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    PRESS AND AWARDS

    BOSTON GLOBE | FEBRUARY 12, 2021

    Selling Love and Romance in the time of COVID-19

    Retailers and matchmakers adjust to the strangeness of this Valentine’s Day

    ...For businesses that have seen a slowdown already this year, a dip in V-day sales will be an additional sting. “There are people who are like, I can’t handle the idea of romance right now, I don’t want to be near my partner at all,” said Rachel Wentworth, co-owner of Forty Winks, a lingerie store in Cambridge. Another subset, she added, are “not in a long-term relationship or are not dating” because of the pandemic.

    So she’s adapting the store’s outreach this year to fit the times we’re in. “We’re trying to be really consistent with our marketing and messaging, saying, ‘We know that we’re stuck at home, let’s have fun, either by yourself or with a partner. However you want to indulge during this season, we’re here for you,’ ” she said.

    And Wentworth has also been noticing an eyebrow-raising trend.

    “There are so many people who are like, ‘I have to spice things up, I’m so bored,’ ” she said. “We’ve been selling way more pieces that are over-the-top. There’s this element of ‘we’re home anyway, let’s go all out.’ ” Plunging necklines, bodysuits, and open gussets are big sellers. The more risqué, she said, the better…

    By Janelle Nanos Globe Staff

    Rachel Wentworth, owner of Forty Winks, arranged lingerie at her shop in Harvard Square. JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF


    BOSTON MAGAZINE | BEST OF BOSTON

    2020 Best Lingerie

    Forty Winks

    Handsome, flirty, and extremely supportive: No, we’re not talking about our latest flame, we’re talking about the underpinnings from this one-stop Cambridge shop. Situated outside the store, Forty Winks’ new walk-up bra bar is an easy, safe way to upgrade your lingerie drawer—or opt for a gratis 30-minute virtual fitting and browsing session with a sales associate and pick up curbside.

    56 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-492-9100, shopfortywinks.com


    BOSTON GLOBE | FEBRUARY 14, 2020

    Victoria’s Secret is out; women want comfortable underwear that fits

    ...Meredith Amenkhienan and Rachel Wentworth, owners of the Forty Winks boutique in Harvard Square, will celebrate a decade in the lingerie business in April, and say they had their strongest year in 2019. The “better fit” messaging that ThirdLove promotes is actually driving shoppers into their store. You can’t get one-on-one fittings when you’re getting a bra in the mail, Amenkhienan joked.

    “It’s good for the industry, it’s pushing a lot of people to rethink what lingerie means,” she said. “But we have had customers who come in who tried ThirdLove and it didn’t work for them. They want to come in and touch and feel. It’s helping us.”...

    By Janelle Nanos Globe Staff

    Rachel Wentworth (left) and Meredith Amenkhienan prepared for the opening of a pop-up underwear event for two local brands, Uwila Warrior and Forty Winks, held on Charles Street in Boston.JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF


    COSA BELLA | BOUTIQUE SPOTLIGHT

    Meet Forty Winks

    Forty Winks is dedicated to blending beauty and luxury into effortless everyday practicality. By catering to different shapes, sizes, and styles, they have thoughtfully handpicked lingerie and loungewear from designers across the globe. Forty Winks works one-on-one with clients until they’re happy with the look, feel, and fit of their underthings. Whether you need sizing assistance, help to find the perfect special occasion piece, or just feel like browsing through some pretty lingerie, Forty Winks is committed to providing you with a warm shopping experience.

    Favorite Cosabella collection and why?

    Our best selling pieces from Cosabella come from the always colorful Never Say Never collection. Especially popular are the Sweetie Bralette and the Hottie Lace Hotpant. The Sweetie’s stretchy lace cups fit a wide range of body types, from smaller chests looking for an everyday bralette to bustier people looking for weekend support. This bra makes so many people happy and comfortable. The Hottie makes everyone’s butt look good and who doesn’t want that?

    Meet the Team

    Co-owners Rachel Wentworth and Meredith Amenkhienan opened Forty Winks to provide people with a knowledgeable and fun lingerie shopping experience. Hailing from Maine and Vermont, these lingerie lovers met while working at a local dress shop and started dreaming of opening a shop someday. Dreams became a reality in April of 2010 when Forty Winks opened its doors to the Harvard Square community. Now 6 years later, Rachel and Meredith enjoy a loyal clientele, an amazing staff and weekends off.

    If you live in the Cambridge area we definitely encourage you to pay Forty Winks a visit. You can find them at 56 JFK St Cambridge, MA 02138, or you can visit the site for their lingerie boutique.

    If you don’t live nearby, you can still show them some love on social media:
    www.instagram.com/fortywinkshs
    www.facebook.com/shopfortywinks


    IMPROPER BOSTONIAN | JANUARY 31, 2014

    Pretty Little Things

    Here’s our quick guide to the city’s most heart-stopping lingerie, tailor-made for that special thing that makes your sweetheart sweet (or saucy). ’Cause when it comes to lingerie, one-style-fits-all is not an option.

