Here comes my late night rant about the growing popularity of leggings. Please share your thoughts too!
By Jessica from Calgary, Canada (the founder of Fantasy Stockings)
A few days ago I went to get my dental cleaning and I asked my hygienist, a young Caucasian Canadian-born woman in her early 20’s, if she wears pantyhose. She knows that this is what I sell, so the question didn’t come off as weird. She told me the truth, the way it is – no, she doesn’t wear it since childhood!
She started thinking about it and said that it looks like the whole trend just went away. When she was a child, her mom would dress her up in tights and dresses, but now she prefers to wear leggings instead. I thought about it some more and asked her, what would she wear if she wants to dress up really sexy for a nice date in November? She said that she would still wear leggings under her dress, but together with boots, so that the foot is not visible.
Does anyone still wear pantyhose in her family? Well, her mom used to, but stopped now. Her grandma still does. I made a joke that perhaps her grandmother could be my potential customer and she laughed. This popped into my head a few minutes ago before writing this post because I was browsing some dress code etiquette about shoes and hosiery on Youtube and my search lead me directly to a channel called “women over 50”.
Sadly this is the trend for many Canadian-born women. As I mentioned previously on my blog, another dental assistant from that same Calgary-based office, a 23 year old young woman, told me straight that she has never owned a pair of pantyhose in her life and at a recent wedding she attended the only person in pantyhose was the bride’s mother.
I would like to hear what you think on this subject. It does seem to me like leggings are taking over when it comes to the younger generation of Canadian youth. At any trade show I go to there will be at least a couple of vendors with racks of leggings in all sorts of tasteless circus patterns.
One of the people on my twitter account brought this artist to my attention. Paul Kelley is based in Nova Scotia, Canada. If you browse through his galleries, especially the dance one, there are a lot of paintings of graceful women in pantyhose.
I also spotted a few stockings and garter belts in his sensual collection. Way to go! I am always trying to support local artists, especially those who admire pantyhose and stockings as much as I do.
If you want to see more of his work, please visit his website – http://www.paulkelley.ca/
I just subscribed to his newsletter and I hope to see his exhibit live some day. From time to time I make it to Nova Scotia because my uncle lives not far from there and also because of my love for the ocean.
Siebruck Hosiery Ltd, a Canadian manufacturer in Montreal, Quebec, had a cool brand on the market in the 80s and 90s. Cover Girl brand was a registered trade mark (not sure if there was any conflict with the same name used for cosmetics), available in local department stores in Canada.
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I think of those times and sadly exhale. There were hosiery mills in Canada and departments stores with shelves full. Now, except for Mondor (even though they could partially outsource some of the processes), there is no hosiery industry here anymore.
According to some research online, we can even see that Siebruck had a patent for the ornamental design on the hosiery packages.
However, Siebruck didn’t go out of business because of lack of customers. They went bankrupt in 1996 because of a lawsuit for “unreported sales in excess of $1.5 million”. Ouch, Cover Girl was trying to cover up some serious cash. The president of the company, Herman Gruenwald, tried to present a counter-claim for $3 million dollars for damaged reputation, but obviously didn’t get too far with that.
I got one pair of these from my friend who bought them about 30 years back. That means, that Cover Girl was still innocent and popular.
It’s about size Large, burgundy colour. 100% nylon. Of course it’s in the shop section for the price that she wants for it.
Note: If anyone doesn’t really care about getting it, but wants me to model it for them, let me know. Maybe we can work something out. At the moment it’s unworn and will be sold this way, unless of course it’s requested otherwise.
These Carmine by Gatta tights sold so fast, I hope to bring in more of that style. I am leaving the post here anyway because the photos are so hot!
These have a mock over knee leg warmer imitation and french cut super fancy lace panty. So cool!
I love the sheer toe on it, it looks so sexy.
Whatever orders are placed by Monday night will get domestic shipping if you are in Canada or United States. I’ll be crossing the border to ship on Tuesday (yes, legally, I declare it all in case you wonder). Australia boys and girls, you are also welcome to place orders, it takes about a week to get to you by USPS.
On the photo above you see Julia showing off that beautiful style.
She thought it was the most beautiful stay up style out of the whole Fiore catalog. It was an exciting day for her when the package with stockings arrived.
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Recently I’ve been visiting Victoria, BC for the weekend. It’s a city on Vancouver island, full of local artists. Maybe I would not even mention this fact, but coincidentally I was just reading about how their local band called Hot Hot Heat got one of their songs copied by a famous European singer.
Russian/Ukrainian singer, who goes under the name of Elka (pronounced Yolka), for the past two years gained enormous popularity in former USSR for her song called “Provence”. But she is now accused of plagiarism, the chorus of her song is almost identical to the tune from the Hot Hot Heat song called “Shame On You”.
You can listen to the music in the video below where they alternate between the Canadian original and the song that is thought to be the knock off. Obviously, Elka completely denies such accusations and says that the song came to her composer from outer space by SMS.
Copyright violations make many of us upset, but think of it this way, you’d probably would never find out about this Hot Hot Heat song if a popular singer wouldn’t snatch it, as they say.
But why is it that the same tune performed by Elka got so much attention and the original didn’t? Perhaps because of her beautiful video clip, uplifting lyrics (her song is about her exciting anticipation of her trip tomorrow to the suburbs of Paris), and of course her large promotional budget.
Would you say that it is possible that Elka’s composer didn’t actually copy that song and simply came up with such a similar tune? I’d love to hear your opinion.
I am so excited that one of my Facebook friends, Liz Anne, dedicated her purchase of tights to me! No one has ever done that before. That’s an original thought.
Liz is a Toronto-based PR professional who helps musicians to gain maximum publicity.
Liz is wearing Donna Karan pantyhose that she recently purchased.
For me, it nice to know that someone things about me when buying a fashion pair of hosiery!
Similar design by Chanel from my older article: http://www.fantasystockings.com/coco-chanel-and-suntan-stockings/
Recently Victoria Secret was sued by their former hosiery supplier – Zephyrs. They stopped buying from them, but continued to use photos of their products on packaging of other hosiery that was of lower quality.
The only thing that changed was that the label now read “made in Canada” rather than “made in Italy”. Zephyrs feels that Victoria Secret presented a Canadian knock off as if it was that high quality Italian brand that they originally worked with.
This lawsuit was processed in Columbus, Ohio to claim false advertising and fraud. Maybe it’s a little off topic, but for me lately a lot of things were revolving around that city! I even ended up there in August – exactly the month when they had that case submitted.
Styles that are being recalled are Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows. If you ever tried those, I’d love to hear from you!
Below you can see some images that show you the differences in the welt of the stockings.
One of the stars of the gay parade this year is Jenna Talackova, a local Vancouver’s transgendered beauty who fought for her right to be in the beauty contest. She got disqualified at some point for not being born a woman.
Turns out that she is a big fan of Korean music. On this photo she is posing with Wonder Girls and in one of her interviews she mentioned that she looked up to Harisu, Korean transgender pop star.
Why would a young woman of Czech descent look up to Koreans? I guess since she was born in a city like Vancouver, with so many foreign influences, just about any ethnic combination is possible. She is very unique in her ways and I admire her for that.
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