2017 Winter Gift Guide

Well The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

Whatever you’re celebrating this Winter, everyone loves to open a touch of luxury! Our gift guide this year showcases some of our new styles, including a growing range of ready to wear corsetry and some very decadent fetish inspired lingerie. Arranged for every budget, we hope you unwrap some of our handmade treasures this year.

But My Dear, You Look So Delightful…

Budget £10-£50

 

Gift Vouchers

Did you know that our gift vouchers start as low as £10? Choosing a size dependent gift for someone can be difficult, so if you’re stumped or have missed our shipping deadlines then you can purchase the value of your choosing and receive a code that can be used online within 24 hours.

Accessories

Speaking of size dependent dilemmas- our chokers (£20) and masks are one size fits all! With colour selections to personalise your order, a seductive treat to open is just a click away.

Our corset storage bags are just £20 and are the perfect gift for a corset addict! They allow you to organise your collection and hang them up in the wardrobe away from tangled laces and other nightmares. Colour code the bag to the corset with our custom colour options!

We have two lingerie harness styles to choose from as well! The Morgan harness is our newest addition, with a refined bondage look, featuring a triple drop of ascending size ovals. For a more delicate style, try our En Régate harness. These pieces start at £35.

Since We’ve No Place To Go…

Budget £50- £100

Accessories

Looking for something seductive and decadent? A French lace mask and choker set (£57) could be your answer. Match your colours and metalwork for a luxurious package, sent in one of our branded gift boxes.

New for Winter this year- the Isolde neck corset (£80) is the ultimate in fetish indulgence. Made in couture silk mesh with silk satin accents and double O ring detail. The swooping shape and elegant design will make this a treasured gift for years to come.

Lingerie

All our lingerie separates come in under £100! Why not try our new Adara suspender belt style with a pair of silk stockings? or our Acquiesce harness bra, which can be styled over clothing or worn alone for a sensuous encounter.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Budget £100-£200+

Lingerie

We have released three exciting new lingerie sets for Winter, starting from £155 for a bra and panties. Look at the Caron, Adara and Inira styles for boudoir inspiration. Caron and Inira can be mixed and matched for a personal set!

Corsetry

We offer standard size corsetry with custom colour options from £200. Choose from our Perle mesh underbust in ivory or black or our brand new Adara waspie. All have multiple fabric and trim options to personalise your order, and our sizing chart makes it easy to get the right fit for first time wearers! Why not add a matching corset storage bag to complete the gift?

Bespoke corsetry is not out of the question for gifts, but it can be tricky to plan if we don’t have an existing pattern for your recipient! But fear not, our gift vouchers can be used towards a bespoke order and will give your loved one a wealth of choice across our site.

If you’re still not sure you can always contact us to ask for some recommendations for your budget and preferences, we’re happy to help you find the right gift! Have a magical holiday, friends.

Heartland- A Love Letter To Wales

Adara suspender belt back

Coming Home

Heartland is born from a challenging year of personal change and upheaval. A significant part of all this is the move back to my home, my heart, Wales. I was born here, I’ve never strayed far from the border, and every time I am lost in her landscape, I am filled with energy and contentment. Wales is a country that breathes poetry, that nourishes the soul, that overwhelms the senses, whatever season you greet her in.

When trying to express a direction for the new collection, it was this love that I came back to, I wanted the theme to reflect the passion, the boldness the inspiration that I find here. The Heartland collection uses traditional Welsh names to identify the styles, each with a delicious meaning that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as the designs themselves.

Inira- Meaning “Honour”

Shop the Inira frame bra
Shop the Inira thong

A striking lingerie set, encompassing a harness bra that frames and flares around the body with detailed thong in lustred satin. Large oval rings clutch at clusters of straps, making the bra ideal for layering over clothing for a distinctive fetish fashion appeal.

Options- available in scarlet or black, with you choice of silver or gold metalwork.

Adara- Meaning “Bird Catcher”

Shop the Adara quarter cup bra
Shop the Adara Panties
Shop the Adara garter belt
Shop the Adara waspie

The standout look from Heartland, featuring a sensuous collection of quarter cup harness bra, alluring panties and our first garter belt which overlaps and entwines in the most seductive fashion. Crossing straps and cut-away areas highlight the body in elaborate lace flourishes. This collection also includes a made-to-order waspie with many custom options, allowing you to collate a matching set that you can truly treasure.

Options- Lingerie available in Black or ivory, with your choice of silver or gold metalwork. Corset has extensive custom options.

Caron- Meaning “Loving”

Shop the Caron bralette 
Shop the Caron cage panties

A full bralette set with cage back panties. The triple strap waist belt on the panties frames the waist and echoes the bold styling on the strappy bralette. Made in a lustrous satin with strap and mesh features.

Options- available in black or ivory with your choice of silver or gold metalwork.

Morgan- Meaning “Seashore”

Shop the Morgan harness

The ideal style-up for an outfit. The ascending sized ovals create an arresting effect peeping out from under clothing, and team up well with a corset ensemble. A fetish inspired look that can be built upon or played down depending on your style.

