Derriere de Soie is a Virginia based boutique specializing in fine lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear. We are passionate about helping every woman feel comfortable and beautiful in her own skin. We carry lines that are timeless, fashion forward, and impeccably designed and manufactured. Our buying team carefully selects intimate pieces based on fit, quality, and garment construction. We search the globe for innovative inner and outer wear; keeping everyday working-women and sophisticated simplicity in mind.

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Interview Series: Fortnight Lingerie

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We are so excited to share our latest interview series with designer we love, Christina Remenyi of Fortnight Lingerie. Fortnight elegantly combines fashion, function, and comfort; a goal we are always aiming towards at derrière de soie. Enjoy below a glimpse into her design world.

What made you want to start designing? Why lingerie?

I’ve always been really inspired by lingerie – it’s this personal, hidden layer that has played such an important role in shaping women throughout history.  The intimacy that a woman has with her lingerie is quite inspiring. It’s a very personal purchase that to me, is quite intriguing.  I think what made me want to design lingerie is that I found the lingerie market was saturated with brands that were either very basic, or over embellished with very little in between. There was a void of fresh, modern and functional lingerie that not only compliments a woman’s natural curves, but the clothes she wears on top.


What type of women are you designing for?

Fortnight is for women with an independent and thoughtful sense of beauty, who carve their own path in life.  We design for women who appreciates quality, craftsmanship, fit and detail.


Describe your design aesthetic – how do you want women to feel in your lingerie?

We aim at designing modern, versatile lingerie that bridges the gap between basic and boudoir.  Our aesthetic is very much a fusion of strong lines and soft, feminine fabrics.  Comfort and support is a huge factor in our designs, so there is a distinct structural element and nod to eras past. It is our hope that women feel comfortable, supported and feminine all at the same time.


Do you think there is anything that needs to change about the lingerie market? What are ways that brands and lingerie stores can help promote positive body image for women and young girls?

The lingerie market has come a long way in recent years, but there is still a great deal of marketing that preys on women’s insecurities, by featuring overtly sexualized models in unrealistic settings.  It’s almost as if these ads are actually directed at men instead of women! I think lingerie brands and stores can help break down the misconception of body image by spreading the word about how undergarments are supposed to fit and by offering a wider range of sizes

What inspires you?
Art, film, friends, family and nature


Describe beauty in 5 words or less –
Honesty, kindness and an open mind

Interview Series: Salua Lingerie

"Salua represents sophistication and elegance while nurturing the enduring feminine spirit".

Read below as we speak with designer we love, Shadia K’David on her start in the lingerie business, design aesthetics, and thoughts on what “beauty” means in our current culture.

What made you want to start designing? Why lingerie?

When I was a little girl I would spend a lot of time doodling fashion sketches and choosing my own outfits since I was 2.  My mother thought I was going to be a designer. I actually went on to study industrial engineering. Due in large part to an oversized obsession with real live factory production, and growing businesses. My mom started Salua in 1993, and it wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to get involved with the business with the intent to expand internationally and take operations to another level. After a year in the US market, I realized that Salua would have to make designs that take into account the wonderful perspectives and tastes that make up American culture. It was this realization that inspired me to once again start doodling fashion sketches, but this time taking them off paper and seeing them through to production.        

What type of women are you designing for?

I design for women who don’t have to work too hard to get their beloved’s attention; I truly believe that a woman’s most powerful arm of seduction is her own femininity. Salua seeks to accentuate that.    

I imagine ladies of any age, let’s say a single one, getting home after work and putting on a Salua gown, having a glass of wine and relaxing while reading and feeling confident in herself and lifestyle. For women with significant others, Salua aims to illuminate the feminine spirit of the home.     I learned from my mother that we are treated by how we dress. Not surprisingly the same principal applies within out intimate settings and moments.    

Describe your design aesthetic – how do you want women to feel in your lingerie?

Clean, airy, dreamy and effortlessly beautiful with a vintage hint.  I want women to feel like goddess in their own home.

