Les Polka Dots is THE design I have dreamt of re-making since 2010. I created a silk-satin baby pink Chocolate Box version for my Miss Lala Presents Autumn/Winter collection and it was my most successful season-ordered by every single London Luxury department store, the big lingerie ecommerce stores like Figleaves and the most glorious lingerie boutiques in Paris, New York, LA and Sydney. I was so excited and then a double whammy disaster struck.
First my manufacturing partners, the Stirling Group, went into liquidation and then, after coming down with what seemed to be a flu bug, I became bedbound and three months later, I was still bed-bound...and no Doctor could find an obvious explanation. With the deadline for store delivery looming, I tried my best to find alternative production houses to work with.
But the quality of those samples was far inferior. So, I made the painful choice to skip the season and had to call my buyers and explain that Miss Lala Regrettably was unable to Present this season. I closed my boutique in July 2010. I was still bedbound. I tried coming in to work but collapsed (rather dramatically) each time and had to be part carried into a cab by the amazing young women I worked with. I closed my boutique in July 2010. I gave up the lease on my London flat in Primrose Hill and moved in with my wonderful parents, banished to the deepest darkest countryside.
December came around and turned to 2011 and as each successive year came by I made a New Years resolution that next year would be the year I regained my health and the year that Miss Lala and Les Polka Dots made their triumphant return to retail. And now here we are. A decade later and finally, FINALLY, Miss Lala can Present to you a Les Polka Dots collection. The materials and silhouettes are different (though in my humble opinion, infinitely more wearable, certainly more durable and decidedly more comfortable,) but the sheer explosion of sartorial joy captured in the original design remains, bubbling away effervescantly like the finest vintage champagne.