Raquel Harris: The aesthetic of Baiser Marsai is quite simple; luxury lingerie for the woman on the go. Lingerie shopping is a must and the experience should be fun yet convenient.
What’s your motivation for starting this line? Tell us about how you got the name?
My motivation for starting Baiser Marsai. My child best friend was murdered when I was 17. Her death heavily influenced my life and I’ve always wanted to honor her with my work in some way. Her spirit was beautiful, fun, and confident which is the essence of the Brand. Baiser means kiss in French, so the name means kiss Marsai, or to me, kissed by an Angel.
I’ve always wanted to go into business for myself. My parents are entrepreneurs so business in my blood. The question was what type business would be first! I have a personal affinity for encouraging women to embrace their beauty and a love for lingerie, so naturally it just made sense! I knew that I wanted to service women in a way that promotes women embracing themselves intimately. Many think of lingerie as super sexual, however I want the intimacy of loving and knowing oneself to be acknowledged and embraced with Baiser Marsai. When we start the day, it all begins with how we are feeling about ourselves inside, so feeling beautiful in your underwear sets a great tone.
My personal style is pretty versatile. I am pretty open about stepping out of my comfort zone and switching up my look a bit. Lately, I’ve been opting for comfort with lots of loose fitting pieces and flats.
Favorite article of clothing/trend, styles, color/prints?
I love anything with a high waist! I have been rocking a lot of crop tops lately also.
What inspired your line, and what can we expect?
I’m working on a line of lingerie and you will see a lot of 1940’s inspiration. I just love the femininity of that era. As I said earlier, I love high-waisted everything so expect to see a lot of that and bloomers! [Laughs]
Houston TREND: What makes Baiser Marsai different from other lingerie lines?
Baiser Marsai is different because it caters to women of all shapes and sizes. I specifically casted a model with a size A cup and a double D cup size for my first shoot. I wanted to put to rest the idea that you have to be certain bra size to wear lingerie or feel beautiful in your underwear.
Favorite piece from the store?
I love the Michelle V Lace Teddy. It’s versatile and sexy! I’ve worn it to one of my own events with high-waisted pants and it was a hit.
A few things you’re working on that you would like to highlight? What should fashionistas be on the lookout for in the future?
I’m now in production for designing my own pieces! More details to come, but the first collection should be dropping in early 2016. I’m also targeting one trunkshow a month, so expect to see me setting shop in many places!
Interview By Jovone Norris Xo