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Rooftop Networking Party

It wasn’t just an ordinary rooftop party. This was the Underfashion Club’s networking rooftop party, held at 230 Fifth Avenue on June 19th.  It was a gathering of members old and new…at least 60 of us!  And so fantastic to see some of the newly graduated intimates designers amongst us!  The weather was spectacular with the sun beaming on all the palm trees and folks having a good time.  We even had a raffle and gave out 8 gift certificates for Starbucks and the APPLE store.  And oh, welcome to the 10 newest members…. check out the pix below.  It was fun!

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Members on the Move- Suzanne Beck


New York, NY, March 10, 2014


Suzanne Beck has been named President of Tianhai Lace USA, part of Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd. She is secretary of the Underfashion Club and sits on the Board of Directors. Tianhai Lace is one of the leading innovative lace suppliers in the industry, with over 1,000 employees. The offices of Tianhai Lace USA are in New York City; Tianhai Lace Co., Ltd. is based in Guangzhou China.

Suzanne has been Tianhai Lace USA’s Vice President of Sales for the last 7 years. Prior to that, she spent 3 years as Account Executive for Takeda Lace Ltd. and 18 years with Liberty Fabrics.

Flora Chao, internationally recognized for her innovative and commercial lace designs, brought Tianhai Lace to the United States over a dozen years ago. She will continue as Director of Design for Tianhai Lace USA.


For additional information, please contact:

Suzanne Beck

 Tianhai Lace USA

 152 Madison Avenue, #1103

New York, NY 10016



Mrs. Jessie Jiang

Guangzhou Tianhai Lace Ltd.

Guangzhou China


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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!

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


2014 Femmy Awards Announces Honorees

The 2014 FEMMY AWARDS, presented by The Underfashion Club, Inc., the intimate apparel industry charitable organization dedicated to education, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue in New York City.

The Femmy Awards honor those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth.  The Gala is recognized as one of the premier events in the Intimate Apparel Industry, and is the fundraising vehicle that enables the Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs.  These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.” 

The 2014 Femmy will proudly host the 11th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students. The students’ garments will be displayed that evening and the attendees will select three student designers to receive cash awards.  The design contest is an integral part of the Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the industry.

2014 marks the 56th Anniversary of this not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.

“We are delighted to announce our 2014 honorees, who will join with us in our ongoing efforts to raise funds to promote education, innovation and growth within the Intimate Apparel Industry.”

– Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club

 The Underfashion Club will salute Roslyn Harte, President of Lances Harte, Inc. with a special President’s Award at the 2014 Femmy Gala. Roslyn, who is celebrating 60+ years in the intimate apparel industry, and her 90th birthday year! She has been a dedicated mentor to hundreds of IA professionals and impacted the careers of thousands.

Other honorees include retailer Hudson’s Bay Company l Lord & Taylor, manufacturer, Delta Galil USA LLC, supplier Iluna USA LLC, Innovation Award recipient Jocky International, Inc., and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Seth Morris, President/CEO, Carole Hochman Design Group, division of Komar Brands.

New Members Join the UFC Board

The UnderFashion Club  is pleased to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors

Amy Bittner


Amy Bittner grew up in Evansville, Indiana, but her fascination with design has taken her far, first to Florence, Italy to study fashion then to New York City and the Fashion Institute of Technology where she was an Underfashion Club scholarship recipient.

While at FIT, Amy earned several awards including 1st prize in the 2011 UFC Student Design Contest, 1st place in the Lululemon Design Competition, and Critic Award Winner at the FIT AAS Exhibition. She has been published in Best of Intima Magazine, Guitar Aficionado Magazine, The Daily at NY Fashion Week, and was featured in the book Emerging Fashion Designers 3.

Amy graduated from FIT in 2011 with an Associates Degree in International Fashion Design and a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design, specialized in Intimate Apparel.

Amy began her career in the intimate apparel industry as an Assistant Designer at Carole Hochman Design Group for their Lauren Ralph Lauren Division. She is currently a Design Assistant at The Moret Group.

In her free time Amy enjoys biking, costuming, playing dodgeball, and exploring all the nooks and crannies of the “Big Apple”

Maureen Stabnau


Maureen Stabnau is currently SVP Merchandising at Bare Necessities.

She joins the Underfashion Club board with 20 years of experience in the Intimate Apparel industry. Since 2001, she has led the buying team at the pioneering and highly successfully e-commerce site www.barenecessities.com. Prior to joining Bare Necessities, Maureen was a VP, Divisional Merchandise Manager of Intimate Apparel at Lord and Taylor for six years. She has rounded out her experience in the industry having held positions on the sales team at Wacoal and as the Sleepwear Merchandise Manager at Federated Merchandising Group.

Maureen graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Human Resources and a Business Minor. She lives in New Jersey and is an avid golfer.

Ria Stern


Ria Stern is currently Global Marketing & Brand Director, Hyosung Textile Fibers including: creora® spandex, MIPAN nylon, and Specialty Polyester fibers.

She has been with Hyosung for over 7 years and previously spent 20 plus years with DuPont (the majority of the time in Textiles and Apparel segments.)

Ria has experience in global marketing, communications, branding, strategic planning, product development, sales, manufacturing, and quality control

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a B.S. in Environmental and Bio Engineering, and recently obtained certification from Columbia University in “Making Green from Green.”

On a personal note, Ria lives on the Upper West Side of New York City with her husband, daughter and 3 cats.