Where to Buy Ethically-Made Lingerie: over 60 Places to Start.

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In my last post, I talked about why it’s so important to purchase your intimates from labels that treat their garment workers ethically. If you’re wondering how to find these designers, I’ve done your research for you. Here are over 60 lingerie and loungewear labels that have online stores, ship worldwide, and manufacture in countries with high labor standards or otherwise state that they are made ethically. Plus, they’re all gorgeous. What could be better that?

American Apparel

American Apparel

American ApparelLos Angeles, USA. “Our team of sewers, shippers, cutters, dyers and creatives accounts for more than 7,500 employees at our LA-area factories alone.”

Andrea Billard | Haute Lingerie

Andrea Billard | Haute Lingerie

 Andrea Billard | Haute LingerieEngland, UK. “The brand is designed, sourced and made in England, mixing strong femininity with subtle sexuality, appealing to those with a love of luxury and innovative designs.”

Angela Friedman

Angela Friedman

Angela FriedmanNYC, USA. “She creates her samples by hand in a Manhattan atelier, and all of her designs are manufactured in the USA.”

ARI DEIN

ARI DEIN

ARI DEINNYC, USA. “Dedicated to an Old New York forgotten era and a family history of excellence in the New York Garment District that spans four generations, Ari’s collection speaks to a time when custom lingerie was made to order and with great care.”

Arsenic et Vieilles Dentelles

Arsenic et Vieilles Dentelles

Arsenic et Vieilles DentellesBelgium. “Fine Lingerie made in Belgium with love”

Atsuko Kudo

Atsuko Kudo

Atsuko KudoUK. “Atsuko Kudo designs and manufactures a full range of ladies wear exclusively in latex rubber.”

Ayten Gasson

Ayten Gasson

Ayten GassonUK. “To this day Ayten Gasson continues to utilise and support the UK fashion industry by producing every item, from garters to teddies, in either small production units in Nottingham and Wales, or in her own Brighton based studio.”

Beaujais

Beaujais

BeaujaisUK. “Be rest assured that the brand champions ethical, UK-based production.”

Bella Petite Lingerie

Bella Petite Lingerie

Bella Petite LingerieUSA. “Bella Petite Lingerie’s classic collection is proudly Made In USA in the heart of the country.”

Betty Blues Loungerie

Betty Blues Loungerie

Betty Blues LoungerieUK. “By working with a British manufacturer Betty can be confident that all her garments meet her strict quality control and that she is benefiting from skilled and experienced machinists.”

Between the Sheets

Between the Sheets

Between the SheetsNYC, USA. “Between the Sheets manufactures all of our product in New York City’s historic garment center.”

Blackbird Underpinnings

Blackbird Underpinnings

Blackbird UnderpinningsSan Francisco, USA. “A unique intimate apparel brand that promotes confidence and self-expression. Made in San Francisco.”

Brook There

Brook There

Brook ThereMaine, USA. “Since 2007, we’ve been building beautiful, sustainable, and organic clothing and loungewear.  All of our styles are made in the USA.”

Bunny Smalls

Bunny Smalls

Bunny SmallsLondon, UK. “Beautiful handmade lingerie that conjures romance and vintage elegance while being wearable, affordable and crafted entirely in the UK.”

Buttress and Snatch

Buttress and Snatch

Buttress and Snatch. England, UK. “All Buttress and Snatch swimwear and lingerie is custom made to order in our workshops in Hackney, London.”

Caro London

Caro London

Caro LondonIndia. “We only work with small scale production units in the Indian subcontinent, and over the years, as Caro London has grown, we’ve been able to provide more employment opportunities for local people in the area.”

Christine Lingerie

Christine Lingerie

Christine LingerieCanada. “Her initial company created custom lingerie and bridal gowns. From this, emerged a limited edition collection and the first line of silk lingerie designed and manufactured in Canada. “

Ciel

Ciel

 CielUK & India. “Ciel carefully selects environmentally and ethically produced fabrics & production throughout the design and making process.”

Clare Bare

Clare Bare

 Clare BareLos Angeles, USA. “All of her pieces are made locally using sustainable design practices, and are structured to flatter your body in a natural way without the use of constrictive hardware.”

