ActSensuous bracing for major hurricane
ActSensuous is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, expected to make landfall early Sunday morning in south Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Then, forecasters say, Irma will move up the west or gulf coast of Florida as a Cat 3 hurricane. Of course, as hurricanes are unpredictable, a day ago, it looked more like Irma would veer up Florida’s east coast, or even go straight up the state.
Either way, with hurricane wind force stretching about 70 miles wide, much of central Florida will be impacted by severe weather.
As we surely will lose power here, effectively, we will be out of business for at least a few days.
Our thanks to those who’ve sent their best wishes to us via emails or comments here and on my blog during the past several hours.
We look forward to serving you again soon.
Robin & staff
(all still wearing pantyhose, of course)
ActSensuous discount makes it cool to look hot
Can’t bear the heat?
Only those in the “bear”-legs camp would use that as a justification for not wearing pantyhose. Of course, you know that’s a very flimsy excuse, as everyone rides to work in an air-conditioned automobile, and the air is always blasting in the office.
Still, we’re making it cooler for you to look HOT. Right now through Sept. 21, 2017 (the end of summer), our NewAct IV are on sale for only $9.05; $10.05 for size 2X. That’s a 33% discount.
Please place your orders the usual way, but at Checkout, enter coupon code sum33 for your cool savings.
Enjoy, and ActSensuous!
Valentine’s Day the perfect opportunity to give her/him ActSensuous pantyhose
Jan. 23, 2017 — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (Feb. 14). It’ll be here before you know it. Don’t let it sneak up on you, causing you to search frantically for a last-minute gift.
There are even a few justifications you can cite:
- Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, and you wanted her to have the most decidedly feminine pantyhose to wear with (whatever else you give her, which had better be something nice. How about a teddy or other lingerie item?)
- You buy her a fabulous dress or a pair of amazing high heels and take her to a swanky restaurant. Even if she doesn’t typically wear pantyhose, she’ll know that this occasion warrants it, but she’ll let herself off the hook because she doesn’t own a pair. You give her the NewAct IV gift last. (Problem solved.)
- You tell her nothing would make your Valentine’s Day more special than her wearing the NewAct IV for you at least once.
Ladies, there are a couple of scenarios in which you can help your husband/boyfriend:
- Buy NewAct IV and wrap them up as your gift for him to give to you. Then, you can convince him to take you out for a night on the town, and home for more romance.
- Whether you go out or not, if you give him NewAct IV (for you to wear for him), he will count that among the greatest gifts he’s ever received in his life.
Ladies and gentlemen, starting tomorrow, NewAct IV will be on sale at half price until midnight on Feb. 14. Just our way of helping you celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
NewAct IV greets the world today
April 2016 — We did it.
We did what other U.S. pantyhose manufacturers said couldn’t be done. Yet, here they are: The NewAct IV, featuring all the design parameters we tried in 2014.
Well, all those U.S. pantyhose manufacturers actually were right. No one here could make my design (100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist, with a one-stitch design for evenness in color and fabric from waist to toe, and with no reinforced areas).
But our friends in China can. And they did. We provided the design parameters and they made New Act IV exactly as requested the first time.
When we first launched the original Act IV in March 2014, we had made them in that design, but they were so delicate, they would run upon first putting them on. We learned then that it takes special knitting and sewing machines that were available only in China, Japan and Italy. So we called on our friends in China and they worked with us to make our dream product happen.
Today, 2 years and a month after unsuccessfully introducing the original Act IV, we are launching NewAct IV, only this time, they passed some Ninja Warrior-like testing, and they simply do not run. I tested the very first samples and wore the same pair five days in a row (yes, I washed them between wears), and even I was surprised at how well they held up.
Then, some of our professional models and a few of our favorite customers tested them. Everyone found the same thing — NewAct IV just don’t run. So we made many thousands of them. We began manufacturing them in November 2015 and now in April 2016, after traveling by sea, air and roads to get here, after passing through customs, and our paying import fees and taxes seemingly at every turn, the NewAct IV are here for you.
