During my last Budapest visit I got invited to the Valentin Lingerie Salon in Budapest and just like many other women, I was a bit reluctant to step inside the shop. Buying lingerie was always a struggle for me (thank God for online ordering though) since you literally strip down in front of strangers and you need to trust that they truly want to help, not just „sell the most expensive” to you.
Smiling faces welcomed me the minute I stepped inside and a nice lady stepped to me and asked „You are Zsuzska, right?”. Even after 4 years of blogging I tend to forget that people have easier job to recognize me since I share my face on a daily basis and this warm welcome definitely broke the ice. AC was a bless and after getting comfortable in the armchairs we started to have a small talk with Judit, the manager of the shop. Don’t think it was any favoritism as Judit explained their brand policy: lingerie shopping is not about tossing clients to the changing room but creating a welcoming atmopshere and building trust with customers. Just as you have your confidential relationship with your hairdresser or your gynecologist.
As I listened to the brand story of the past 20 years history, Judit took a measuring tape into her hands to measure me though I tried to prove I was aware of my size. How wrong I was! I was staring at the never ending shelves and I was sure it was the place of lingerie heaven. They offer wide variety of sizes, styles and colours and the friendly atmosphere was tangible at every move. Judit’s sparkling eyes told stories of generations whose lives she assisted from the first bra till motherhood and their special care goes way beyond the invoice and payment.
We laughed a lot while I was trying on various models and finally managed to get my very first corset (woohoo!) beside the first nude bra which proved to be the best wear under white clothes. The materials are so soft and smooth and follow my curves perfectly.
These are top luxury pieces so obviously you have to pay the price but as Judit told me, customers always return after saving the money to get the desired pieces. As I always say, the true value of a clothing piece you can get if you divide the price with the occasions you wear it. Therefore a relatively cheap piece can be still expensive if you wear it only one time while a pricier bra will not be so expensive once you see the real value of it.
I am sure this was not my last time visiting the shop and if you are in Budapest, pop in to Bajcsy Zs. street 63 for a special treat and don’t forget to tell me your experience!
The very intimate photos were taken by my beloved Marco and we took them in our Italian home. Hope you love them, too!