Options- available in black or ivory, with your choice of silver or gold metalwork.

Focus On A Bespoke Corset Commission

Bespoke corset with matching silk lingerie

A journey into waist training

Ever wondered what it’s like to order a bespoke corset? To work with a craftsman to create something uniquely yours, never to be repeated? Here’s a very special commission I worked on recently. Made for a male client who had never even tried a corset on before he contacted me last Autumn.

My client was looking to begin waist training, and wanted corsets that were lightweight to fit discreetly under clothing. Initially he was interested in an overbust style but after looking at his requirements I recommended an underbust. This would fit better with his lifestyle and would prove easier to camouflage as underwear. He decided on a waist training starter kit, including an Edwardian underbust and ribbon corset with suspenders and a camisole. These pieces would be made in a way that kept bulk at a minimum whilst remaining sturdy and suitable for regular wear. The concession to this being the choice of using silk ribbons for the ribbon corset! Silk ribbons are not as durable as the grosgrain ribbons I would usually use for these pieces. However they are incomparably luxurious and feel wonderful against the skin. There is a very special lustre to the colours in these ribbons!

We discussed how he would like the corsets to look, and he knew he wanted them to have refined feminine styling. He chose a palette of pale pinks, golds and peach but gave me control over the final choices on fabrics. This was a wonderful opportunity for me, as I love creating soft, feminine looks. Being able to create something precious for this first time corset wearer was a real privilege. We agreed my choices would be a surprise, and I began selecting glowing silks that belonged in a wealthy 19th century ladies trousseau!

Silk, lace and lingerie

My client was able to visit the studio for a personal fitting where I took his measurements. We talked a little more about the style for the corsets, but mostly about his travels through Europe! Fittings aren’t essential for most underbust corsets as I can work from measurements sent in using our instructions at home. However it’s a great chance to efficiently make most of the decisions needed for a bespoke corset order. For some people these meetings can be a little nerve wracking. Particularly where they are unfamiliar with corsets and are expecting someone far scarier than me to be behind the door! But tea and biscuits usually prove that we’re all good friends nice and quickly.

Another result of the fitting was my client choosing a set of our lingerie to be made to match his Edwardian corset. He chose our En Regate set- an underwired bra, delicately strapped panties and a lingerie harness. These would work really well with the colour schemes I had devised and made the set even more complete!

Edwardian bespoke corset in progress

I settled on a rich coral peach silk with a smooth finish for the underbust. It was a great weight of silk to use for the matching lingerie and had a lovely gleam to it. During our meeting we had also talked about gentle colour contrasts, so I decided swirls of symmetrial ivory lace applique would be used to highlight the centre front and hips with graceful motifs. The lingerie looked romantic next to it in the peach silk with ivory strapping. The silk ribbons were very hard to choose- so many exquisite shades, each suggesting a different direction. But in the end I opted for a combination of creamy ivory and tarnished gold, set against silk panels in a dusky rose shot gold dupion.

Unwrapping a treasure

From the fitting to completion of the corsets was around 5 weeks- a little slow thanks to the Christmas rush! but as my client preferred to collect the corsets rather than have them posted it was a while till I was able to present them! I am always excited but nervous to hand over any order- will it meet the vision the client had when they came to me? But especially so when I’ve been given free reign over design on a bespoke corset. I pray that I haven’t misjudged their brief, and that they receive something they wouldn’t have thought to ask for, but have a connection to all the same. Judging by the message I received when he got them home I hit the mark!

“Hi Bethan, WOW, beautifully exquisite creations!

You truly are talented at your profession, thank you for all that you have done for me. I am amazed at how they feel when worn.”

How would you feel if you had opened the box to find these corsets?

Waist training kit with matching custom lingerie
The completed waist training kit with matching lingerie.

2016 In Review- The Photo shoot Highlights

A Year Of Creative Progression

Two models wear pastel corsets

Salleh Sparrow and Georgia A wearing Orchid Corsetry

As we review the events of 2016, it’s surprising how many wonderful achievements had already become somewhat overlooked! Our working year is so fast moving that you are already organising the next event or meeting the next deadline while celebrating the last thing you worked towards, so what a great opportunity to say thankyou to the artists who helped us to create the images that have signposted our year. And tell a few stories along the way!

Once Upon A Time In Mexico…

In Spring, Salleh Sparrow used some of the Sybarite’s Awakening corsets to style her photo shoot with alternative model Gina Harrison. This high impact shoot was full of attitude and the Mexican styling she used gave the corsets a completely new lease of life from their original shots.

A Midsummer Nights Dream…

June saw us on the front cover of FEMME Rebelle Magazine, with a pastel collection of corsets and lingerie shot by Alexzander Gosling on models Salleh Sparrow and Georgia A alongside designs by Katherine Davidson. The feel of this shoot was so fresh and romantic, but kept grounded with rustic, country girl vibes. I was so proud to be a part of this project.

