Image Courtesy of Harlette Luxury LingerieIf you’re looking to add a little something to your intimates drawer, why not turn to luxury lingerie connoisseurs Harlette? Experts in the field of unmentionables, the company was founded in London in 2005 and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down since. Its latest collection was added in January of this year, and the brand made its TV debut when several of its items were chosen to be featured on the hit show “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” in 2011.
The story behind Harlette Luxury Lingerie is both historical and romantic. The company draws its inspiration all the way back to the year 1026, when the Duke of Normandy, Robert the Magnificent, sent for a young woman to be brought to the Castle of De Falaise. He required that she be brought in through the back of the castle as an ordinary commoner, but the bold woman, Harlette, agreed to come to the castle only if she rode on horseback through the front gate. After days of waiting, the Duke finally conceded to Harlette’s wishes. Though he never married her, the story that was written about in books over the ages states that he stayed faithful to her until the very end.
The concept for Harlette came when its creators realized that there was a gap in the lingerie market when it came to unique, luxury pieces that were both romantic and a true work of art. The brand’s designs are influenced by Hollywood, royalty, the Tudor and Baroque periods, and French culture to create pieces that use delicate fabrics and trimmings. Embellished crystal-beaded French lace, silks, Italian jewel-encrusted tulle, velvets and feathers that come from Marabou, Ostrich and Peacocks are all used in Harlette items.
Pieces from the Couture Collection range from upwards of $372 for a lingerie set and upwards of $2,482 for a couture luxury wrap. We’re fans of the Double Trouble Tie Me Up Tie Me Down Set, which is a classic luxury take on the brand’s signature Bralette and Knickers. Made with Swarovski elements, this $284 set perfectly matches the $620 silk and lace Double Trouble Kimono.
To view the full collection, visit Harlette.com.