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A day in the life of: Curvy Kate’s Sales and Marketing Assistant for France, Magali Ancelot

Hi all! My name is Magali and I’m Curvy Kate’s Marketing and Sales Assistant for France and Belgium . Whereas the rest of the team are based in London, I am located in an office in Lyon, a lovely city located halfway between Paris and the French Riviera.

Concerning the marketing part of my job, I am working to develop Curvy Kate’s notoriety over in France. Daily this consists in RP’s and handling the Curvy Kate France page on Facebook and Twitter. I would love to hear a bit more about you guys and your opinions on Curvy Kate there!

Alongside that, I’m also working on the coordination between Curvy Kate and their distributors, through prospection, handling customer’s orders and any help they may need. I work really closely with the Curvy Kate team, especially with Overseas Order Processor Valeriane.

Finally, I am also finishing my Master’s degree in International Management, sharing my time between University and my work for Curvy Kate.

Bonjour à tous ! Je m’appelle Magali et je travaille en tant que assistante marketing et commerciale sur le développement en France et en Belgique de Curvy Kate. Contrairement au reste de l’équipe qui se situe dans les banlieues londoniennes, je suis basée à Lyon.

Comme vous l’avez compris, mon travail s’axe autour de deux missions principales. En tant qu’assistante marketing, je suis en charge de développer la notoriété de Curvy Kate. Au quotidien, cela consiste au développement des relations presses et à la gestion des pages Facebook et Twitter de Curvy Kate France.

En tant qu’assistante commerciale, je suis en charge du développement et de  la coordination entre les distributeurs et Curvy Kate. Cela passe par de la prospection, un peu de vente, et majoritairement la gestion des commandes et des demandes des revendeurs auprès de la marque. Au quotidien, je suis très souvent en contact avec l’équipe Curvy Kate, et tout particulièrement avec Valériane.

Enfin, à côté de tout ça, je suis en train de finir mon Master en Management International à l’IAE de Lyon, partageant ainsi mon temps entre les cours et mes missions chez Curvy Kate.
The best thing about my job:

As long as I can remember I have always been interested in fashion. Even as a little girl, I loved watching fashion shows on TV and reading Vogue, Elle or other magazines.

As you could probably guess, working in the lingerie industry is my dream job, and this is even better with Curvy Kate. In only 3 years and thanks to a dynamic team, this young brand has been developed over Europe, USA and Australia, and has seen its work rewarded a few times at the UK Lingerie Awards! Being part of this adventure is particularly enriching and motivating.

Furthermore, I particularly love the brand ethos. To me, Curvy Kate’s campaigns (Star in a Bra in particular) are a breath of fresh air in an industry where the silhouettes of the models are quite far from ours.

Depuis toute petite, j’ai toujours été très intéressée par la mode. Ainsi, en travaillant dans la lingerie je touché un peu au job de mes rêves, et c’est d’autant mieux chez Curvy Kate. En effet, en seulement 4 ans et grâce au dynamisme des salariés, cette jeune marque a su se développer en Europe, aux USA,  au Canada, et en Australie ; et ils ont vu leur travail récompensé à plusieurs reprises  aux UK Lingerie Awards ! Faire partie de cette aventure est une expérience vraiment enrichissante et motivante.

De plus, j’aime particulièrement les idées transmises par la marque. En effet, les actions de communication axées sur l’acceptation de son corps et qui promeuvent des silhouettes voluptueuses, sont selon moi une vraie bouffée d’air frais dans un secteur où les corps des mannequins sont bien souvent très éloignées des nôtres.Ca nous décomplexe et c’est un vrai bien !

The worst thing about my job:

Ladies, this is confession  time. Lately I have a huge crush… on the Portia Seafoam, the new Portia fashion color for Spring and Summer 2013. We received it at the office in June. I have tried it on, and now it is stuck into my mind. I am dying for this set and can’t wait to be able to have one! Being so close to great products which I can’t quite get my hands on right now is quite frustrating for a shopping addict like me.

On another hand, and as you read just above, a part of my job is dedicated to social network. As a Twitter addict, I have to admit that sometimes I am getting a little bit distracted from my task.

