Ampere \ˈam-ˌper\ noun – the SI unit of electrical current. Also, the name of a chic, New York-based lingerie line started by a Harvard Law School grad.
Jiabei Chen was practicing corporate law when, frustrated by her inability to find lingerie she loved in her size (busty with a tiny rib cage), she decided to take things into her own hands and she started Ampere. The line was founded on the idea that lingerie has the power to make a woman feel confident and beautiful. The Ampere woman is “smart and chic, she loves lingerie as a pretty little secret under her every day clothes whether that’s a suit for work, a cocktail dress for dinner or a maxi dress for a weekend getaway.”
Although the collection is only five pieces so far, they’re all gorgeous, so here’s a quick look. First up is the Gramercy bra, made with scalloped, leavers lace sewn cups and luxurious 100% silk lining. The stunning shape (which gives a gorgeous lift) and gold lace detailing make this almost too pretty to wear under clothing.
Next is the Chelsea bra
, which has a similarly beautiful shape and is adorned with gold bourdon yarn embellished lace. Perfect under sheer shirts, no? Both the Gramercy and Chelsea bras have thick nylon spandex straps that are not only super comfy but “evoke an underwear as outerwear feel,” says Chen.
Here’s a great shot that I swiped from Ampere’s blog
that shows how stunning the fabrics really are.
And then there’s the Madison romper
, constructed with silk charmeuse and accented with silk chiffon and lace detail. The sheer cutout in the center is perfection. If my waist wasn’t so long and camel toe inducing, I’d probably be wearing this right now.
Perk alert! All bras come with a complimentary matching panty- when you’ve got a bra this good, you want the bottoms to go with. And when you place your order, you will also be sent one size up and one size down to ensure the perfect fit. Plus shipping and returns are free. Note: the cups run a bit big, so I’d recommend going down a size. Now, go on, upgrade your lingerie drawer.