Lingerie >Coeur Inc
132 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.950497 -75.169134
Neighborhoods: Center City West, Center City
Whole new world! I used to buy bras from the Gap or Nordstroms right off the rack and on sale. Shopping at Couer changed my view on bras and lingerie. In the past, I visited other high-end lingerie shops and scoffed at their measurements for me, which differed from what I thought and felt was the right size. I never bought anything from those stores, because I wasn't ready. I wasn't ready to hear what they had to say about my size and I wasn't ready to pay what they were asking. I think to shop at one of these stores, you have to be ready and have an open mind - which only happened to me after the birth of my second child.
I was an exhausted mother of two, looking for a "pick me up" when I went to Couer. Mona was knowledgeable, although a bit quiet. Once I cracked a few jokes, she opened right up with her sass and wit.
The price for a quality everyday bra was a shocker for this Gap lounge-wearing convert, but worth it (Mona also occasionally throws in a few freebies after multiple visits). My girls are where they should be and I feel all grown up with a good bra. Thanks to Mona, there's a little more pep in my step.
Braâ?¦.beautiful! – Ok here is the skinny,” Mona is an exceptional woman providing the best service and lingerie period!”
We’ve all been there wrong size, wrong product, and uncomfortable. Don’t be put off by a “personal touch” remember you are asking Mona for help much like you would a personal trainer, gynecologist, or esthetician. You need to fix a part of your body that is hurting or feels unattractive. At 60 years old Mona finally taught me how to wear the right size bra correctly by learning how to position my breasts inside the cups. I can’t imagine how I missed this lesson but I will finally enjoy feeling and seeing myself (and my husband gives a shout out to Mona as well) in my clothes in a more attractive way. I came home and my clothes fit better and no pulling or gaps in my button down shirts. Mona, thank you very much and you have me as a customer for life!
What an awesome adventure – I knew that it was time for me to have my correct measurements when my bras started sagging on the sides and I was very uncomfortable in them. My experience with Mona was wonderful. She examined me back to front and immediately knew what size bra I should be wearing. To my surprise, I had been sporting the wrong size bra for years. I was introduced to my correct size and I left out of Coeur with a different attitude and feeling wonderful. I gave Mona a big hug and now waiting to hear back from her when my next order arrives. Oh and by the way, I left my old, too big bra with Mona and walked out with my newly fitting bra and loving it!!!!! Don't walk to Coeur but run, you won't regret it.........
Not an "uplifting" experience – I've never had a bra fitting, and none of my bras have ever fit me very well. I'm very small framed, and recently I've started getting larger busted, so wearing ill-fitting bras has been more uncomfortable. After doing my own measuring, I found out I am a 30B/30C. I went to Coeur hoping that I could have this measurement confirmed, and wanting an opportunity to try on bras in these sizes.
I called the shop several times over the course of a few days, but nobody ever answered. The message stated that they were open Monday through Saturday, but did not specify hours. I tried visiting after work one day (at about 515pm) and they were closed. I tried calling again, and ended up leaving a message. Mona called back, and we arranged a time for her to stay a bit later so I could come by the shop.
Once I undressed, she wanted to look at my back for my band size, and agreed that I'm quite small, then I turned around for her to evaluate cup size, and she said "OH! you're TEENY TINY!"
I was mortified. But I felt intimidated by her mannerisms and didn't say anything. She proceeded to stuff me into bras that were too small for me (because she didn't carry the sizes I wanted to try) and convince me that when I'm larger during my time of the month, I just need to wear an "older bra that's stretched out" and that I really should just wear a 32B or 32A. I left the store very frustrated, and what I thought would be a "fun" shopping trip turned into me feeling pretty bad about my body. I know they're not big, you don't have to be insulting.
That frustration spurred me on to visit another specialty store, and although it was out of my way, they had posted hours so I knew someone would be there, and I was able to get my size (which IS 30B/30C depending on the brand, so Mona can put that in her pipe and smoke it).
