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Introducing Nisa: a fresh intimates, swimwear and activewear brand that ticks all the right boxes

In an age when eco issues are at the fore of our minds, it’s great to see a brand that has sustainability at its heart.

With fabrics made in Melbourne, Wellington-based basics label Nisa is set to open its drawers to Australian consumers with a quality range of ethically-produced underwear, swimwear and activewear.

Nisa swimwear and activewear are made from recycled fabric that utilises plastic bottles, discarded clothes, ghost fishing nets, and textile waste, while the underwear collections are made from organic cotton.

Making a positive impact through its intimates, Nisa is also considerate on the employment front, employing women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, who lovingly hand-sew each Nisa garment.

It all started when Founder Elisha Watson quit her job as a lawyer to start Nisa in 2017, after volunteering at the Red Cross’ refugee resettlement program in New Zealand. She noticed an interesting trend: that many former refugee women had sewing experience, although lacked the language skills and local experience required to find work.

Et voila! Nisa was born.

Since 2017, the Nisa has employed 24 women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and now produces size-inclusive (XS to 4XL) underwear, activewear, swimwear and loungewear for all genders.

Nisa manufactures all of their garments in-house, with every stitch sewn by hand, rather than mass produced. Many of the bra styles can be customised, allowing the wearer to add a little more room into a cup size, go down a cup size (if you’re an A cup and wanting less), or get extra-wide straps for additional support.

The brand now stocks and sells briefs and bras, bralettes, socks, pants and shorts, tops, swimwear, activewear, and even face masks for the Covid-conscious.

We also love that Nisa doesn’t just talk sustainability, they walk the walk.

Elisha believes that all stages in the garment manufacturing process can and should be done differently, hence she employs a number of eco-friendly production techniques. The mill that produces their fabrics has its own water treatment and solar power facilities, for example. And they use paper packaging instead of plastic for all orders, helping to offset their carbon emissions on parcels going to customers.

Add to that some of the comfiest, most beautiful undies, and Nisa is onto a winner!

Lisa Andrews


Nisa’s full collection can be found at www.nisa.co.nz.

Free shipping to Australia with purchases over NZD$100.

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