Mesdemoiselles, passons aux confessions. Dernièrement, j’ai eu un coup de foudre… pour le nouveau modèle Portia en bleu pastel. Seul problème ? Il fait partie de la collection printemps-été 2013. Nous l’avons reçu au mois de juin au bureau, je l’ai essayé, et depuis je ne pense plus qu’à mettre la main dessus ! Cependant, il n’est pas disponible avant le mois de janvier, et je vous avoue que l’attente d’achat pour une accro au shopping de mon genre est plutôt difficile.

D’autres parts, comme vous l’aurez peut-être noté ci-dessus, une partie de mon travail s’effectue sur les réseaux sociaux. En tant qu’accro Twitter, je vous avoue que parfois je me laisse un peu trop tenter et distraire de mon travail.

10 pointless facts about me:

  1. I am from and have been raised in the middle of the mountain, in a ski resort call Megève. I have learnt to ski as soon as I have been able to walk, and never stopped since then.
  2. You can recognize my laugh between a thousand, it is unique!
  3. I have managed and taken under control my habits of buying things I actually never wear…
  4. …Even though, I have quite a large collection of shoes.
  5. I lived in Scotland for one year and I loved it!
  6. I cannot say “squirrel” or “owl” properly. I have tried so hard, but it’s never worked.
  7. I need to exercise at least 1 hour per day, otherwise I’m way too excited – maybe due to my significant consumption of coffee?
  8. I am a HUGE fan of the Beatles.
  9. I am learning to speak Spanish. I still have a long way to go.
  10. One of my favorite meals: a baguette, cheeses and wines with my best friend. Yes that is a cliché, but in the meantime it is way so true.
  1. Je suis originaire de Megève, une station de ski de Haute Savoie. Dès que j’ai su marcher, on m’a mise sur des skis, et depuis je n’ai jamais décroché !
  2. J’ai un rire unique. Vous pouvez le reconnaitre parmi un millier !
  3. J’ai réussi à surpasser cette mauvaise habitude d’acheter des vêtements ou autres accessoires que je ne portais jamais
  4. J’ai cependant conservé une sacrée collection de chaussures.
  5. J’ai vécu un an en Ecosse, et j’ai adoré .
  6. J’arrive toujours pas à prononcer en anglais : “squirrel” et “owl”, même si j’ai durement essayé.
  7. Je dois au moins pratiquer une activité physique pendant une heure par jour sinon je suis beaucoup trop excitée. Peut-être est-ce dû à ma consommation de café quelques peu élevée ?
  8. Je suis une grande, grande fan des Beatles.
  9. J’apprends et j’essaie de parler Espagnol. Et ce n’est pas une mince affaire !
  10. Mon diner préféré : du pain, du fromage, du vin et des amis. C’est cliché mais c’est aussi la vérité !

Top 5 favourite Curvy Kate sets:

  • Portia in seafoam
  • Romance
  • Gia in red or black
  • Entice in black and gold
  • Flirt (swimwear) or horizon halter neck with the matching bottom.

A day in the life of: Curvy Kate’s Customer Service Admin Amy Davis

 

Hi, I’m Amy Davis, and I’m Curvy Kate’s Customer Service Administrator for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

I process orders, check the status of orders, check warehouse stock and deal with any returns. In short, I ensure that all the stock reaches the stores safe and sound for you all to buy!

Until I got my job here at Curvy Kate, I didn’t have a clue about my bra size. I was wearing an A cup when I’m actually a D! I was delighted when I was told this by the Curvy Kate fitting experts, as it meant I could wear all the fab Curvy Kate designs.

I have a customer service background, having worked at Camelot for the National Lottery in the past, dealing with all the lucky ticket winners. Unfortunately I never found myself amongst the list, so my shoe and handbag collection remains relatively modest.

I am originally from the Watford area, and I now live less than 5 minutes drive away from the amazing Leavesden Studios where they filmed the brilliant Harry Potter films. It goes without saying that I was amongst the first to go along to the behind the scenes attractions that they opened this year!

I went a few months ago, and as a huge HP fan I loved trying a pint of ‘butterbeer’ and seeing all the incredible sets. I’d recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the films.

The best thing about my job:

The variety. There’s always something new and exciting going on here, and no two days are ever the same. I love seeing all the new collections, new models and competitions – and need I even mention the UK Lingerie Awards!?

