Co-written by: Kelley Anne Gibson & Erin McConville of Kaki Intimates
Today’s blog post is a first for me as it’s my first co-written blog post! Meet Erin, she’s handles the social media for Kaki Intimates, a local Philly bridal intimates and lingerie shop. As you probably know by now, I’m a huge supporter of local small businesses. That’s why I decided to mix things up and talk about this amazing small business and the topic that they specialize in, lingerie.
It’s time to do something for you!
When it comes to our wardrobe and shopping, we often don’t put much thought into 2 things: our pajamas and undergarments. I will admit I’m definitely guilty of throwing on an old pair of sweats and t-shirt to sleep in, buying the same boring t-shirt bra, and hitting up those buy 5 for $25 panty deals. But it’s time we start doing something for ourselves and invest in beautiful handcrafted lingerie and pajamas. Think about it. You might not think twice about dropping $150 on a new pair of jeans because you know you will wear them all the time. Or what about those $100+ Lululemon leggings you wear for lounging alone in your apartment or working out in? We tend to invest in items we know we will wear a lot, so why not invest in things we wear every.single.day. like pajamas, bras, and panties?
The Intricacies of the Lingerie Business
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when working in the lingerie business. The most important thing is a good understanding of women’s bodies. In order to design lingerie, you need to know how to flatter all different types of shapes, sizes, and tones in one design. After all, lingerie should make women feel sexy, confident and empowered, whether it is simply for herself or pleasuring someone else.
What is Kaki Intimates?
Founded by Amber Watts, a local designer with a background designing for Oscar de la Renta, Carole Hochman, and Anthropologie, Kaki Intimates was started with the first blue heart collection, “Your something new and something blue.” This collection was created for bride-to-be’s and launched with BHLDN during the summer of 2018. It featured a bralette, panty, cami, and tap short that the bride-to-be could mix and match.
Kaki stands for making women feel beautiful and confident in their own bodies by celebrating them in flattering pieces. Women should feel empowered in the right lingerie, outfit or any piece of clothing.
Why is Kaki Intimates motto “Quality over Quantity?”
Quality is HUGE when it comes to the lingerie business. The fabric matters and the fit should be perfect as it is the sexiest thing you’ll put on. You should feel like a million bucks when wearing it.
Owning a lingerie business means you need to care about the customers and understand the issues they are having when shopping for intimates, such as fit and comfort. Fit is always the number one issue. It is hard to match the fit, the comfort, and the sexiness that the customers want, and that’s why Amber is so delicate with her designs. Fit and comfort are always on her mind.
“I make sure to solve these problems while designing each garment. The price of a garment does matter, expensive garments are usually made more ethically and in the correct way. An example of this is when cutting out the patterns, they are placed on the correct grain to ensure a longer life to the look and wear of it. The fabric, materials, and construction are picked and completed in the highest quality.” – Amber, Kaki Intimates
Why is Kaki Intimates unique?
Not only are all the pieces of Kaki Intimates handcrafted, but their pieces are made with versatility in mind. The customer can buy one or two items and wear them multiple ways. It’s like buying a whole collection for one price!
Their slip can be paired with a blazer and stockings, styled as a cute dress, or throw a sweater on over it and add boots for a cozy fall look! Style their cami with a leather jacket and jeans for a night out on the town. And lastly, to add a statement piece to your look, style a bralette or bodysuit with a blouse!
Why should you be supporting small businesses like Kaki Intimates?
Big corporations don’t have the time or luxury to develop a personal connection with each of their customers. However, small businesses, like Kaki Intimates, prefer to be involved in the buying process with their customers. It’s more personal when the customer can see how the product was made, how much effort and love was put into each item, and even the shipping process is made more personal.
What’s in store for Kaki Intimates?
Kaki Intimate’s goal is to create timeless pieces that will last. Their latest pink heart collection, “Your everyday essentials,” is focused on colors and prints which makes the perfect bridesmaid gift! But bridal and bridesmaids’ lingerie and intimates is not where they are stopping.
Kaki Intimates have a bunch of new prints that are perfect for springtime and will come in every style! They will also be launching an accessories line (think cute headbands that will match the prints of the lingerie). And lastly, sometime in the next year they are looking to launch their first bathing suit line! This will most likely be bridal pieces that are perfect for the honeymoon, but they have plans to eventually expand it into resort wear.
But wait, there’s more!
Kaki Intimates not only sells their designs online, but they can host fun Intimates parties for you and your girlfriends. Get sized, buy cute pajamas, and design a custom piece with Amber! RSVP here.
Where to shop Kaki Intimates?
You can shop Kaki Intimates online at https://www.kakiintimates.com/. If you subscribe to their newsletters, which shares information on new products, events, and special discounts, you can receive a 10% off discount for your next purchase! You can also shop directly from their beautiful Instagram page, @kaki_intimates, by clicking directly on the photos. Be sure to use hashtags #kakiintimates and #kakiintimatesbride for a chance to be featured on their page!
Kelley, Erin, & Kaki Intimates