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Category: Office Gossip
Last night a groomed, preened, and generally spruced up MyTights headed to the Underlines Star Awards 2013 – an industy event hosted by Underlines lingerie trade magazine, held this year at the super swish Cumberland hotel in London. The night celebrates the best in the world of lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, and in the words of Underlines’ Managing Editor, the awards “were created in 2007 to recognise and reward entrepreneurial skill, innovation and experience in these specialised sectors. Particularly aimed at independent stores, the event highlights the resilience, competence and flair of retailers across the UK and Ireland.”
With top names like Figleaves, House of Fraser and Fenwicks all nominated for awards, and with 264 retailers and 24 brands represented, there’s no denying the competition was fierce. But we should have known that when it comes to what makes MyTights really special – Team MyTights and our customers – we are one of the best in our field, and so it proved. From 380 nominations in total, MyTights was one of 11 winners – for Best Specialist Etailer – and runner up in the hosiery retailer of the year award, too (we weren’t too disappointed, though, as we lost out to Fenwicks whose hosiery buyer Sue knows everything there is to know about tights).
A super snazzy trophy was duly handed over by Paul Ross (brother of Jonathan, in case you were wondering) – the cherry on top of a fantastic evening which started with a champagne reception, continued with a fabulous four course meal and finished with wine, music and dancing. Needless to say, an amazing night was had by all (we heard a whisper that founder Laura didn’t get home until 2am)!
We are so proud to have won recognition from those who really know their stuff in the industy, and want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Underlines, to Invista for having us as their guests, and to Team MyTights for their dedication, talent and sheer hard graft. And of course to you, our customers. Without your passion for hosiery, honest feedback and unwavering loyalty none of this would be possible.
MyTights founder Laura is one well travelled lady – the stamps in her passport range from New York to Barbados and even Oman! Her latest expedition took her to Iran, where any preconceived ideas about the country and its people were soon turned on their head. “Everyone was so friendly and approachable”, she says. “And the country itself is simply fascinating – such a rich history”.
And it goes without saying, an eye fine tuned over 13 years to spot tights at a hundred yards doesn’t let up just because you’re on holiday. Armed with hundreds of photos of her time in Iran, the MyTights founder brought back copious evidence of eye catching legs in the Middle East. With plenty of statement legwear on show, she even spotted a mullah (religious leader) apparently checking out the tights on display!
And as for the women, they were worlds apart from the dark, chador-enshrined stereotypes we too often see in the media. In fact Laura, who went the entire two weeks teaming slacks or jeans with her Falke socks, claimed she felt like a frump compared to most of the Iranian women she encountered. “Women are often seen out and about, headscarves pulled high off their face, which is sporting immaculate make up – and the latest trend is for brightly coloured, tights footless tights and leggings under tunics”, she explains. Markets and shops were bursting with colour and modern design – though you do have to adhere to a stricter dress code in more formal circumstances or in religious locations (check out Laura rocking a patterned Chador below!), and there is a big distinction made between what is appropriate in the outside world and what goes on behind closed doors. But it seems that by and large, Iranian women like to have fun with their fashion just as much as your average girl from the Western world. After all, no matter what your religion, race or culture, fashion is a language we all have in common…
The verdict? Laura says: “the best holiday I’ve ever had”. We say: Iran, you are our new style inspiration.
Looking like the rain is here to stay, we’ve decided to defeat the grim weather the only way we know how – fabulous hosiery. For those seeking a quick fix to the constant drizzle, just take a look at what MyTights HQ had to offer…
Notorious for it’s luxurious feel and high quality, Wolford is the perfect treat for any hosiery collection. Founder Laura styles her Ekaterina Tights with a cerise shift dress and patent heels.
Showing us all that fishnet tights can still work when temperatures drop, Laura has teamed hers with a secret layer underneath – the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights in Moka if you must know!
Polka dots are still BIG news this season, so make like Nix and style your Henry Holland Reverse Polka Dot Tights with knee high boots and a simple jersey dress.