Cosabella

Cosabella

Cosabella. Italy. “The company headquarters are located in Miami, Florida and the products are still manufactured in Italy using the highest grade fibers to create a refined blend of American innovation and Italian artisanship.”

Dear Kate

Dear Kate

Dear KateNYC, USA. “Made in NYC, each pair is wicking, stain releasing, and leak-resistant.”

Dollhouse Bettie

Dollhouse Bettie

Dollhouse Bettie. California, USA. ” Being able to implement ethical vertical production methods, and oversee the development of a design from concept to finished garment is truly exciting and unique.”

Dotties Delights

Dotties Delights

Dotties DelightsChicago, USA. “Hand made with love in Chicago!”

Ell and Cee

Ell and Cee

Ell and CeeUK. “We use luxurious silks and silk chiffons to ensure the best quality in our garments and manufacture in the UK, with the hand beaded designs created in India.”

Farr West

Farr West

Farr West. California, USA.Instead of outsourcing manufacturing to ethically unreliable countries, Farr West is still made by a small sewing collective in its home state of California where it is guaranteed to provide a sustainable wage, humane work conditions and stimulate the local economy.”

Fortnight Lingerie

Fortnight Lingerie

Fortnight Lingerie. Toronto, Canada. “Since its establishment in 2010, Fortnight Lingerie is designed and manufactured in Toronto.”

Frantic About Frances

Frantic About Frances

 Frantic about FrancesUK. “Each & every piece is made in the UK, with Love.”

Gilda and Pearl

Gilda and Pearl

 Gilda and PearlUK. “The entire collection is handmade in-house, to ensure that the greatest care is taken in the production of every item we bring you.”

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

Hanky PankyUSA. “We pride ourselves on providing brilliant solutions for fashion fit issues by remaining dedicated to innovative design, comfort, quality, and US production.”

HoneyCooler Handmade

Honey Cooler Handmade

Honey Cooler HandmadeSan Francisco, USA. “Each Honey Cooler Handmade piece is unique, delicate and eminently desirable, sewn exclusively for you.”

Harlow & Fox

Harlow & Fox

Harlow & Fox. UK.All of our collection of luxury full-bust lingerie is made in Great Britain.”

Impish Lee

Impish Lee

Impish LeeNew York, USA. “Sustainably handmade, vintage-inspired lingerie”

Iris London

Iris London

Iris London. London, UK. “Since 2012, Iris has been lovingly creating lingerie from an east London studio, Hackney Downs.”

Kriss Soonik

Kriss Soonik

Kriss SoonikLondon, UK. “Now based in London, she stands by having her designs produced in her native country.”

La Lilouche

La Lilouche

La Lilouche. India. “All our Lingerie collections are handmade to order and inspired by flirtatious boudoir, seduction, refined elegance and most of all high fashion.”

Lascvicious

Lascvicious

LasciviousUK. “Lascivious is proud to be a British brand that continues to support the UK manufacturing industry, designing & producing all collections ethically in this country.”

Lena-Lena

Lena-Lena

Lena-LenaBulgaria. “The studio where I do the designing and sewing work is based in Sofia, Bulgaria.”

Lilipiache

Lilipiache

LilipiacheNYC, USA. “The collection is made here in New York utilizing high-quality materials including Leavers Lace picked both for their functionality and aesthetic values.”

Lola Haze

Lola Haze

Lola HazeNYC, USA. “Lola Haze is designed and produced with love in New York City.”

Loup Charmant

Loup Charmant

Loup CharmantNYC, USA. “Summer vibes, Lounge & Easy living. Made in NYC”

Love Baby Grand

Love Baby Grand

Love Baby GrandUK. “The entire collection is handmade in-house, to ensure that the greatest care is taken in the production of every item we bring you.”

The Loved One

The Loved One

The Loved OneUSA. “Proudly made in the USA.”

Lucile

Lucile

LucileEngland, UK. “The Lucile brand is proud of its British heritage, which is why every piece of luxury lingerie and nightwear is hand crafted in England.”

Lucy B

Lucy B

Lucy B. Los Angeles, USA. “Here at Lucy B, we are dedicated to making quality, distinctly playful, comfortable, affordable, fabulous fitting lingerie! And we make it all here in Los Angeles.”