    The Flirt

    Recital Sexy Mask, $56 at Forty Winks; Elle MacPherson Dune Sunflower Underwire Bra, $66 at Forty Winks; Empreinte ludmila thong, $95 at Intimacy

    The Girly Girl

    Stella McCartney Cherie Sneezing balcony Bra, $70 at Forty Winks; Aerie silky chiffon boxers, $25 at American Eagle Outfitters; Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum Spray, $82 at Saks Fifth Avenue

    The Vintage Vixen

    Eberjey Theodora Boy Thong, $92 (sold as a set with bralette) at Sedurre; La Perla Baby Doll Chemise, $528 at Saks Fifth Avenue; Loleata Mules, $390 at Agent Provocateur

    Where to Buy It?

    Agent Provocateur | 123 Newbury St., Boston | 617-267-0229 | agentprovocateur.com

    American Eagle Outfitters | Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston | 617-266-1871 | ae.com

    Forty Winks | 56 JFK St., Cambridge | 617-492-9100 | shopfortywinks.com

    Intimacy | Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston | 857-277-7887 | myintimacy.com

    Saks Fifth Avenue | the shops at prudential, 800 Boylston St., Boston | 617-262-8500 | saksfifthavenue.com

    Sedurre | 28 Prince St., Boston | 617-720-4400 | sedurreboston.com

    By Alexis Child, Photo Credit: Holly Rike


    BOSTON MAGAZINE | BEST OF BOSTON

    2014 Best Lingerie

    Forty Winks

    Feeling sexy begins with what’s underneath your clothes. Let this four-year-old Harvard Square outfitter help you build a beautiful foundation with its fine selection of intimates from Elle MacPherson, Chantelle, Claudette, Hanky Panky, and other luxe lines. In addition to underpinnings and unmentionables, Forty Winks has you covered—literally—for all four seasons with sophisticated hosiery, flirty swimwear, and soft cotton pajamas.

    56 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-492-9100, shopfortywinks.com


    LINGERIE ADDICT | BOUTIQUE SPOTLIGHT

    Forty Winks S/S 2013 Photoshoot

    I am loving this trend of lingerie boutiques doing their own, editorial-style, lingerie photoshoots. Not only does it allow for more diversity in the kinds of lingerie and fashion images we see, it also frequently lends a different perspective or take on lingerie... one that may be a better fit with the way many women actually wear it. I'm incredibly pleased to share the images from the Forty Winks lingerie fashion shoot today on The Lingerie Addict. Here's what Rachel and Meredith, the owners of Forty Winks, had to say:

    "As we state on our blog, it is our intention to highlight the ways everyday luxuries (like beautiful lingerie) can inspire and cultivate one’s personal confidence and inner beauty. Our model is a friend of Meredith's sister and although she is not a professional, she thought a shoot like ours would be a source of confidence to her. At the beginning of the shoot, Ariele was a little nervous, but with each outfit change she became more and more poised, relaxed, and in control. Our belief in the confidence lingerie brings to an individual was beautifully conveyed throughout this process."


    BOSTON MAGAZINE | BEST OF BOSTON

    2013 Best Lingerie

    Forty Winks

    Need we spell it out for you flashy underwear shopkeepers? They’re called unmentionables for a reason. At Forty Winks, you select from the neatly and thoughtfully organized undies, demis, bralettes, pajamas, and swimwear, and attendants provide discreet guidance on fit and garment care. Bonus: Most styles are available in rare sizes at both ends of the spectrum.

    56 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-492-9100, shopfortywinks.com


    LINGERIE BRIEFS | JULY 11, 2013

    Featuring Forty Winks

    We decided to open Forty Winks after several disheartening experiences when shopping for lingerie. While neither of us have especially large busts, it seemed impossible to find a bra with a fit that was just right. Meredith was wearing a 36A (she’s a 32B/34A) and I was wearing a 34B (I’m a 32D). No one had ever told us differently and we continued to fumble in fitting rooms without a clue.

    After one too many failed bra shopping trips, we started to seriously discuss opening our own store. We had a shared vision for the “ideal lingerie shop;” we wanted a place where lingerie lovers could browse for beautiful things, but also where women could learn their size through a knowledgeable bra fitting.

    Forty Winks, which opened in 2010, is now our pride and joy. Our goal is for our customers to have an experience that makes them love shopping for lingerie when they may have once dreaded the process. We carry a wide range of styles and sizes from designers like Chantelle, Marlies Dekkers, Cosabella, and The Little Bra Company. Whether a woman comes in for a saucy little thong or a basic t-shirt bra, if she leaves with a smile on her face we know we have done our job

    Forty Winks is located at 56 JFK Street, Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA

    Submitted by Rachel Wentworth and Meredith Donaldson, owners of Forty Winks Lingerie in Cambridge, MA


    BOSTON MAGAZINE | BEST OF BOSTON

    2011 Best Lingerie

    Forty Winks

    We know they mean well, but we’ve had it up to here with overzealous lingerie consultants treating us like long-lost members of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood. Enter Forty Winks, a year-old Harvard Square spot that knows precisely when to offer help (love those walk-in fittings!) and when to back off. With a highly browsable stock of Cosabella push-ups, Eberjey swimwear, Spanx body shapers, and other pretty little pieces, this store targets those who celebrate lingerie but don’t need their hands held to choose it.

    56 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, 617-492-9100, shopfortywinks.com