The worst thing about my job:

Let’s just say, being surrounded by so much stunning lingerie is bad for my bank balance…

10 pointless facts about me:

  1. I have a freckle on my bottom lip!
  2. I hate roast dinners, to the dismay of most of my friends and colleagues!
  3. I’ve recently embarked upon the Weight Watchers diet plan and lost over two stone. I am feeling much more healthy and get so many compliments – but I miss my favourite food, Indian takeaway!
  4. I’m obsessed with Florida, and I’ve been three times and counting! In fact, I’ve already booked up to go again next year.
  5. I have and unhealthy addiction to bags and shoes.
  6. As a child, I had a rabbit named ‘Bambi’. Everyone was confused why I didn’t go for ‘Thumper’, and to be honest in retrospect so am I…
  7. I was a majorette for four years in my teens.
  8. I’ve never broken a bone in my entire life, and the idea of it fills me with fear!
  9. When I was younger I wanted to teach young children!
  10. I can’t not have my nails done and have to visit the salon every 3 to 4 weeks without fail.

Top 5 favourite Curvy Kate sets:

I must admit, some of my ‘favourites’ I’m yet to call my own just yet, and some I’ll even have to wait until next year to get my hands on! I couldn’t put together a ‘favourites’ list without my two latest lust-haves: the gorgeous purple shade ‘Tease Me’, and the gorgeous pink print ‘Lottie’ from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Whilst I have a fair while to wait for those, I’m kept happy with the stunning new Autumn/Winter 2012 additions to the Showgirl collection. I love the new ‘Entice’ set – it really makes you feel a million dollars. I’ve got my eye on the blue and black ‘Tempt Me’, even though I already have it in all the colours… The new ‘Smoothie’ is the perfect choice for under a t-shirt or with outfits where you need a uber smooth shape, plus I love that leopard print!

A day in the life of: Curvy Kate’s PR & Marketing Manager Hannah Houston

Hello, Hannah here! As a curvy girl myself it was always tricky to find bras I could act my age in. Most were too frumpy, boring and resembled boulder holders. My mum took me for my first bra fitting when I was 15 and I knew I never wanted to wear an ugly bra again. I have had some bad fitting experiences in my time, being called ‘bigger’ and ‘wider’. Once I found there were bras out there to suit me though, there was no stopping my passion. I studied Fashion Marketing at University and in my 3rd year focused on Women’s Body Shape and the D plus bra industry. I put together a new brand of D plus, pretty bras called ‘Flirty Gertie’ and mock shot, marketed and advertised the ranges. I loved this project and knew this was what I wanted to do. I still think Flirty Gertie has a better ring than Curvy Kate but who am I to say…

My life is pretty boob and bra filled most days but apart from that I love CocoMinx Chocolate cake, old men pubs and have just started cycling everywhere – god I am so geeky. I am the only girl in a family filled with boys (4 brothers in total) and think it’s perfect that way. Being taught to play in the mud, eat as much as I like and watch rugby was a lovely start to life. I now live in central London and am trying day by day to keep my northern twang!

The best thing about my job:

Curvy Kate all happened very quickly but has been the best few years ever. I have met some really cool people and it feels more like a family than a place of work. In fact I wouldn’t really call it work – looking at boobs and bums all day is a pretty fine way to make a living. I do love seeing our products in print though, although we’re a new brand the big mags are now picking up on what we’re doing and that’s really rewarding. Oh I really like awards evenings too…dressing up and drinking prosecco is really tough.

The worst thing about my job:

Finding 10 amazing curvy girls in the Top 10 of the Star in a Bra competition and having to say bye to 9 of them. I want them all! Bring on the #curvearmy

10 pointless facts about me:

  1. I am excited to be asked to be my brother’s best man in September 2013.
  2. I was born in Preston, where they havethe most church steeples in the UK.
  3. I can still do a crab and walk around, I try it again every summer.
  4. Montepulciano is my favourite wine. I think that Italy is the best place on earth.
  5. I look like a Lion in the mornings.
  6. I am very good at making fried eggs and risotto – not together as one though.
  7. I have the brain of a sieve and have to write every detail of my life down.
  8. I hate Thai food.
  9. I would love to live in Melbourne again with the Broadstons.
  10. I found a slug in my sink last month – it was very large and horrid.

