Support through social distance

It’s weird to think that just a month ago, Sasha and I were slinging sports bras with Anita at the LA Marathon Expo downtown. Life at that point was pretty normal. Sure, we had taken up singing “Good as Hell” while dutifully washing our hands throughout the day, but we also rode the Metro from East Hollywood to the convention center, did dozens of fittings in a pop-up dressing room, and even stopped to split a bottle of wine at the local haunt on our way home. Early March feels like ages ...continued

Outfit Of The Week

Westside Ring-Mistress Sasha keeps the train on track in her vintage Vera Wang striped sweater. A souvenir of her first job at Nu Look consignment shop in Minneapolis, it’s a shout of happiness over a well-constructed scarlet dress from Banana Republic. Her beat-up Fluvogs are the newest items in the ensemble.

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}

Outfit Of The Week

Miss Michelle is hard at work in some sort of French Farm Girl ensemble, all locally sourced in Pasadena. Denim culotte-jumper from Jasleen’s, Hansel from Basel socks from Elisa B, and shoes from Camille’s. Shockingly, her bra is NOT one we carry: its Zephyra from La Perla. Construction not as good as Empreinte or PrimaDonna, but sometimes beauty trumps all!

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}

Outfit of the Week

Our inimitable Miss Jessica is casually intriguing in a little black dress. Bold buckles, square frames, cropped hair softened with Mom’s favorite turquoise earrings.  Comfy shoes by Simple support the surprise star of the outfit: ankle-warmers crafted from repurposed fabrics by Jessica herself, back in her time working in the chilly Forever 21 display warehouse.

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}

 

 

Outfit of the Week

East Hollywood Queen Bee Sarah builds an elegant rainy day outfit out of one amazing find: a like-new Jenni Kayne coat for $15 at Goodwill. Just throw it over a bunch of black stuff —Uniqlo blouse, Zara skirt, Rite-Aid tights and Target shoes in this case —and let it reign.

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}

Outfit of the Week, Coachella Edition

Master thrifter Miss Agueda catches the spirit in a trio of festival ensembles based on bras from her extensive Marlies Dekkers collection. Says Agueda, “I enjoy the hunt for unique pieces. One year I broke down and got a top from H&M. I saw at least five girls every day wearing the same thing! NEVER AGAIN.”

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}

 

It’s our 7th Anniversary!

The Jenette Bras logo is based on Jenette’s handwriting.
The Jenette Bras logo is based on Jenette’s handwriting.

… and I’m feeling sentimental. Let’s take a look back at our humble beginnings:

Jenette Bras was founded by me, Jenette Goldstein, and my husband, Aaron Noble, in 2009, at 4308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA.  I was an actress; Aaron was a painter (we still are). Neither of us had ever run a business. Unable to get a business loan at the height of the recession, we financed the first shop with a single line of credit we had taken out years before to build a backyard studio.

Convinced that full-breasted women would go anywhere and pay any price for a bra that fit, we rented a cheap storefront in a bohemian corner of East Hollywood. Aaron’s interior for the store was cobbled together from a set of factory windows purchased from a Habitat for Humanity salvage outlet, pieces of mid-century furniture from junk stores and my Mom’s house, and a hacked kitchen unit from IKEA. Jenette’s childhood black lamp, Leo, still sits by the Man Chair at the Melrose location. We opened on April 30.

 

At a time when much of America thought there were no cup sizes above ‘D’, we decided, against advice, to sell none lower than that. We wanted to be the essential store for part of the market, rather than just another store for the whole market. Also against advice (lots of advice!), we decided early on not to sell online. Jenette Bras would live or die by the personal fitting experience.

To promote the shop, we drafted a manifesto, beginning “We are the gals who—,“ and printed up flyers. We thought of ourselves as fomenting a rebellion against a mass-market lingerie industry that was deliberately misleading women about their bra size. I took the flyers around to salons, nail shops, cafes and bridal stores. As word of mouth grew, we were fortunate to get a few pieces of good press, including substantial pieces in the LA Weekly, the KTLA Morning Show, and, remarkably, the Wall Street Journal

In that first year, too late to order fashion, we sold mostly beige and black basics from Panache, Fantasie & Anita, plus whatever color and fashion leftovers we could scrounge. Our first employee was Miss Amber, who can be seen modeling something from Panache on the About page. The store went into profit sometime around the first anniversary, although we didn’t have a bookkeeper to tell us when exactly. All we knew was that we were getting great Yelp reviews and there was still money in the bank account, so we kept going.

 

In our second and third years we developed our key supplier relationships with brands like PrimaDonna, Empreinte, and Maison Lejaby and the store came into its own. In 2011, we opened a branch in Pasadena, and in 2014 we formed a non-profit, Hourglass Underground, for the purpose of giving foundationwear and fittings to girls in foster care through the annual Glamour Gowns event.

 

In 2015, following a year-long location search, we opened our third store in West Los Angeles, revamped the website, and incorporated the business. It was a really busy year.

 

We currently employ three store managers and nine fitters, and they are all dolls (see below), and we have served close to 13,000 women, which is 26,000 breasts… but who’s counting? L’chaim!

 

 

Outfit of the Week

Outfit of the Week - Miss Chadae

For the inaugural Outfit of the Week post we had to go with Miss Chadae in a classic mid-century look in our store colors, pink and coral. Chadae made the shirt herself (and a matching skirt we are still waiting to see). The skirt is a vintage Amanda Price and the platforms are Seychelles. Nobody looks better annotating a client card than you, Chad!

{OOTW features the best looks worn by our fitters on the job, exemplifying the poise and perk of our sterling staff.}