(Filed Under wholesale Lingerie News). Many specialty lingerie stores have reported they have been searching for a new source of high quality silk intimates ever since the recent closing of a certain well-known label.
Andres, a company with a long history in fashion, is one company experiencing a upsurge in business as a result.
Designer Andres Van Tisse launched the eponymous ready-to-wear and lingerie line in 1978 in San Francisco. It “hit its peak in the mid-nineties becoming a multi-million dollar company,” according to Alex Snyder, who now serves as creative director and new owner of the firm since its founder’s recent passing.
The company made its name by utilizing “the highest quality craftsmanship, with the highest quality materials,” explained Snyder, who joined the company in 2012. It “developed a loyal, international client following [that included] such stores as I. Magnin, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.” In the early years of the new millennium the company shifted to focus solely on intimate apparel.
Snyder, who said he “was brought on board by Andy to help his freshen up the company and bring it to the modern era,” continues to honor “the legacy of Andres” along with “his incredible team of creative and craftsmen talent.”
“Andres is special for many reasons,” continued the creative director. “We use only the finest silk, [and styles] can be completely customizable for client’s, and their client’s, and have always been made in-house since 1978. We hand dye lace, in-house if the client would like the lace to complement the color of silk and we truly love working with boutiques to make everything spectacular for them. We are the epitome of customer service, honoring incredible craftsmanship, and always looking forward to building lasting relationships with stores.”
“Andres has always been made in house, in San Francisco, since 1978,” continued Snyder. “The most amazing benefit to this is an incredible turnaround time for made-to-order goods, top-notch quality control, and the ability to alter length, colors, and so forth. If it’s not perfect, it doesn’t leave our office.”
Time from order to shipping can be “10-14 days, given the production cue and time of year. However, we always try our hardest to expedite if needed, though we don’t guarantee that. Once and order is placed you will receive an ex-factory date on your confirmation and in forty years have never been late with a delivery leaving our office.”
Snyder listed five of the top-selling styles along with wholesale pricing: “#4383805 – X-Back Lace Chemise (All customizable) - $75.00; #4467705 – Straight Back Lace Chemise (All customizable) - $71.00; #4242005 – Basic Straight Back Chemise (All customizable) - $63.00; #4949105 – Silk Kimono (All customizable) - $107.00; and #4647005 – Basic X-Back Chemise (All Customizable) - $69.00.”
Most sizing ranges from XS to XL, but in some cases goes up to 2X/3X. “We are a generous cut, so a small will fit today’s medium. Silk is supposed to glide around the body so we do enjoy the fact that our cuts are delicate and easy. All of our sizes are accurate against one another and have been tested and proven for almost four decades.
According to the creative director, “We use 19mm silk charmeuse and service it constantly in almost 40 different colors. We dye our spectacular tulip lace to match the silk, if needed, and it does come standard in black, white and ecru. Our biggest selling colors are black, navy, pewter, spice and iris,” he continued. “White is a large seller for bridal lingerie. We do have an incredible burnout fabric that is a floral base that comes in spectacular colors and make an incredible set for a special occasion including bridal.”
“We like the personal touch and being able to assist clients, since our product is so diverse,” as well as customizable. Snyder can be reached at Sales@VanTisse.com or (415) 543-2404. “New clients will receive 15% off their first order as a welcome to the Andres family!”
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