Saturday, August 24

Established in 2012 by Lis Harvey, NICO celebrates the sartorial philosophy of minimalism and understated luxury.

The Brisbane-based brand brings high quality basics and underwear to the Australian fashion landscape featuring clean lines, luxe fabrics and the styles and colours needed for the everyday.

NICO was the first underwear producer to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and seeks to maintain complete transparency in its production which happens here in Australia, in India and Bangladesh.

Accordingly, the brand publishes detailed information about the factories it works with on its website including any certifications and how often they visit.

To help reduce its environmental impact, NICO opts for sustainable fabrics such as recycled cotton yarn in its garments.

The brand says that recycling cotton helps to dramatically reduce the amount of water used for irrigation, chemicals used in treatment, emissions released, waste water dumped, and energy and land used for production. Also by reusing this textile it is saving it from entering landfill – so it’s a win win scenario.


Another environmentally friendly fibre used in the NICO garments is Modal by Lenzing – a fibre made from sustainably sourced beechwood trees. Modal is free of harmful chemicals and is made in a closed-loop process which captures non-toxic chemicals to be used over and over again.

NICO also uses fabrics that are partly recycled cotton and nylon, helping to reduce waste and ensure quality for its products.

The NICO jocks are a range of full briefs to thongs, in basic colours and sizes. NICO also has a swimwear range and has branched into bras, socks, singlets, shirts, bodysuits and slips.

The brand has become the ultimate go-to for ethical undergarments. You can learn more about the NICO makers and fabrics used on the website.

There’s just nothing to be bummed out about in your undies drawer anymore.


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Brittanie is the founder and editor of Britt's List, and an advocate for sustainable and Australian fashion. She loves indoor plants, hot chips, blue cheese, boutique gin and patting puppers on the street.

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