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Bikini Made of Salmon Skin
Salmon is one of Scotland's most feted foods, but who knew those scaly skins could be so useful and attractive on anything other than fish?
Not only did Chilean fashion designer Claudia Escobar see a source of cheap raw material in the masses of salmon skin discarded worldwide every year, she has managed to make it into a line of luxury clothing.
Her Lycra-trimmed, ultra-mini salmon-skin bikini, which she describes as durable and elastic, sells for about 250 pounds ($494.9) and a pair of trousers fetches around 750 pounds. Workers receive half the sale value and there is almost no overhead, she said.
"Many people who lived near rivers and oceans have used fish throughout history. It's not my original idea," she said, speaking in Edinburgh's port area. "It's amazing, it's a used product and you transform it into a product with added value."
Escobar, who came to Scotland four years ago, said she sees fashion as a tool to help women overcome poverty by taking traditional, local materials and molding them into high-priced luxury items. She said tanned fish skins have long been used in Russia and Japan, where they were used to bind sword handles.
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by Mara Susskind
Shirley Turns "60"
Shirley of Hollywood has always been pure glamour and
nothing has changed.
Since 1948, three generations of the Schlobohm family have run every step of this family business, from
design and manufacturing to sales and distribution.
Shirley has designed and produced major private labels top lingerie retailers for over five decades, provides
fan merchandise for Playboy and has manufactured private labels for major retail chains. Shirley
delivers exceptional and affordable lingerie to more than 3,000 stores in the U.S. plus in the UK,
Australia, Vietnam, Europe and beyond.
The Shirley of Hollywood family of brands also includes: Intimate
Attitudes, established in 1987 offering gorgeous lingerie styles that flatter full-figures in sizes
1x-6x; the Risqué collection, introduced in 1994, offering a full range of racy lingerie & high-fashion
playwear styles affordably priced in missy & plus sizes; the Gyz line of distinctive men's wear launched
in 2003; HOT Packaged Lingerie/Stockings, which debuted in 2004; and
Halloween, our expanded line of hauntingly successful his/her costumes in all sizes.
Over the years, Shirley of Hollywood's famed lingerie catalogs have featured some of the hottest modeling
talents in the world, from Brooke Burke and Victoria Silverstedt (Past Playboy Playmate of the Year) to
Leanne Tweeden of Fox Sports, Quina Chase (June '05 Playboy Playmate) and Tyran Richard (March '07 Playboy
Playmate). And Shirley of Hollywood lingerie has been featured in leading magazines, from FHM to Maxim and Playboy; and on hit national TV shows including
America's Got Talent, Entourage on HBO, The Pussycat Dolls: Search For The Next Doll and
America's Next Top Model on the CW, and Rock Star: Supernova on CBS.
Now in her 60th year Shirley has produced a fabulous commemorative collection inspired by Hollywood glamour
with a contemporary twist. Old signature corsets with a fresh new 'bling' that wholesale for $129 to $375 are a special treat for the diamond anniversary.
Another company exciting development is Shirley's Sexy Model Search. Shirley is looking for women of all
shapes, sizes and ages to show off their sexy, Shirley style for the chance to win fabulous prizes, and launch a lingerie modeling career. Shirley will select 20 sexy finalists. Then, America will vote to
choose the Top 10 Sexiest Shirley and Intimate Attitudes Models online at
Watch for even more exciting happenings at The International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas, on September
15, 2008. It will be even bigger then the April Show and there will be lots of surprises in store for
buyers. I look forward to seeing you there.
Adult Halloween Show
Photos by Heather Briggs
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Jim Geldien is surrounded by petticoats and costumes by
Sam's Manufacturing Company. firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa models a witch costume from BeWicked by
Fantasy Lingerie. email@example.com
Nicole Shepherd, Amy Pendola and
Eliot Spiegel are
surrounded by fun and original costumes by Rasta Imposta.
Bruce Hubschmitt of Deluxe Distributing stands next to
Neal Fersht and Steve Boxer of Shirley of Hollywood.
Joharah and Jeanette Pressman hold exquisite costumes by
In the Rock Steady booth, Josh Brownfield smiles for the
Matt Frantz is wearing the Porn Scene Investigator
The Rubie's Team: Rio, Howie Beige, M.C., Melissa, Mark
Behar and Fulvia. firstname.lastname@example.org
See pictures from the International
Lingerie Show in the June 15th issue of McPete Sez!
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I have so many items in stock, that it is hard to say exactly what sells "Best." However, looking back over the last six months, my Jolie Costumes sell the best.
I had several costumes from Jolie..and have restocked them several times. The Nurse and French Maid outfits are the hottest of the line. The Bunny and the Kitty Kat are also hot. Unfortunately, I have not been able to restock again lately, so once they sell out, they are gone! These costumes are well made, and are sexy, without being trashy. I believe that, along with the fact that they are reasonably priced, are why they are a consistent seller. I was extremely happy to have had them. I wish I could get some more! LOL
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"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."
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