I’m a Kiwi woman who simply adores all facets of lingerie! My favourite aspect these days is helping others find pieces they’re completely in love with.
Due to a love of costuming colliding with the Neo-Burlesque revival (front and centre during my formative teen years), I became very interested in corsetry. A complementary love of lingerie grew gently alongside this. It remained present throughout my twenties, until several years ago I became quite ill and my body subsequently went through a lot of changes. It was during this time that I turned to lingerie as a way to try to help me come to terms with and embrace my new normal. I found great success and joy in this endeavour, and my passion for lingerie sharply accelerated! I see it as a delightful celebration of my body combined with a love of hidden, wearable art.
You are from New Zealand. Are there any special customs around there when it comes to underwear?
I don’t believe we have any special customs here in NZ around tarau roto (Maori for underwear), but we do have a bra fence! In 1998, 4 bras mysteriously appeared on a rural fence outside of Cadrona - a ski area in the South Island. It didn’t really become well known until an appalled resident began removing the bras off the fence. In response, people began adding more bras in force. A tit-for-tat, if you will! The fence has been cleared several times (one of the removals counted +1,500 bras), but the bras keep appearing. A donation box was added for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation at some stage, raising over $64,000.
Do you have a partner? And if yes, what does he feel about your passion for lingerie?
My partners have mostly been ambivalent about my lingerie (I sure know how to pick them, haha!). While this was initially disappointing, it’s ultimately been a blessing in the way that I am purely shopping for my own enjoyment. It simplifies the consideration process to: Do I love and feel great in these pieces? Fantastic, done!
Do you have a favorite lingerie moment (that you are willing to share)?
What style is on your wishlist at the moment?
What else are you passionate about other than lingerie?