A new year calls for new underwear. And, if you’re like a lot of us, it also calls for a personal ethics check. What sort of companies do we want to support? Where is our money going? What matters when we buy our clothing? Crafting an ethically-made intimates wardrobe might seem daunting, but ethical lingerie isn’t hard to find. Lingerie lovers have access to many ethically-manufactured, relatively affordable lingerie labels […]
The retail industry is changing quickly and so many ethically-made lingerie lines are slowing production or shuttering completely because of it. It’s expensive to manufacture lingerie in a responsible way and many consumers don’t want to pay the higher rates, instead preferring to bargain shop with discount codes from budget apparel lines. So, I’m not gonna lie. It wasn’t super easy to come up with a beautiful, nicely-sized, not-too-expensive, new-item-filled, […]
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Fact: people still handmake every single item of clothing we wear – including lingerie. Whether it’s a luxurious $180 silk bra or a pair of $2.50 cotton panties you wear to work, every single item in your underwear drawer was made by human hands. Budget lingerie is priced so low in part because of the low cost of labor in many countries, but also […]
Jeanna Kadlec is the owner of Bluestockings Boutique, the first-ever lingerie boutique geared to the LGBTQIA+ community. She lives in Brooklyn. When I first opened my store, Bluestockings, in April 2015, I wanted to exclusively stock brands that shared my commitment to ethical manufacturing. In my research, I learned the reason so many companies moved their manufacturing from the United States and Europe to Southeast Asia, China, Morocco and Latin […]
I always, always, always love introducing a new brand on TLA. Even better if that brand is run by someone who’s been the invisible, behind-the-scenes innovator on so many luxury lingerie labels, from Ludique to Bordelle. One can’t help but wonder what someone that creative could do if they were in charge of their own label. For now, at least when it comes to Pia Conaghan, we don’t have to wonder anymore. Her debut collection for the eponymous brand, Studio by Pia, is both ambitious and impressive.