Fortissima, Run Resistant by Gatta

May 27, 2013 under Gatta

This video shows off Fortissima pantyhose by Gatta.  Amazing quality!  Available at the shop section.  Fortissima pantyhose is the softest and strongest from Gatta line.  If you’d be to choose only one style to try, that would be it.

Gatta Brand


The company that owns the brand is called Ferax and it is located in a small Polish city called Zdunska Wola. Perhaps there is not much in that city except for that factory.  That district in general has very well established textile industries.
This beautiful and seductive video is an advertisement for a Polish brand called Gatta and for their run resistant Fortissima pantyhose.  This brand dominates Russian and Polish market and is considered to be one of the most well-launched brands in Poland.

Wearing Fortissima Pantyhose

run proof, non run, tights, Pantyhose advertised here is Fortissima, but probably more like in 30 den.  I only so far tried 15 den and 20 den in Fortissima style.  It came out around 2010 and I got my hands on it right away during my visit to Europe.  Amazed by the quality, I kept on buying more and more of it for daily wear.

It is run resistant, not to say completely run-free, but the quality is really good for the price, that’s for sure.  Such properties are achieved by Lycra Fusion mechanism.  A friend of mine told me that she ripped hers with the zipper from her boot by accident, but it didn’t run all over the place, so she returned home and stitched it.  Still wears it, with boots of course.

Another friend of mine, Michelle, likes this style because she finds that it fits comfortably around her hips. She’s got a bit of a fuller figure.

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your comments!

Trying on a Russian Pantyhose Brand Gracia

May 4, 2013 under Brands

I just returned from my trip to Europe, wearing on my flight back for the first time a pair of Russian pantyhose of Gracia (Грация) brand.  You can learn more about my trip through in my pantyhose diary if you’d like.

Some people try exotic foods when they travel, I try exotic pantyhose.  It’s been a while that I wanted to try this brand, but I just couldn’t get it anywhere for obvious reasons – this label is only available in Eastern Europe and is not designed for export. Грация label, in Cyrillic letters, would not sell anywhere else.

I passed through Moscow for work and I visited an old friend of mine, Natasha.  She greeted me wearing beautiful black pantyhose.  Later she returned, complaining that she got a run in them, but saying that they lasted her many wears.  I asked what brand it was and she said – Грация (Gracia).

Next day I had to leave, so I didn’t even know if I’ll have a chance to buy myself this brand.  So just in case I asked her if I could have those pantyhose, just to try them on.  She didn’t mind me asking, but she didn’t want to give me something that was already damaged.  Actually she even looked through her pantyhose drawer and pulled out many 40 den pantyhose of different colours by the same brand, looking for another sheer pair, but she had none left.  Realizing how much I wanted to try it, she even offered me to ship a pair to Canada, but I declined, since I didn’t want her to go through the hassle.

pantyhose by Gracia Russian brand with reinforced toesLuckily, I found a pair of pantyhose by brand in a store – the style displayed on the photo above, 20 den, sheer to waist, with reinforced toe.  I asked for whatever colour they had, except for black – turned out they had Mocca.  Fine, I took it, but I must admit it looks more like dark tan rather than real Mocca.

Somehow for my whole trip it was really cold, so I was walking around in 40 den pantyhose.  But on my flight back to Vancouver I decided to lighten up and look glamorous, since a special someone was supposed to meet me at the airport.

I put on Gracia pantyhose for the first time in the morning, getting ready for my flight.  Let’s just say, I was a little nervous since I never tried that brand and besides Natasha’s positive feedback had no idea if it will survive for such a long period.  What if I end up with a huge run in them?

pantyhose by Gracia Russian brand with reinforced toes close up 2Reinforced toe already cheered me up, at least that means it’s more durable in that section.  Interestingly, it had a thick border at the beginning of the reinforcement, almost like a statement saying that the toe section begins!  Also, I noticed that the band was quite broad and elastic and held on well.  It didn’t have a control top, but a t-top with a cotton gusset.

