The Ethical Lingerie Safelist

This is a lingerie blog. More specifically, it’s an ethical lingerie blog.

Ethical and enviromentally-sensitive production are truly crucial issues. With my own money, I’m committed to only buying from brands which, to the best of my knowledge, respect both. I’m also committed to the same thing on this blog: every product you see here, from every brand featured, is to the best of my knowledge ethically produced.

I don’t think lingerie should hurt anyone. Or anything. Luckily, ensuring your lingerie collection is clean metaphorically and literally need not be a difficult task: here is a list of all the lingerie brands and companies I know of who are committed to ethical, and ideally environmentally-friendly, production. This is a work in progress: it’s being added to all the time.

Although a Made in UK (or USA) sticker isn’t always a guarantee of entirely ethical production, it’s a very good recommendation. For that reason, if a brand states that is it made in a country which enforces ethical manufacturing standards it has been included in this list even if I have no further information about it.

 

(A note on ethical buying from an excellent blogger and a made-in-uk list from KMD)

A

Alexandrea Anissa lingerie is handmade by the designer.

American Apparel‘s about page talks about their ethical manufacturing and treatment of workers.

Andrea Billard is made in the UK.

Angela Friedman is produced in NYC’s Garment District.

Anne Wiggins has ethical productions at the core of their brand identity.

Arabel Lingerie is handmade in Britain.

Araks lingerie is made in the USA, as each product page states.

Ari Dein is produced in the USA, in NYC’s Garment District.

Aristoc Hosiery is made in the UK, by Pretty Polly.

Arsenic et vieilles dentelles is made in Belgium.

Aurora is handmade in the UK.

B

Baserange are made in small family factories in Portugal and Turkey with whom the brand has a close relationship.

Bazsarózsa are made in NYC.

 

B.Tempt’d is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Beaujaisabout page states their dedication to ethical production.

Berkshire Hosiery is made in the USA.

Be-Nais is made in the USA.

Belabumbum ensure their manufacters uphold ‘excellent working conditions’ in their Central and South American factories.

Bella Petite Lingerie is produced in the US.

Berlei is owned by Pacific Brands, who have a detailed series of statements about ethical trading on their website. I recommend a read of them, but they’ve satisfied me.

Bettys Blues Loungerie is made entirely in the UK.

Between the Sheets are much-lauded for their ethical production in the USA.

Bonds  is owned by Pacific Brands, who have a detailed series of statements about ethical trading on their website.

Brook there is committed to sustainable production, and is entirely made in the US.

Braintree Clothing, who also make some pretty adorable socks, produce all their products ethically and with an eye to sustainable production.

Bravado has a detailed description of their ethical and environmentally-friendly methods on their website.

Bravissimo and all the brands they carry must comply with their ethical policies, which are explicitly stated on their website.

Bully Boy Lingerie is handmade in Toronto.

Bunny Smalls is handmade in the UK.

Buttress and Snatch products are all handmade in the UK.

C

Cacique are owned by Lane Bryant, who have a commitment to ethical production – and also ensuring the brands they carry meet the same guidelines as they do.

Cleo is carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies. They are also a member of Sedex, so that’s a good sign. (What is Sedex, you ask?)

Curvy Kate is also carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies.

Cosabella is made in Italy.

Corgi Hosiery is made in the UK.

Caro London supports ethical production in India.

Christine Lingerie is made in Canada.

Ciel has a detailed page about their ethical and organic standards of production.

Clare Bare are also produced in the USA. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing both on their Etsy and the About section of their bigcartel site.

Charnos is carried by Simply Be, and therefore must comply with their Ethical Trading Initiative.

Coco’s Retro Closet is handmade in Croatia.

Collette by Collette Dinnigan lingerie is manufactured by DCI Corporation, whose spokesperson states their commitment to ethical manufacturing and exclusively working with manufacturers who are “ethically compliant” in this interview.

Cervin Hosiery is entirely made in the brand’s own premises in France.

Charmante Hosiery, though there is nothing on the site, seems to be made in Italy.

Charmante lingerie, a Hong Kong-based brand, holds a Business Social Compliance certification for ethical treatment of workers.

Cindy Hosiery is a brand by Legwear International, who manufacture in their own UK factory.

Couture Hosiery is a brand by Legwear International, who manufacture in their own UK factory.

Clio (not to be confused with CLiO) Hosiery are made entirely in France.

D

David Nieper is made in the UK.

DDSLL Girls Store lingerie is handmade in Latvia.

Dear Kate is made in NYC.

Dentelle lingerie is made in Wales.

Desvalido Australia is handmade in Australia.

Dottie’s Delights are handmade in Chicago.

DWDanielleWood is handmade in the USA.

E

Elomi is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Egretta Garzetta is handmade in Latvia.

Esty Lingerie‘s about page states both that their line is entirely handmade, and that all the lingerie they carry is ethically produced.

Elma Lingerie is handmade in the USA.

Elai London lingerie is entirely handmade in London.

Elle Hosiery belong to Ruia Group, who have several factories in the UK and a commitment to reducing environmental impact. They also use Fair Trade cotton.

Econica is handmade in Canada.

