Who is Secret Drawers Lingerie?
Secret Drawers Lingerie is a locally-owned, chic, and fashionable, yet approachable, lingerie boutique nestled in Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Vashti Lehrle and Nena Bill are the owners of Secret Drawers Lingerie and are local women, successfully adorning the women of Vancouver Island with unmentionables for two decades.
Nena and Vashti believe in underwear that you want to show your friends, underwear that makes you feel good about yourself, underwear that makes you strut.
At Secret Drawers Lingerie, we believe that all women deserve fun, flirty, and fitted bras, underwear, nighties, robes, and other goodies in the most decadent silks, lace, and new materials like micro-fiber. We aim for a fun and personalized experience in our store, at our events, and, hopefully, some amusement will spill onto the web as well. On our site, look for laughs, facts, promotions, and information on our ever-popular events. Drop by here or in person to take a moment for yourself and get inspired.
We are Nena Bill and Vashti Lehrle.
Nena Bill, a mother of three, born to two Russian immigrant parents on the Canadian Prairies, had always had a desire to be her own boss. This dream, though, wouldn’t become a reality until after moving to the West Coast and working in management for a dental group for over a decade. It was there that she learned the skills that put her in a position to own and manage a company. In 1986, she and her then husband bought a video store in Comox which grew to become one of the most successful in the Comox Valley. Once the difficult decision was made to part ways with both her marriage and her business, she sought to renew her spirit with a trip to Europe. It was there that she became inspired by the frilly frocks seen in Parisian shop windows and the flame for Secret Drawers Lingerie was lit.
With only a faint idea for the future, one spontaneous conversation led her to find her soon-to-be business partner, Vashti Lehrle, in 1996. Together, the two of them realized their dream of offering the highest-quality undergarments the Comox Valley had ever seen. Nena was passionate about providing a professional fitting service to women so everyone could experience the confidence that is given when one looks and feels their best – from the inside out. Almost two decades later, Nena still loves what she does and enjoys every minute of meeting and outfitting new clients.
Vashti Lehrle grew up seaside until moving to Prince George at 19 years old. It was there that she met her soon-to-be husband and had two beautiful children. Vashti found the pull of the ocean strong, though, so in 1988 she and her husband quit jobs and sold everything to move to the Comox Valley. Vashti worked alongside her husband on his successful courier business until realizing that his dream didn’t match her own. It was then that a trip to Italy changed her life.
It was a small hosiery shop in Florence where it all began. Vashti asked to see a pair of finely-made Italian stockings to then see a gentleman climb a ladder attached to a sliding rail and reach out to a drawer full of exquisite underthings in all colours and styles. It was then that Vashti didn’t just buy the garment — she bought the whole idea.
A chance conversation with her friend Nena Bill brought the idea of Secret Drawers Lingerie to fruition in 1996. Since then, Vashti has always felt privileged to do what she loves and share it with the world every day.