm. It seems that the website is being reorganized too – I hope it means it will be possible to pay by credit/debit cards and PayPal. An English version of the website is being prepared too (though it’s not there yet), so non-Polish speakers will be able to order lingerie from Avocado either.

It’s impossible. A story of BiuBiu

 Have you ever wondered why a big boobed woman finds it so hard to fasten buttons on the front of a shirt or can’t find a nice fitting suit or dress that will fit her breasts and at the same time won’t be baggy at the waist and hips? Why is it like that? Why, in addition to not being able to find a right fitting bra in every lingerie shop, can’t we find right fitting clothes? Don’t you start to have enough of brands that you just pay for the label and get a bad fit and equally often not good quality? You could sometimes say that owners of these big clothes brands don’t have eyes and just don’t see that their products are not suitable for real women – no matter if they have big or small breasts… And actually, if you really think about clothes that don’t fit for whatever reason, it turnes out it’s not only breast area that is problematic. It’s also hips and waist – it seems that being curvy there means problem finding well fitting trousers. Also the length of clothes is problematic – still not enough companies produce different lenghts and small people end up shortening their pants, dresses, skirts etc while tall people look a bit strange in too short clothes…

Maith, a Lobby Biusciatych related blogger from Poland tries to answer some of these questions in her latest article. Dear Ladies, let Maith tell you an impossible story of  BiuBiu (website soon available also in English) – a Polish brand that has made an effort and created clothes that include breast sizes.

This company shouldn’t exist at all. Why? Let me explain this to you in 4 points:

1.BiuBiu sees that women have breasts of different sizes and gives enough space in its clothes for our attributes. Normally brands limit their range of sizes to 4 or 5. They don’t care that we differ much more than that. BiuBiu produces clothes in up to 24 sizes. Let’s visualize this:

Typical brand: 34, 36, 38. 40, 42

BiuBiu: 34B, 34BB, 34BBB, 36B, 36BB, 36BBB, 38B, 38BB, 38BBB, 40B, 40BB, 40BBB, 42B, 42BB, 42BBB, 44B, 44BB, 44BBB, 46B, 46BB, 46BBB, 48B, 48BB, 48BBB

Do you see the difference? This must mean higher costs, so typical brands either produce for the minimum or we may be afraid that BiuBiu will disappear from the market. No, that’s impossible (faithfull customers won’t let it happen). Let’s ask the owner.

Bra-fitting: Kinga, what I understand is that these 24 sizes are a “maximum” version, how many do you have in a “minimum” one? How many sizes do you need to have to produce it at all?

BiuBiu: I don’t know how to answer this exactly. I don’t make such assumptions. I create my designs, think up the construction, I sew them and then test them on real women, put some amendments and I see how far it’s sensible to go. For example clothes made of stretchy plain fabric don’t look good on bigger silhuettes. Maximum version means sizes from 34 to 48 in two depths for stretchy fabrics and 3 dephts for unstretchy ones – this means 16 and 24 sizes. Sometimes I don’t make all them – I may skip 34 and 48 as there’s not such a high demand for them. I also take other characteristics of feminine body into account, also height. However I’m not able to vary the sizes more I try to make different lenghts of dresses though it’s not easy – means more pieces to sew. Sometimes I make short, limited series of a given model with a given characteristics. However I can’t afford it too often. Generally, the costs of production rise with each additional size – I’m still a small company and I can’t hold big stock either. It’s cheaper to sew one bigger series rather than to sew less pieces several times.

Bra-fitting: How to create so many sizes? Is there a software that allows to do it?

BiuBiu: You mean software for grading and modeling forms and preparing designs. It’s a tool that speeds up and simplifies work of a clothes constructor.

Bra-fitting: Is it possible to recalculate breasts sizes too?

BiuBiu: Unfortunately inputting date other than (so called) standard doesn’t let create a good construction. In order to recalculate clothes for bigger breasts it’s not enough to enter a bigger amount o centimeters (around boobs). It takes a lot of effort to make something that keeps breasts on the front. And the cost of this software with all the additional stuff is gigantic.

Bra-fitting: What about specialists or books?

