La Collection and Pricing
Allande presents two collections of limited-edition lingerie fine a year, each with eight or nine design lines, known as thèmes and comprising about 60 finely-crafted items. The collections comprise both classic and fashion-forward designs, and are highly anticipated in France.
Each thème comes in three different bra types: the armatures, which offers fuller coverage and greater support; the balconnet, a pretty, lower-cut version; and the amplimousse, which is lightly padded, sometimes with extra removable pads for optional added volume.
Allande's bras are tailored to flatter a woman’s natural shape rather than concealing it under highly padded uniform moulds (as is the current trend in the US). This adds an unparalleled elegance to the figure.
To complete the parure (set, or outfit), there are always at least three different undies available with each thème: a culotte (elegant, more coverage), a slip (bikini) and a string (thong). Sometimes the design team gets carried away and we'll have a shorty or a string fantaisie as well. Usually the culottes in one or two of the thèmes per season will be gainante (shape wear) for an even smoother figure.
Bra sizes range from 85a (32a) to 115e (44dd) and undies from 36 (xxs) to 54 (5xl). Pieces can, of course, be bought separately.
Recently, Allande has started crafting some delicate séduction pieces ('always classy, never vulgar' explains Catherine Lefebvre), such as the combishort, shown above, and delicate nuisettes.
Each piece is crafted with delightful, exquisite details. It is comfortable, longlasting, everyday lingerie fine, so well made that it can be washed in the machine.
Clients enjoy finding out which bra type suits their body and lifestyle best, and soon become knowledgeable about the subtleties of design they prefer.
To give a taste of the range and an idea of pricing, below is one picture from each of the thèmes in the current collections.
Just two pieces from each thème are shown here, but each of these thèmes comprises an armatures (fuller coverage, greater support), balconnet (lower-cut) and amplimousse (lightly padded) bra; plus a culotte, slip and string. And sometimes even a shorty and a string fantaisie as well.
I keep a range of sizes items from most thèmes, as well as catalogues and technical specs on each piece.
Collection Automne-Hiver 2018/2019
Collection Printemps-Eté 2018 - available in limited quantities while they last in the atelier in France