That proved to be very good eventually because I never felt like I had to pull up these pantyhose throughout my flight and two transfers.  It survived at least 24 hours on me and when I took it off it had no runs or holes.  Excellent quality!  Now the only regret I have is that I didn’t buy more.

After checking the website of the manufacturer, I realized that they have some really nice advertisements.  Here are some of their pantyhose ads.  Do you notice that they feature only skin-tone and black colours?

 

 

There were "No Shows" for the "Bic Pantyhose"!

March 1, 2013 under Brands, Weird, What to Avoid

Written by David, United States
bic pantyhose package - collant
A candle lights up nice with a “Bic Click” disposable lighter, and a “Bic Stick” disposable pen will produce a nice reliable stream of ink for whatever one would want to write, but “Bic Pantyhose”?

 

Well you could say that they threw the party but no one came. There were several snags in the idea from the very start.

 

The 1976 press release announcing the new pantyhose line advised that Bic’s managers believed most pantyhose buyers were working women, not stay at home housewives. So they decided they would market the cheap disposable pantyhose line with the familiar yellow and black “Bic” logo in office and stationery supply stores only and advertise in trade and industry publications like “Today’s Secretary”.
bic lightersThis sounded kind of sterile and unimaginative to me not sexy or romantic. If I wore pantyhose, I would want to see my brand on attractive models in fashion magazines, or in boutiques, where I could also find ideas for outfits and accessories that might complement my legs not in an office trade magazine, stuck in between ads for staplers and liquid paper.

 

When I read the release, I caught a slight aroma of chauvinism. It almost smelled like butane Bic Perfume? They even tried that!

Bic-Perfume

 

I could picture the “boys” in the Bic executive suite lighting their disposable cigars and saying, “That’s it! The “girls” can pick up a few pair of our pantyhose at the office store while their bosses are out on the golf course!” This, at a time when women as a social group were moving up higher in the executive suite and trying to earn their way out of stereotypes like being subservient to their male counterparts. They wanted to be respected on the golf course, not pandered to in the office supply store.

 

Ultimately the brand failed because the product was not a logical extension from Bic’s existing successful products. Consumers couldn’t make the mental or emotional connection between throw away pens and lighters, and women’s pantyhose. Additionally, the pantyhose line didn’t mesh with the manufacturing and distribution capabilities which Bic had mastered; the Bic managers weren’t sticking to what they knew. With pantyhose they were trying on something outside of their niche.
Bic-Tights package - disposable pantyhoseHerbert Jack Rotfeld, Department of Marketing, Auburn University, summed up Bic’s big goof this way:

 

“As a broader lesson, this is an example of a company that was more focused on the name than what the name means. In these days of product placement and viral marketing, companies of all types focus on brand awareness and an extensive effort to put their name out there (wherever “out there” might be). But it is not just having a name that is important, but the image that the name conveys to consumers.” Journal of Product and Brand Management, 2008

 

Wolsley Underwear and Hosiery Advertisement

December 14, 2012 under Vintage

This is an old advertisement that used a man for their marketing material.

I’ve heard it in a lecture on marketing that this was an approach to recognize the males as customers too.  Women buy hosiery and underwear and who gets to appreciate the most?  The men!
This brand still exists to this very day.  I wonder, did they really try to get men to buy stockings for their women or is this taken out of context by the presenter of the marketing lecture that I listened to?

I would love to hear your opinion. But I somehow don’t feel that the man in that silly hat on the Wolsey poster turns me on.

Does more Lycra make pantyhose shinier?

October 28, 2012 under News

Matte pantyhose with high lycra content by Platino.

I had some information up earlier that I got from an Asian online newspaper, but some of it was not accurate regarding shine and here is an update from Shapings.com.  Here is the correction by Robert.

 

Does lycra make pantyhose shiny?  

Lycra does not make it shine, you can still have a matte pantyhose with tons of lycra and it does not shine. Here is an example – Total Comfort 10 by Platino.

