The well-known manufacturer of ready-made corsets in the United Kingdom are closing as of 17 April 2019. Axfords has been in business since 1880 and managed by Michael Hammond for the last 30 years, and he will now go into a well deserved retirement.
They will not produce any new corsets, but offers 50% discount on exsiting stock. This has resulted in a huge number of orders, and they have temporarily shutdown their website to handle those orders.
In 1990 they moved from Vauxhall Bridge Road in London to Brighton, and later it became a global business.
Many women tightens their corsets every day. Some of them have someone to help them, while other others do it themselves. Diantha Dove posted the video Tightlacing on Youtube, where she shows the tightening process and the attractive result.
In October 2014 Barcroft TV released the video about Kelly Lee Dekay on Youtube: Corset Enthusiast Shrinks Her Waist To An Extreme 16 Inches. Kelly was always facinated by comic figure and how fabric and flesh could be reshaped to create a dramatic figure. Her favorite comic figure is Storm and Jessica Rabbit. She started to wear corsets at the age of 20, and seven years after, she usually keeps her waist between 16 and 18 inches. Kelly loves this ratio on her body, i.e. the proportion of the small waist and her hips and breasts, and does not want to become smaller. Healthy eating is usual for her and she avoids any food that make her bloated and all carbonaited drinks. However, she loves to indulge in burgers and Macerone. People do comment on her figure, and that she looks unnatural. Kelly points out her blue hair and large breasts, and asks “What parts of me scream that I want to look like everybody else?”