Top 5 favourite Curvy Kate sets:


This is probably the hardest question you could ask me – can I have a top 10 at least? Ok, right, let’s think about this. Well the ‘Princess’ is a favourite for sure and I’m always proud to wear my hot pink colour-way as it’s the ultimate ‘Curvy Kate’ shade. The new ‘Tease Me’ in cherry is a fabulous colour, and again, the bra is such a CK classic. I’m pretty sure I’ve had every colour that has come out because I can’t resist all the new additions! The ‘Emily’ in midnight and the ‘Gia’ in black have become my two ‘every day’ bras, and I love the shape and uplift that they give. Finally I’ll have to say the ‘Flirt’ halter bikini, especially since I’ve been lucky enough to bag a sample to take with me to Ibiza when I go on holiday next week!

A day in the life of: Curvy Kate’s PR & Marketing Assistant

Hi lovely readers, I’m Cheryl. I’ve been working at Curvy Kate for around seven months now and loving it!

My lingerie love really started back with my first professional fitting. I’d always loved lingerie: to me, it symbolises femininity, self induldence and celebrating your body, but for so long I felt like by body was oddly shaped or ‘wrong’ since nothing really fitted me properly. I’d been fitted in a chain store so I thought I was in the right size, so I naturally felt that the problem lied with me. How wrong I was! I was refitted from a 34D to a 28FF and I’ve never looked back! Since I’m quite a ‘hard to find’ size, Curvy Kate are a saving grace for me!

I’ve been a huge fan of the brand for years and even though PR wasn’t necessarily something that I thought would be on the cards for me, when I saw an opportunity to work for Curvy Kate I thought it sounded right up my street. A job in the lingerie industry? What’s not to love?!

After not just one but THREE Star in a Bra competitions, I really was thrown into the action at the deep end, but I’ve learnt such an overwhelming amount in such a short space of time. I’m involved in lots of press engagement and am constantly finding more and more ways to get the Curvy Kate brand out to more busty ladies!

Reading magazines, newspapers, blogs and e-zines is a daily occurance. I try to keep up to date with all the Curvy Kate coverage both online and in print, as well as come up with new ideas and inspiration of what to do next! My desk has what can only be described as a mountain of the latest monthly and weekly glossies, woman’s weeklies, fashion journals and trade magazines, and I’ve read most of them cover to cover at least a few times.

The best thing about my job:

I get to work in such an incredible industry and with such amazing people. Team Curvy Kate are a different breed in themselves, and each and every one of them is the perfect mix between kooky, crazy, nuts, hard-working and passionate! We just love rolling up our sleeves and getting involved in new, exciting projects, challenging ourselves to new ventures and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the full bust lingerie world!

The worst thing about my job:

Seeing the production process pretty much from day one means that I see all of the new Curvy Kate designs and collections before most people on the planet, so I’ve got the longest wait between seeing it, wanting it, and owning it! Plus choosing the Star in a Bra top 30 is a bit of a nightmare – too many gorgeous girls to choose from!

10 pointless facts about me:

  1. My current obsession is Twitter. I have to check it multiple times a day or I feel like I’m missing out. I rode the Instagram and Pinterest trains for a while, but for me, Twitter is where it’s at.
  2. I’m currently in the process of hand-sewing a king-sized patchwork quilt. It’s taken me about six months and ended up costing way more than the cost of just buying one, but I’m a quarter of the way though. That’s right, at this rate it’s going to take me two years and a lot of lonely evenings and weekends to get it done, but it’ll be worth it in the end. So long as I do actually have the patience to finish it…
  3. My nails are always chipped.
  4. I own somewhere in the region of 60 bra sets. I know.
  5. My perfume of choice is Dolce & Gabbana ‘The One’. Yum!
  6. I’m obsessed with Youtube makeup and beauty vids and spend hours watching them, despite the fact I’m usually too lazy to wear makeup most days.
  7. I drive a black Peugeot 107. I love her and her name is Astrid, after a character from ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ because I think the car looks like Toothless but that’s a rubbish name for a car… it made sense at the time, I promise.
  8. Currently, I’m a 30FF (give or take, depending on the style).
  9. When I was 4 I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up. That didn’t happen.
  10. At the moment, my favourite places to shop for shoes is Office and Kurt Geiger, and for clothing is New Look, Forever 21 and Dorothy Perkins.

Top 5 favourite Curvy Kate sets:

Lottie in black/white, Emily in coral, Romance in black/red, Portia in white/pink and Tease Me in cherry/blush.

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m a bit of a fabric cup fiend, and they’re all I really wear every day. I couldn’t resist the Tease Me, however, for a touch of glam and stunning burlesque factor for the weekend or for any day I feel I need a bit of a pick me up!