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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Knicker stitchers


In Corrie land, with its knicker factory Underworld, we’d be forgiven for thinking the textile industry is prospering when the real story is that it is in decline, with most manufacturing moving abroad where production is cheaper. But the fortunes of home-sewn scanties might be just about to change as superhero Mary Portas, formerly Queen of Shops, now Queen of Pants, swoops down on Manchester. Bottom Line (C4) tells the story.  

Middleton, half an hour outside Manchester, used to have 11 textile factories as recently as the year 2000. Now it has one. But in a case of life imitating art, Portas wants to kick-start the industry by re-opening one of the factories and producing a new line in lingerie, the British-made Kinky Knickers. We like to think that Mary looked to the cobbles when choosing the location and we’re eager to point out a golden opportunity to do some crossover TV.

Here’s some trademark Portas that we think would transfer well to Coronation Street. In Bottom Line she saucily asks the Nottingham lace man, ‘Can I show you my knickers?’ She also tries a pair of pants on for size – over her trousers. Now why don’t we see more of this in Underworld? Portas also visits the world’s biggest lingerie fair in Paris where female models in bras and knickers mill about – cool as a cucumber – among business-suit clad professionals. How we sniggered at the extreme close-up of a male model in his trolleys.

In Corrie, we’d like to see Portas take Carla to task over British-made lace, the ladies going head to head and becoming quite puerile with tit-for-tat snapping of bra straps and an underhand twanging of knicker elastic as soon as backs are turned. There could be a factory visit to the lingerie fair in Paris, where Beth can’t be prised away from those delicious male models posing in their grundies. And after she’s seen to Underworld (or the staff have seen her off), we’d like to see Mary discuss Point of Sale with Rita and Norris at The Kabin…

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4 comments:

Looney Baloon said...

Perhaps Mary could becomne a buyer and then as always happens she would want to buy into and become a partner in Underworld. I can just imagine her keeping those girls in order!!

Cobblestone said...

Well, it's a matter of record that Sally is a fan ...

Dolly Tubb said...

He he! Love the idea of Mary Portas in Underworld doing a revamp of their business operations! Carla wasn't even in this line of business at the start, just muscled her way in 'cause she got lucky with an order for children's clothes.

fascinatakat said...

Midd's full of old factories, my nanna used to work in the big Warwick mill putting the orange fabric inside parkas and tents ! A new textiles factory would be the best thing, and there is nothing like a factory floor to get the gossip and dramas flowing too.
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