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Lingerie designer, Christine Morton, takes as us on a journey through the evolution of her love for lace. Enjoy this enchanting, historical and passionate tale about her devotion to lace in the name of romance you can wear.

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When I was a child, my granny instilled in me a deep love for delicate and handmade laces. We would spend hours together organizing her embroidered handkerchiefs, silk scarves, and lace trims. A button jar lay emptied on the floor, and her jewelry scattered about as we fawned over her prized possessions. Occasionally she would gift me something to take home and treasure!

As I became known for using vintage lace in my garments, people would bring me their grandmother’s boxes full of antique laces.  I would scour estate sales looking for the perfect pieces for my growing collection. I met a man named Richard who travelled up and down the west coast searching for his next antique find. We discussed my fascination with vintage laces, and he began to keep a watchful eye for antique laces! The laces that Richard found were carefully matched, washed, whitened, and made ready for sewing. It was a labour of love that gave myself and my clients great joy. 

One of the biggest treasures came from a girl in Toronto whose father had been a dealer for a lingerie company in the 1940’s. Her garage was bursting with boxes filled to the brim with laces, embroideries, ribbons, and appliqués. By some miracle, they all matched as well! I purchased every piece and dreamt of what I could create with my newfound nest egg.

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BURANO LACE LADIES

Something that really inspired my love for lace was a trip to Burano, Italy. Burano is renowned for their hand crafted laces dating back to the 16th century. Local legend has it that the island’s reverence for lace came from a fisherman’s encounter with a siren, who spun sea foam into a wedding veil for the fisherman’s fiancée. Her wedding veil became the envy of the town, and thus Burano became a hub for artisanal lace. During my trip I would watch ladies clad in black making lace, their hands deftly weaving the finest strands into beautiful master works. I wanted nothing more than to live there and study the craft.

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As Christine Lingerie grew I could no longer hand pick vintage lace for each piece, so I started buying laces from Switzerland. One particularly memorable trip was spent in the archive library for two days looking at swatch books of embroidered laces from the 1920’s and 30’s.  I was able to choose a vintage lace design, select my own colors for the embroidery, and then they would produce any amount for me!  Being surrounded by all of these vintage laces, I couldn’t help but feel like I was that little girl again playing with her granny’s treasures.

Today, my love for lace has translated into being incorporated into a vast array of my designs every season from appliqués on our silk chemises to short robes. For instance, this Spring I am particularly in love with the lace we decided to use for our bridal collection, Aphrodite. This stunning lace appliqué has a vintage feel due to its oyster color.

SEE THE NEW BRIDAL COLLECTION, APHRODITE

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I also love incorporating a bit of stretch lace into each collection for a more fun and flirty, fitted look. Black lace is essential to every woman’s boudoir, so I think that is what makes the new Muse collection so magnetic.

SEE THE MUSE COLLECTION

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Christine Lingerie is delighted to share the first collections for Spring 2019, Iris and Muse. As we strive to always contribute the finest silk pieces to your boudoir, allow us to take you inside the inspiration behind these new designs, showering your imagination with romance and beauty. 

 

THE IRIS COLLECTION

In the Victorian language of flowers, the Iris is considered the ‘floral herald.’ The messenger of warm wishes. In fact, according to ancient mythology, the goddess Iris was the deliverer of hope, described as wearing colorful Robes, not unlike our first ever, exclusive Iris print. What better way to enter Spring than in silk that sings of a goddess who was said to serve as the link between heaven and earth?

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Therefor, in light of good thoughts for the season, we present our lush and refreshing Iris collection. This watercolor-inspired print is available in a darling and most flattering chemise, short robe and long robe. We are furthermore offering our Grace Gown and Classic PJ in iris-purple, a perfect match when paired with this gorgeous floral print that sings of Spring and warmer days to come.

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For a dramatic look and something different, try pairing the Iris long silk robe with the matching chemise. Or for something to take you into summer, the chemise paired with the short robe is always tried and true. The PJ is a season-less classic, offered in our new iris-purple to add a pop of color to any boudoir wardrobe. And the Grace Gown, also now available in iris-purple, is truly breathtaking. Nothing says goddess like this pure silk gown adorned with exquisite fine lace. This piece is stunning on its own or can be paired with the Iris long silk robe. What makes this collection most delightful is how it flows, bright with color, flattering for all body types. Start this shining new season in lingerie that echoes of the goddess of the rainbow to bring out your own divinity and true beauty.

 

MUSE

For those who are looking to enter the season feeling fun and flirty, the Muse Collection is the second part of our first release for Spring 2019. This stretch silk and stretch lace collection is made for women who are looking for a sexier, fitted fit. We are offering Muse in two beautifully subtle new colors that suggest the likes of delicious french macaroons: ‘Stardust’, a cooler, purple-gray and ‘Rose’, a sweeter, warm and pearly pink. Available in a cheeky cami and tap, stretchy chemise and short robe with darling side slits, this charming silk group is perfect for everyday or to take away. Wake up feeling your best self, or surprise your muse in Muse!

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Re-inventing the silk gowns, classic silk PJs and sweet little chemises we are known for is what we love to do, each and every season. To learn more about our brand and vision of beauty, romance and femininity, please follow us on facebook or instagram where we love to share inspirational imagery of our designs. We hope you enjoy our premier collections for Spring 2019.

 

 

SHOP IRIS AND MUSE, AVAILABLE NOW

 

IRIS LONG SILK ROBE

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IRIS SILK CHEMISE

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IRIS SHORT SILK ROBE

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CLASSIC PJ IN IRIS PURPLE

(Additionally available in multiple new colors!)

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THE SILK GRACE GOWN IN IRIS PURPLE

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MUSE CHEMISE IN STARDUST

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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MUSE ROBE IN STARDUST

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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MUSE CAMI AND TAP IN STARDUST

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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MUSE CHEMISE IN ROSE

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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MUSE ROBE IN ROSE

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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MUSE CAMI AND TAP IN ROSE

(Additionally available in four new colors!)

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At Christine Lingerie, one of the things we enjoy most is styling our clients in our silks! We are always delighted to help you find the right fit for you, to express your own unique vibe. Incase you missed it, you can click here to see our last shopping guide, ‘Exquisite Valentine’s Day Lingerie‘ to explore various red, ruby hues of black cherry and beyond. Our lingerie and loungewear flourishes on its timelessness, so you can wear it outside of every holiday!