When Freya lingerie was announced as a CoolBrand for 2013/2014, Lingerie Insight held a giveaway for a free Freya set. I won said giveaway and with the help of Bratabase users, I chose the new Marvel since it was a new model! Marvel is a cut and sewn bra with side panels for extra support.
Tamara got hers: 34G. Upcoming review on Wednesday!
Lunaire lingerie is a brand that has been around for over 25 years. Their goal as a brand is to make pretty bras at an affordable price. They do not market themselves to a specific demographic, only women who want pretty bras in the C-DDD range. Lunaire is brand that I used to wear when I was younger, pre-reduction. I really liked their bras because they weren't ugly...they were pretty and supportive!
Lunaire was kind enough to send me their Coolmax sports bra to try and review. This sports bra is underwired, seamless and has CoolMax technology to help wick sweat away from the body during a workout. Usually I am a bit skeptical of claims like these, but the CoolMax technology kept my breasts sweat free and dry during long walks.
I've been meaning to get this ready for a while (like many other things) but this is on a good stage to go live.
As we learn more about bra fitting and read how recommendations are given, we have found that the current set of breast measurements we capture may not be enough to discriminate between some bras that might and might not fit you, making it hard to provide good recommendations.
So we've added a set of new measurements on the body measurements page to keep track of these. All these new fields are optional and we will soon be showing benefits of keeping track of them, but for now we are in data gathering mode and outcome will start to show once enough people have added data.
When I first started my bra blogging adventures there was one brand whose name was often spoken: Ewa Michalak (EM). Ewa's bras are well known for being padded and the high, round shape they give. Although I appreciate the look that these bras give one's breasts, trying EM was never a high priority of mine. I had the opportunity to try an Ewa Michalak bra when I won a gift voucher through the anniversary giveaway for Becky’s Boudoir.
The first listing on Bratabase was on January 2011, since then there's been 4102 listed bras. Here's what has happened so far.
Out of the bras listed for sale, a 74% of them were closed thanks to Bratabase! The rest were closed by other means.
When listing your bra you can also list it on other places to increase your chances.
When I first started my correct fitting bra adventure, Freya was my go to brand. Freya and I kind of had a breakup because I wasn't fond of their latest offerings; I hadn't bought a Freya bra since my Luisa last fall. I recently had the opportunity to buy the Totally Tartan from a user and snapped it up, eager to rekindle my Freya love affair.
For last few months this has been all I've been working on and it is finally on a state that it can start to be used by other people.
This is going to be a slightly technical post, since the very concept of an API is technical, but for those that are not familiar with the term this means that now the Bratabase information is accessible by third parties so they can build services.
This API lives on
https://api.bratabase.com and is a JSON web API. I created a parallel site dedicated to its documentation and other technical details. It is http://developers.bratabase.com/, so that should be your first stop to get your feet wet (You must have previous web programming knowledge).
Need a list of bra brands, models, etc?
If you ever wanted to make a tool or a site that needs to gather a list of bra brands, models, their size ranges, equivalences, relationships and more. Now you have this API available to make use of the database that we have collected over the years.
Last month we were approached by the people behind Wholesale bras and they offered a couple of their bras to try. I never heard of their bras before, they are a supplier that manufactures their own brands, Gemm and Dipti bras. So hey!, we agreed to gave them a shot
This company has been around for 30 years designing bras!, but on 2008 they launched their own Gemm brand and started to manufacture them. They are UK based and mostly do whole sales to retailers, mostly online.
A great thing on their favor is that their bras have quite a wide range and are very reasonably priced! Between $20 and $30. Their bras do start at band 34 but they go up to J cups and 46 on band sizes.