It is a standard there to offer band sizes 30-50 (EU 65 - 115) and cups A through M. No respected Polish lingerie brand ends the alphabet with G. Which brings us to the question: how can they do that, if nobody else can?
Unlike in the US, where the lingerie market is dominated by Victoria’s Secret, in Poland it is extremely fragmented. There are several hundreds independent lingerie manufacturers in Poland, mostly mom & pop operations with annual turnover rarely exceeding $3M a year. These small companies have formed a diversified ecosystem where manufacturers compete for customers with quality, aesthetics and design.
Polish lingerie brands make their bras in Poland, not Asia. Their production infrastructure heavily relies on talent of skilled cutters and seamstresses, reflected in much higher quality of final product. They do not import 5 sizes of mold foam cups in bulk from Alibaba.com, but make their own, adding dimension with multiple parts sewn together.
Had these manufacturers depended on offshore production of bra parts, they would be constrained by minimum order volumes. And with some sizes needed only by infinitesimal fraction of clients, they soon would be out of business.
Average weight of an adult woman in Poland is 141 lbs (64kg), and substantial bust size is not uncommon there. This makes narrow bands with bigger cups very popular sizes among Polish customers.
But these sizes are also tricky when it comes to wires. Too wide the wires in a small band bra, and the discomfort for the client is unbearable.
Compared with British brands for full bust, the bras made in Poland often offer deeper cups and more forward projection. While individual wire sizes might vary across different manufacturers, the pressure from customers with D+ cups in 34- bands favors suppliers who make wires suitable for that the size segment.
Almost all bra manufacturers in Poland sell under their own brand. That’s very different from mass factories in Asia whose primary clients are buyers from lingerie companies or retail chains. For Polish bra makers the primary customer is the bra wearer.
Polish lingerie manufacturers have been extremely responsive to feedback provided by bra bloggers and their readers. Since 2007 the famous Polish blog Stanikomania (“Bra-mania”) has been helping bra makers understand the struggles of women who fall of the old standard size charts, and the members of Balkonetka.pl community have reviewed over 17 thousand bras.
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