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Support System

From Northern California to the Lower East Side and back again: An illustrator goes on a circuitous, emotional, and ultimately satisfying search for a well-fitting bra

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'Support System' comic by Vanessa Davis, page 1

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Steph F. says:

If only the non-large-breasted knew what an ordeal it is for the rest of us to find a bra that does the job with making you look like Brunhilde. And don’t even get me started on sports bras…

I loved this! Great work and nice find!

Next time you come to LA, I’ll take you to the Wizard of Bras.

Lusterkaboom says:

Haha, this is funny. Great work!

achicago says:

I feel your pain, Vanessa! It is really an emotional experience for those of us that are bigger in the chest endowments! Thanks for another wonderful tale!

Sheila Ryan says:

My life was changed by Sally Ann of the Sally Ann Corset Shop in Chicago’s hinterlands. Fabulous stock and fabulous fitting.

Ah, Vanessa. Continuing to warm the cockles of my heart (behind my C-cup boobs) since 2005.

Dolly Joern says:

We are all sisters under the unattainable perfect bra but try Wacoal, Vanessa.

I enjoy your work very much. In fact, you’re one of my favorite cartoonists. It’s very appealing both visually and literaturerarily (if that’s a word) and the way you tell the story seems exactly right. Also I appreciate the opportunity of learning a little bit about women, whom I have always found both fascinating, mysterious and unfathomable. Congratulations of your success. It’s well-deserved. I look forward to more of your outstanding stories.

Read “Sima’s Undergarments”

Brilliant as per usual Ms.Davis! I’ve been a fan of your work since Kramers Ergot 6 and Spaniel Rage…I showed this strip to my equally amply-endowed other half and she said: “Jesus, she thinks she’s got it bad–she should try getting a bra over here!” (U.K) But she’s a convert to your work, now, anyway!

Get sized, go on the website of Lingerie by Susan, the store is in Edison, N.J., order the Edith-Lance Bras, they will be made just for you, and they will be drop shipped to you. Not Cheap!! But no one has tried them on, just you. The support is wonderful, the shoulder straps, don’t dig in. They are uplifting, come in minimizing, if you want that, many colors, styles. I have been using them for at least 40 yrs! It is not my store!! Before I found them, I would go through a underwire Bra, every 6/wks.!

When You call the store, ask for Suzann, she is the owner!
Susan speiser

Very clever. It gets even worse for those of us who have had a lumpectomy for breast cancer. Finding the right bra is an ordeal. Finally I have found comfortable ones at Soma, a division of Chico’s.

I live in Phoenix but buy bras in LA at Jeannette’s Bras “where the alphabet starts with D”. The ladies there are fabulous.

Michele says:

Yeah, but this story has a happy ending. I’m still searching for one of those. I may have to go to California. Good story, good laughs…it’s all true. I’m on my way.

Rachel says:

Forget the Lower East Side: Thousands of Orthodox Jewish women buy their bras at “Saposh,” a store on 18th Avenue (around 46th,47th St.) in Boro Park , Brooklyn. Owned by Sara Saposh, it is a no-nonsense place. They take you in, you go into a private curtained-off booth, and you get personally fitted by an expert. If she needs a second opinion, she calls any of the other 10 or so experts (some Russian bubbies, some just bubbies–but they know their stuff) to check. It’s a bit surreal, but they will fit you to a T–or a D. All the while keeping up a conversation about the latest wedding, recipe, etc. Needless to say, no men anywhere near the store. I think of it as the Orthodox Jewish version of the “beauty shop” culture.

Ugh, me and my DDs loved this piece! Thank you for so perfectly illustrating the snark other people seem to love to engage in over busty ladies!

Also, I am a huge fan of Gazebo in Northampton’s Massachusetts!!! Those ladies can help you out.

The truth about big bras well presented. In London, England..there is Bravissimo as well as Rigby and Peller. They fit those with generous sizes.

Wow, fellow commenter, I never heard of Saposh! Enticing!

Great piece. And so funny, the proprietor of Orchard Corset also tried to sell me a long-line bra. But when I said no, I did end up leaving with some fabulous (and heavily discounted!) Wacoals.

Susan says:

Funny writing! As an owner of one of those life saving boutiques and a DD myself. I recommend you look up boutiques that cater to women who have had breast cancer. Many of us are very experienced in fitting and so we carry large sizes to fit women who have a hard time finding their size. As for the women with the lumpectomy, we know how to help with that too!

very funny– and i like your art too. don’t get insulted if i say you remind me of roz chast….i’m 42DD and like wacoal from nordstroms–pricey but good, somehow i end up augmenting my wardrobe with onsale versions from kohls

robin says:

just a terrific comic! I’m glad I lucked onto this, so that I can try to track down more of this artist’s work.

kag1989 says:

Wonderful!!! And so true! For years I was wearing poorly fitted bras and it wasn’t until I found a store that was exclusively for women that I was fitted and found the perfect bra!

When I was enjoying the article, I was also reminded of a very funny song that was in the movie “Beaches” about Otto D. Brassirre and the “Tit-sling.” Very funny!

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Support System

From Northern California to the Lower East Side and back again: An illustrator goes on a circuitous, emotional, and ultimately satisfying search for a well-fitting bra