Six Lingerie is the brainchild of Founder and Designer Kate Anians. Entering her first pregnancy after an illustrious career designing for underwear brand giants like La Perla, Coco De Mer and Myla, she experienced a newfound frustration in the form of buying underwear for a pregnant body.
Quickly realising there were no brands in the maternity market that offered the kid of product she was so used to designing for non-pregnant women (and wearing herself), she saw an opportunity to design elegant, contemporary underwear for this group of women she knew would be experiencing the same dissatisfaction she was.
This is where the concept for Six was Born. A modern maternity underwear range with a minimal, feminine, luxury aesthetic. The idea was to create a maternity brand that didn’t look like your average maternity brand – much like Nine In The Mirror, Anians’s mission was to give women a really interesting and quality brand they can wear if they’re pregnant or not
“It was also very important for me that the collection that was produced in Europe exclusively, using premium European fabrics that would align with the leading brands in the lingerie market and set it apart from other maternity lingerie brands.”
In the unique position of having over 15 years designing lingerie and also being pregnant with her first child – a son called Arlo – she knew she could introduce expecting women to a brand that didn’t compromise their personal style of self-identity during pregnancy and motherhood; a time when that can easily be temporarily lost.
To get some insight on one of our favourite lingerie brands – we asked Kate Six questions about Six:
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ALWAYS BEAR IN MIND WHEN DESIGNING A NEW PIECE?
The importance of the function and practicality needed from maternity underwear and balancing this with a desirable contemporary aesthetic.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’VE LEARNED TO BE TRUE SINCE DESIGNING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
That they are still the same women that they were before becoming pregnant. They still want to look and feel good in what they wear and also to feel like themselves.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCROBE THE PHILIOSOPHY OF ‘SIX’?
To re-define maternity underwear answering the needs of a modern woman with an uncompromising beautiful aesthetic.
WHO IS THE ‘SIX’ WOMAN?
She is a style conscious, modern woman who appreciates design, quality and beautifully made clothing.
WHAT IS A PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN SHARE WITH PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS?
Remember that everything is a phase and it will pass! (This is definitely for new mothers!!! )
HOW CAN WOMEN FEEL FEMININE AND ELEGANT IN PREGNANCY, ESPECIALLY THROUGHOUT THE FINAL FEW MONTHS?
The foundations of your outfit are so important- beautiful, well-fitting underwear will make you feel and look great – pregnant or not!
Invest in a few pieces of clothing that make you feel good and like yourself during pregnancy, pick things that you will continue to wear after your pregnancy so that the investment is worthwhile. And definitely look after yourself during your pregnancy, I had acupuncture throughout my pregnancy and would totally recommend it!
Q&A: KATE ANIANS FOUNDER OF SIX
As told to Hannah Finnigan-Walsh