WONDERFUL SERVICE!! – For the 3 1/2 years since my son was born, I have struggled to find a bra that fits me properly. All day every day I was pulling my bra straps back up, stuffing my boobs back into the cups, or pulling them up from where they had slid under the underwire. I was miserably uncomfortable and had completely stopped wearing any clothes that showed my chest.
I read reviews of Coeur online and decided to give it a try. My friend, Lorraine, and I went on a Friday evening. When we got there the store had just closed, but Mona opened up for us and proceeded to fit us for over an hour until she found bras that fit each of us perfectly! I cannot express my gratitude to Mona enough! I left with 2 bras (each $75) and have one more on order.
In the weeks since visiting Coeur, I've noticed every day how my quality of life has changed! I am finally comfortable again. I've been able to buy some shirts that fit me and my friends have commented on how perky my boobs look! Mona is the best and I'll be going to Coeur for more bras soon!
Mona Rocks! – I was out shopping one day and I over heard two women speaking about this store. I was just a few blocks away so I decided to check it out.
When I got there I felt like I was in bra heaven! I'll admit, my first interactions with Mona were a little weird..neither of us really smiled at first, it was pretty straight to the point..and I like that! She asked what i was looking for. I didn't really have a specific bra in mind, so she showed me to the fitting room and asked it I knew my size. Of course I told her the ever so popular 34 C, which is what I've been told 'that other store' so many time. She just shook her head and told me to get undressed. Naturally, I took my shirt off and kept on my bra. Then we had another awkward moment..she goes 'how am I supposed to tell you your size if you don't let me see them'? So, I let her see them. And then of all the sizes in the world she says 'You are about a 30 DD'. That's when I started shaking my head. I thought she was crazy.
The next 15 or 20 minutes in her store changed my life. She put me in a 30 DD and then showed me how to make sure my bra was adjusted. She adjusted the straps, showed me how much slack there should be in the band, she talked about how the space between the cups should lay flat against your chest.. and gave me tons of info that I didn't have before. I'm 29 years old and that was the first time I realized that I had been waisting my money buy bras that didn't fit! I was amazed.
I will say this, Mona is unlike any other 'customer service person' you'll ever meet. When you walk in the store, you won't get the fake smile and the high pitched voice and all the generic sales questions. She just is who she is. She's a petite, soft spoken person who is genuinely nice and a powerhouse when it come to undergarments that fit and bring out the best in a woman!
Wow!!! – Mona Lisa!!
What an amazing visit I had! I was a bit surprised about how she KNEW exactly what I needed. I came downtown in hopes of finding the right bra that can hold my girls. I searched online for a close location and Coeur came up on the list. The reviews were great I decided to pop down today. Mona greeted me very friendly yet I myself a bit uncomfortable since I was unsure actually how this would work. After sizing me up, she handed me a bra two cup sizes up/four inches down across my chest. I was completely taken back, until I tried on my new bra. The best coverage I ever had! Without even explaining my current problems, she told me what they were! Ladies, if you have never been, please go down there. You will not regret it. Yes I paid a pretty penny -- but value outweighs cost any day!
Mona is a genius! – On my birthday my cousin stated it looked like my breasts got bigger and I chose to ignore her, even though I was starting to have problems with the bottom of my boobs popping out of the bra and spillage in the front of my bra. I googled some places to be professionally fitted but NOT Victoria's Secret, most of their employees her young and don't have a clue as how to properly measure women's breasts. I found Coeur Inc. and read the mostly positive reviews so I figured I would visit one day. After work last Thursday, I located the store and wasn't sure what Mona looked like. A woman asked could she help me and I advised her I was there to be properly fitted and possibly make a purchase. She got right to it, she didn't make me feel uncomfortable and put me in the right size all under 10 minutes. I was shocked I was wearing the wrong size cup for quite some time. She gave great advice for knowing what to look for, and how to tell if the bra fits you properly. The prices were about $15-20 more than VS bras, but the fabrics, and brands were more high end. After talking with her some more she informed me she was in fact Mona. After purchasing one bra, I called my mother and suggested her and my 16-year-old sister be professionally fitted. Today I traveled back downtown in search of a strapless bra and/or body shaper to wear under my dress for a wedding tomorrow. After finding one bra but not the bra I intended, I ended up visiting Mona's store again. Once again superb service, and attentiveness was given to me. I thanked her again, and advised her I would be coming to her store more often, when I wasn't pinching pennies because of the level of customer service she exhibited to me.
