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05 March 2008 @ 03:14 am
Discount Shopping: Brastop.com  
So, since the last post highlighted a shop that sells full-price bras in British pounds, which can get to be quite a pricy prospect, I figured I would follow it up with a post about a discounted bra shop: Brastop.

(Images from Brastop.com)

Brastop is in many ways very similar to Bravissimo-- it's also British, also founded in the 1990s (I believe) and it also sells many of the same great brands that Bravissimo does, (Ballet, Panache, Gossard, Lepel, etc.) although as of late they have expanded into selling some ranges with which I am not familiar (such as Kris Line, Curvy Kate, and Adore). In any case they have many options, and many quite pretty bras in cup sizes D-J, with back sizes ranging from 28 to 44. In addition, they sell swimwear, and in the off-season especially, you can grab some great deals on cup-sized swimwear. They also offer a "no quibble" return policy, but they do not waive shipping charges on exchanges like Bravissimo does. Instead, I think they give a slight discount on exchanges. Like Bravissimo, Brastop is quite happy to ship to the USA.

The main difference, as I've mentioned, is the pricing. Brastop gets their stock a month or so after the bras have gone out on the market-- I believe they buy up surplus unsold by the major chains-- and they sell them at prices below the RRP (Recommended Retail Price).

So, if you are willing to wait, and take a chance, you may well be able to find the bra that you saw at Bravissimo a couple of months ago at Brastop. Of course, it may be in a different color, or it may not appear there at all, depending on whether it sells out at the first-run retailers and on other factors. Although there is a lot of overlap between Brastop and major retailers, major retailers like Bravissimo actually commission certain bras and certain exclusive colors from bra manufacturers directly. So there's no guarantee that you'll be able to get the exact same item at Brastop or another retailer.

Brastop is headquartered in London, and its physical stores are actually located within Tube (Subway) Stations! Hence the "stop" in their name. If you're ever jaunting through London, you can ride the Tube to the Baker Street or Victoria Station stop to do some bra shopping before you get to your final destination! I've bought from Brastop many times in the past, both in person and through ordering online, and have always had a good experience.

So what do my American readers think? Is this too rich for your blood, or might you try ordering from Brastop (or Bravissimo)?

Sewing as Self-medicationsewaddicted on March 14th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I friend you? I'm a member of the Vast Acreage of Boobage, and finding places in Australia to buy the bras, well they're far & few between
boobiusmaximusboobiusmaximus on March 14th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Please do! And feel free to publicize this journal to any communities you're a member of that might be interested in it.
Sewing as Self-medicationsewaddicted on March 16th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'll definitely do that.