Dreams Hosiery and Lingerie Online brings you the latest
exciting collections of hosiery, nylons, pantyhose, tights,
nylon stockings, fully fashioned stockings, quality suspender
belts, garter belts and Designer Lingerie for that special
occasion or just to "Dress To Impress".
Digger talks to Steve about this flourishing web-based
business with manufacture from the UK.
Please tell us the background to the Nylon Dreams business
I used to be in the engineering plastics industry ,but I
used to make websites as a hobby for friends and family and
for one or two people I knew in business.
But my wife Linda and I always had a love of retro lingerie,
stockings and suspender belts,
We've been married since 1979, so we've got quite a few years
under our belts.
Under your suspender belts! (Both laugh)
Well, yes exactly. Very well put. So we decided, after I'd
done about half a dozen websites, to do our own. My wife said
"Why don't you create a site for ourselves selling
lingerie." So I looked into it and we launched the first
site in 2000.
You were a bit of a pioneer weren't you?
Yes, even Google wasn't around in those days. It was early
days for the internet back then.
I can recall when I was in IT in the eighties and nineties we
were always being accused of using jargon and nobody knew
anything about computers and The Internet. Now it's so totally
part of everyday parlance and culture.
It is. Well back in the old days it was much harder as you
know because there was nothing you could read about SEO work
and how to get it up the rankings. In those days, thinking
back, there were Alta Vista, Yahoo and some others were
but there was no Google. You could submit your site to search
engines but there was no written word as to how to optimize
You just hoped for the best.
Exactly. That was what all you could do. We launched our site
nylon-dreams.co.uk in Christmas 2000, which was the first
site. After submitting it we waited three months for an for
our first order. (Both laugh)
People at Yahoo then actually went to your site and reviewed
it and decided whether to include it or not.
Yes, we quickly found out that just submitting your site was
not enough. When you end up on page 23 of 10,000 pages, you're
not going to get any business. So we quickly thought we had to
do something, so we found out which companies were on page one
for certain keywords that we wanted to be found on. We
optimized our site and, lo and behold, we went up the
rankings. Our first order was for a pair of pure silk
stockings for £19.95. So we celebrated with a bottle of
champagne, as you do.
Which cost you £30?!
Yes, exactly. (Both laugh) And that was the start.
Where was the first customer from?
It was a UK order.
Are you doing lots of international business as well?
Yes we are, we export to virtually every country in the world.
The only country we won't export to is Nigeria for obvious
was our intention then to just treat it as a hobby and all we
aimed for was enough profit to pay for a decent family holiday
once a year. That was our goal. But it very quickly overtook
that and it carried on growing so we launched two more
websites nylondreams.co.uk and suspender-belts.com. We make
sure that these sites are unique in terms of content.
Yes, there's a lot you need to be aware of for Google.
It's a minefield and what's more it's an ever-changing
minefield as well. Where there weren't any mines yesterday,
Google plant more today.
I suppose they need to keep making changes - it's a necessary
evil. It does mean that sites that aren't maintained properly
or well will slip down the rankings. Google see a lot of
coding techniques as spamming and for the uninitiated, or even
for the initiated sometimes, there's a lot to be aware of.
I guess really it keeps some of the cowboys out.
I had a colleague who was making £1,000 a month just from a
few referrals sites which were picking up people who had got
the wrong spelling for some of the more prominent website
Yes, there's a lot of money to be made in affiliations. I have
a friend with a holiday website and he makes a lot of money
out of affiliations with people like Thomsonfly and others.
That's good, isn't it?
It's a full-time job for them because they have to optimize
the site every day and keep their eye on the ball.
Similarly Steve, one of my clients runs a site which gives
information about places of interest and places to visit. He
started that as a hobby, because he loved visiting places and
writing about them, but now gets enough income from ads and
affiliations for it to be a living.
There's money to be made.
Please tell us about your products and product range.
As the years went on we expanded our range. We started off
with classic six
strap suspender belts
we went on to a lace front suspender belts and then we went
eight strap, ten strap, twelve strap, fourteen strap. We've
even been asked for more than fourteen strap but you have to
draw the line somewhere! Then we launched our own range of
Cami knickers, bras, briefs, corselettes and girdles.
Where are these made?
All in the UK.
We manufacture here in the UK.
It's happening a bit more these days, though. I was talking to
a client who sells shoes and boots yesterday and all of their
shoes are made in the UK too.
I think the thing is there will always be the need for certain
UK manufacturers because a lot of the mainstream high volume
garments you see in the high street obviously go to the far
east and cheaper manufacturing countries. But where you've got
niche markets like this, where you're not selling the same
volumes, you can manufacture here a lot more competitively and
turn it around much quicker.
What sort of feedback and comments are you getting from
clients and who are your 'typical' clients?
