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28 Feb '17

Nearer The Moon in 2017

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

So here is a more personal post than we usually put out to give our customers and fans some insight into what's going on behind the scenes and how that will influence the brand over the first half of 2017. 

After our foray into bricks and mortar retail last year, which was ultimately hugely fun and broadened our customer base and understanding of the perception of our brand, it was also completely exhausting. I found myself making things I thought would sell rather than being true to what Nearer The Moon represents, it was a case of compromising on the aesthetic so I could pay the next weeks rent for the space. Ultimately sales suffered and the online business suffered.

This is partly why there has been no Spring/ Summer range so far this year, I am spending my designing time researching and sketching and going through old ranges to get back to what works and be true to the motifs that I love. Creating sketchbooks, mood boards and fabric samples to create truly luxury pieces once more.

Another reason there has been no SS17 range is I'm getting married in April this year - with all the organisation that entails! This will be followed by a short sabbatical/honeymoon to reboot and come back to the brand fresh and reinvigorated. 

This means from the end of this week (7th March), Nearer The Moon will no longer be working on a "made to order" basis, until May 2017 at least. I have so much beautiful stock in a wide range of sizes which I will put up on this site and our Etsy site that will be sent out next day delivery. 

I plan to reinstate made to order pieces in early May but will be discontinuing some ranges like the Geiger, Willa and Trouble and introducing new ones throughout the rest of the year instead of a big release twice a year. 

So if you want specific Nearer The Moon pieces before May, now is the time to order! 

04 Feb '17

Last Minute Lover - A Valentines guide

A comprehensive guide to buying with us this Valentines Day. Everything we have in stock ready to ship and what sizes we have them in. 
Nearer The Moon is handmade, usually to order. This means when an order is placed we check stock levels of fabrics and components, find out the pattern in the correct size, cut out the pieces and stitch it all together. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, sometimes at busy times of the year like Christmas, when we have additional sales outlets or when a particular fabric is proving hard to re-stock this can take a little longer (up to 6 weeks).
This means without a little bit of planning customers can miss out on giving or receiving gifts in time for special occasion. This Valentine's day we have compiled a list of what we have in stock that is ready to be sent out to you. At this stage, we can guarantee worldwide delivery in time for Valentines, after Tuesday however we are limited to UK only.
Click on each picture to take you straight to the product page. Some links are to our Etsy site as they are sale stock already listed there. 
At the bottom of this post you can also find a flash code for 30% off all purchases made on 4th and 5th February to help make your gift giving that little bit easier. You can also get free worldwide delivery on all orders over £30.
Traditional Valentines Style Picks
Go classic with black and red in some of our best known styles...
Trouble
 
Bra £65 available in 32B, 34B and 34C, Thong £25 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Vice
 
Bra £50 available in 30DD, 32B, Ouvert Brief £25 in Large
 
Occult Red
 
Bra £50 available in Small, Backless Brief £32 in Extra Small
Occult Black
 
Bra £50 available in Extra Small, Small, Backless Brief £32 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Perfect Bodysuit
Bodysuit £50 in Small
Basic Suspender Belt
Suspender Belt £28 in Medium
Dreamy
 
Camisole £40 in Extra Small, High Waist Knicker £25 in Extra Small, Small
Lamia
Mini Knicker £20 in Small
Arcana
Blindfold £25 One Size
Geiger
Suspender Skirt £15, Medium
Coven
Ouvert Knicker £42, Extra Large
 
Freaky Chic
Show her how unique she is with our selection of unusual colours and fabrics.
Sibyl
 
Cupless Bra £50 available in 32A, 32D, 34B, 36B, Ouvert Knicker £30 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Kraken
  
Kraken Soft Bra £40 in Small, Large, Brief £20 in Medium, Large, Bodysuit £50 in Extra Small, Small, Medium. 
Jerry
Bodysuit £50 in Small, Medium.
Curio
 
Bra £40 in 34B, Suspender Belt £20 in Extra Small, Small. 
Spring Fling
Pinks, florals and flirtiness, our round up of some of our more feminine styles.
Bekah
Soft Bra £40 in Extra Small, Brief £20 in Extra Small, Small, Medium
Helen
 
Camisole £40 in Small, Shorts £25 in Small 
Aurora
Spanking Knickers £45 in Medium
Eden
Soft Bra £20 in Medium
Juicy
 
Soft Bra £20 in Medium, Briefs £10 in Small
Use code LASTMINUTELOVE for 30% off all orders this weekend on both sites. Please bear in mind that any products not listed above will still be subject to the 2-3 week production time and may not be with§ you in time for Valentines Day. 
14 Dec '16

Lingerie Secret Santa Part 2

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL in berlin, bespoke, erotic, gift, lingerie, luxury, secret santa

Our Secret Santa gift arrived last week and we couldn't be more pleased! 

The present arrived not only sealed with Christmas Pangolin* tape, but also each item was individually wrapped with Christmas Pangolin paper. The box was scattered with very "on trend" festive copper discs and our gift giver included a couple of super cool postcards and stickers.

*explanation of the pangolin can be found at Kiss Me Deadly here

So... Who was our Secret Santa 2016?!

TIGHT LACED LINGERIE

Based in Berlin, Germany, Tightlaced Lingerie is run by Sabrina (so please excuse any misinformation - I've relied on Google Translate for this little run down of the brand). Tightlaced was founded in 2015 and in just 2 years, she has created a stylish and on trend brand. 

The brand believes in creating easy to size but customisable garments and specialises in bondage inspired pieces that work well together or with other brand's lingerie. Garments are all made in Berlin so you can ensure ethical manufacturing processes. 