EVES BEAUTY IN LINGERIE – This store really welcomed me to being a real woman.
The minute i walked in, I felt sexy already so i decided to treat myself with a little sexy thing. Mona the cute, sassy lady was very helpful on boosting up my confidence. I was really amazed by the fabulous lingerie selection which is tres chic, colorful and best quality. I highly recommand COEUR to every beautiful woman because i do think that we deserve to treat ourselves more often and that nobody deserves it more than us and COEUR is the place where you will find lingerie for every you out there.
Pat's is my cheese steak place and now COEUR is my lingerie place.
Disappointed – I stopped by Coeur today to check out the place, because I have an uncommon bra size and I heard nothing but good things! I also am going to visit my boyfriend this weekend. He lives in another city and I wanted to buy something (probably two things) special. I approached the store the same time as another woman, and we rang the bell to be let in. The other shopper grabbed the attention of the woman behind the counter before I did, so I waited. She (the woman behind the counter) told me that I could look around, and so I started browsing. I complimented her shop, and asked if she carried a certain brand of bra that I like. She said thank you, and then confirmed that they do carry Fantasie bras. Great! I was excited! She asked me what I was looking for, and I said I was looking for some nighties to wear. Maybe I should have been more specific and said, "I'm visiting my boyfriend in Atlanta this weekend and I need something hot." But I didn't, because I'm shy.
So, I looked around her store for a while while she helped the other customer. She appeared to be very helpful to the other woman. She was saying helpful things to the other customer. I am assuming she was the owner, but I don't know. Either way, she knew her stuff! While she was helping this other woman, I tried on a few pieces of expensive and beautiful nightwear. One of them I actually liked very much, and was planning on purchasing. As my visit went on further she continued to give me only slight attention here and there, but then the vibe started to get awkward. I began to feel unwelcome, though I'm not sure what I did to receive short answers/be ignored by and the occasional odd look from the woman who was bra-knowledgeable. (The same woman who was behind the counter when I came in.)
I found a really sexy outfit hanging on the rack, and it was the only one in the store that looked like it was geared more towards fetish clothing. That was exactly what I was looking for! The woman told me that it was on sale! And I was shocked and said, "Oh really? Can't you get rid of it? I love it!" Because it was the only one on the floor and it didn't look like the rest of the vanilla-wear. Then she said, "No, we actually have a separate room with toys and other garments like that." I thought this was great news, and I was hoping that she would show me, so I waited. At this point, another employee had showed up, who informed me that the woman in charge would show me the "special room." I went up to the front of the store for a second, for what reason I can't remember. Maybe it was getting too crowded in that back room. Anyway, I heard the two women who worked there speaking in low voices, and when I came back, the woman in charge showed me the same item again, acting as if that was all she had. It was so weird! I felt like I was being shunned. So there I was, standing in this store, ready to drop some serious money on some nice lingerie, and possibly become a loyal forever customer, and the woman acted like I wasn't worth even speaking to!
At this point, I told them to have a good day, grabbed my bags, and left. I'm a nice person. I'm pretty like-able. I've worked in retail and other parts of the service industry, so I know what it's like to be behind a counter all day and be treated horribly by rude people. I cannot remember the last time I was treated like this in a store (I actually don't think I have... I'm 27...) I usually don't write reviews about places unless it's on my blog or facebook, but I just could not let this weird story go untold. I was very upset when I left her shop because of how I was treated. I keep going over in my head whether I might have sounded rude, or if there was something that I did to make her not like me. Maybe I was too ... quiet? Meh, I'll never know. I do know that I'll never be going there again. Which is sad because I really need some new fancy undergarments! I settled for Macy's today...
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