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Lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood Inc. wants to show off its finer attributes.
The Hollywood company announced last month that it has launched a label for a line of luxury lingerie called Harriett. The label is named after the late founder Frederick Mellinger’s longtime lover and fashion muse: his wife.
The Harriett collection, made from high-end fabrics and materials such as silk and fine lace, are more expensive than the average Frederick’s underwear. Panties from the Harriett collection cost $29, while other Frederick’s panties cost between $4 and $18.
The company said the luxury line will be more than just lingerie. Eventually, it’ll include clothing and high-end accessories.
The collection will be for sale in only one brick-and-mortar store, the Frederick’s flagship location on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as online at Harriett.com.
Tracy McCourt, director of marketing for Frederick’s, said the development of the Harriet line is an effort by the company to attract new customers who have a more expensive taste than Frederick’s previously targeted.
“We had an opportunity to expand our product assortment by developing a luxurious line of lingerie, clothing and accessories not only to satisfy current customers, but to introduce ourselves to new customers with similar needs,” she said in a statement. “This is a significant step in creating a revitalized brand landscape and customer experience.”
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