I thought about just keeping the name, Act IV, but everything about these pantyhose are new. Yes, my design concept is the same, but everything is done differently. After all the NewAct IV have gone through, they deserve their own identity.
I want to thank all those on our team who worked so hard to make this happen, including Joe P., Deb R., David J., and our new VP, Rosemary C.
More than anything, I want to thank our thousands of loyal customers who waited these 2 years, but kept in touch, letting us know they would wait. Many of them encouraged us and asked us not to give up. So many of you maintained such a positive demeanor, it kept us motivated the whole way.
For all of you, NewAct IV is here. Enjoy and ActSensuous.
November 2014 — For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with our R&D and Quality Assurance teams to redesign Act IV, as they have a propensity to run from the center seam, down the inside thigh, upon first putting them on.
The issue is I created Act IV to be ultra delicate, but that concept has flaws, which are inherent in my design. The challenge is my wanting to keep Act IV unlike most other brands and styles of pantyhose available on the market.
Everyone else uses spandex, reinforced areas and/or a gusset panel. Making Act IV in 100 percent nylon (no spandex), with no reinforced areas and no gusset panel is what makes ActSensuous different. That’s why our pantyhose are the softest, silkiest and sexiest available anywhere in the world.
But because they so easily run upon first putting them on, we need to make some changes to the design. I’ve been unwilling to compromise regarding the core design principles of ActSensuous, so for now, we at least are experimenting with different ideas. So far, we’ve tried adding 3 inches in length to each size so the wearer won’t have to tug too hard to get the pantyhose up to the crotch, and we’ve slightly tightened the knit to make the fabric a bit more durable. Neither has solved the problem, so now, we are experimenting with the center seam itself.
The problem is that with no reinforced panel or spandex in the panty-area of Act IV, there is nothing on which to sew the center seam, except the delicate all-nylon fabric we use from waist to toe. This is why the seam fails when the pantyhose are pulled onto the body, producing the run down the inside thigh.
The obvious solutions are creating a T-bar (a reinforced panel that runs vertically from the waistband down the center of the panty-area to the crotch). Typically, a T-bar is maybe about 4 inches wide, and it’s reinforced enough to sew the center seam on securely. It might be possible to make it less reinforced and not that wide.
Or, we might be able to forego the T-bar and just make a thicker, stronger center seam. Then again, we might try a different seam design altogether — perhaps a flat seam, which is popular in Europe.
In this picture at right, do you like the flat seam design? I am intrigued by it, probably mostly because it’s different, but also because it is rather elegant looking.
Right now, we’re brainstorming ideas and experimenting with designs. Of course, the goal always is being able to keep Act IV 100 percent nylon and completely sheer-to-waist.
Until we resolve this issue, I recommend that you don’t order Act IV.
If you really, really want to, of course, we’ll fill your order. We just don’t want you to be disappointed.
Changes to design of Act IV under way
October 2014 — Designed to be the softest, sheerest pantyhose available anywhere in the world, Act IV are very delicate. Make that, too delicate. It has become clear that we need to find a way to give Act IV a little muscle.
For some of you, that is good news. For others, it might signal a little concern.
Either way, don’t worry. The changes we are making to Act IV will not affect their core design principles. They still will be made in a luxurious 100 percent nylon fabric, and will remain completely sheer-to-waist, with no gusset panel.
The changes will make Act IV more durable, but they will be subtle. What we are not going to do is add spandex, a T-bar, or other reinforced areas around the center seam. Rather, my R&D and Quality teams and I are experimenting with different degrees of tension in the stitching processes to decrease the stress on the U-seam when being pulled onto the body and through wearing.
Also, we are adding a few inches in length to each size. This, too, should help to lessen the stress on the fabric when tugging to get the pantyhose up to the crotch (which had caused the center seam to break away, producing a run down the inside thigh area).
Right now, samples are being made for wear testing. We will distribute these samples to our professional models and a few of our longtime customers for their evaluation. Once we are satisfied that Act IV are more durable, yet, still the softest and sheerest pantyhose out there, we will produce quantities for sale.
