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I took some time out to chat with the very lovely Vicky-Lou, designer extraordinaire and the brains (and beauty!) behind Vixen Curves.
First of all could you tell me a bit about your background – did you train in any kind of fashion design or was it just a hobby to begin with?
Most definitely a hobby!! I’ve spent my career up to this point within the NHS and while studying my nursing access I enjoyed making bits and bobs here and there to take my mind off of the work! A hobby turned into a passion.
When did you start Vixen Curves?
I decided to go for it full whack in January this year! I’d spent years drawing up and designing pieces and after lots of interest in them on my own personal Instagram page, I decided to put all my time and effort into making women feel incredible no matter what their size or shape.
Was it a slow starter or has it taken off really quickly?
Overnight things seemed to go well!! I never expected things to go as well as they have! It was a big lifestyle change, to take the plunge into the plus size industry, especially with alternative underwear and accessories and I wish I had done it sooner.
What makes your brand unique?
That’s such a good question, I guess the items that are created could be for sizes 6-30 but I decided to make this primarily plus size , Vixen Curves is a one woman show, a show that wants to create beautiful items for women of all sizes. I’ve always been a curvy woman and that’s why I particularly want to cater for women like me.
Do you have a team of people working for you ?
No, it’s just little old me ….!!
What is your best selling item?
By far the two best selling items are the Midnight Amber harness and the caged skirt …. The caged skirt is one of my most favourite pieces. I designed this a long time ago and it’s taken a lot of hard work for it to work perfectly
What is your personal favourite item?
I love the dominatrix body piece, there is something so sexy about the harness caged look on a curvy body, I love how every inch of the body can be restricted beautifully.
Have you had any strange requests?
Oh most definitely, I get some amazing requests from people of all walks of life, including celebrities who want to stay anonymous of course. 🙂
I know you sell amazing harnesses in various designs and colours, plus of course the aforementioned cage skirts. I think I’ve seen tutus on your site as well. Are you going to branch out into other areas?
I would love to branch out into other items, but lingerie will always be the way forward for Vixen Curves, I hope to introduce a bondage section for February 2017 including bralettes for big boobies.
What has been the highlight so far for you on your Vixen Curves journey?
My customers and the change in their confidence. Nothing compares to the feeling of receiving a message or a photo with a woman who is thanking you for making her feel confident – again, I’ve been there. I’ve been made to feel less than sexy and I promised myself I would never let anyone or anything make me hate who I am ever again. This is what makes me carry on, wanting to help other women feel confident.
What’s next for Vixen Curves?
Great question, I think Vixen Curves hopes to get some items in various boutiques across the UK and also hope to be stocked a major plus size clothing brand soon…but I couldn’t possibly tell you which – you will have to watch this space!
Do you have a message for our amazing She Might Be readers – especially if anyone reading likes the look of your harnesses but is worried about sizing or fit?
The plus size world is a community, we all share the same worries and the same issues. No matter what you think about yourself right now, I want you to know each and everyone of you is incredible already. My harnesses do not change the person you are but they enhance your confidence to allow you to become who you truly should be. The items are made in sizes 16-28 and super stretchy material is used for comfort! The only way you can truly get the point of a Vixen Curves harness is to try one. My Instagram page is full of confident women of all sizes rocking them all over the world! Comfort is key especially when you are fabulously bootiful!