BiuBiu: Books that teach construction and size charts used by clothes constructors don’t follow the times, they confuse having big breasts with obesity. An extract from such a book:”A way of calculating lenghts and widths of clothes at chest changes when it is over 100cm. It’s a rule that a healthy person reaches a maximum of 100cm around the chest during his/her development by expanding in other places. 100cm around the chest can be found on older people as a result of their being obese. “ Companies that construct clothes base on size charts from such books. Those I asked to help me work out, say, a suit are not able to do it. I thought that specialists with a lot of years of experience would succeed but what they came up with was something that was completely unsuitable to wear. Even though the were working with my size charts and listening to me remarks what they should be careful about (I have big breasts myself). It’s not about enlargening the form in chest area only, the whole construction needs to be changed – this is what they don’t understand. I had to do it all by myself then – long hours of sitting, calculating each design, each size, each element of a top or a dress.

Bra-fitting: Ok. So you do all the calculations by yourself as nobody is really knowledgable about it. You did it and you to a sewing work room and…?

BiuBiu: And there they look at me as if I were an idiot:”But how can it be like that? So narrow on the back and so much on the front? Who will buy such a thing? So many sizes? No, we won’t sew for you” or “well, yes, but it will be more expensive” It just shows how deeply ingrained some habits are – better to sew a lot of simple things as it’s faster and easier, and the fact that such clothes don’t really fit women is not important. Apart from that they only accept big comissions – don’t make small amounts. I’ve often heard:”dear lady, such things can be only individually tailor made”.

Bra-fitting: I know that even girls with small breasts complain about the lack of space in clothes at chest area. Big breasts don’t fit at all, the tops simply ride up over the navel, small breasts get flattened. I sometimes think a lot of companies make the front the same as the back with the exception of a neck shape…

BiuBiu: I already heard comments like:” We sew clothes for export to Germany or France and the front is always similar to the back. Who ever saw such a narrow back??? Didn’t you make a mistake with it?” No, I didn’t.

Now we’re passing to another “untypical” business behaviour.

2.BiuBiu produces in Europe. You could say, that in times when papers are full of news about companies that are moving/have moved their factories and production to the Third World countries, it is untypical. It’s true that those that move will earn more money, at least momentarily. However, it simply resembles a financial pyramide – they earn more money fast but later on we all lose on this.

3.BiuBiu doesn’t economize on fabrics either and proves that we don’t have to buy poor quality things or less or pay half a salary for a shirt to get a good quality product.

Bra-fitting: How is it possible that all the tops I have from you are still in unaltered shape even though I use them everyday while clothes from networks often: shrink after washing or vice versa, lose colour and start looking like rags?

BiuBiu: It’s a question of approach to a customer. Networks want to buy cheap and sell with a big profit. They demand lowest prices from producers, they in turn, cut these costs by buying cheap fabrics and comissioning sewing in Asia. It affects the quality. When I created BiuBiu I wanted the clothes not only to fit well, I wanted high quality too. That’s why I go to fabric wholesalers and factories myself, I inspect and check each roll of fabric – quality, who produced it, if it doesn’t contain toxic additives. I already have formed some opinions about many of them. I know quite a lot is of really good quality and I can be sure a blouse or a dress made from these will be enjoyed by my customers for a long time. Even threads that I use are “trusworthy” and have all the certificates that the’re not toxic. And I don’t comission sewing to unknown sewing work rooms in cheap countries. Everything is sewn in in my country.

You could probably understand the former points if these clothes were accordingly priced – meaning expensive. But they’re not.

4.BiuBiu’s prices are at an average (network) level.

BiuBiu: Small companies can have lower prices as they don’t spend a fortune on adverising. They simply don’t have money for it but try to do their best and produce the best products they can. Unfortunately it’s the companies that sew for peanuts from cheap fabrics in 3rd World countries, make big advertising compaigns etc, that sell a lot.

To cap it off I’ll tell you a real story – a lot of years ago my husband found fantastic shoes, impossible to wear off , at a very reasonable price. After a few years, when he came back to buy another pair – the brand no longer existed. If he had told some friends about it during that time, then perhaps the brand would still have been there… This is why I’m dedicating this article to BiuBiu.

BiuBiu proves that it is possible. Possible to sew more than 5 sizes, possible to include different breasts sizes, possible to sew in your own country, possible to use good quality fabrics and not charge a fortune for clothes made of them.