Luva Huva

Luva Huva

Luva HuvaUK. “Luva Huva produces beautiful, handmade clothing using ethically sourced and sustainable fabrics wherever possible, which celebrate elegant feminine style whilst also providing a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to the often wasteful fashion industry.”

Morgan Lane

Morgan Lane

Morgan Lane. NYC, USA. “Lingerie & nightwear for the little doll in you.”

NaiS

NaiS

NaiSNYC, USA. “We are purveyors of innovative lingerie made exclusively in New York.”

Naked Princess

Naked Princess

Naked PrincessUSA. “Boudoir loungewear & special occasion lingerie manufactured in the U.S.A. with imported lace, MicroModal and cashmere blends.”

Nevaeh Intimates

Nevaeh Intimates

Nevaeh IntimatesNYC, USA. “Nevaeh Intimates, created in New York City, exudes femininity and empowers the modern day sophisticated women with a new luxurious lingerie collection.”

Nichole de Carle London

Nichole de Carle London

Nichole de Carle LondonLondon, UK. “Nichole de Carle London has enforced its ethical stance on production and the ultimate control over its quality by developing and producing all designs in London.”

NOE Undergarments

NOE Undergarments

NOE UndergarmentsUSA. “Each NOE Undergarment piece is designed and produced in the fabulous USA.”

Ohhh Lulu

Ohhh Lulu

Ohhh LuluOntario, Canada. “Sewing lingerie was a creative outlet for me and was the perfect way for me to incorporate my love for delicate fabrics, feminine print, and vintage patterns all into one garment.”

On The Inside

On The Inside

On The InsideNorth Carolina, USA. “Comfortable lingerie handmade to order, using your individual measurements and sizes, to ensure the best possible fit!”

Rago Shapewear

Rago Shapewear

Rago ShapewearUSA. “Rago Shapewear has been creating beautiful, high-quality, made-in-the-USA body shaping garments for over 50 years.”

Real Girls Lingerie

Real Girls Lingerie

Real Girls LingerieLos Angeles, USA. “From the beginning, we had always wanted our product to be made in the USA.”

RR Lingerie

RR Lingerie

RR Lingerie. New York, USA.RR Lingerie is manufactured by a small, family-owned factory in New York. “

Sandmaiden Sleepwear

Sandmaiden Sleepwear

Sandmaiden SleepwearWashington, USA. “All orders are cut by me by hand from my original patterns and then constructed and finished by myself and my assistant.”

she and reverie

she and reverie

she and reverieNYC, USA. “Our lush items are all manufactured in New York City apparel factories, crafted by people who are paid adequate wages and work in safe environments.”

Toru & Naoko

Toru & Naoko

Toru & NaokoChile. “On 2013 while I was teaching pattern making and sewing lesson I found out that Lingerie making is what I love the most, and that’s when the idea of creating a lingerie brand focused on made to measurements came to mind.”

Trashy

Trashy

Trashy. Los Angeles, USA. “Everything in the store is produced right on the premises. There are 30 seamstresses, handsewers and pattern makers, which makes it easy for them to custom fit all the very different bodies to their original designs.”

True Intimates

True Intimates

 True IntimatesLos Angeles, USA. “True Intimates is manufactured by expert lingerie specialists in downtown Los Angeles.”

undrest.

undrest.

undrest. Los Angeles, USA. “Since the beginning in 2007, undrest. has always been entirely made in Los Angeles, CA, supporting and creating local jobs under Fair Wage Labor Conditions.”

Uye Surana

Uye Surana

Uye SuranaNYC, USA. “Many of her pieces are made in New York City and Brooklyn with specialty one-of-a-kind features.”

Wildfox

Wildfox

WildfoxLos Angeles, USA. “We spend the money it takes on our California made collections and strive for the best quality, creating more and more jobs for all sorts of people right here at home… most of those people women!”

With Love Lingerie

With Love Lingerie

With Love LingerieToronto, Canada. “The company is proud of its high quality and that the collection is manufactured solely in Canada.”

Quinne

Quinne

Quinne Myers is a fashion and textile designer living in Brooklyn, New York. She currently designs for she and reverie, an oh-so-sweet loungewear line made in NYC's Garment District.

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18 Comments

  1. anon
    08/07/14 at 9:18

    Farr West is another lingerie company that manufactures in the US.

