Thanks to the ever-expanding world of New York lifestyle boutiques, we are being exposed every day to niche aesthetics we didn’t know we needed until they just existed one day. Usually in Brooklyn.
Take, for example, The Great Eros, a lingerie line and boutique that offers a comfy, minimalistic approach to erotica. It’s the kind of place you can find a sturdy leather flogger, but also wide-leg pajama pants, and a variety of cotton t-shirt styles.
“We just opened a couple of months ago—it’s been a whirlwind. We’ve had a lot of fun,” said designer and co-owner Christina Viviani, who founded the shop with her partner and husband Emilio Ramirez. The duo have backgrounds that helped with the launch of their new brand—Viviani as the designer behind the lingerie brand Curriculum Vitae, and Ramirez as the former owner of the West Village boutique Personnel. “We were like, let’s just do something together, and do this modern, sensual environment, that hits all the senses. So we have candles from all over the world, perfume, fine jewelry, latex, leather, beautiful literature, and some sensual objects. And pieces that you can really wear out, or in the house.”
The new collection is soft, modernist, and effortlessly sexy. There is a clean, ’90s vibe to the lingerie, which focuses on soft, comfortable fabrics, with subtle details like Italian-made cotton tulle and lace. A standout piece is a super high-waisted, extreme bikini-cut pair of mesh panties that just happens to be crotchless.