Nisa Underwear

Nisa Underwear


Ethical underwear brand employs women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who hand-sew garments 

Reminiscent of a magical, summery sunset, ethical basics brand Nisa has launched a stunning new range of colourways in their best-selling styles, embracing both a delicate, feminine colour palette yet the comfort often found in unisex underwear.


Combining functionality and a comfy fit with a new palette of ultra-feminine colours of lilac, blush and boysenberry, the label's latest offering includes women's briefs, bralettes, and men's briefs for those seeking a touch more romance and whimsy in their lives.


"We wanted to combine the beautiful details of lingerie, with the relaxed comfort that is often found in unisex underwear, and for which Nisa is known," says Nisa founder Elisha Watson. "As with all of our bralettes, we've ditched underwire for maximum comfort; use organic cotton, as opposed to synthetic materials that are often scratchy against the skin; and have opted for a beautiful, soft colour palette as we celebrate the last of those magical summery sunsets."


"So often women's underwear forgoes comfort for sex appeal, but our underwear is not only ultra-comfortable on the body, but it also looks beautiful. The pieces are actually something that women want to wear."


The latest styles featured in the new colourways include: 

- Women's briefs: The low-waisted Quinn briefs, and high-waisted Sabina briefs are available in all three colourways in sizing up to 2XL, while the Ada cheeky briefs, and Marilyn G-string are available in lilac.

- Bralettes: Our best-selling Albertine cross-over bralette joins our miracle Gia bralette in all 3 colourways, with our super-comfy Valerie available in Lilac.

- Extended sizing in the rich Boysenberry colour can be found in the Sabina briefs, Albertine bralette and shorties, all going up to a size 4XL.

- And the boys don't miss out, with the Jules men's brief in boysenberry, with a snazzy black waistband.

The organic cotton fabric for Nisa's new colourways was knitted and dyed in Melbourne, at a mill with its own water treatment and solar power facility, and then shipped to Aotearoa and cut-up and hand-sewn in Nisa's Wellington-based workshop that employs women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.


Founder Elisha Watson quit her job as a lawyer to start Nisa in 2017, after volunteering at the Red Cross' refugee resettlement programme in Aotearoa (New Zealand). She noticed that many former refugee women had sewing experience, however lacked the language skills and local work experience required to find work. Nisa started life as a sewing workshop to provide employment for these women.


Since then, the brand has employed 24 women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and produces size-inclusive (XS to 4XL) underwear, activewear, swimwear and loungewear for all genders.




Review: Quite surprised by the softness of Nisa underwear, I barely noticed it while wearing. The range is definitely mad with comforrt in mind, but also caters to covid tummies that may need a control briefs.  The bra is adjustable and really comfortable, structured but not wired which is great for day wear.  I quite like the palette of colours; naturals army green colour & the print for a bit of fun.


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