Pamela Mann is one of the biggest fashion tights manufacturers today. They are loved and adored by millions all over the world and their designs are some of the most creative in the world of leg wear or any other kind of garment, for that matter. So let's take a look at a part of Pamela Mann's history and see what has made them into the company they are today, what has transformed them from a small, independent designer into one of the most respected and creative names in their field.
Pamela Mann's History
Pamela Mann are one of the oldest fashion centric brands in the world that are still manufacturing today. Established in 1956, in the UK, Pamela Mann began designing ladies leg wear with some daring and imaginative colours and patterns. Within only a short time, their rebellious and re-inventive spirit caught the eye of one of the movers and shakers in the fashion scene at the time, Mary Quant. In the '50s and '60s, Mary Quant was responsible for some of the most daring new innovations in fashion, eschewing tradition and establishment for beautiful and exciting new clothing.
Mary Quant is famous many different achievements in the world of fashion, such as helping define and shape the nature of the "Mod" subculture in the UK in the 1960s. Some might say that without Quant and designers like her, the Mods would not have formed quite so distinctly and like any sub genre, without a distinct style, this group might not have emerged at all.
But Mary Quant is known for one thing above all. She was the designer that invented the miniskirt. At the time, the invention of something so daring and sexual was seen as problematic and controversial, but there is one thing that we can be certainly sure of, the miniskirt has had a huge impact on fashion, particularly patterned tights and has changed the world of clothing forever more. The impact on leg wear is clear. With a skirt so short and revealing, the leg is on show and the tights become instantly more noticeable. That means any pattern is more noticeable and impactful and that a too subtle pattern can easily look flat. Leg wear was changed for ever after this invention and designers suddenly had to make each new design of theirs a lot more attractive and colourful if they hoped to catch a leg wear lovers attention.
This is a key reason for Mary Quant partnering with Pamela Mann so early on. They created the kind of designs that a mini skirt would show off and they created something that a young lady wearing Mary Quant's clothes might also like to try. They appealed the young, the daring, the generation that was changing the world and defying convention and Mary Quant partnered with this new and exciting brand to make the absolute most of their ingenuity and help them grow.
Pamela Mann bears the marks of this amazing partnership and the contributions Ms Quant made to the company to this day. Their tights are still as funky and youthful as they have always been, and they only get better at making new ones each year.
Pamela Mann Tights
Pamela Mann specialise in tights. They make very few sheers and stockings, and fewer accessories such as knee highs and socks. They concentrate on tights because of their history and they close association with items of dress like the miniskirt and other '60s innovations.
This is unusual for many designers but it makes sense for Pamela Mann to approach their range this way. Tights provide an uninterrupted length of material to print on and knit with, meaning patterns can be fully used and the designer can express themselves with ease. Hold ups are a very technical product that have to have the perfect blend of silicone to stay up, taking time away from the fashion aspect of Pamela Mann's work.
This is why Pamela Mann have always concentrated on tights. They remain the most practical garment for fashion leg wear and their team of designers can truly go wild with colour, concept and creation.
And another thing that makes them the first choice is that they are practical. This designer has always worked with the younger audience in mind and that means practical and comfy is a top priority. When we're young, we don't tend to dress for formality as much as we do for style. Young fashion tends towards the active and the energetic, but not towards the constraining. Leggings, sneakers, loose fit t-shirts and other casual garments have always been popular, but are more so amongst the 20 and 30 something's than ever before. This is why Pamela Mann enjoys such loyalty from younger wearers. They leg wear is designed to worn less with heels and more with converse, not with a pencil skirt but cut off shorts instead.
Pamela Mann tights have become some of the most creative in the world because of this partnership of the pretty and the practical like Pretty Polly. But it's not all youngsters and their style choices with Pamela Mann. They are also interested in branching out towards other individuals and other styles too. After all, Pamela Mann designed for young ladies in the '60s and those ladies have never wanted to leave their favourite garments behind. Pamela Mann did indeed bring a more sophisticated and professional look to some of their fashion tights, making them more suitable for all women. Many of their designs today are more than just cute critters or comic book strip characters on a pair of sheer tights. More fully realised designs like classic patterns reinvented for a modern audience, or carefully coloured numbers with less razzmatazz and more subtlety are often features of Pamela Mann's tights today.
Every brand that lasts more than half a century evolves and changes this way and their ranges have changed too. Each year, they release new tights with styles that are as diverse as the women who wear their items.
Pamela Mann In The Future
Pamela Mann is always looking to improve on what they have created in recently invested in plus sizes with thier range of plus size tights. Technically with their fabrics and also creatively with the kinds of designs they release. To that end, they have renewed their spirit of partnership that has brought them so much prosperity in the past. Mary Quant doesn't design anymore, but their are so many other big names in the fashion industry today and Pamela Mann are planning on working with so many of them.
Although most of these partnerships are not yet open to the public and often are kept secret after their launch, Pamela Mann are working with several top of the line designers and industry names, and it's their hope to do so in the future too.
They have also gone in the opposite direction to their ordinary partnerships too. Instead of bringing designers into their company for a time, they have sent their own to big clothing brands that are not as adept at making leg wear as they are. By using two different approaches to cooperation, Pamela Mann have become a go-to name in the world of leg wear when it comes to working together to create something truly special. They will continue to do this in the future and years from now, you'll enjoy more creative new releases from Pamela Mann than ever before.