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Lipgloss & Lace: Q&A with Rebecca Szymczak of BEX
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Lipgloss & Lace
               by Mandie Mutchie
Q&A with Rebecca Szymczak of BEX

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic 2014 so far! I know that I sure am! 

One of the reasons that my 2014 is so great so far is that I am currently the BEX Kitten for January! What is that? Click here to see! 

And this inspired me also to feature Rebecca Szymczak, the woman behind BEX, in an email interview for Lipgloss & Lace... I mean... I love Madonna, Lucille Ball, AND Morticia Adams, so what's not to love about BEX? Read on for more details! 

How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the fashion industry for 14 years. I started as an intern at NIKE in the apparel design department at age 17 and have continued working in the industry since then, later moving to NYC to work as a designer for DKNY. I have also designed for Everlast and eventually became the Creative Director and Vice President of Design for Playboy.

How did you become a lingerie designer?
I always loved lingerie as a consumer and owned a large personal collection. I designed a bit of knit intimates at DKNY and was initially hired as the Lingerie Director at Playboy before being promoted to Global Creative Director. I fell in love with the category and eventually started my own line.

How did BEX come to be, and how did you select your name?
I had continued to climb the corporate design ladder from the age of 17 and last year I hit a turning point. I turned 30, I no longer had the desire to continue in corporate America and around the same time I lost one of my best friends and mentors, Jason Phillips to Cancer. He was 41 years old and had always wanted to start his own line and got sick before seeing it through to fruition. That really shook me and made me realize there is never an ideal time to start but life is too short to NOT start. That is how BEX began. The name comes from my Nickname "Bex."

What inspires you as a designer, and your design for your line?
I am inspired by all that is unapologetically sexy and empowered. That being said I am inspired by New York City every single day. I love the diversity in styles, the confidence New Yorkers have to dress as they please without any regard for "fitting in". I'm also very inspired by pop culture. I am a huge Madonna fan and definitely draw inspiration from her style and performance art. My current muse is musician Ivy Levan who describes her style as "Lucille Ball meets Morticia Adams" 

What sets you apart from other lines?
BEX is more than just a lingerie brand but an all encompassing luxury lifestyle brand. The core of our line is lingerie but we also design what the unapologetically sexy, empowered female would want to wear outside of the bedroom as an extension of the line including accessories, hats and statement pieces. We also partner with Fashion Fights Cancer on key items, donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity (this season the Naughty Nighstand Giftset
In edition to our product what sets us apart is creating a really creative, fun, inspiring and positive workplace for our team. After spending a long time in corporate America I experienced some great and not-so-great corporate cultures. At BEX we have an 8 pt manifesto that really comes down to: creating great product, being good people and having fun.

What do you love best about this season's line?
This season, I love the juxtaposition of classic menswear details like bowties, pinstripes and tuxedo pin tucks designed into extremely sexy women's silhouettes.

What can we expect from BEX in the future?
BEX will continue to push boundaries in both our designs and brand campaigns. We are excited to be shooting our next lookbook this month which will include stunning ergonomic and bondage-inspired silhouettes and accessories. We will also release a digital video lookbook in addition to our print/still image book.

Where is Bex sold?, Henri Bendel, Sugar Cookies NY, Showcase, the Boutiques at Canyon Ranch.

For Wholesale Inquires please email 

Do you exhibit at any trade shows? 
Not currently.

Is there anything else that you would like the readers of Lipgloss & Lace to know about your collection and brand?
BEX is worn by various celebrities including : Emma Roberts, Anna-Sophia Robb, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren Conrad, Ivy Levan, Countess LuAnn DeLessps and was also recently featured at Lady Gaga's ArtPop album launch.

I don't know about you, but I found all of that fascinating! While I am sorry for Bex's loss of her friend, I admire that she used it as inspiration to live each day like it could be her last! One thing that I love about lingerie is its versatility - that some lingerie is sassy and leather, and others soft, silken and lacy. There's definitely something for everyone! Here are some images from BEX, including those of me from the BEX Kitten for January shoot! 

If you recall, last year for the "day-after-Valentine's Day" issue of Lipgloss & Lace, I shared some pretty brutal date stories. I am hoping to do that again, so if you have any, please send them my way! I should have something pretty entertaining for the February first issue, too, so please stay tuned! 



Amanda Mutchie began her professional modeling career nearly ten years ago, and has appeared in many national and international publications, and commercials. Over the course of her modeling career, she worked with many acclaimed makeup artists, learning from them along the way. She eventually became a makeup artist herself and started FaceScape Artistry. Now she works with incredible photographers, models, brides, and other clients to create glamorous as well as natural makeup looks. She also channels her passion for fitness and nutrition and desire to help others into her work as a beachbody coach, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. 

