Special Agent

'I don’t design underwear for men, I design underwear for me,’ declares Sarah Shotton, matter-of-factly. The 41-year-old creative director of Agent Provocateur is perched daintily on an enormous black velvet sofa in the showroom of the label’s capacious Clerkenwell headquarters. With her long auburn hair and Forties starlet silhouette (F-cup breasts, nipped-in waist, all encased in purple body-con McQueen), she’s a beguiling mix of soft-focus glamour and cosy approachability.

Around us, dozens and dozens of bras, basques, thongs and knickers in every colour and fabric imaginable hang from rails, mannequins and wall mountings…READ MORE