Monthly Archives: January 2014



Roslyn joined the Underfashion Club in 1969, when it was an organization for women only and the membership was less than 30. She received a lifetime achievement Femmy in 1997.  Past officer, board member, co-chair of the program committee, and an active participant of the SAIG committee.  Born on the Lower East side, as were both of her parents; growing up and studying design at a Brooklyn high school (tough Brooklyn girl).  Her birthday is October 31, 1924, our Halloween witch.

Roslyn graduated in 1941, and worked at Vogue magazine until 1946, when she answered an ad in WWD and came into the industry as a designer of Lady Duff Trousseau Lingerie.  Started her own contract studio in April of 1954 (60th anniversary coming up).  Started the studio as Roslyn Harte Lingerie Originals, limiting to 3 non-competitive clients at one time.

Roslyn is very involved in the Intimate Apparel Square Club HUG awards, benefiting the pediatrics of RUSK NYU Medical Center.

Some of her favorite career highlights include:

  • Mentoring students from the High School of Fashion Industries
  • Hiring and helping entry level designers from FIT
  • Sharing her expertise with start up companies to help make their dreams come true

Role Models:

  • Beatrice Coleman of Maidenform
  • Marvin Beinenfeld of Bestform
  • Richard Murray of Wacoal

Still working, very involved, and loving every minute of it!

Salon International de la Lingerie

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News is in from the trade show in Paris last weekend, Salon International de la lingerie! Ellen Lewis covered her experience at the event in 3 posts on her blog, Lingerie Briefs.
Check it out for the latest in the intimate apparel industry!

Post 1: Live From Paris ~ Retail

Post 2: Live From Paris ~ At The Show

Post 3: Live From Paris – Showstoppers


Femmy Update ~ The Honorees

seth-morris A fixture in intimates for over 30 years, Seth Morris’ journey to President/CEO of Carole Hochman Design Group has been momentous and industry changing.  After Seth graduated from Brown University he went to work for San Francisco-based Determined Production, the master licensee & manufacturer of products for Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” characters.  This stepping stone lead Seth, in 1983, to join the family business Val Mode as Vice President of Sales. Following a 13 year stretch with Val Mode, the family sold the company in 1996 and Seth’s journey took him to Carole Hochman Design Group. CHDG is a company driven by product, quality, and creativity as well as a forerunner in understanding the power of licensing in the intimates industry. Seth joined the team as Executive Vice President and after 13 years was made their President.  Komar Brands bought CHDG in 2010, and Seth was named President/CEO at the time of the acquisition. Outside of work, Seth’s passion is family and sports.

Iluna USA, LLC is a leading textile supplier of lace headquartered in New York.  Iluna Group was established over 40 years ago and focuses on driving global business growth through creative design, product innovation, exceptional customer service and regional manufacturing excellence.

Meyer_Photo-reAccepting on behalf of Iluna USA is Edward Meyer, president and co-founder.  Edward has a BS from Villanova University and an MBA from Istituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa, located in Barcelona, Spain.

Delta Galil Industries, Ltd., with sales in excess of $900MM, is a global wholesale manufacturing, retail and branded company with headquarters in Tel Aviv and offices and factories throughout the world.  The company prides itself in being a leader in fabric and design innovation, a core principle which has been weaved into the culture of the company since it was founded in 1975 by the late Dov Lautman.

Dabah_Photo-reAccepting the award for Delta Galil industries Ltd is Isaac Dabah a seasoned apparel industry professional for over 30 years and has served as their Chief Executive Officer of , since August 20, 2008.  He previously had been a shareholder, Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Mr. Dabah lives between Israel and New York, is married and has 3 children.

Hudson’s Bay Company Department Store Group comprises Hudson’s Bay in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the United States.  It also includes Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers.  Founded in 1670, Hudson’s Bay (HBC), is North America’s longest continually operated company and is Canada’s largest department store with 90 locations.

Lord & Taylor is a specialty store chain with 49 full-line store locations throughout the Northeastern Unites States, in two major cities in the Midwest, one in Florida, plus  Founded in 1826, Lord and Taylor is America’s first department store and one of America’s premier retailers.

Morin_Photo-reMaryAnne Morin, Group Senior Vice President, is accepting this honor on behalf of the HBC/Lord & Taylor Team.  She began her career in the Lord &Taylor Training Program and has held various merchandising positions throughout her 21 years with the company.  In 2012 MaryAnne assumed the additional responsibility for Hudson Bay and is extremely proud to be part of the terrific team of merchants.

Founded in 1876, Jockey International, Inc. has been a pioneer in the men’s undergarment fashion industry for more than 110 years.  In 1934 Jockey invented the underwear world’s first brief and two years later Jockey created the very first boxer brief. The company has also been an innovator in the women’s intimate apparel market for more than 40 years.  Beginning in 1982, Jockey popularized cotton underwear for women at a time when cotton was taboo for intimates.  In 2013, Jockey revolutionized the bra with its new volumetric bra system that makes bras make sense, delivering a fit like no other. Jockey International, Inc. is headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Waller_Photo-Jockey-rsAccepting on behalf of Jockey International is Debra S. Waller, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Femmy Update ~ The Hostess

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Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and

spontaneous approach to all of her work.


In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up

comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social

Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With

nightly gigs at New York’s venerable clubs, Caroline’s status quickly

grew and she became an integral part of the city’s comedy scene. Her

career was further boosted by numerous appearances on “MTV’s Half-Hour

Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip Live” and “Caroline’s Comedy Hour.”  For the

last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out

audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada.


Her feature credits include, “The Perfect Man,” with Heather Locklear, a

supporting role in “Man on the Moon,” the story of the late comedian

Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, “Christmas With the Kranks,”

opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, “Ready

to Rumble,” opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan.

Caroline’s television career has taken off since she first starred as

Aunt Hilda on The WB’s sitcom “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.” She starred in Lifetime’s

made for television movie “Fat Like Me,” and was the host

of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”  She was last seen in a one hour stand up

special, part of Bravo’s “Funny Girls,” entitled “Rhea’s Anatomy,” which

aired on Halloween 2006.  Other credits include; host of “The Caroline

Rhea Show,” regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg’s “Hollywood Squares,”

Drew’s girlfriend on “The Drew Carey Show,” the made for television

movie “Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire,” “Pride and Joy” on NBC, Comedy

Central’s “Pulp Comic,” “Comic Relief 8” and “One Night Stand 2005.” She

also appeared in the pilot of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” written by

Larry David.


A Montreal native, Caroline currently resides in New York and Los


Femmy Update: The Contest


The 2014 Femmy’s are less than a month away and we wanted to share with you a series of updates about this stellar event whose major purpose is to raise scholarship money for  students of the Lingerie Industry.  So first and foremost, the fashion contest staged by  F.I.T. design finalists each year.  Under the mentorship of Professor Alexandra Armillas, the SAIG committee has re-focused the goals from the ethereal to the practical. This year’s theme “Shaping The Future” is all about modern control shapewear. The six finalists will compete for $10,000 of scholarship money with their designs ranging from very embellished to strappy and sexy, to ultra-minimalist.  But all the contestants have added a fresh young twist.  Professor Armillas coaches them to new levels of technical skills and creativity.  This year they will be asked to demonstrate the practical side of development with attention to costing and production realities using a $400 allowance for materials.  All of the finalists must do this project while completing their full time course load.  Guests will vote at the dinner for first, second and third place on Feb 4 after meeting each student and viewing their creative efforts.