When it comes to lingerie we are truly spoilt for choice in the U.K. with some incredibly iconic home brands. Quite literally catering for all our needs, from daily essentials, to something for the weekend or a little something special for the inner dominatrix in all of us (you know she’s in there!).
And we have the very best to choose from, ranging from the classic Rigby and Peller, with its well known Royal Warrant and a wealth of history having been founded in 1939, to the fun loving Mimi Holliday with its origins in London or the very playful Ann Summers, who hasn’t had fun shopping for hen do essentials in here? But my favorite of all has to be Agent Provocateur.
Founded in the U.K. in 1994 by Joseph Corré and Serena Rees, it took the lingerie world by storm with its sensual collections that would make any women feel a million dollars. Its exquisite hand crafted lingerie is quite simply power dressing at its very best. Add a pair of killer heels and you know who’s in charge! Especially if it’s a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.
And with a catalogue of famous Brits featuring in its iconic campaigns, from Kate Moss to Daisy Lowe, it is the very best of British Brands.
So when it came to my wedding day and finding the perfect accessories to go with that stunning Vera Wang gown, there was only one choice.
From receiving that very first box the week before my wedding day, I was a fan. That perfect powder pink box arrived in all its seductive glory with its provocative black bow holding so much promise as to the contents inside and it didn’t disappoint. Wrapped in those crisp layers of pristine tissue paper, it was like unwrapping the perfect present, to reveal the beautifully crafted lingerie I’d selected. With all those layers of soft delicate lace, I knew I’d made the right choice. OK, so I should confess at this point, I totally over bought; did I really need all 3 sets? Of course I did, I was getting married, or at least that was my excuse and besides, there was the honeymoon to think of. I mean how can you resist? Their choice is oh so tempting and who knew I needed suspenders in my life, let alone a waspie but I did! The expression ‘somebody stop me’ springs to mind, but I’m glad they didn’t.
In my mind Agent Provocateur are quite literally the very best of British Products, worthy of an Anastasia Steele moment with your Christian Grey or for the inner Dita Von Teese in you. So go on, let your inhibitions go and order yourself a little something for the weekend and yes, before you click buy, you do need a set of pasties and we’re not talking the Cornish variety!
And if your buying as a gift, I know she’ll love it but a word from the wise, make sure you know her size. It’s likely you have prime access to her lingerie drawer so do your homework and check her favorites to avoid killing the moment! And if there’s a store near you, pay a visit and enjoy the experience, the boutique assistants at Agent Provocateur will certainly make you feel welcome and assist you in making the perfect choice.
So if it’s a birthday, Anniversary, wedding gift or just a little treat because you know you deserve it, go on, take a look and you won’t be disappointed, it is the very best of British Products after all.