     

Spring and summer 2010 bra collections… Freya

Another brand that produces full range of sizes is Freya – their bras are always very colorful and feminine. This spring and summer collection is not an exception from this rule… Personally I would like to buy at least half of it for myself:) For example these ones…:

Dear ladies, meet Frankie and Saffy. Both these of these bras available from 30-38 and D-GG cups. Aren’t they nice and colourful? You just think of summer looking at them:)  Styles available to J cup are Arabella – this season’s colour is cassis (apart from base black and other colours that still can be  bought on British ebay), and Jolie. Freya makes also some styles of bras to G cups only – like this lightly padded half cup – Summer ( available too in soft version to GG cup). And here this company deserves a big kick in the ass – why only up to G(G)? If you can make Arabella or other styles up to J, why not these ones??? 

These are not the only styles available for this spring and summer, for more check out Freya website . Other styles that are also worth attention as they are recommended for “beginners” as a “first good size bra” are Pollyanna (black, white, caramel) and Rio (black, white, beige, red).  These basic bras are available for example in Bravissimo, British Ebay and a lot of other online lingerie stores.

What do you think? Don’t you just want to buy some of them (at least)?;)

The photographs come from Freya website.

Spring and summer 2010 bra collections – Curvy Kate

What I would like to do today is to show you some more bras that are available in full range of sizes. Quite some of  brands that do produce them, also make them look real nice and sexy,  not like “grandmam’s” bras -as for example a Doreen that has been named the ugliest “horse collar” (not even a bra) in the lingerie world.  The colours available are not limited to “traditional trinity” of black, white and beige either…

The second  brand (after Panache, which wasn’t perhaps that nice…mmmm, maybe apart from Cleo and Masquerade) I’d like to show you is Curvy Kate – as they say “beautiful bras for a fuller bust” that are available  DD-J cups and with back sizes from a 28-40.  Their previous collections were full of lacy bras in “all colours of a rainbow”  (blue, purple, navy, brown, coral, cream, fuchsia) – some of them are even still available in the bra outlet of Brastop or on British Ebay;)  This spring/summer collection also brings a lot of colourful lingerie.  See for yourselves:

This range of sizes of Curvy Kate goes from 28-40 back and DD-J cup. Showgirl bras are lightly padded and the sizes available go from 28-30 DD-J, 32DD-HH,  34DD-H, 36DD-GG and 38DD-G.  I recently became a happy owner of navy/coral  Ella and two Showgirls – black and yellow Tease me and fuchsia Thrill me. They are just beautifull…:)))) My bramaniac soul is very happy about them:)))  A little tip for you here though – Thrill Me requires very careful adjusting when you put it on – make sure the wires are just under your breast, and that there’s no empty space on the bottom of the cups etc. This is a half cup and some breasts may look like a ski-jump if you don’t put in on properly;)

If you want to check out some of these bras for yourselves, go to Dama de Copas, they carry the brand. If  you can’t go, then you can shop online in Lovebras – they still have quite a lot of the collection left, I admit though that some sizes are already sold out…:(   Here I’d also like to say a few word about prices of bras, just passed through a Triumph shop tonight and was a bit shocked.  I don’t want to swear here (and I wouldn’t like you to do it either when you comment on anything) but the only words that come to my mind are: “#*@#*  is this???!!!  This crap is 50-60Euros???!!!”  In comparison, the cost of a bra from the current collection Curvy Kate  is  26-28 British pounds plus shipping (online stores). The ones that are already onsale are between 13 and 19 British pounds… The price of a bra at Dama de Copas is about 40 E  (and remember that Ines and Margarida provide you with a service of brafitting that can take up to one hour)… Why is anybody still buying bras at Triumph and other places like that???

Collections, collections… Panache

So, what can you put on your boobs? What are the brands that produce so “huge” bras that can accommodate G, H or K cups with wahtever band???    The brand I would like to introduce to you today is Panache – British company that produces bras in full range of sizes, with cups from D to K and back sizes from 28 to 40. They are also planning to introduce a line of bras for very small breasts – Panache Atlantis. As they say on their website: “Atlantis offers solution products for the smaller bust. This liquid filled collection is exclusively designed for cup sizes A-DD. Atlantis promises to increase the appearance of the bust by a whole cup size and has recently been revolutionised with new shapes and technology, proving that Panache’s expertise can reach beyond the D plus market”. We can only hope that these cups will be accompanied by 28 and 30 bands, as the market is already full of 32-38 A-DD bras…