Subtle and sophisticated, Laura loves wearing her Oroblu Jillian Tights with charming courts and a weather appropriate cardigan!
Here at MyTights HQ, we’ve come to accept that we probably won’t experience sunshine for a good few months. Undeterred by the miserable drizzle and downpour, we’ve made it our mission to showcase our favourite hosiery styles, all day, everyday. Just take a look for yourself…
Laura pays tribute to trend of the season in her tartan skirt, styling it with a pair of must-have fishnet tights (Laura has even worn skin coloured sheers underneath to lock in the warmth, shh!)
Geometric & gorgeous, Laura has teamed her Jillian Tights from Oroblu are a must for AW! A near optical illusion, the patterned tights look great when styled with a shift dress and sweet courts.
The quirkiest tights around this season by a mile, the Bricking It Tights by Pretty Polly & Patternity are an office favourite! Far easier to style than you may have thought intially, the graphic tights are just one of the capsule range by the collaboration. Take note from Laura and wear yours with block colours and a statement necklace.
This season is still about all things spotty, so Hannah makes the most of this trend by letting her polka dot tights add charm to a sweet dress & jumper combo.
It’s official – Autumn is here. But before you relegate all skirts & dresses to the back of your wardrobe, perhaps it’s time for a hosiery frawer overhaul? Staying warm doesn’t need to mean a compromise on style! Just have a look at some of the legwear we’ve been wearing at MyTights HQ…
Opaque tights needn’t mean plain. Inject a little fun into your outfit with some patterned tights, just like Laura has!
Teal is the new black. Elegant and easy to style, Nix has teamed her coloured opaques with cosy boots and an oversized jumper.
Slowly making her way through the new Charnos collection, Laura teams her Charnos Diamond Net Tights with a statement belt and heels.
Adding a little character to her footwear, Nix has chosen a mock sock style, letting the pattern peer over the tops of her boots! For a similar style, try doing this with suspender tights.
J’adore! Packed full of Parisian charm and a chic twist on the suspender tights trend, the Paris Skyline Tights from Pamela Mann are a must. We love how Gisela has teamed hers with a tee and jersey skirt.
Goodbye summer! This week we bid farewell to sunshine but rather than let this dampen our mood, we’ve decided to dig deep into our hosiery drawers and show off our favourite styles. From transeasonal sheers to quirky print, take a look at what we’ve worn for a little legwear inspiration…
Taking advantage of the new season, Nix has decided to debut her new Charnos Diamond Stripe Tights. Styled with cosy boots and a flirty hemline, we love her autumnal ensemble.
Bright and bold, founder Laura shows us all that a pop of colour goes a long way. Matching her red tights to her patent belt, colour blocking has never looked so elegant.
Pattern phobics, take note! Nix shows us that with an understated outfit, daring designs can be toned down. From the new Patternity line for Pretty Polly, the Tower Block Tights are perfect for both work and play!
For fans of the bare legged look, seek solace in delicate sheers! Delivering just the right amount of coverage to see off the drizzle, the Levante Class Tights in Londra will go with just about anything.
Judging by the forecast for the next few weeks, this week’s mini heatwave could well be our last taste of summer. But rather than dwelling on the drizzly weather to come, we’ve taken the opportunity to showcase our favourite transeasonal styles! From sweet socks to flattering sheers, we’ve tried them all at MyTights HQ!
Laura shows us that sundresses can be transformed into autumnal essentials, all thanks to sheer tights! Wearing the Falke Fond De Poudre Tights, Laura has chosen the anthracite shade as a softer alternative to black.
Pretty in polka dot tights! Hannah styles the ontrend pattern with her ballet flats for a chic, casual style.
Reminding us all how fabulous socks can look, Nix styles her black socks with Converse and a maxi dress.
Chic and classic, Laura wears her Pretty Polly Nylons Tights with a bright shift dress and patent courts. Add statement jewellery for a fun touch!