We’re Working With a New Ethical, Sustainable Workshop in India

We’re making a few changes to our production processes at NICO and we wanted you to know about them, we’re all about transparency here after all. We’ve decided to move some of the making of our Basics range to an ethical, sustainable workshop in Tamil Nadu, India. Our first deliveries will be happening very soon so we wanted to give you a heads up on where they are being made.

After a year-long search, multiple trips to India and lots of time getting to know the team, we’ve finally found a modern workshop we love with a focus on ethical and sustainable manufacturing in the city of Tirupur in South India. Our capsule ranges as well as the remaining portion of our Basics range will still be produced in Melbourne and Brisbane. 

We know you believe in shopping with a conscience and voting with your dollar; you support brands who treat people and planet fairly whilst still making something you actually want to wear. And we think that’s why you like us. At the core of everything we do at NICO is a strong respect for the people we work with, and the environment we work within.

Supporting this industry in India is important to us; we, the modern fashion world, helped create it and it’s the livelihood and the skill set of so many in India. But we want to promote a positive, viable alternative to the unfair and short-sighted practices fast fashion has necessitated. Through our travels and research, we’ve seen a new picture emerging in clothing production in India, of incredible technical innovations and better ways of treating employees and the environment.

We were searching for an ethical, sustainable workshop in India for over a year with the help of our friends at Seljak Brand before settling on a few to check out in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu. When we met the owner, Ravi, and his team, we knew we’d found the right people for us.

Ravi worked for many years in a Fairtrade factory nearby before deciding to open up his own ethical, sustainable workshop a few years ago. What really stayed with us from our first visit to Ravi’s factory were the welcoming smiles of everyone we met. It left us with the sense that we were truly entering into something that was win-win for both parties.

Ravi’s factory is going through certification audits for Sedex and Fairtrade, two lengthy and expensive processes. In the meantime, the workshop has their GOTS certification, providing guarantees to the fair treatment of workers here.

We’re making all these changes at NICO for a few reasons. First, it means we can carry more product so we’ll pretty much always have your favourite styles and colours in stock when you need them - we know that long waitlists have been frustrating for so many of you! It’ll also allow us to start wholesaling; you’ll soon see NICO popping up in stores we love all over Australia, and one day soon, the world. We know it’s kind of important to be able to try on underwear and swimwear if you’re buying a brand for the first time. Stocking our stuff in stores where you are means you can get to know all of our ranges better.

NICO is growing and we want you to come along with us. But even as we expand, we’ll always employ ethical, sustainable, quality production processes and we will always be transparent with our supply chain.

 





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HOW TO MEASURE

It's best to measure yourself while wearing tight fitting clothing or nothing.

The tape measure should be snug but not cutting into your body.

Make sure the tape measure is level with the ground all the way around.

BUST: Measure all the way around your body at the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples).

 

UNDERBUST: Measure all the way around your body at the top of your ribcage - just underneath the bust.

 

WAIST: Measure all the way around your body at the smallest part of your waist.

 

HIPS: Stand with your feet together and measure all the way around your body at the fullest part of your hips (usually just below the hip bones at the top of the buttocks).

 

Don't have a tape measure? Download our printable tape measure here.

 

Get some tips on bra fitting here. ​

 

NICO BRAS

 TRIANGLE STYLES:

 

UNDERBUST

BUST

XS

63-67cm

74-79cm

S

68-72cm

80-85cm

M

72-77cm

86-91cm

L

78-82cm

92-97cm

 

 FULL CUP/UNDERWIRE STYLES:

 

First measure your underbust - this will give you your band size.

 

  Band Size:

UNDERBUST

BAND SIZE

63-67cm

6

68-72cm

8

73-77cm

10

78-82cm

12

83-87cm

14

 

Now measure your bust. Subtract your underbust measurement from your bust measurement. The difference will give you your cup size.

 

  Cup Size:

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNDERBUST & BUST MEASUREMENTS

CUP SIZE

10.5-13cm

A

13-15.5cm

B

15.5-18cm

C

18-20.5cm

D

20.5-23cm

DD

 

Bra sizing is about the difference in size between the band (the number) and the cup (the letter). The two are relative! That's why cup sizes vary on different size bands. For example the cup volume of a 10B is bigger than the cup volume of an 8B.

When you change just the cup size, it won't affect your band size. However when you change band sizes, the cup size changes slightly too. So you may find that when you go up a band size, you may have to go down a cup size and visa versa.

This also explains what is sometimes called 'sister sizes'. Basically, each bra size has two sister sizes that are very similar in size:

 

Bra Size Sister Size 1 Sister Size 2
8A/Small 6B  10AA
8B/Small 6C 10A
8C/Medium 6D 10B
10B/Medium 8C 12A
10C/Medium 8D 12B
10D/Large 8DD 12C
12C/Large 10D 14B
12D/Large 10DD 14C
14C 12D 16B
14D 12DD 16C
14DD 12E 16D

 While every body is different, lots of people find they can fit bras within the sister range.

This stuff can be a bit tricky to get your head around but we are happy to help! Just email us for any questions about finding the right fit: orders@nicounderwear.com

 

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NICO BRIEFS & LEGGINGS

 

HIP

WAIST

XS/6

82-87cm

55-60cm

S/8

88-93cm

61-66cm

M/10

94-99cm

67-72cm

L/12 100-105cm 73-78cm

XL/14

106-111cm

79-84cm

 

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NICO BODYSUITS, DRESSES & TEES

 

BUST

WAIST

HIP

XS

74-79cm

55-60cm

82-87cm

S

80-85cm

61-66cm

88-93cm

M

86-91cm

67-72cm

94-99cm

L

92-97cm

73-78cm

100-105cm

 

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