En Vogue

It would be impossible to talk about 2016 without mentioning our appearance in the September edition of Vogue UK! I was asked to make a Military style corset for the main fashion story, shot by Mario Testino on the stunning Mica Arganaraz, and this image made it onto the editor’s letter! A daydream made real, and a source of great pride. We launched a mini collection to celebrate it, which features the beautiful Chilli Chapel.

Orchid Corsetry in Vogue

Pin-up Of The Month

I have had the pleasure of working with Miss Miranda a few times now, and she is pure chemistry in front of the camera, So I was delighted to discover that she had chosen to wear our corset and lingerie for her November 2016 calendar image, shot by Richard Marz. This look has proved so popular, and seeing it revitalised in a new image is fantastic.

Miss Miranda wearing Orchid Corsetry, shot by Richard Marz

 

Beauty In Decay

Another great milestone of 2016 was the chance to work with an artist I’ve admired for some years, the urbex photographer Jeremy Gibbs, best known for his outstanding book “Beauty In Decay” This image is from our second collaboration, shot on location with Vera Hagan in Turin with pieces I made exclusively for his workshop. More images to come in the new year!

Vera Hagan wearign Orchid Corsetry, shot by Jeremy Gibbs

Snakes And Silhouettes

And what a great way to round the year off- another appearance in FEMME Rebelle Magazine! This time featuring the talents of Twisted Pix, Sarah Jeremiah, headdresses by Pioro Blue  and a pair of beautiful snakes! These images are so full of atmosphere and ethereal mystique, I just love them. The Vogue waspies created a completely different set of images here!

Thankyou to everyone who’s supported us this year and in the past, it’s been a pleasure to welcome so many new customers to the fold and to work with such inspiring artists in the call of duty! We wish you a happy new year, filled with good fortune and good company.

Beth

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New Lingerie Samples On Tour With Ryo Love

I’m really fortunate to get a lot of amazing new images of my work as it travels between models and photographers, but it was a special privilege to pack Ryo Love off with these new lingerie samples when she visited for a recent shoot with Salleh Sparrow (I was reflector girl for the afternoon!) Partly because I adore Ryo and the enchanting sophistication she manages to mingle with a cheeky mischievous streak but also because it was a great opportunity to see how this set worked out in the flesh. I never imagined I would get back a set of images that inspired me as much as these shots from Iamsuko, a Cardiff based photographer who created these images with Jade Pointon weaving magic with Ryo’s hair.

 

Black and white shot fo Ryo Love in our new lingerie set.
The Fall. Whispers of silk cross the skin. The touch of smooth satin under your fingers.

I thought it would be nice to share this half stage of design development with you, and to talk about how this new lingerie set will eventually end up. I wanted to create a new ensemble with more structure, more of a sultry feel, and more daring cuts. A half cup bra has been on my to-do list for some time, and I loved the idea of softening the exposure with plunging deep scalloped lace that gave just enough coverage but still enticed and enthralled with promise of a reveal.

The bra is underwired with a non-padded, slightly stretchy cup of duchess satin, topped with one of my favourite new laces in our studio- a really ornate eyelash fringed style that highlights the skin behind it beautifully. I trialed a double strap cross-over back on this bra but even before I’d tried it on the model I knew it was going to be necessary to return to our usual three supportive straps! The panties are currently being redesigned as this cut doesn’t quite work how I want it to at the moment- The dramatic shape of the lace scallop is lost once the piece is stretched around the torso but a few tweaks should let me showcase that to perfection. I may include a waist strap that keeps the central lace peak upright, or I may entirely change the way the lace is used on the front of the briefs.

Close up of Ryo Love wearing our new lingerie set
Sinuous straps encircle the throat while a wave of lace clasps the breast.

Another piece that I’ve been keen to move into the main store is a statement suspender belt. Again, using the gleaming duchess satin and cut-away lace, with a harness attachment that can thread under the bra with the suspenders slid between the skin and panties so that everything can be removed while leaving this enrapturing garment to adorn the body. I wanted to keep this piece delicate and sensuous, but as with the panties I do need to find a different way to showcase the lace front that gives me more control over how it sits on the body without detracting from it’s impact.

Colour image of Ryo Love wearing our bra panties and suspender belt by Iamsuko.
Cloaked in gossamer veils, embraced by straps and lace.

Receiving these images from Iamsuko helped me to see beyond my current frustrations with the niggles I need to fix and my lack of time in which to do them (though my new sewing room at home holds potential to open up more time while detracting significantly from my social life!) They helped me see through the imperfect present to a set that is imbued with sensual energy. The use of the floating fabric in these images gave a tremendous power and poise to the feel of the shots, and calls you to imagine the whisper of that silk crossing your skin, the firm clasp of the harness about your throat. I really hope that soon I will have the completed set to share with you, which will also include a few larger cup sizes than our current range. Till then, happy lacing.