Do you think there is anything that needs to change about the lingerie market? What are ways that brands and lingerie stores can help promote positive body image for women and young girls?

I think there is increasing awareness that we women come in all shapes and sizes, and I’ve definitely seen more brands beginning to specialize in addressing these niche markets, which I think is fantastic! In fact, I recently heard of a brand focusing on small bands full cups! 

I’m also noting a change in the marketing, in that photos are beginning to feel more casual and realist. I now even see bloggers who are trying on the lingerie garments and showing off pictures of their natural bodies in unedited pictures. This is great. It makes women’s natural beauty seem normal.    

I think brands and lingerie stores are doing a good job just by presenting other options than Victoria’s Secret which message has become a bit boring.

What inspires you?

The genius of music and lyrics inspire me. But nothing inspires me more than seeing beautiful fabrics and laces laid out on a cutting table… that is an amazing feeling!

Describe beauty in 5 words or less –

Anything that takes my breath away and makes me smile.

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Interview Series: She & Reverie

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We are so excited to be back on the blog and to introduce a new interview series with our favorite designers. Not only do we love bringing you the best of the lingerie market, but we aim to find designers and brands that hold meaning in their messages and work ethics.

Today we introduce Quinne Myers, designer behind the sweet & playful made in NYC line She & Reverie.

1.     What made you want to start designing? Why lingerie?

I’ve always been artistic, and when I learned to sew and embroider, I discovered that clothing could be just as beautiful as a fine illustration, like a piece of art that you can adorn yourself with. I think the heart of the apparel industry is a perfect combination of art and business.

As for lingerie, I’m naturally drawn to super-feminine styles and careful details, so I of course love the bow-and-lace-covered world of lingerie! I also like lingerie because, as women, we’re more likely to get a little experimental with our intimates; we might wear a simple little dress out to dinner, but what we wear underneath can be as flashy as we like. With she and reverie, I try to bring those two worlds together.

2.     What type of women are you designing for?

She and reverie customers are modern romantics: they often have these whimsical, vintage-inspired, feminine sensibilities but are such strong, individual, modern women at heart. They are detail-oriented aesthetes who want to live their lives the way they like.

3.     Describe your design aesthetic – how do you want women to feel in your lingerie?

When I set out to design one of our capsule collections, I always have a story I want to tell or a place I want to take you away to. When you put on a piece of she and reverie, it often fuels a daydream, like going on a personal mental vacation, which I love.  At the same time, because our aesthetic is hyper-feminine, it’s very important to me that our pieces are still empowering.  We believe you should always dress for yourself above all, and I think that’s reflected in our brand.  Someone once referred to one of our dresses as “accidentally sexy”, a sentiment I’ve heard in various forms since then, and I think it’s so true; we’re cheeky and fun, but never strive towards a try-hard sex appeal. (It also inspired our next capsule collection, called “MAYBE”.)

4.     Do you think there is anything that needs to change about the lingerie market? What are ways that brands and lingerie stores can help promote positive body image for women and young girls?

Luckily, the lingerie industry is so diverse these days; the indie lingerie world that we’re a part of is so different from the mass-market mall brands, and so accessible thanks to the internet.  The bloggers, boutiques, and other designers that I am connected to are all so inclusive and body-positive.

I think it’s important for boutiques and brands to focus on comfort, style, and personal happiness over body part objectivity and whether or not someone else (friends, lovers, society) will find you attractive. We’re all shaped differently and, at the risk of sounding cheesy, that’s genuinely what makes each of us beautiful.  Trying to force ourselves to fit a specific silhouette or wear a certain style is such a step backwards for all of us. Thankfully, a lot of the industry is realizing that, and I think it could really raise the self-esteem and confidence of both women and young girls.

5.     What inspires you?

Beautiful color combinations.  Vintage illustrations and photos.  Classic fairytales and how we still cling to them in our own modern ways.  Botanicals, in nature and in art. People who live their lives the way they want, regardless of what others expect from them.

6.     Describe beauty in 5 words or less –

Your essential, effortless, imperfect self.

Shop and support She & Reverie HERE!

Thank you, Quinne!