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.

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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.

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