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Catanzaro: French Fetish Designer Offers Lingerie

(Filed Under wholesale Lingerie News). Patrice Catanzaro was at the recent International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas to exhibit to the U.S. market his new lingerie collection, first shown at the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris in January. This is the first full lingerie collection from the Marseille-based designer who is described on his own web site as “the undisputed master of fetish clothing” and told BODY he has been designing for 30 years.

As presented in the introductory 40-page catalog, every one of the more than 50 lingerie pieces displayed is black (save for one set in which a large, shiny red star has been attached to the black bra and three shiny red hearts attached to the black g-string). A fetish theme runs throughout, varying in its intensity. The collection features lots of extra straps, several cupless bras, bras that cover the nipple (but with part of the cup cut away), a corselet and other lace-up pieces, shiny and matte fabrics, some highly structured (and definitely not smooth and flat) bras, lots of garters and a hoop frame for a skirt (without the skirt) that adorns the cover. Other silhouettes include a waist cincher, collars, masks, boyshorts, a bracelet, transparent skirts, a nightie and a bolero,

In addition to the new lingerie, the prolific designer continues to release new collections of fetish wear in varying degrees of extreme. Recently he added a sexy dress line, Collection les P’tites Folies de Catanzaro, with a milder fetish influence — but again, only shown in various black fabrications.

Prices for the lingerie are higher than typically found at most ILS exhibition booths, but Catanzaro did not seem to be having trouble finding customers at the recent show in April. Wholesales prices for bras range from $20 to $51; g-strings start at $12 and range up to $33 for the wet look g decorated with red hearts described above. The highest price we saw on his line sheet was for a net waist cincher at $82

Catanzaro said he is targeting both fetish shops and lingerie stores with the new intimates line which began shipping in late April. He said he has already sold the lingerie to such U.S. retailers as Luxe Lingerie in Beverly Hills, Fascinations (a chain based in Arizona), Tic Tac Toe in New York City, Fetish Factory, Arrington’s Boutique in Charlotte and Gothic Renaissance in New York.

Although not comfortable conversing in English, Catanzaro “likes the U.S. very much” and says he “has a spirit more American than French.” It is easy to believe this claim. Daughter Charlotte is expected to soon move to this country to help promote the brand, and many of his pieces bear the names of American states: there is the Calafornie Corselet and Nightie, the Dakota Bra, G-string and Garter Belt; the Floride Boyshort; the New Jersey Bolero; the Kentucky Skirt and so on. Even in his fetish collections one can find American states used in the names: there is the Minnesota Top and the see-through Nevada Dress, for example.

The states are mentioned so often “because I love the U.S. I love the atmosphere, the movement,” he smiled, adding, “I launched the collection for the ILS, with a wink of the eye...I created this for you.”

Catanzaro has exhibited once before at the International Lingerie Show, in September, 2012. In addition to the Paris show, he has exhibited at Curve in previous years. He noted that he will most likely not be at the July Paris Mode City lingerie show this year.

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Published 04-30-2013 by Nick Monjo

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