We’ll find a way to code the new version of Act IV to distinguish them from the original line, and then mark down the first version to move them out. Of course, you’ll know when that time comes, as we’ll make the announcement here.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t tried our current Act IV line, we recommend that you don’t, as they are just too fragile. Of course, we can’t stop anyone from placing orders for Act IV. Those of you who haven’t experienced any issues or know what to expect out of Act IV certainly are welcome to continue ordering them.
In any case, just know that we are all over this. Stay tuned.
Act IV and all-new website make debut
March 2014 — For only the third time since we started in 2001, ActSensuous has developed a new product, and simultaneously launched a brand new website.
Thirteen years in the making, Act IV represents my grandest vision for pantyhose. It’s the product I’d always wanted to make, but never could until now.
Of course, ActSensuous will always make only 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose. So what’s different about Act IV? Almost everything. We took the best of what you love about Act II and Act III and we made it better. And we eliminated the little things about both products that sometimes annoyed me.
Our customers from almost every country on the planet always told us they loved the soft fabric of Act II, but that was blown away by Act III. They said no pantyhose were as silky smooth as Act III. Until now.
Act IV are made in a premium nylon fabric that is luxuriously soft and silky. But where Act II and Act III sometimes had issues with unintended cross-stitch applications, Act IV will have none of that. Act IV are constructed in a one-stitch selection from waist to toe for complete evenness in fabric and shade.
Breaking the rules
As I said earlier, Act IV is the product I always wanted to make, but never could until now. This time, I convinced our R&D, Quality Control and Production departments to get rid of the one thing they all insisted pantyhose must have – the finger band. That’s the reinforced (shaded) area that sits just below the waistband. It is designed to prevent one from puncturing the fabric with the thumb when putting on the pantyhose. That’s out of here now. (So please be careful when putting Act IV on, or I’ll have to eat crow.)
I’ve always wanted ActSensuous to be the most completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose available anywhere in the world, and now, finally, they are. But I didn’t stop there. I also designed a new flatter, softer, more comfortable waistband. Now, you have a waistband and nothing but completely sheer-to-waist nylon from there to the toe.
And when I say completely sheer-to-waist, you already know what that means: Like Act II and Act III, our brand new Act IV have no reinforced areas and no gusset panel – just a delicate little seam that separates you from the rest of the world.
Finally, (and you know this), when I say 100 percent nylon, I mean just that. You will not find Lycra/spandex in any ActSensuous style of pantyhose. That’s another area where I always caused nightmares for our R&D, Quality and Production people. They all insist pantyhose have to be made with Lycra/spandex. They are brainwashed by conventional thinking, believing that the man-made elasticin is necessary for durability and fit. WRONG! I’ve proved over and over again that when we use a premium quality all-nylon fabric and knit it a little tighter, you don’t need the support effects that Lycra/spandex provides.
Softest & Silkiest ever
I have always believed pantyhose that are truly all-nylon not only look more beautiful, but are sexier to the touch. ActSensuous pantyhose actually move on the body to the touch. It’s like a delicate second skin, only silkier and sexier. It feels amazing when you run your hands across legs adorned in our pantyhose.
But let me state for the record: Act IV are designed and intended to be extremely delicate. You can wear them for everyday use … but I wouldn’t recommend you wrestle in them.
At least for now, we are offering Act IV in only the basic colors, which history shows us is what you want: Black, Light Taupe, Nude and Suntan. The sizes are what you’re accustomed to, as well.
I did all this, with one more goal in mind – to keep the retail price under $15. I believe Act IV are every bit as luxurious and awesome as the brands/styles that sell for $25 to more than $100 a pair.
Hundreds of our customers from all over the world have been writing and asking when will Act IV be available? The wait is over. They are here.
I said in the opening paragraph that Act IV are 13 years in the making because I created ActSensuous in 2001 and have been striving to improve our product ever since. And when I designed and actually created my vision for the perfect pantyhose in February 2013, fittingly I suppose, it took 13 months for Act IV to become a reality. I had no idea then, that it would take this kind of effort and collaboration on everyone’s part to bring Act IV to you.
Now they’re here. And as I always say … Enjoy and ActSensuous!