For more information on Mandie go to, email Mandie at or follow her on Twitter @mandelicious.  Don't forget to "like" her pages on facebook, too! & 
picture by Michael Coakes - 


    Victoria's Secret 
Model Develops An App, For Models and Other Professionals 
  to Manage Virtual
When 29-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Lyndsey Scott is not busy stomping down the runway, she’s writing code and developing apps. Her latest project, iPort, is an app that allows fashion models, artists, and architects to create, manage, and share virtual portfolios and account vouchers. Its beautiful interface includes customizable backgrounds and photo editing features.

It's easy to assume the life of a model involves nothing but fabulous clothes and lounging around sexily--but the organization and self-promotion skills required for success are considerable. A model's portfolio book, a collection of sample photographs submitted to potential employers, is partly how they land jobs. Scott says she created the app because there was nothing like it out there: "I built that app because it was something I personally needed," she told PandoDaily. "My book always ends up looking terrible, the books fall apart, the pages are tearing, it’s dirty, and it’s a mess.” The app is similar to the iPhone’s Passbook, which puts all your travel-related information in one convenient place; iPort allows models and artists to centralize all their work-related photos and documents.
The iPort app is available for free or $4.99 for the full version from the iTunes store.


LiviRae Lingerie Announces Launch of New Website 
Offering Worldwide Ecommerce Access
Personal Bra Fitting, Educational Materials and a Selection of Items in Every Size Now Available to Customers Anywhere, Anytime
LiviRae Lingerie -- a boutique specializing in bra fit headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga. -- has officially launched its new website offering global ecommerce capabilities. This marks the first time that LiviRae's products and services have been available outside the store and exclusive events. With this online expansion, LiviRae continues its founding mission to help women of all sizes, shapes and walks of life find comfortable undergarments.
"For years, women in other cities have been telling us how much they need LiviRae," said Molly Hopkins, Owner and Co-founder of LiviRae. "We're so excited that our new site allows us to now reach customers all over the world."
The interactive website,, helps to recreate the in-store experience by encouraging new visitors to calculate proper bra size using the innovative "Find Your Fit" tool. With a large percentage of women currently wearing the wrong size bra, LiviRae aims to inform consumers about correct fit for breast health and overall comfort. After being virtually fit, users can browse a selection of garments and accessories hand-picked for them. The site also includes an educational video series called Boob Talk, as well as a number of other resources, such as tips for significant others shopping for lingerie.
"Education and well-being are our top priorities," said Cynthia Decker, Owner and Co-founder of LiviRae. "It's important that our online presence offers the same support and expertise that clients receive offline."

Since opening in 2006, LiviRae has helped women of all backgrounds and body types find properly fitting bras. The boutique is known for its wide range of specialty products and sizes not found in most stores. After being chosen to star in the Lifetime reality series Double Divas that premiered in January 2013, LiviRae gained international recognition. Fans around the globe can now learn more about the LiviRae philosophy and purchase items as seen on the show.
For additional details about LiviRae Lingerie, visit
About LiviRae:
Founded in 2006, LiviRae's mission is to provide education about proper bra fit as well as high-quality products that cater to women of every body type. The company provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable. LiviRae specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras. For more information, visit LiviRae's Kennesaw, Ga. based boutique or go to


    Angelique Lingerie Unveils Its Own Line of Sexy Plus Size Lingerie Designed to Flatter a Full Figure
Angelique, Inc. has built a reputation for ensuring that curvaceous women have choices when it comes to intimates, has announced the release of its own line of plus size lingerie. Angelique Lingerie’s line of plus size intimates fits up to a size 6X, and are specially designed to flatter fuller figures.
Angelique Lingerie. has embarked on building its own line of plus size intimates, and the first items on offer for customers include panties, garter belts and stockings. The new collection features panties, panties with garters attached, a wide lace garter belt and a pair of lovely lace-top sheer thigh-high stockings.
Of course, Angelique Lingerie won’t stop with those offerings, and plans to continue adding to its line of plus size lingerie and intimates. When asked about the company’s plans, Mia replied, “We’ve been lucky enough to partner with some of the highest quality vendors of plus size intimates, corsets, panties and other items in the industry, but we felt it was past time to do something of our own as well.”
“All of our items are designed to flatter fuller figured women, and they’re all available in sizes up to 6X, while many of the other items we stock are only available in sizes up to 4X. Our line of plus size lingerie gives our customers additional options, specially designed for full figures. Of course, we’ll continue to carry lingerie for plus size women from our usual partners, but our own line will keep growing.”
In addition to the company’s own line of lingerie, Angelique Lingerie also offers customers a host of options when it comes to bras and bra sets, plus size corsets and bustiers, garter belts and waist cinchers, panties, thongs and boyshorts.
To learn more about Angelique Lingerie or view the company’s own line of plus-size lingerie and intimates, visit
About Angelique, Inc.: Angelique Inc. was founded in 2005 with the goal of ensuring all women could feel confident and sexy, regardless of dress size. The company offers a stunning range of plus-size lingerie, sleepwear, corsets and other intimates in the hottest styles.

