Stockist Spotlight: Pompadour Lingerie


POMPADOUR LINGERIE


Please introduce your company to my readers – who are you and what do you do?
Pompadour Lingerie is a British lingerie label creating elegant feminine lingerie, bridal garters and silk nightwear. Owner Georgia Feeley started the business 3 years ago when friends commented that they could not find luxury keepsake garters for their wedding trousseau.  "Living in Nottingham it was ideal for me to source vintage Nottingham lace. The last factory 'Fewkes' closed its doors five years ago but collectors managed to save some of this beautiful lace.

With her love of vintage from 1920's to 1950's Georgia already had a collection of vintage brooches and decided to start with a vintage bridal garter collection that exudes luxury and being able to remove the brooches to be worn later for anniversaries was her niche in the bridal market.This later developed into adding more classical and modern designs to appeal to a wider taste. And with the addition of matching knickers and honeymoon nightwear the brand grew. Now stocked in various luxury bridal boutiques throughout the UK and soon becoming available internationally.


Can you tell us what inspires you as a designer?
As a designer I find inspiration everyday from sourcing laces and fabrics, seeing latest runway collections, visiting art galleries and annual flower shows such as Hampton Court. 

Could you share with us some of your favourite pieces of your work? What makes them your top picks?
My favourite pieces are the Champs Elysee lace knicker which has a silk bow to the derrière.


 Grace silk chiffon babydoll which exudes ultimate femininity with its beautiful Chantilly lace (see title image).

I have a few favourite garters, my latest collection of leather laser-cut garters are really exciting for me as these are completely unique to not only the bridal market but also the lingerie market. There are two designs one which has a laser etched lace pattern and the other a delicate floral pattern.



 I love the simplicity of our Brigitte garter which is a silk ruched garter with a beaded lace appliqué  making it perfect for slimmer fit gowns. I will always love the vintage pieces which are all unique heirloom treasures. 


Do you have any advice for our brides to be on choosing their wedding lingerie?
When choosing your lingerie for your wedding day it is essential that you bare in mind the shape and structure of your bridal gown. A lot of designer bridal dresses are designed with a structured bust and therefore a bra is not always necessary. This leaves you with a choice for your knickers and garter. If practical shape wear is required then you still have the decision to change into something sexy for your wedding night and your honeymoon trousseau! 

  I adore the shots from your shoot on your website – very decadent and Marie Antoinette! What was the thought process behind it?
We were recently contacted by Louise Yeates of www.cheshireweddingplanning.co.uk to see if we would like to be involved in a photoshoot for a new hair product called Bouffe available in Boots stores nationwide. The theme was a Maria Antoinette in style which fit our brand perfectly. You can see some of these images on our website www.pompadourlingerie.co.uk which were captured beautifully by www.studio1208.com

  I love your collaborative Bridesmaids range of knickers with Maids to Measure. Could you tell us a little bit more about how this came about?
It is our recent design venture and is a collaboration with Sinclair Sellars of www.maidstomeasure.com 
Using a similar colour palate to their bridesmaids dresses we have a collection of silk knickers which make perfect bridesmaid gifts. We will be adding embroidery to this collection which is our next project. These bridesmaids knickers are only available from our website and in Maids to Measures London studio. 

Setting up any new business can be a challenging experience. What is the best business advice you have ever received? Do you have any words of wisdom yourself for fellow suppliers looking to set up their own stores?
The best advice I ever received was from a designer friend. She told me to make sure I love what I do. Running your own business is hard work and if you do not love what you do then each task becomes a chore. What I do I do not classify as 'work' I love it and I see it as part of my life. One day I may be designing a new piece of lingerie, the next updating social media, organising a photoshoot, sourcing new supplies, contacting new stockists and getting ready for a wedding fayre. When you run your own business from scratch you have to be an expert in many fields and able to multi task. One day when the business is successful and you are fortunate to employ staff to take on some of these roles you still need to tap into each area as ultimately you are your brand.









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