"If we can learn to appreciate the bodies we’ve been given, lingerie’s role will be to simply adorn what was beautiful to begin with. Self-love and self-acceptance – not a piece of garment – will always be the only true path to salvation."
Hi Treacle! I have a dream of one day running my own lingerie boutique so I can sell all my favourite local and international brands. My problem is I have no real idea where to start. I'm only 21, have a few years retail experience but not in the lingerie sector (I've found it hard to get a job in that area without bra fitting experience, and its impossible to get the experience without a job!) Do you have any ideas or advice on how to get started?
Hmmm…I don’t have any retail experience either, but I would say the first thing to do is reach out to a lingerie boutique near you. Try to get a job with them, so you can get that ‘real world’ perspective…not just in terms of bra fitting, but also what sells, how to pick products, interact with customers, etc. Since the holidays are coming up (both Christmas and Valentine’s Day are peak seasons for lingerie), you may have an easier time of it soon. And if you happen to live in a fashion center like New York or London, try to attend a tradeshow so you can interact with professionals and get a sense of the other side of the business.