Elbeo Hosiery is entirely made in the UK, by Pretty Polly.

Eleganti Hosiery is made in the UK by Fully Fashioned Ltd.

F

Freya is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Fantasie is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Fauve is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Farr West is handmade ethically in the USA.

Frantic about Frances is made in the UK.

Fortnight Lingerie is made in Canada.

Flash you and Me is handmade in Latvia.

FRKS Lingerie is handmade in Hungary.

G

Goddess is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Gilda and Pearl is ethically made in the UK.

Gossard is carried by Simply Be, and therefore must comply with their Ethical Trading Initiative.

Gok Wan is carried by Simply Be, and therefore must comply with their Ethical Trading Initiative.

Gabriella hosiery is made in Poland.

Gerbe makes it’s own hosiery in its native France.

Gio’s fully fashioned stockings are made on some of the last original machines from the 50s, in their UK factory.

H

Huit is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

Harlow and Fox is made in the UK.

Hanky Panky are entirely made in the USA – even the fabrics – and are also dedicated to sustainable production.

Hopeless is handmade in Melbourne, Australia.

Honey Cooler Handmade is handmade (!) in San Francisco.

House of Holland’s hosiery line is made by Pretty Polly in their UK factory.

I

Impish Lee is handmade in NYC.

Iris Lingerie is handmade in London.

J

Jockey  is owned by Pacific Brands, who have a detailed series of statements about ethical trading on their website.

Jonathon Aston hosiery are owned by Levante and are produced in the latter’s Italian facility.

K

Kiss Me Deadly has a whole blog post about their ethical manufacturing, which more than reassures me.

Kiss Me Quick lingerie is handmade by the designer.

Kushyfoot are owned by Doris Inc, who state their commitment to fair labour and sustainability. Doris Inc have now (as of July ’14) been acquired by Gildan Activewear, who have an impressive set of ethical guidelines on their website.

L

Leia is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

La Chaton Bottée is handmade in Belgium.

Larkspur LA lingerie is handmade in the US (go on, guess precisely where) from environmentally-friendly fabrics.

Lucy B is made in the USA.

Lucile and Co is handmade in Britain(since 1890!).

Lena-Lena is handmade by the designer in Bulgaria.

Lane Bryant have a commitment to ethical production – and also ensuring the brands they carry meet the same guidelines as they do.

Lascivious is produced ethically entirely in the UK.

Love Baby Grand is handmade in London.

Lola Haze lingerie, as stated on each product’s page, is made in NYC.

La Lilouche is handmade in India.

Lilipiache is made in New York.

Liberti lingerie are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

Lula Huva is handmade in the UK, often with environmentally-friendly and ethically sourced materials.

Levante produces all their hosiery in their ‘environmentally-friendly’ factory in Italy.

Le Bourget are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

Lepel lingerie are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

M

Masquerade is carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies.

MaidenForm is carried by Simply Be, and therefore must comply with their Ethical Trading Initiative.

Malicious Designs LA is handmade in the USA.

Mistress Collection lingerie is handmade in the UK.

Miss Crofton is handmade in London.

Majo Rey is handcrafted in Uruguay.

Marianna Giordana is made in France.

Madonna Bain are made ethically in Australia and Indonesia, and sustainability is a core focus of the brand.

Mona hosiery are made in Poland.

N

Naked Princess is made in the USA.

Nearer the Moon is handmade in the UK.

Nichole de Carle is ethically made in London.

NOE undergarments are made entirely in the USA.

Norwegian Wood is made in Canada.

Nico Underwear is made ethically in Australia, from sustainably sourced materials.

NaïS is made in NYC.

Nylonica tights are made in Italy.

O

Olivia Von Halle enforces its own ethical manufacturing agreement with factories.

Ohh Lulu is handmade in Canada.

Only Hearts is made in NYC.

Oroblu hosiery are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

P

Playful Promises: There is nothing explicit on this subject on their site. However, their factories are audited to comply with “ethical compliance requirements”, according to the LinkedIn of their previous brand manager (who is now the brand manager of their clothing line)

ParaNoire Lingerie is handmade in Germany.

Panache is carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies.

Pretty Polly are made in the UK, and with a blog post about their factory manager I’m satisfied they belong on the SafeList.

PJ Pan are entirely made in Britain – right down to the bed-socks!

Q

R

Royce is carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies.

Real Girl is made is the USA.

RR Lingerie is made in the USA.

Rago shapewear is famous for having always been made in the USA.

Razzmatazz  is owned by Pacific Brands, who have a detailed series of statements about ethical trading on their website.

Rebecca Ansah is handmade in London.

Reliable Hosiery is made in Canada.

Rose Fulbright is made in the UK.

S

Sand Maiden Sleepwear is handmade in the USA.

she and reverie are made in NYC.

SilkBody‘s factories comply with high ethical and environmental standards.

Sculptresse is carried by Simply Be, and therefore must comply with their Ethical Trading Initiative.

Sophie Hines is handmade in the USA.

Silky Hosiery is a brand by Legwear International, who manufacture in their own UK factory.

Ruby South Africa is handmade in South Africa.

