Which manufacturers would you visit at CurveNY next week? If you wade through Curve’s super un-user-friendly 13 pages of exhibiting brands and find someone interesting that isn’t on Leah’s or my list below, please let us know and we’ll add them.

The purpose of Curve trade shows is for companies to take orders from lingerie store owners.  This is why it is extremely important for you to let your local lingerie store owner know what you are looking for:  the best way to get a manufacturer’s attention is for a store owner to be willing to purchase inventory that she believes her customers will buy.

However, some of your local lingerie stores–gasp!–don’t attend trade shows to keep abreast of the market.  Perhaps it’s because they feel they can’t take time away from their stores, and the reps will come to them anyways, so what’s the big deal?  It’s a very big deal to those of us who wear D cups and up.  How likely is it that a rep is going to enlighten an account about a competitor’s advancements in the D+ market?  I’ve actually had a store owner tell me that 32 bands are being phased out, and we’ve all had stores tell us that they don’t carry anything above a DD . . . this when developments in our size range are exploding!

If your local store owner isn’t doing her due diligence, then let us do it for you.  Give us questions to ask the company reps (I learned so much from the questions you asked last year), and tell us what you’d like us to be on the lookout for.  We’ll show you the finds that excite us, and if they excite you, too, then tell your store owner about them.

Affinitas (including Parfait) (L*)
Amoena (D*)
Anita (D)
Chantelle (D)
Claudette (B*)
Conturelle (D)
Corin (D)
Curvy Kate (B)
Elila (D)
Empreinte (D)
Eprise (D)
Eveden (including Freya, Fantasie, Fauve, Elomi) (B)
Goddess (D)
Grenier (D)
Jane Woolrich (D)
Janine Robin (D)
Kris Line (D)
Le Mystere (L)
Marlies Dekkers (D)
Panache (L)
Prima Donna (including Cleo and Masquerade) (D)
Simone Perele (D)
Wacoal (D)

*L = on Leah’s list; *D = on Darlene’s list; *B = on both of our lists