Knickers 'n Lace
By Helen Flegel

The bra specialists

Knickers ’n Lace, a Victorian-style lingerie shop in Willow Park Village, offers women a wide range of both underwear and sleepwear. Stepping inside the elegant, chandelier-lit shop with its warm wood decor and comfortable upholstered chairs, it’s apparent the shop’s specialty is bras. Owner Ronna Johnstone says that 80 per cent of her clientele are women who simply cannot find their bra sizes in department stores.

Synthetic and cotton-blend bras range in cup sizes from AAA to N and in band sizes from 26 to 56 in bright jewel colours as well as the ever-popular basics — white, nude and black. Models include sports bras, nursing, underwire, wireless and post-surgical bras. The store carries specialty bras for women who have undergone mastectomies or other surgeries. These attractive, self-esteem-boosting garments include the Anita, a comfortable, silk-lined model free of metal parts with the exception of its clasp.

Women should feel empowered when they come here and I want them to be. - Ronna Johnstone, owner
Lingerie products including bras, panties, pajamas, robes, camisoles and shape wear.
Knickers ’n Lace owner Ronna Johnstone examines newly arrived bath robes

The right fit

Johnstone notes that close to 85 per cent of women wear the wrong bra size. The shop’s staff members are trained to set this right by conducting custom fitting sessions and teaching women how to find the size and fit that’s right for them. “Wearing the proper bra elongates your body so that you appear taller and thinner,” says Johnstone. To make repeat visits expedient, measurements are confidentially kept on file.

“Women should feel empowered when they come here, and I want them to be,” says Johnstone. “When that woman leaves the shop, I want her to walk out with more knowledge than she walked in here with. I want her to feel comfortable with her purchase and know why that fit her and why others ones don’t.”

Also, the shop employs a full-time seamstress to fix and repair bras and to make adjustments as women gain or lose weight throughout their lives. This happens during pregnancy and menopause, for example.

Lingerie products including bras, panties, pajamas, robes, camisoles and shape wear.
Shop staff members are trained to help women find the right bra size and fit.

Underwear and sleepwear

Besides bras, Knickers ’n Lace also carries panties in a beautiful assortment of colours and styles from high-waisted models to briefs. Clients can also browse the store for shape wear, camisoles and sleepwear. Pajamas are available in silk and flannel, and bathrobes in fluffy terry-towel styles as well as sleek silk kimonos.

Lingerie products including bras, panties, pajamas, robes, camisoles and shape wear.
The cozy shop is located in Willow Park Village.
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