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Global Designer Spotlight: SockBox from Riga, Latvia

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By: Deniss Zelenkov

SockBox is a true Latvian original. Back in 2008, SockBox was creating several fashionable legwear collections a year including socks, stockings, garter belts and leggings.

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SockBox positions itself as a "sensual provocateur" and this April, the label officially pushes the boundaries of activities, by creating nightgowns and underwear. It's not just about socks and stockings anymore!

After the cheeky and notorious 2011 "Film Noir" legwear "all in black" collection, which was inspired by the gangster movies of Hollywood's Golden Age and the Burlesque era, the brand new "Tete-A-Tete" is purely romantic, fragile and feminine.

"Tete-A-Tete," Fall/Winter 2012/2013, debuted during at Riga Fashion Week and it was probably the most "erotogenic" show during the whole event. The 20th century look-alike collection was dominated by exquisite garter belts, luxurious stockings with refined ribbons and sensuous monochrome silk robes in light pastel tones.

Sophisticated, yet provocative, each SockBox piece is a masterpiece, hand-made from the highest quality fabric and lace, emphasizing a woman's figure in order to highlight the beauty of her body.

"The Tete-A-Tete woman is free, living the moment and its charm. Undoubtedly, diva -- mega independent and absolutely uncompromising! She is looking for her own, unique style; why should she follow fashion trends?!" said the designer of SockBox, Inese Krumina.

Earlier, SockBox production was sold exclusively in Latvia, but after the expansion, it can now be purchased in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA.

By the end of RFW 2012 catwalk night, "Tete-A-Tete" received a standing ovation.

Well, there's nothing more pleasing and rewarding than the feeling of appreciation, especially in the native country!

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Photography by courtesy of www.sockbox.net, design42day.com, bnn-news.com/riga-fashion-week