Indie Lingerie Boutique Spotlight: Jenette Bras on Melrose

Jenette bras sign by night.

The lovely Jenette herself, behind the front counter.

Last night I had the privilege of doing a trunk show (with Dark Garden) over at Jenette Bras on Melrose Ave., and I have to say I was instantly enamored of the boutique. Jenette is a full bust specialty shop, carrying an impressive array of supportive frillies in cups D-K, and bands 30-44.

I fell slightly in love with this bra. Have I mentioned I wish I was part of Jenettes demographic?

Now, to be honest, I am not Jenettes target demographic there were probably only a couple of European 30D bras that wouldve fit my American 30C bust. But after spending the evening there, I certainly wished I were!

Beautiful display case of bras in the front room.

New arrivals for February, and fancy fancy stockings!

Jenettes mascot, an antique dressform called Viv (for Vivienne, I believe it was).

The design of the space is super cute, chic, and inviting. The layout is inspired by the antique corset factory look, and you know I love that! Theres a spacious front room with some merchandising displays and a rack of non-bra negligee (teddies and the like), as well as the register. Then you step back into the fitting room, which has three very spacious stalls and more bra stock displayed. The very back room holds their tidily organized backstock, an impressive array.

The boyfriend chair in the front room, complete with vintage Playboys turns out, you really CAN read them for the articles!

Client entrance to the fitting room. This Dollymop by Dark Garden underbust corset conveniently was a perfect match for the navy polka dot set already on the mannequin.

Staff entrance to fitting room.

Stylewise, I saw a lot of beautiful things, from familiar and respected brands, such as Simone Perele and Marlies Dekkers. I only buy the bright and pretty colors, Jenette said. If they want a beige bra, they can shop somewhere else.

Front room display and merchandising.

Front window merchandising I love that red underbust shaper slip.

Merchandise display in the fitting room. And me in the mirror.

At the trunk show, I met several of Jenettes clients, and I was impressed by well, their assets, of course, but also their loyalty to Jenette Bras. All of my bras come from here, except for the three I bought in Jerusalem before I knew about Jenette, said one client. Jenette keeps handwritten client records of each womans baseline size and purchase history, as well as notes about bras they liked but didnt pick up that day. I love that kind of customer service. Some clients have five sheets of records stapled together because theyre such regular shoppers with Jenette.

I love customer service like this client purchase record sheet.

The shop staff were all extremely friendly, and they picked up on corset fitting very quickly, which demonstrated to me that their eye for fit is very keen. Dressing rooms all state an as long as it takes fitting policy, suggesting that you stand, sit, or do jumping jacks whatever it takes! to make sure the fit of a bra is working for you.  Jenette (who, incidentally, was absolutely lovely) told me that each time a new style comes in, she and the shop girls all try it on so they can see how it fits compared to other styles from that brand and other brands in the same size.

Press clipping in the front window.

Front window Quality bras and lingerie for well-endowed women. Bra fitting specialists. No appointments necessary.

Comprehensive, as long as it takes fitting policy.

All in all, I was really impressed by the space and attitude. Everything was done in a very thoughtful way, down to the retro-style illustrations on their branded pamphlets, and the team at Jenettes was lovely to work with.

Pretty pretty pamphlets along the front counter.

Jenette Bras even designed us a cute little flyer for the Dark Garden trunk show! What friendly hosts!

Jenette Bras also has a new location in Pasadena, and you may recognize their name from their guest post, What Should Busty Ladies Look for in a Bra?

Author: Marianne Faulkner