Founded by the same folks who launched Tom’s of Maine 40 years ago, Ramblers Way uses 100 percent American wool for its sustainably produced wares, including these ultra-lightweight boxer-style briefs, which are cut, sewn, dyed, and washed entirely in the U.S.A.
Everyone looks good in an LBU—that’s little black underpant for the acronym-challenged. Pants to Poverty’s classic stretch trunk comprises 95 percent organic, fair-trade cotton and 5 percent elastane fabric for stretch. Bonus: Each knicker comes packaged in the world’s first recycled fair-trade-cotton box, made from waste generated during manufacturing. Le rawr rawr.
From Malmö in southern Sweden comes Gässling, a burgeoning line of men’s unmentionables fairly made in Estonia from 95 percent certified-organic cotton. (A smidge of elastane gives it a better fit.) The retro-styled Falsterbo comes with fabric-covered buttons so you’ll look effortless put-together, even between the sheets.
G’day mate, is that a banana you’ve got down undah or are you just happy to see us? AussieBum’s made-in-Oz Banana brief comprises 27 percent banana fiber (made from the bark weave of the plant), 64 percent organic cotton, and 9 percent Lycra, giving the term “banana hammock” a whole new innuendo.
This full-cut brief from the Aussies at Obviously is made from super-soft Modal, a beechwood-derived material that requires only a tenth of the water used in cotton production. Obviously’s design also includes its signature “contour pouch,” which offers ample room and support for your nethers.
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Cute boy-knickers made from upcycled merino wool and cashmere sweaters? You had us at “cute.” Plus, Sartoria handcrafts each pair to order in its Toronto studio—just spell out the specifics for your custom design.
BREAKING THE ICE
For red-blooded lovers who’d rather show than tell, Icebreaker’s “Anatomica” boxer makes a sufficiently bold statement. Made from traceable merino wool from New Zealand, the skivvies keep man-bits warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Make It Good’s underwear-of-the-month club is the gift that keeps on giving, particularly for lazypants with a tenuous grasp on hygiene. Because each pair is designed and manufactured in Portland from a variety of experimental prints, you’ll assured of a surprise in your pants every time, but in a good way.
Hang loose with Duluth Trading Co.’s “Free Range” boxer briefs, which boast 94 percent organic cotton and 6 percent spandex to allow close-to-the-body snugness without the chafing.
If it’s enlightenment you seek, then C-IN2’s “Zen Street Jock” is an auspicious a start as any. It’s made from a reformulated blend of bamboo, cotton, and Lycra, providing as much support and comfort as a jock strap can.
Gear up for the horizontal mambo with American Essential’s stripy boxer short, which features a classic fit, button-fly front, reinforced stitching, and brushed organic cotton.
HOME OF THE BRAVE
Get down to business supporting onshore manufacturing by strapping on the baby-rib boxer brief by American Apparel. Proudly made in the U.S. of A. from 100 percent organic cotton, the fuss-free undies come in eye-popping colors with names like “dijon,” “ultraviolet,” and “pomegranate” to keep ’em guessing.+ American Apparel
3G Actualwear’s Organik low-rise brief offers snug, breathable comfort in 91 percent organic cotton, plus a crotch gusset inseam that won’t put the squeeze on your Charmin. A red satin “racing stripes” adds some extra va-va-vroom.