I’d not heard of the Elly brand until I discovered it on Hosieree. Elly is an Italian company that was founded by Mr. Ubaldo Elli in 1963. They started producing just stockings, but then moved to compression stockings and then finally pantyhose and tights. Today they produce 400,000 pairs per month. The brand is subdivided into two prominent product lines: Antistress and Carezza. I also discovered that they have a sub brand called LUI & LEI, a unisex line for both women and men. However, it is mentioned into just two places on the website and not identified prominently as a separate line alongside Antistress and Carezza. The Elly website is rather simple in design and the English side was not well checked for grammar and spelling. I really think their web presence and website could do with an overhaul! If it weren’t for Hosieree (and Shapings), I think Elly would pretty much be an unknown brand in the USA, because searches on the brand hardly show anywhere else.
I received a pair of Elly Carezza Luna Piena 60 denier style tights from Hosieree. The packaging comes in a box, similar to the Fiore Elite styles, and is rather good quality. The front looks quite old style, but classic European. The tights are very well packaged, wrapped around card stock and inserted in a cellophane sleeve inside the box. You definitely get the impression that these are meant to be very good quality.
This review is something a little different. A guest reviewer, named Irene, conveyed to me her impressions of Donna Karan’s Ultra Sheer Control Top pantyhose. OK, I know these aren’t tights, much less opaque. But I figured the ladies reading this blog would appreciate this one. So, take it away Irene!
Thanks! There was a time when my legs were perfect, near modeling perfect, and I didn’t cover them with anything. Not tights. Not pantyhose. If it got cold outside I’d simply wear pants, long dresses, or a very nice full length coat! Well the ravages of time bring about minor imperfections in our skin and although my legs still look terrific, or so my male friends say so, a few small permanent blemishes here and there has encouraged me to wear hosiery more often. Especially when out on the town! I do like the feel and appearance of tights, now that they’ve become so much more comfortable compared to years past. But I also like the sheer look and feel of quality pantyhose. I never thought I’d say that. Yet I gave pantyhose one more try last year and realized the game has totally changed. Either hosiery makers finally get it, or as my friend here says the textiles have improved a lot.
I have to tell you that I really don’t like the idea of spending $20 on a package of pantyhose that lasts just a few wearings, if that. Very sheer pantyhose has a very short lifespan, and it doesn’t matter if it’s Wolford or L’Eggs. When you plan for a night out, consider very sheer pantyhose as a temporary accessory. If it lasts the night, bonus. If it doesn’t, oh well it wasn’t meant to anyway. So the only way I’d be buying top quality fragile pantyhose would be on sale.
Well, I wouldn’t have expected it, but my “Tights are not pants” series has proven to be one of the most popular on my blog. With two installments so far, I think it’s time for a third… although it will probably be the last, as one can beat a dead horse only for so long 😉 . I wouldn’t have thought it possible to continue, except that this fashion faux pas just keeps generating so much material. Isn’t “faux pas” a great expression? It literally means “false step” in French, the language of origination. And it dovetails well with the premise, taking a false step by forgetting that you’re not wearing pants.
Don’t get me wrong–I think tight leggings or thick tights can be worn on the right body with little else, but there should at least be some coverage of the derriere and crotch by a short skirt, shorts, long shirt, or shawl.
Do you even need to ask?
SAMBURU is a subsidiary brand of Cecilia de Rafael, a lower priced economy line targeted for the younger generation. The general impression has been that you get CdR quality without the higher CdR brand price in lesser packaging. The Samburu hosiery line is quite small compared to the CdR brand, but there is a growing range of styles being offered.
I decided to sample a mid-range opaque style offered in the Samburu line; the Crys 80 3D. These tights come on a thick card stock hang tag with the material exposed, so you can see exactly what you’re getting. My order was rapidly fulfilled and quickly shipped from Hosieree.
Shown here in granate, extreme magnification
I received these tights from The Stylish Fox, a USA based hosiery retailer that specializes in European hosiery brands (such as Trasparenze, Cecilia de Rafael, Fiore, Marilyn, Silvia Grande, and Veneziana).
Fiore is a very nice quality Polish hosiery brand with a wide range of offerings from sheer to opaque and solid to patterned. Their hosiery is divided into several tiers, with the Marla style as part of their Street line. This is the fourth style of tights by Fiore that I have reviewed.
I received two pairs of tights from Hosieree, by Elly Carezza and Samburu. Reviews will be forthcoming in a few days.