Shop for a Cause: 5 Lingerie & Loungewear Brands Empowering Women Worldwide

Sudara PUNJAMMIES

These socially responsible skivvies are directly affecting female lives across the globe, for the better.


The only thing better than shopping for under (& over) things? Shopping for purpose-driven pieces dedicated to creating a female empowering footprint, making your purchase all the more powerful. From driving sustainable economic development amongst female artisans in rural Mexico to distributing microfinance loans to impoverished women across the globe, we’ve tracked down 5 socially responsible brands directly affecting lives worldwide for the better – plus our top picks to shop now from each.

The Brand: Naja

Naja lingerie

The Brief: Not only does Naja employ fair-trade manufacturing practices including above-market wages, healthcare benefits and flexible work policies for a majority single-mother workforce, but through their Underwear for Hope program, the brand also donates 2% of every purchase to local charities in Colombia providing continuing education and skill training to women living in marginalized communities.

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The Brand: White Rabbit

White Rabbit lingerie x Fabrica Social

The Brief: Made in Mexico City by fair-waged female seamstresses, White Rabbit’s debut skivvies are not only made ethically, but fabricated from luxuriously soft, sustainable materials to boot. Plus, a percentage of every purchase goes to benefit Fabrica Social, a Mexico City-based social enterprise committed to driving sustainable economic development by empowering rural communities of female artisans.

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The Brand: Sudara PUNJAMMIES™

Sudara PUNJAMMIES

The Brief: Inspired by the Sanskrit word sudara, meaning beautiful, Sudara PUNJAMMIES™ are made with hope in India by at-risk and surviving women working to remain free from sex slavery in the country’s cyclical Red Light Districts. Founded in 2006 with 6 employees and a single sewing-center partnership, the brand now employs hundreds of women through multiple sewing centers offering safe communities to work, heal and stay out of the sex trade.

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The Brand: Empowered By You

Empowered By You Sri Lanka Factory

The Brief: With the ethos of “What Empowers You, Empowers Women Everywhere,” 20% of all net profits from this line of seamless skivvies (produced in a UN-award winning Sri Lankan facility) are donated to Seven Bar Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering women around the world out of poverty into business roles via microfinance loans. The proof is in the package: each pair includes a personal testimonial from a woman who has received a Seven Bar loan to start her own business.