Who says naughty can’t be nice? British lingerie-maker Ayten Gasson takes the dichotomy in stride this fall with a capsule collection of cruelty-free underpinnings. Stitched in one of England’s last remaining underwear factories, the saucy, vintage-inspired knickers comprise Ahimsa or “peace” silk, the production of which leaves the pupa unharmed. The limited-edition range includes a camisole, tap pant, and teddy in matrimonial ivory, trimmed in vintage cotton lace from Nottingham and hand-finished in London with tiny ribbon bows.
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
Unlike conventional silk, which involves boiling live cocoons to release the fiber, peace silk is extracted only after the butterfly has emerged. “Research into eco-silks was a natural progression into making the label a 100 percent ethical brand,” designer Ayten Mustafa tells Ecouterre. “Mixing peace silks with vintage cotton laces, all produced in the U.K., was the ideal design pieces to me—something I would be proud to design, make, and put my name too.”
Consider this a baby step forward. Mustafa plans to expand her use of peace silk in Spring/Summer 2012.
Consider this a baby step forward. Mustafa plans to expand her use of peace silk in Spring/Summer 2012, as well as make the range a permanent fixture in her label. Ayten Gasson certainly has experience on its side. In 2007, the brand collaborated with Enamore to produce a Japanese-Zen-meets-French-boudoir range of unmentionables derived from vintage fabrics, hemp silk, and soy jersey. We like.