Life, love & lingerie

Author and lingerie expert Kate Kemp-Griffin guides women to celebrate and enjoy the full expression of themselves through their bodies. Her book Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie inspires women to explore the language of lingerie and to find harmony through their mind and through their body — both dressed and undressed.
This is the lingerie paradox: By focusing on how you feel in your lingerie instead of how you look, you will improve your body image… without changing your body.
Through her lingerie tours, workshops, and retreats, women learn to celebrate how they feel rather than judge themselves by how they look. By moving into calm and stillness through meditation and creating sensorial experiences using lingerie, women cultivate vitality and beauty with renewed confidence.

French Lingerie & Wellness Retreats

WE ARE ALL DESIGNERS OF OUR OWN FEMININITY AND SENSUALITY.
— PARIS UNDRESSED

Moulin de l’Enclos

Explore how to harness your feminine energy and build confidence through the lens of lingerie — not the frilly, partner-pleasing kind — by creating a deeper connection to the vitality and spirit of your body. The French expression bien dans sa peau means “to feel good in one’s skin” and at the French Lingerie & Wellness Retreat you will find harmony and balance to lead a more inspired life — both dressed and undressed.
The French Lingerie & Wellness Retreat is open to women of all ages, body types and passions. Through guided meditations, creative workshops, one-on-one consultations, journaling, and guided tours of the confidential lingerie addresses of Paris, you will shift your perspective of how you see and feel your body and radiate happiness and vitality.
Join Kate, author and lingerie expert, in her restored 500-year-old millhouse in a 15th century village outside of Paris for the ultimate luxury rendezvous just pour toi. Lodging will be provided in a charming Bed & Breakfast.
These private retreats are open to 6 women only.

Spring Retreat

The Art of French Lingerie
MARCH 26-29, 2020
Saclas, France

Springtime heralds renewal and France is the perfect place to awaken to the growing season. Woodlands carpeted in jonquilles — daffodils in English — celebrate the glory of spring and cherry blossoms and magnolias flaunt their pretty pink petals dappled by the sun.

Structured by theme, the retreat includes a Paris Lingerie Tour, Champagne Tasting, Workshops and Guided Meditations to inspire self-reflection and to generate questions and discussion. The retreat offers an intimate and creative space for women to explore layers of the complex world of sensations, textures, feelings, emotions, and reflections. One-on-one Consultations with Kate provide an occasion to discuss how best to enhance your experience.

Over the four days, participants will create their own Lingerie Journal. This journal plays an integral part of the process and will be the ultimate souvenir and blueprint for continuing the French Lingerie & Wellness experience at home.

Highlights
4 days/3 nights
Paris Lingerie Tour
Champagne Tasting
(with Delectabulles)
Guided Meditation
One-on-one Consultations
Lingerie Journal

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Summer Retreat

A Boudoir of One’s Own
JUNE 4-7, 2020
Saclas, France

Warm days and glorious summer evenings cast an enchanted softness over France in June. Find peace and serenity under the wisteria canopy in the garden of Moulin d'Enclos, or breathe in the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle, lilac bushes, and resplendent roses that flank the country roads.

Structured by theme, the retreat includes a Paris Lingerie Tour, Garter Belts and Stockings Atelier, Workshops and Guided Meditations to inspire self-reflection and to generate questions and discussion. The retreat offers an intimate and creative space for women to explore layers of the complex world of sensations, textures, feelings, emotions, and reflections. One-on-one Consultations with Kate provide an occasion to discuss how best to enhance your experience.

Over the four days, participants will create their own Lingerie Journal. This journal plays an integral part of the process and will be the ultimate souvenir and blueprint for continuing the French Lingerie & Wellness experience at home.

Highlights
4 days/3 nights
Paris Lingerie Tour
Garter Belt & Stocking Atelier
(with Julia Palombe)
Guided Meditation
One-on-one Consultations
Lingerie Journal

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Paris Lingerie Tours

PARIS: THE LINGERIE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD...

Where a whisper of lace, a shadow of mystery, and the caress of silk make dreams float. Paris Lingerie Tours is the ultimate luxury and an unusual alternative to regular tourist attractions. Discover the lingerie temples of Paris and learn why French women wear garter belts as well as a few other seduction secrets.

 

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Books

Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie
2016, House of Anansi Press
Illustrated by Paloma Casile
Hardcover: 320 pages
Translated and available in Japan, Czech Republic, Poland
French women seem inherently more confident in their bodies, able to embrace the sensuality of life and love. What’s their secret? Lingerie.
Yet, despite an insatiable curiosity for all things French, most women still find lingerie an enigma, a tangled mélange of silk and lace, and are confused about how, when, and where to wear it. (Hint: it’s not just for special occasions.) Many aspire to having a drawer full of silky, lacy undergarments, but have no idea where to start: How should my bra fit? How exactly do I wear a garter belt? Do bras and panties always have to match?
Paris Undressed goes behind the seams, combining cultural references, expertise, and practical advice to inspire every woman to reconsider her underwear drawer.

Reviews

"The book is a surprisingly fun take on the ‘us versus them’ Paris expat experience, and demonstrates that good lingerie ― don’t ever call it underwear ― is part of the cultivation of the sensual that is essential to the French art of living.”

Elle Canada

"An essential guide to every woman who wants to bring a little lace and a whole lot of Ooh La La! into her life."

Jamie Cat Callan
Author of French Women
Don’t Sleep Alone

“In the book, Kemp-Griffin essentially offers a mindfulness guide to wearing lingerie the French way. She tells readers how to take a Marie Kondo-like approach to their underwear drawer (though Step 1 is to call it lingerie, not underwear).”

Toronto Star

“[Paris Undressed] gives detailed information and tips on how to find the right bra for you, but also approaches the topic of lingerie in a much different language than we're used to hearing. Namely, it's not about sex, but rather it's about feel.”

29secrets.com

 

l’Atelier Créatif des soutifs
2016, Paperback: 48 pages, Larousse
Illustrated by Heather Lafleur
l’Atelier Créatif des soutifs features a selection of DIY projects created during Pink Bra Ateliers. All proceeds from the book are donated to Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer.

 
 

Mon Carnet du Sein
2019, Pink Bra Bazaar & Frou-Frou
Illustrated by Heather Lafleur
An informative, practical and beautifully illustrated Breast Health Journal to help women discover — and rediscover — their breasts and bodies.

Call me Kate

 

Author, entrepreneur and women’s advocate, Kate has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990. At ease with initiating and coordinating high-impact programs and staging publicity events, she started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, which specialized in accessories and beauty products, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours — the ultimate luxury rendezvous for helping women fulfill their lingerie dreams.
Published in 2016, her book Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie goes behind the seams, combining cultural references, expertise, and practical advice to inspire every woman to reconsider her underwear drawer. In response to requests to expand the conversation, Kate created a series of French Lingerie & Wellness Retreats for women to explore the language of lingerie and to find harmony through their mind and through their body — both dressed and undressed.
After a routine mammogram detected early-stage breast cancer in 2009, Kate founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. Its highly visible awareness programs use the power of the bra as a symbol for breast health and a catalyst for change.
Born in Canada, she lives in a restored millhouse outside of Paris with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.
Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Princeton.

 

 

 

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