About the Book
The Laceman is a quirky and humorous story of one man's journey through a year in the lingerie trade. With a goal set to chase down and secure a large order for his laces, The Laceman forges on against innumerable and lacey hurdles in his global travels with a suitcase full of lace and underwear..based on a true story.
The Australian lace and lingerie trade. A glamorous trade. A sunset trade. Shortly after joining the lingerie & lace business in the summer 1989, I was introduced to two veterans of the trade. The first was ‘Rhino’ from the textile city of Calais in the North of France. A former French foreign-legionnaire, he told tales of international travel, of fabulous lingerie exhibitions and of the opportunities for large sales commissions. The other lace-veteran of the trade was a local lace buyer who warned that in Australia, the lingerie industry was entering its ‘sunset phase’ and would soon be gone. This then is the story of lingerie & lace in the 90’s and 00’s and of one man’s journey through it trying to achieve the goal of a large international lace order. I was young, had a family to support, and a license to travel with a suitcase full of lace and women’s underwear. What could possibly go wrong? - the lace man