What can we say about Fortnight Lingerie? It’s the coveted lingerie brand from Toronto that makes any fashion girl in the city giddy with excitement and their legendary sample sales are what women wait for all year. For you see, these treasured undergarments aren’t just any ol’ pair of bra and undies; these are the sets you save up for; the ones you treat yourself to; the ones you wear when you want to feel hot AF. Fortnight Lingerie blends retro boudoir femininity with modern day strength to serve up the type of lingerie that makes it even more fun to hang out at home in your underwear, alone or with someone else. With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, we couldn’t think of anyone better to profile for our latest #FounderFiles feature than the founder and designer of Fortnight Lingerie, Christina Remenyi. Find out more about her and her brand below!
Business Name: Fortnight Lingerie
Name & Title: Christina Remenyi, Founder/Designer
Education: BFA Ryerson School of Fashion
A set from Fortnight Lingerie’s SS18 collection
Edit Seven: Tell us about your brand, what do you do?
Christina Remenyi: Fortnight is about quality, timeless style and functionality. We make undergarment essentials in a diverse size range that are strongly focused on fit and craftsmanship. Our goal is to help women feel comfortable, confident and most like their true selves.
E7: How did you start your business? What inspired you to start?
CR: I started the business just after university. It was the perfect time to do something that required a great deal fearlessness and spontaneity! There was something very unique about lingerie that captivated me early on. The relationship women have with their undergarments is incredibly fascinating to begin with, but then there’s also the element of function and design needing to co-exist in this very small, very tailored garment. It’s a challenge that’s hugely inspiring. When I started the business back in 2010, big box brands ruled the market and there were just SO many things wrong with that. From their unhealthy views of body image and sexuality to how they applied a throwaway mentality to something so special and intimate. Their size assortment was also shockingly narrow. Nobody was talking about what proper fit looked or felt like. Women were just made to feel that they had to fit into what was available and that discomfort is just expected. I thought this was a problem that needed some serious attention.
E7: Why do you love what you do?
CR: I love that I get to work with (and for) women. I feel very honoured to accept the challenge of creating pieces that not only improve the way we feel physically, but how our clothes hang and how we feel emotionally about our bodies.
E7: What makes your business special?
CR: I love that we get to not only create a tangible product, but a feeling and state of mind.
E7: What makes your product special?
CR: We make honest products and by that I mean pieces created with thoughtfulness and functionality in mind. Each piece is made in Toronto by a team of women who are seriously passionate about the craft of lingerie making. We have over 35 sizes and are always working on expanding to support our unique range of bodies.
E7: What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from running your business?
CR: I’m always learning new ones, that’s for sure! But probably the biggest growth lesson I’m continuing to learn is about knowing when to let go, when something doesn’t feel like it’s working. I’m learning to look at what’s truly important, focus on the essential and let go of the rest.
E7: What have been some of the pros and cons of building your business in Canada/Toronto?
CR: Producing close to home allows us more time to be flexible and keep a close eye on each stitch and detail in the manufacturing process. Navigating through the world of importing and exporting can be tricky and really costly for a small business.
E7: What is you #1 piece of advice to keep in mind when starting your own business?
CR: Start small and don’t try to take on more than you can handle right away
E7: Is there anything you wish you’d known before starting your business?
CR: Not to be too bothered by making mistakes because those mistakes can turn into valuable lessons
E7: What has your experience as an entrepreneur in Canada been like?
CR: Canadian’s are really supportive towards locally made brands. As more and more production goes off shore, I’m seeing how thankful women are to find products they can trace. I’ve been so encouraged by women who are proud to support Canadian companies and that has really helped us create a strongly rooted brand.
The community of local entrepreneurs here in Toronto is also pretty amazing. I’m lucky to be work alongside so many successful independent businesswomen who are open and encouraging to share resources and experiences. We’re all about helping each other succeed.
AW16 Fortnight Lingerie x Drea Photo Series Collab
E7: How do you stay organized, balanced and motivated?
CR: I compartmentalize my days. Not to say that sometimes it doesn’t get totally thrown off, but for the most part, I try to focus on one aspect of the business each day of the week.
E7: Who are some of you mentors/role models?
CR: I have a family of entrepreneurs who are a great source of inspiration and cheerleading. My man is also a huge source of support.
E7: Do you have a daily or regular ritual you practice that you love?
CR: I’ve recently started meditating and it’s been really rewarding.
CR: Where do you go or what do you do to look for inspiration? Being around nature; water and trees arealways my go-to place for inspiration. I also love museums. They’re another very different type of tranquil place with lots of beauty to soak in!
E7: Who is the Fortnight Lingerie client and where can Fortnight pieces by purchased?
CR: The Fortnight woman embraces quality and beauty in her everyday life. She has a unique and thoughtful sense of style. She cares about the story behind a product.
Fortnight can be purchased online at fortnightlingerie.com or at some of Toronto’s amazing independent shops like Secrets from Your Sister, Future of Frances Watson, LoversLand, For the Girls and Good Neighbour.
P.S. Click HERE to see Fortnight Lingerie featured in our local-focused Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief by Gracie Carroll)