As a complement to the LFrank Jewelry collection, the creation of LFrank Lingerie is the result of a passion for personal luxury and detail, as expressed through the finest available silks and laces. As the modern lingerie aesthetic has evolved, a scarcity of pieces that speak to a timeless elegance and a bygone era has grown. To fill that void, Liseanne Frankfurt undertook designing a collection of underpinnings and nightwear that is at once luxurious, wearable, and covetable. It has been a labor of love to develop such a personal and passionate project, and this effort is readily apparent in the resulting collection.
The thought and care that has gone into the development of this collection is evident in each and every piece of LFrank Lingerie. The patterns were developed with a Parisian Couture-trained pattern maker, with each piece being made in an artisanal way.
The finest imported silks and French lace trimmings are employed throughout, with incredible attention to detail such as custom designed 18k gold plated buttons, and specially made elastics, trimmings, and fastenings. In addition, there is an adjustable double-strap detail on all slips and camisoles that allows for a superior fit. LFrank Lingerie also features a curated selection of fabrics from Liberty of London’s Art Silk collection.
Just as with LFrank Jewelry, the LFrank Lingerie collection is manufactured exclusively in Los Angeles, by skilled artisans. This creates a perfect synchronicity, both in philosophy and in execution. Lingerie, by its very nature conveys a deep sense of the personal. The hidden glamour of a beautiful piece to wear to bed, or underneath a garment, is the true essence of luxury today.
For the LFrank Lingerie collection, we use the finest imported silks, cottons, and woolens. Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, and has been known and used across Asia and in Europe since ancient times. It was the most sought after luxury item across the Eurasian continent, with evidence of the silk trade spanning not only centuries, but also the far reaches of the globe. Silk is one of the strongest of natural fibers, and as such has incredible longevity and durability. It also has a natural affinity for being combined with gold and gemstones. As an extension of the LFrank Jewelry collection, the silk fabrics used in the Lingerie collection relate beautifully to the concept of luxury, craft, and refinement.
In addition to the finest imported silk charmeuse, double georgette, crinkle chiffon and velvet, we also offer a range of pieces made in a selection of prints from The Liberty of London Art Silk collection. This is a collection of new and original designs inspired by the world of fine art, and produced in England by the storied Liberty fabric house, which has been manufacturing fabrics for over one hundred years.
The Swiss cotton we use is made from the finest possible cotton in the world. Only three percent of all cotton grown in the entire world qualifies for use in the manufacture of Swiss cotton fabric. The long fiber is what gives it both such an incredibly fine hand and its exceptional quality. We also use the highest quality Italian shirting cotton fabric in both our men’s and women’s sleepwear collections. These cottons are light, and perfect for the warmer summer months. The quality and beauty of these cottons is immediately apparent.
I chose all of these special fabrics not only because of their inherent beauty, but also for their specific qualities. Chiffon has a diaphanous and lighter-than-air feel that is both alluring and rather magical to the touch. Charmeuse is known for its luminous and languid appeal, which I use unexpectedly on the reverse for some pieces, and as a luxurious lining for others. The double georgette has an unparalleled drape and weight, which I find to be the height of elegance. The silk velvet bed jacket has such a luxurious feeling, as does the wool, mink and cashmere blend we use for the Artemis Poncho. We’ve taken this incredibly luscious fabric, lined it with silk charmeuse, and trimmed it with lace for the ultimate in luxury.
I have long been a devotee of fine lace, and have been seduced by not only the finished product, but also by the detailed craftsmanship involved in the process. Lace became more popular and widespread in the late sixteenth century, after first being exclusively used in religious ceremony. The popularity of lace spread across borders throughout Europe, and it became not only a fashion, but a craft as well. A trip to the island of Burano in Venice in the summer of 2012, and a visit to its famed Museo del Merletto, further cemented my life-long love affair with lace, and inspired my desire to work with this delicate luxury element.
The lace in the LFrank Lingerie collection is all from the venerable French house of Solstiss, a company dedicated to maintaining the tradition of lace making in Northern France. I have chosen several designs from the Solstiss collection to work with, ranging from a corded style to a more delicate and soft Chantilly lace. All are made in France, and some are custom dyed to match our silks.
As with my jewelry collection, I am delighted to offer custom creations for clients who desire a special color or fit option.
Custom design work is taken on at my discretion, and is not always possible, due to time and/or material constraints. The best way to approach a custom design proposal is to visit our boutique in Venice, California. If you are out of the area, please email or telephone us: email@example.com or 310 452 0771.
As we all know, the details are everything, and with lingerie it is especially so. To that end, I designed and created several distinctive details worth noting for the LFrank Lingerie collection. From the 18K gold twice-plated button accents, to the adjustable strap detail on the slips and camisoles, and the attached belt on the dressing gowns, there are elements that make each piece truly special. These features are crafted to meet both an aesthetic and a functional standard, hence the custom made elastics, fasteners, and packaging. Each piece of LFrank Lingerie comes with a beautiful sateen garment bag that can be used as a lingerie pouch for travel, or for storing your precious garments.
Love, Honor + Respect is a concept that I bring to every engagement and wedding project that I undertake. I love making wedding bands and engagement rings, and in fact it is one of my favorite aspects of being a jewelry designer. To expand on this, in the spirit of a classic trousseau, I have created a special collection of LFrank bridal lingerie within the Love, Honor + Respect category. The pieces in this collection are available in the softest Pearl color, a warm and luminous, light shade of ivory, a smooth, cool Platinum grey color, and the most elegant blush color, which we call Rose Gold. The pieces are then accented with greige lace, which is in its natural, un-dyed state. I have also included several selections of the palest prints from the Liberty of London Art Silk collection, in silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, and the sheerest silk chiffons.