Erin Carpenter

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Nude Barre is a specialty line of Eco friendly undergarments made in 16 shades of nude to match all women’s skin tones. All products contain wicking and antibacterial fibers so that the garments are functional, comfortable, and feminine at the same time. This line was created for the woman that does it all: exercise, teach, coach, works, performs, and looks classy doing it.

Nude Barre is quickly becoming the premier ‘go to’ brand in hosiery! Nude Barre is affordable and practical for the everyday woman, durably designed for the professional dancer, and a favorite of celebrities such as talk show host Wendy Williams (who wears and blogs about her Caramel Fishnet Nude Barre tights everyday), cast memebers of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives franchise, Ramona Rizzo of VH1’s Mob Wives, and members of The New York Knicks’ Dancers. The 16 shades designed by CEO Erin Carpenter, provides a perfect match for every shade of woman! Nude Barre offers a sophisticated sex appeal and fashion fun with assorted opaque, studded, and fishnet stockings!

 

Erin Carpenter

As a young dancer and pre-professional, I experienced the hardships of not being able to find dance tights and underwear that matched my skin tone. While studying at Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey School on scholarship at 16 and 17 years old, the students were required to wear skin toned tights and shoes as a part of the class and performance uniform. The students spent many hours in their kitchens dying and/or spray painting their shoes and underwear. This tedious process left us all exhausted and frustrated that we were required to do this due to there not being a brand that produced more than 3 shades of nude on the market. In addition, predominately white ballet schools only required you to wear pink ballet tights due to the history of ballet, which are commonly manufactured. However, even pink tights do not match Caucasian skin; they too have various skin tones. Once I reached the professional level as an actress, model, and dancer I began to experience high profile jobs where sometimes the wardrobe department dyed the undergarments to match your skin color. However, not all jobs have this luxury. Therefore, due to time and budget cuts, often times color matching is over looked and performers are left looking and feeling uncomfortable.

The turning point for me as an entrepreneur was while I was modeling in a photo shoot as a Knicks City Dancer. Apart of the costumes are flesh toned dance tights, fishnets, and a strapless/convertible bra. The entire shoot, all the dancers were complaining about how their tights, by the leading dance brands, did not match their skin color and looked crazy. Instantly, I began to brainstorm and asked my fellow dancers detailed questions to get a strong understanding of what dancers really want. We all wondered why no brand were making more nude color options for performers. I mean, it only makes sense that since nude undergarments are a mandatory item for performers, that performance based brands would offer what their target marketing are dying to buy. As I got serious about this simple idea, I focused on developing a premiere product for the women in the community that I spent so much of my life studying and growing in. The icing on the cake was when shooting an American Airlines commercial starring Kevin Spacey, the principals were again required to wear “skin toned” tights what were not dyed, and again every dance/model complained about how terrible it looked.

While being a fitness teacher for various celebrities and many more body conscious people, I quickly learned that nude underwear is a universal problem for ALL women, particularly active women. I developed a brand that focused on supplying our clients with the most attractive, professional and appealing undergarments by focusing on perfectly matched tones, thus offering superior transparency. Nude Barre is a eco friendly line of specialty performanced based undergarments in 16 shades of Nude.

 

 

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