Meow...... Catsuit love.

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Jules Hawkins

 

Our quest to make you the most perfectly fitting beautifully designed leather catsuit.

The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed that our original Catsuit is missing from the menu at the moment. Partly, because of my move away from lambskin, but also because I wasn't 100% happy with the old design.

 

As with everything, the moment I took it off the options, the orders rolled in and I'm working closely with each of you to finalise each and every little detail.

For example, how do you want your collar?

2" stand collar with black zip undone?

 

Or 2" stand zipped up tight?

 

Turtle neck with invisible back zip?

 

Or ornamented biker style?

 

How about a more traditional Avengers style with open collar?

 

Or buckle fastening?

 

Not to mention shoulder pads

 

 

Epaulettes...

 

Full on Armour...

 

Or a more natural classic line....

 

So, I'm using all these super images of strong women rocking catsuits as inspiration for our next design, penciled in for very early 2015 to be modeled by Miss Miranda.

 

In the meantime, you can still order one of our lovely made to measure Catsuits that start at £945, either in glove leather, or finest nappa (design dependent on size of the leather)

And there's lots more source Catsuits over on our Lux Pinterest Catsuit mood board .

 

Your thoughts? I'd love to hear what you think - please email me here: jules@luxtenebrae.com

Posted in atomage, avengers, batman, catsuit, catwoman, emma peel, Leather, leather catsuit, leather fetish, luxury leather

My passion for Glove Leather - No More Lambskin

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Jules Hawkins

I've decided I want to really concentrate my time on my lovely glove leather designs, and to discontinue my lambskin and calf skin ranges from now - 25.9.14.

Lambskin just doesn't make my heart sing like the glove leather.

 

We have a couple of outstanding orders to finish, but are not accepting any new orders in lambskin or calfskin. Any left over skins will be converted into skirts and popped on the Clearance page - I'll email when this happens.

 

 

I'm so excited about this!

Jules xxx

 

 

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Proof that LUX women love their bodies whatever their shape and size?

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Jules Hawkins

Just when we thought we'd laid size zero to sleep, along comes size triple zero!

The Huffington Post notes that

"American shoppers," wrote Metro, "are now able to buy size triple zero clothes, with very small 23-inch waists, the same size waistband in fact as 6-8 year-old girls would typically wear."

The newspaper was writing off the back of a report from Grazia magazine, which highlighted the trend emerging in the US.

Talking to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, Alex B, a model and writer (and soon to be LUX model) who also represents older models, says: "Hollywood is constantly infantilising women and this trend is yet another instance of this unacceptable, ultimately coercive treatment of women. Women embracing such extreme thinness are bound to make themselves ill in the shorter and longer term. We should try to stop it."

Dr BJ Epstein, lecturer at the University of East Anglia and HuffPost UK blogger agrees. "What is wrong with our society that women feel they need to look like little children? This is incredibly disempowering, and it means that by focusing on women's looks, we're missing out on what women actually can contribute to the world."

Why would women do this to themselves? While we don't agree with the Mail Online saying it's a 'badge of honour', we do think that in such a highly competitive industry, this has - worryingly - become a new standard to work to.

Rivkie Baum, editor of Slink magazine and plus size campaigner says: "The fact that it exists is pretty frightening. While we can't assume that all women with a 23-inch waist are on a starvation diet,- any more than we can say size 16+ women eat all the time, it is a huge concern that we seem to have come full circle in terms of measuring our self worth by measuring our waists.

"The fact that this trend seems to be trickling down from celebrities and high street brands is hugely concerning as they need to consider their social responsibility to young and impressionable girls. Many professional models have a 24-inch waist (and are on average are still in their teens) - the fact that a triple zero is smaller than their average measurements, suggests that even those we hold as the most slender in our society no longer cut the mustard."

Jes Baker, founder of the Body Love Conference and blogger for The Militant Baker, adds that the size itself isn't the issue, it's the message it sends.

"There isn't anything wrong with having "pencil thin legs" or "sharp collar bones," as many may suggest. Bodies rest at different weights naturally; some of us are small and some are large.

"It's simply a fact of life. Seeing tiny bodies in our media isn't the problem; the permeation of the thought that smaller bodies are worth more is. Not only because it's simply not true, but because it affects all women whether we know it or not."

There may be some good to come out of this. Whereas size zero may have been attainable, because size triple zero is so extreme, it may actually unite women against the quest for super skinny.

"The fact that the triple zero body is so unattainable actually offers a positive opportunity though: to band all women together to reject the impossible body standards we see," says Jes.

"Until now, we have seen a separation of shapes, "straight sizes" vs. "plus sizes." Women occasionally choose to shoot the other down to build themselves up- thin women calling larger women "lazy" and large women calling thin women "sellouts." Neither of these are true, and maybe it takes a standard that no one can truly reach to help us realise that we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER."

On Twitter, #triplezero is being discussed:

Dr Epstein adds: "Women come in a variety of sizes, and we should celebrate that. Likewise, we should celebrate women's different looks, skills, abilities, and contributions to society. A 23-inch waist is nothing to celebrate; it's shocking and depressing. When will we ever learn that women are more than objects, more than bodies?"

Indeed we are. We are so much more than that.

But, how can we stop the size zero pressure? As a first step I've taken size 6 off my options with immediate effect - I don't really want it to be seen as normal, when clearly for LUX customers it isn't. We need to stop the photoshoots that serve only the propagation and glorification of the starvation of hundreds of young women, and offer alternatives.