The shine actually comes from the shape of the nylon fibre. If the cross section is triangular then it shines, if it’s circular then it is mat as the light refraction is the key to the shine.

 

Thank you, Robert, for keeping an eye on my content and submitting a correction!  

 

Kim Basinger in Golden Lady Pantyhose Commercial

October 21, 2012 under Famous

I remember watching this commercial and wondering how they made it so sensual.  Kim Basinger (the actress from the first Batman movie) has amazing legs and her attitude is so sexy.

I also just recently tried Golden Lady, 20 den – one of those in a square box package that you see in Kim’s trunk in the commercial.  That type of pantyhose is not folded around a cardboard insert, it’s just stuffed into a little compact box.  Well, when I took it out, it wasn’t neatly folded, it was all wrinkled like crepe paper.

My experience overall was positive, but I can’t really say that it feels great.  I liked that they made the toe reinforced, but I am so already not used to seeing pantyhose without a gusset.

Golden Lady brand is not known in North America, but it is very common in Europe.  It is made in Italy and has a good reputation.  I have a couple of other styles on hand from this brand, so I’ll give it a try.

 

Fantasy Stockings Graphics

September 17, 2012 under Art

It is the first time that I actually had something designed for me.  My Youtube friend Fernando helped me with these graphics.  The high res version will be incorporated into my videos as a welcome page.  I asked him to make it look feminine and to have lace as a source of inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any comments?

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Fleece-Lined Pantyhose

December 10, 2011 under Seasonal

rajstopy I must admit that it’s been a real blessing in this weather to have my thick 500 den fleece-lined pantyhose.  The inside of them is very soft to touch, on the outside it looks very sleek and non-fuzzy.

They work well with skirts, but of course under no conditions such leggings should be worn instead of pants – the seams on the hips still show.

It’s interesting to note though that on the advertisement they are shown to be worn without any skirt, as if it is tight pants.  I suppose that for modeling poses it doesn’t really matter how abstract the composition gets, but consumers should not think that what they see on the cover is reality.

I got previously asked a lot where to get this 500 denier fleece-lined pantyhose, so I purchased some in bulk and it is now available in the shop section of this blog.

Sizes – S, M, L, XL.  Leggings are also available!  It’s a best seller.

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LEGGINGS

TIGHTS 

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Low Rise Pantyhose – most long lasting pair ever for that kind of price!

November 24, 2011 under Style

Has anybody tried it?  I am about to!  Low rise pantyhose are very popular among teens.

OK, just put on a pair of low rise hipster tights by Gabriella brand.  They are in fact very cheap, so I’d like to put them to a test.

Material: The fabric is not soft, it’s sheer, but feels a little rough to touch.  Still seems very durable though, especially because of the reinforced toe.

In terms of low rise: I must admit that this is my first time trying this on.  It feels nice around the hips.  I don’t feel like it is too low.  I guess for those times when I used to wear pantyhose under pants, this would be perfect.

Yesterday I was talking to a woman who said that her mother brought her some warm pantyhose.  She pulled up her sweater and under her jeans she had very high rise control top, but her jeans were low cut.  It looked kind of strange, but I guess maybe she pulls up the pantyhose so high on purpose for extra warmth around the waist.

low rise pantyhose

Reinforced Toes

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Update from 3 months after opening that pair

– Still no runs!  I wore it probably at least 7-8 times.

– This pantyhose survived Velcro (a boy next to me on the plane landed his jacket’s sleeve on my leg)

– I notice irregularity in the weave (see defects section), but this as it turns out, doesn’t affect the durability

– I can’t really say that the fabric is soft, but it fits well and doesn’t slide off the hips.

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Update 8  months after opening this pair

– Still good!  I wore it on my trip to Europe and even did a photoshoot in it.  No runs.  I love this low rise pantyhose!

low rise pantyhose

Low Rise Pantyhose

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