Our typical clients are women with style. Also, we supply
quite a few transvestites - the TV market. They come to us
quite regularly and weíre happy to help. Also anybody who
hankers back to the nostalgia of the fifties and sixties for
stockings and suspenders.
Have you got gentlemen buying for their ladies as well?
Yes we a lot of repeat customers ordering for ten years now.
The best sort of business you can have.
Yes, we get a great kick out of that. Giving a good service
and looking after our customers is important to us.
What are your best-selling lines Steve?
We're very well known for our suspender
been told that we have the largest range of suspender belts in
the world. That could quite well be true.
What about people from the forties community? Do you get lots
of re-enactors and suchlike as customers?
We have had a few and we've also supplied people who have
stalls at the retro events, such as RAF Cosford. And we also
sell wholesale now quite a lot now into small shops and
boutiques around the country and around the world. One of our
selling points is, we don't have a minimum order. So they'll
place a trial order with us, see what moves and depending what
sells they'll come back re-order and off it goes. We also have
manufactured our own bespoke Nylon Dreams hangers, which look
very nice with the products on the shop rails, so our clients
can have their very own Nylon Dreams retro section.
Has the retro thing boomed in the ten years you have been
I wouldn't say it's boomed but it is growing every year, And I
think it is becoming more popular nowadays with a TV
programmes like Madmen and The Hour and so on. Stocking tops
and suspenders shown on those programs are helping to bring it
all back, plus you've got people like Dita Von Teese who does
the burlesque on stage and that also helps promote it.
I suppose even people like Amy Winehouse, God bless her and
Why do stockings, suspenders and vintage lingerie remain so
It's classy and elegant.
And sexy as well.
Yes, it is and people will buy it to feel special and to make
the occasion more special.
This all-pervasive nudity and in-your-face stuff just does
nothing, does it?
That's right. I've always been a firm believer that a girl
looks far nicer in really nice lingerie than she does with
Yes. I'm not sure if chaps would do though! (Both laugh) I was
sitting in Baker Street at a cafe watching the world go by
with some mates one day and within half an hour three separate
transvestites all passed us by. Each one was clearly male,
with square jaws, remnants of stubble, broad shoulders and
Steve: Yes, that is a bit obvious.
You wonder if that's almost done deliberately, like a cult
within the transvestites who like to look like men dressing
At the end of the day it's every man to his own and if that's
what they want to do, as long as they're not harming anyone...
Yes, I agree. Each to their own and as long as they don't harm
themselves or anyone else then anything goes.
We do get some tvís that regularly visit us here and even
try clothes on in our toilets. They're welcome to, as long as
they don't come out parading in reception in it.
(Laughs) Which toilet do they go into?
(Laughs) It can get a bit confusing at times.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Offering a good service, getting repeat customers. We always
get a big buzz when we recognize repeat orders coming in.
Yes, I bet. Do you have a sourcing service or offering
information and advice Steve?
If people come along and don't know what they want, we'll
guide them through it. If they tell us how many straps they
want and what size they want then we'll give as much advice as
we can to make sure they get a comfortable fit. And make sure
they get the garments that are right for them.
It can be quite daunting for blokes and I did this just the
other day. When I go looking for clothes for my girlfriend, if
you come out with something that you think is the right size,
style and colour then you have a big self-satisfied grin on
your face. Because we're really not conditioned in this
country to buy clothes for our ladies. I don't think so
anyway. And it can be rather intimidating.
That's right. Thatís why we give a lot of advice and but one
thing we do find is that sometimes the guys will guess a size
Whoops! Yes, I do that.
They say "She's a size 10-12, she's a medium." So we
send it off and, lo and behold, we'll get a call or an email a
couple of days later saying "Actually she's a size up,
can you swap it please?" And we always do swap our
garments free of charge anyway, so it's never a problem.
That's good Steve. What about the future for Nylon Dreams?
We're developing new products all the time. I can't say too
much about them but I think it's important to keep introducing
Thanks Steve for telling us all about Nylon Dreams and your
passion for vintage lingerie and best of luck with the new
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Welcome to Nylon Dreams Hosiery and Lingerie Online.
We bring you the latest exciting collections of
hosiery, nylons, pantyhose, tights, nylon stockings,
fully fashioned stockings, quality suspender belts,
garter belts and Designer Lingerie for that special
occasion or just to "Dress To Impress".
We believe that to survive and flourish in today's
market, our customers must come first. We manufacture
our own Nylon Dreams Brand of quality vintage Lingerie
including Deep Lace Metal Clasp Suspender Belts in 4,
6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 straps here in the UK.
Suspender Belt Sizes XXL now available We also
manufacture a range of vintage style Lace Cami
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We also supply wholesale to shops and boutiques across
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