 

And I just wanted to balance all the negativity, by saying, in the world of handmade luxury leather lingerie, my best selling sizes remain 10 and 16, 12 running a close third. Very occasionally a size 8 or 14.

Happily, I've never been asked to make anything smaller than a size 6, and even size 6 is a rarity  - twice since 2003.

 

Hopefully this means that Lux women, men and those in between love their bodies just the way they are.

This is the message we need to be spreading.

Jules x

Posted in sizezero, triplezero

We are the UK's first and oldest handmade luxury leather lingerie brand.

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Jules Hawkins

This summer, 2014 Lux will be fifteen years old. That's a lot of beautiful hand made pants.

 

And it means that we are the UK's first and oldest handmade luxury leather lingerie brand.

 

And just like our gorgeous leather, we are getting better with age.

 

 

 

Posted in Craftmanship, handmade, Leather, leather fetish, luxury leather, UK's First

Lux Retiring from BBB

Posted on June 02, 2013 by Jules Hawkins

 

Lux models stand in front of the Lux stall during the 2012 BBB fashion show.

 

After much consideration we've decided to retire from showing at BBB, Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar. We always have such a blast working there and meeting you guys, but increasingly over the past quarter, as the new website has taken off with such force, we found we simply can't do both. There are not enough hours in the week to prepare new displays for BBB and fulfill our International web orders. Standing down from BBB will let us catch our breath, and consolidate the new website, the new UltraLuxe range, and think about how to be physically more accessible to you, our lovely clients.

I want to thank all of you that made our time at BBB so memorable, and especially to the organisers Barbara and Dave, for their continuous encouragement and support, for without both of them and BBB, I'm quite sure we wouldn't be where we are now.

And I'm certain that BBB is the best of the fetish events on offer in the UK, and long may that stand.

We have an event penciled in for late summer in London and we'll post details as soon as we have them. Also in the pipework are a High Street Pop Up shop,  and a larger studio showroom.

This is such an exciting period of growth for Lux and I'm really looking forward to the next 18 months or so.

Looking forward to seeing you soon in a whole new way!

Jules x

 

 

Posted in BBB, Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar, Pop up shop, showroom

What I Think About When I Think about Wearing Leather.

Posted on March 20, 2013 by Jules Hawkins

Leather is in the cool zone that’s just outside the behaviour box.  We are not in Kansas anymore. Not in San Francisco.

We are deep in the other, far older place. The quiet, subversive and historically deviant  British subconscious. A subspace of aesthetics, of class and control, the source of many shades of creativity, where power dressing  still rules. The smell of leather urges us to peek again behind that black door where servants are masters and revolution and anarchy reside.

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Posted in aestheitics, BDSM leather, control, Leather, leather cocktail dress, leather fetish, leather gimp hood, leather vs. latex in popular fashion, leatherman, over exposure of latex, power and control with leather, wearing leather

Three Quick Steps to Slow Fashion

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Jules Hawkins

Quality over Quantity:

 

December: It's the time of year where we're all about looking glam, and for many of us, this will mean new clothes.

 

With sparkly come-hither Xmas windows the High Street beckons. Look how they've made it nice for us, they want us to look really pretty and on trend.... or do they...

 

High Street clothes are made as quickly as possible, with every corner cut, profit is the driving force behind every stitch.   Marketed to be quickly used and disposed of, these throw away clothes give ever-higher profits to the big fashion chains who feed on this wasteful and cyclical and cynical consumption pattern.  We are all positively encouraged to buy cheap one off pieces, weekly or daily, and then purge our wardrobes every season, it's International Fashion Bulimia by any other name.

 

But, let's be very clear about  this, fast fashion isn’t really about speed, but greed: selling more, making more money, with time, labour, and natural resources are neglected in the pursuit of maximum profits.

 

Within corsetry, the market is saturated with cheap satin corsets from China, and leather corsets from India. And these corsets are all over Ebay, and all over those cheap corset shops, and women's sex shops.

Yet the satin or leather in super-cheap, ‘value’ or fast fashion corsets is no quicker to make or use than any of my corsets, and it takes just as long to sew, and cut. So how do they get such low prices?

Well, short lead times and cheap clothes are only made possible by exploitation of labour and natural resources. Sweat shops, pesticides, pollution, child labour and animal cruelty are just some examples of how fast fashion chains and, by extension, retailers maintain their high profit margins on the super cheap stock that they sell.

 

Yet it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

We can design a different system for ourselves that makes money while respecting the rights of workers and the environment, and produces beautiful and conscientious garments.

 

Slow fashion is about designing, producing, consuming and living better.

Slow fashion is not time-based but quality-based.

Slow is not the opposite of fast – there is no dualism – but a different approach in which designers, buyers, retailers and consumers are more aware of the impacts of products on workers, communities and ecosystems.

 

Before you go out and buy brand new outfits, have a quick look at the Three point Slow Fashion checklist:

 

1. Turn your back on mass produced fashion (AKA "Fast-Fashion" or "McFashion") by buying from local designers, artisans and second hand shops. You'll be supporting small local business.

 

2. Choose sustainable clothing made with sustainable fabrics, ethically made and built with love to last a lifetime. Disposable clothes - the whole idea is being sold to us so that we buy more. More items, more often.

 

3. Choose quality garments that will last longer, transcend trends (a "classic" style), and are repairable.

 

Clothes are for life, not just for Christmas.

 

 

Posted in Mass production, Slow Fashion, Three point Slow Fashion checklist

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