Silks Hosiery seem to be made in Canada and are owned by Doris Inc, who state their commitment to fair labour and sustainability. Doris Inc have now (as of July ’14) been acquired by Gildan Activewear, who have an impressive set of ethical guidelines on their website.

Secret Hosiery seem to be made in Canada and are owned by Doris Inc, who state their commitment to fair labour and sustainability. Doris Inc have now (as of July ’14) been acquired by Gildan Activewear, who have an impressive set of ethical guidelines on their website.

Sanpellegrino (socks) are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

T

True Intimates is dedicated to both sustainable and ethical production.

Trashy lingerie is produced in-house in the USA.

Tutti Rouge is carried by Bravissimo, and therefore must comply with their ethical policies.

Toru and Naoko is handmade in Chile.

Touchable is made in the UK.

Tessa Kim Intimates is made in the USA.

Tuffys and Tuffetts is made in Australia.

Tightology‘s Introduction page states that all their products are produced ethically and from sustainable fabrics.

Therapy Plus hosiery are owned by Doris Inc, who state their commitment to fair labour and sustainability. Doris Inc have now (as of July ’14) been acquired by Gildan Activewear, who have an impressive set of ethical guidelines on their website.

U

Undrest are not only supporters, but campaigners for ethical production in fashion.

Uye Surana is made in NYC.

V

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese is manufactured by DCI Corporation, whose spokesperson states their commitment to ethical manufacturing and exclusively working with manufacturers who are “ethically compliant” in this interview.

Voodoo  is owned by Pacific Brands, who have a detailed series of statements about ethical trading on their website.

W

Wacoal (bet you’d never guess) is owned by Wacoal Eveden Group. They have an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their website.

With Love Lingerie is made in Canada.

What Katie Did have not only a blog post about their factory in India but also an assurance of ethical manufacturing on their About Us page.

Well are owned by CSP International Group, who produce in Italy and France.

X

Y

YEAR OF THE RAM is handmade in Canada.

Z

The Banned List: 

Here are a list of lingerie brands, who, sadly, do not [seem to] conform to ethical standards. I hope there’s a day when this section is empty. This is separated into brands which offer absolutely no information about these issues and those on whom we have condemning evidence. Evidence from this section is largely sourced from ethical buying websites.

 

The Suspicious Silence List: 

 

AntzPantz, Wicked, Platinum, Kolotex, King Gee, LoveKylie, Rio

Chantelle provides absolutely no information about environmental or ethical concerns, which I can’t help but view as suspicious.

La Perla.

Although Asos has an impressive section of their site about their efforts regarding ethical trade, they state only that their suppliers must work towards meeting, rather than actually meet, the Ethical Trading Initiative’s standards. There is also no information about the manufacture of their own line.

Agent Provocateur. 

Le Mystere.

Just My Jammies.

Morgan Lane.

Va Bien.

Gipsy hosiery.

Glamory hosiery.

Josie Natori

Cleopatra lingerie may come from Spain, but there’s no explicit information.

Cette hosiery states that 80% of it’s production is exported, with no further information given.

Kris Soonik is made in Estonia, but I would like to know more about in what conditions.

Lise Charmel is largely manufactured in Tunisia. There is no information on their website about in what circumstances.

Chantelle is largely manufactured in Bulgaria. There is no information on their website about in what circumstances.

Melas Group own Jonathon Aston, Levante, Charnos Hosiery and Ambra. Although the first two are on the safelist, along with Charnos’ non-hosiery lines, I can find no information about the manufacture of the latter two.

Falke gives no information about ethical or environmental issues – except their most luxurious mens socks, which are made in Germany.

CLiO Hosiery‘s Italian Collection is manufactured in Italy, but there is no information about the rest of their range.

Fiore Hosiery.

Leg Avenue.

Pendeza hosiery.

The only mention of this issue on the Bendon Group website is the highly ambiguous “We are all committed to contributing to a sustainable global community, and supporting non-profit organisations that seek to make a positive difference in the world.” This isn’t good enough for me, and this means that Bendon, Hickory, Evollove, Pleasure State, Lovable, Kissed by Lovable, Fayreform, Hey Sister, DavenportBendon ManElle Macpherson Intimates and Stella Mccartney Intimates are also to be avoided. Despite the company statement about their ethical aims on the latter’s part, both are part of Bendon Group.

Ell and Cee are made in the UK, but I would like to hear more about their beadwork produced in India before they earn a place on the safelist.

No Nonsense hosiery claims 80% of its stock is made in the USA, but there’s no further information available.

 

The ‘Rights? What human rights?’ List

 

Sass & Bide Intimates, Soho and Chloe & Lola are all owned by Myers and thus are not recommended.

Anything by Calvin Klein is to be totally avoided. Sweatshops, people, sweatshops. 

Victoria’s Secret, in a surprise to absolutely no-one, is also to be avoided. Again, sweatshops.

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One response to “The Ethical Lingerie Safelist

  1. Fabulous list! Thank you for sharing. I am also personally curious about Marlies Dekkers, princesse tam.tam, The Little Bra Company, and Timpa.

    VPL’s design studio is in NYC, but I’d like to hear more about the manufacturing process.

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