Monthly Archives: April 2013

Bridal (under) Wear

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Why do so many brides-to-be wait until the last minute for their shapewear, lingerie and hosiery needs? Nary a week goes by without someone needing an item for their upcoming wedding -and by upcoming, they’re talking days, not weeks or months! Plan ahead – these should be a part of the fitting process, not after the fact. Shown here is the Va Bien Strapless Long Leg Bodysuit, Style 1294 – a very popular wedding wear item for brides-to-be, bridesmaids, and mothers-of-the-brides. Va Bien in particular makesĀ  garments to meet almost any bridal need, including strapless bras, bustiers with garters, body briefers, strapless body briefers, low back briefers and many other bra, shapewear and panty items. Check their shapewear items out here:
Va Bien Shapewear

 

Garter Belts

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Here at Brabarella Lingerie we always carry a good selection of garter belts. We have to – we sell a ton of nylon stockings! Shown here is a new Stockings and Romance style. We also have selections from Triolet, Rago and Leg Avenue. Prices range from $62.00 to $8.00, so there’s something for almost any budget.
Brabarella Lingerie Garter Belts

Berkshire Hosiery

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Berkshire Hosiery dates back to the late 1800’s in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Berkshire Knitting Mills was incorporated in 1906. In it’s heyday, Berkshire produced more full-fashioned stockings than anywhere on earth at a rate of 25 million pair a year. They were late on the scene when it came to producing seamless nylons – 1955, losing market share to Hanes and others. The company was eventually sold to Vanity Fair, and then to Mayer, forming the very successful current-day Mayer/Berkshire Corporation. While they haven’t been manufactured in Berks County in decades, they are still made in America – North Carolina to be exact. With so many apparel manufacturers moving their facilities overseas for cheap labor, we love to work with companies that keep their manufacturing within their homeland, whether it’s the U.S., U.K., Canada, Belgium, etc. Berkshire has a consistency in quality. Today, they still make several different styles of nylon stockings (the kind you need a garter belt or girdle in order to hold up), but they also have the latest in hosiery including graduated compression pantyhose, band-less waistline pantyhose, fashion hosiery, toe-less thigh highs, fishnets, and even shapewear.

Thanks to the readingeagle.com for Berkshire historical information.

Berkshire Hosiery