    • 09/07/14 at 11:16

      Thanks for letting me know– I’ll update the list to include them!

  2. 08/07/14 at 17:38

    Thank you for this amazing post. I did not know of many of these companies, so it gave me a lot of new websites to check out. I am very happy that there are so many made in the USA lingerie companies as i can bring their goods across the border into Canada without paying duty (NAFTA!). Thanks again!

    • 09/07/14 at 11:15

      NAFTA perks! I’m glad the post has been beneficial.

  3. Evija
    08/07/14 at 18:59

    I got to the letter C and then I got down and had to scroll at a pretty vicious speed to the bottom. I should really speed up my career as a coder so that I could buy the entire alphabet. Can anyone, like, you know, cross fingers for me? Thank you!!!! :-D
    //I know I often speak rather obscurely, so this is intended to be a *major* compliment :)

    • 09/07/14 at 11:12

      I totally feel the same– glad you like it!

  4. Jacqui
    08/07/14 at 21:05

    What a great post! I would much rather save up for an high quality, ethically-made garment, so I’ll be bookmarking this for my next big purchase.

    • 09/07/14 at 11:13

      That’s how I tend to shop, too. Glad you found it helpful!

  5. 08/07/14 at 21:41

    Great list! I’m such a fan of ethically made brands, and this list features many of my favorites. One thing though, La Lilouche is based in and made in India, not the UK.

    • 09/07/14 at 11:12

      Thanks for the correction, Amber– edited the post accordingly.

  6. Lynn B
    09/07/14 at 0:45

    Yes, Farr West has been revived! Farr West is still made in California and now all the lace they use is sourced from Klauber Lace Inc. the last American lace company. You also forgot to include Lucy B lingerie, all sewn with love in California, USA.

    • 09/07/14 at 11:12

      Thanks, Lynn! I’ll update the post accordingly.

  7. 09/07/14 at 1:02

    I commented over on FB but I feel quite strongly about how people measure ‘ethicalness’. I am surprised but I must say this article smells of Western imperialism to me (although probably unintentionally). Ethical doesn’t mean made by one person nor does it mean made in the West (although being made by one person of course makes it easier to guarantee that it is probably ethical). Ethical means that the workers throughout the sourcing chain are treated fairly – it doesn’t matter if there are 100 people or 1 person making the lingerie. I produce Playful Promises in China and now the UK and all the facilities we work with are ethical (which includes things such as fair rates of pay, maternity leave and pay, holidays etc, we work with the ETI basecode as a bench mark). Sustainable is a different matter and a very interesting one. Important but very hard to measure.

    • 09/07/14 at 11:09

      Emma, like Cora said on the Facebook post, I too would love to hear more about your viewpoint on this. The labels included here either stated in their bio or press information that they use ethical manufacturing practices, are made by the designer, or are produced in a country with a high minimum wage. This list shouldn’t imply that all other lingerie brands are produced unethically, or that outsourced lingerie is always made in poor conditions; these are the brands that are easiest to identify as ethically-made. I’m certainly not an expert on outsourcing (my label and the labels I’ve worked for have all manufactured their goods in NYC), so would love to hear about your experiences with it. I’d also love to add Playful Promises to the list if you’d like.

      • 09/07/14 at 11:59

        Hi Quinne,
        Thanks for your further clarification and feedback (as well as bringing some lovely brands to my attention). For sure it is easier to identify small individuals & workshops producing lingerie and their ethical policies. Over the years I have had quite a lot of experience of producing (around 10 years now) in the UK & the Far East and will definitely take the time to share some of the information about positive ethical stuff that is happening in countries that also have been associated with poor labor conditions & hopefully counter some of the notions that Western production is inherently good and FE inherently bad. There is good and bad everywhere :).
        More soon!
        Emma

  8. 09/07/14 at 7:25

    This is great, I especially love finding out more UK-made brands so I can support local companies

  9. Lara
    24/07/14 at 8:04

    I’m always so torn between buying more independant, ethically manufactured brands or supporting my local stores – which only stock a limited variety of brands (that are not super forthcoming about their manufacturing), but are my only chance for actually trying things on and not having to pay international shipping.

  10. SL
    22/10/14 at 0:24

    Thanks! Bookmarked!

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