The first line I’d want to speak about is Panache Superbra. In this line, virtually each bra goes from D to K cup. The back sizes also come in full range – from 28 to 40. One of their most popular bras from this line is Tango Balconnet (also available in plunge). This everyday basic bra comes in four colours at the moment (black, white, beige, red), you can also find some purple ones on sale in Bravissimo. While I admit that it’s not one of the most beautiful bras ever made, it’s recommended as a “starter” bra for women and girls who have  just discovered their real size and how a bra should fit them.  Other styles fom Superbra, IMHO much nicer than Tango, are Ariza and Eliza – 30-40 D-K. You can buy Eliza in ivory, black or pink,  Bravissimo still has some cobalt blue ones on sale either. If you browse through British ebay you can also find some teal, chocolate, purple or fuchsia ones from older collections. Ariza’s available in white, black and peach at the moment. Bravissimo also has a mulburry one, and browsing through ebay can show you that older collections had a lot of other colours – such as light aqua, teal and gold or ivory and peach… One thing that I would like to “warn” you about concerning these two styles, is that starting from GG, it starts to have an additional layer of fabric on the cups,which means they stop to be half sheer…:( Apparently Panache still doesn’t know that 30GG or 28H are not really such breasts that they require additional amount of fabric… Fortunately, this can be solved quite easily if you just have scissors and you’re determined enough:) Actually, even if you cut off the entire double layer and leave Eliza or Ariza completely sheer they still provide good support. However, it is possible to find a Panache bra that is still semi sheer at GG or even H cup (supposedly) … I’m talking about  Confetti 28-38 D-K. You can choose from black and white, mind you, there are also Confetti thong bodies (28-38 D-H), Confetti strapless as well as Confetti basques 28-38 D-G. Browsing through lingerie stores and ebay you may also come across black and gold Confetti isn’t it nice? I have it:).  Another interesting bra from Panache is Evie (black, ivory and nude) – the only strapless bra available up to H cup at the moment. Even though (as you see) it’s built up a bit too high at the central gore (which excludes low cleavage), it provides a good support and until Effuniak comes up with her strapless bras, Evie is the only possibility for G+ women to wear strapless tops.

The other line I would like to introduce to you is Cleo by Panache. Compared with Superbra this line is much more colourful and lively (just like Freya). If you like sunny colours, for sure you’ll love this buttermilk George which is also available in violet/pink at Bravissimo. E-bay browsing can also show you colours from last season – coral, green, white/tourquise. What about a Frances bra with these beautiful, girly multicolor flowers? And just to remind you that these balconet styles come from 28 -38(40) D-J cups. There are also other styles from this brand such as a plunge and padded bras, though they are not available in such a wide range of sizes. For example,  Jamie comes only from 28 to 38 back size and from D to H cup and Jo is avaiable from 28-38 D-G only:(

And finally the line of padded bras from Masquerade – bandeaus, half-cups, plunges. Most of these bras give your boobs a shape of “apples in a basket” and are high on the wish list of a lot of bramaniacs. Both this year and this year this brand  came on top in “Sexiest bra of the year” contest, where bramaniacs vote and choose the most tempting bra of a given year. Last year the voting brought big victory to Antoinette in D-G category – first free places were occupied by 3 colour versions of this  bra… Just to mention, 4th place was Masquerade Coquette and 6th place is Masquerade Hestia.    This year Masquerade bras also won in A-D category – first place belonged to a tourquise Georgiana, in DD-G you could find Maia, Georgiana and Antoinette (again). However it wasn’t as staggering as a year ago…   Do I need to add here that older styles are available on British Ebay?

2100 collection of Masquerade  also has Georgiana – this time in orange (I confess, I feel tempted…, my other orange bra is already too small for me due to migration(I assume you read the brafitting know how section and you know what migration is)).  Edit: latest news(09.04) – there’s another colour of Georgiana on Bravissimo (got an impression it’s exclusive for them only) – green apple… It’s just cute:)))    Another bra from this collecion that I’m trying ro resist to buy is Inca  an almost perfect beige bra if it wasn’t for a pattern (according to some of bramaniac)…  You get Maia too, which comes in tourquise this spring and summer… and a plunge bra of Estepona in green-grey-white and several others which you can see at Masquerade website. A little snag at the end – bras in this line only goes up to a G cup (from D) and band sizes come from 28-38. And now good news – starting next year Masquerade is going to be produced in G+ <yes yes yes>  – finally our prayers were heard…;)

Photographs of the new collection come from Superbra, Cleo and Masquerade websites. Photographs of older styles were taken from various merchans  on Ebay. Photos of “sexiest bra contest” come from Stanikomania.