And what did we get?! 

Sabrina was very generous, sending me four incredible styles that I know I will wear again and again. 

Firstly the Justice XI bodysuit, made from soft mesh, stretch lace and with a super lovely cross over strap at the back. It has a gorgeous plunging neckline and I would love to show you pics but due to my horrific tan lines right now you can see it expertly modelled by @das_sommerle below. 

Next I was gifted three things which I immediately put on all at once (including one of them back to front I was so excited). The Y-Knot bra harness, Foolish Man knicker and a new style the X knot harness knicker

All the strappy pieces are fully adjustable giving you the option of a totally smooth silhouette or creating a little squidge here and there for more of a Shibari inspired look. 

Thanks to Sabrina for such a wonderful gift and please make sure to go and take a look at all the other beautiful things Tightlaced has to offer. 

 

 

 

06 Dec '16

Lingerie Secret Santa 2016

Posted by NATALIE O'NEILL

This year I am celebrating being part of the lingerie secret santa for the third year!  

Our secret santa comprises some of the best and brightest indie brands out there and thanks to the efforts of Catherine from Kiss Me Deadly, Karolina from Karolina Laskowska and lingerie blogger Denocte from Kurvendiskussionen (and I suspect a couple of other Christmas Elfs) bringing everyone together, organising who swaps with you and relaying all the fit and style preferences between gifters and giftees it is a wonderful way for us to mix our pools of influence and let our customers know about other awesome independent brands you might not have heard of yet. 

Personal favourites include:

 

Edna Bra - Toru and Naoku

The Edna set by Toru and Naoko

Sugar Lace Lingerie

My match for last year - Sugar Lace Lingerie's Sweet Ballerina Set

 

She and Reverie

And the gorgeously minimalist Scallop bralette by She and Reverie

Click through each of the brands below to take a look at all the gorgeous things they have to offer... 

Abigail Greydanus
All Undone
Alma Robles Lingerie
Betty Blues Loungewear
Buttress and Snatch
Elissa Poppy
Harlow and Fox
Karolina Laskowska
Kiss Me Deadly
Manoela Marandino
Nearer the Moon
Nubian Skin
Pillowbook
Playful Promises
She and Reverie
Sugar Lace Lingerie
Tight Laced
Toru and Naoko

Keep your eyes peeled for my next two blog posts when I reveal what we have sent to our match and to show you my gift - I wonder who it will be from?! 

27 May '16

Nearer The Moon x KickStarter

Hello! Tilly here to let you know a bit more about our KickStarter project...

As it currently stands the campaign is officially £986 pledged towards the target (and £1186 unofficially which will be added asap). This is an absolutely amazing response and I am so happy you have taken this project to heart. 

Whether you want to support independent business, diversified UK high streets or just get a little discount on hand crafted lingerie, this is the KickStarter for you. 

I decided to use crowdfunding to fund the next stage of the business after looking at other funding options and feeling wholly dissatisfied. This is a project that has arisen very quickly and needed to be pounced on, applying to Creative Arts funds with deadlines months in the future or bank loans with set repayments that may be difficult to meet was not an option this time. 

I've been looking for opportunities to connect with customers in person in a mainstream fashion location for the last 6 months in order to convey the quality and craftsmanship in the lingerie I create.

After applying to trade at the Brick Lane markets, Nearer The Moon was instead offered an amazing opportunity to trade in the brand new "Rinse Showrooms" in the Brick Lane area of London. 

New front door!

Our potential new front door! 

I have extensive luxury retail sales experience and know that with access to the right customers in the right location I can push Nearer The Moon to the next level. 

Having a semi-permanent showroom style space will not only benefit Nearer The Moon customers in London or the UK. It will be a way to create more capital to fund bigger, better and more intricate collections to sell online and it will provide a space for press and buyers to see the collection in person hopefully creating further reach for the company.

The fun part! The rewards offered have been designed to give experiences over and above discounted underwear to enable you to get closer to the brand and feel invested in the company you'll be backing. 

Twin Peaks collection

Preview the new Twin Peaks collection with cake and bubbles! 

I spent some time developing ways you can get involved - I've developed a lesson on how to make the basic suspender belt, 3 graded patterns (you can choose one) of some of the best selling designs that you can create with a domestic sewing machine and a preview of the new twin peaks collection at my home studio along with some cakes and bubbles.

Basic Suspender Belt

Learn how to make this in a 2 hour 1-1 lesson with me! 

There are two fantastic entry rewards for £5 (~$7) a playlist using songs from and inspired by my burlesque performances with the Demon Belles in Leicester and a selection of glossy postcards with images from past photoshoots. You can even pledge from just £1 and that will still be an amazing help! 

 

Lingerie rewards include the chiffon restraint scarf, ouvert string, heart pasties and Lana bodysuit all with a discount and free UK shipping. 

Ouvert and Pasties

The reward for a £30 pledge

The piece de resistance is a custom lingerie set for just £200. This is a truly crazy discount - I have even been advised to remove this reward as it is so deeply discounted - but I feel this is a great way to drive traffic to the KickStarter while also offering true value to our pledgers and customers. There were only three of these available when I launched the campaign and one has already been snapped up. There's just 12 days left to take advantage of this reward. 

Custom Lingerie

Custom lingerie created for the Lingerie Secret Santa in 2014

I welcome any shares, particularly in likeminded fashion or crowdfunding groups, pledges (even £1 will help!) and other support you can give. This can't happen without my loyal customer's support I have only got this far because of you and it's time to take the next step together...

Cassie Kickstarter

Thank you! 


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