   Grace & Wilde™ Luxury Shapewear
Liberating women from unsightly shapewear
Shapewear has finally been given style, form, and beauty with the launch of the Grace & Wilde™ label.
Designed by – and for – women who will settle for nothing but the best, Grace & Wilde™ has transformed shapewear into flattering, body-sculpting fashion, with dresses and bodices that can be worn as underwear or outerwear. 
Grace & Wilde™ garments are made of ultra-fine gauge polyamide/cotton/Lycra® performance fabric and revolutionary bonding technology that makes them virtually seamless. 
Tailored fits and couture finishes result in gorgeous pieces with unrivalled comfort, sculpting, and smoothing. 

Cleverly, with Grace & Wilde™, the control paneling around the stomach is always hidden. There are no tell-tale signs that this is shapewear. 
The first “classics” collection includes a slip, a dress, a boned bustier, a front-hook waist cincher, a body, and high-waist mid-thigh pants. They are available in five fashion colors, including “Black is a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Blush at First Sight” “Hot in Chocolate”, “Lady in Red”, and “Midnight Blue Rendezvous”. There is no trace of unflattering flesh tones with this beautiful brand.
The most versatile pieces in the Grace & Wilde™ collection are the dress, the body, and the boned bustier - all fitted with the brand’s innovative Perfect Cleavage Adjustable Bra ™. 
Satin ribbons and a patent-pending design enable the wearer to reposition the bust to suit the cut of a high crew neck, a v-neck, or even a deep décolleté. In this way, the garments can fit invisibly beneath the lowest-cut dress for a seductive night-out, or worn with minimum re-styling beneath a demure work suit. This is a true first for shapewear. 
Grace & Wilde™ is so thoughtfully created that every piece in the debut collection is something that any woman would be proud to hang in her boudoir, or wear on a date… with little else.
Prices from $200 to $400.
Suzannah, 3 New Quebec Street, London, W1H 7RE, UK
Quartier 206 Department Store, Friedrichstrasse 71, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Varnish, Rue de la Flèche 5, 1207 Genève, Switzerland
Twitter: @graceandwilde

Nite-N-Gal sleepwear/loungewear is leading the trend that designer Raphaella Riboud has also espoused sleepwear/loungewear that can be worn everywhere. Nite-N-Gal's unique selling proposition is that can be worn anytime, everywhere, while it is so soft, cool and luxurious 98% all-natural, breathable modal (made from the beech tree) / 2% spandex and trimmed in fine European laces that it makes the wearer feel naked! Nite-N-Gal sleepwear/loungewear has been distributed 
throughout Europe for many years and has recently been redesigned for, and introduced to, the U.S. market. 

Now Nite-N-Gal is thrilled to introduce an exciting new line of casually sophisticated, feminine, romantic, sexy tops and bottoms that can be worn out for a glamorous evening, yet also in a relaxed, stylish atmosphere. Nite-N-Gal's sensual Casual Luxury line is made of ultra-luxurious modal trimmed in unique laces, satin and velvet with coordinating pants of the same. 

As trends such as spas, wellness, natural foods, natural healing, natural materials blossom,  Nite-N-Gal fulfills women’s needs/desires for style with ultimate comfort, sophistication, fine detail, femininity, and casual luxury. They ask for, and listen intently to, input from both buyers and customers to continue to evolve the line to meet the needs of the market. 

The owner/designer lives here in the U.S. and is of Indian descent. Her aunt in Mumbai, India, has manufactured the line for three decades for Europe. When her aunt’s daughter made it clear she would not fulfill her mother’s wishes for her to come to the U.S. and bring the line with her, Sheila Malhotra jumped at the opportunity, redesigned it to appeal to U.S. fashion tastes, introduced it to enthusiastic welcomes at the NYC CurvExpo, began selling into stores throughout the country, and is now expanding into Canada, with plans to distribute in Europe and South America

Bad Accident 
A woman and a man are involved in a car accident. 
It's a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt. 
After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you're a man, that's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There nothing left but fortunately we are unhurt. 
"This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days." 
The man replied," I agree with you completely. This must be a sign from God!" 
The woman continued, "And look at this, here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished, but this bottle of wine didn't break! Sure God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune." 
The she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle, and then hands it back to the woman. 
The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man. 
The man asks "Aren't you having any?" 
The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police." 

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     "Ask Andy"
Andy Weinstock has been in the fabric and textile business all his life, but professionally since 1969. 
"I love what I do, selling fabrics around the globe. I've met lots of interesting, creative, dynamic folks; some have become dear friends. I love to help new businesses find the things they need to become successful. It works for everyone." 
You can ask Andy questions about Fabrics at  

The "Ask Andy", "Ask Mara" & 'Ask Goozoko Guys' Columns are opinion Columns and may not necessarily reflect the views of McPete Sez  

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