If you’re looking to expand the international contents of your underwear drawer but can’t necessarily fly all over the world in search of the best underpinnings, we’ve got you (skimpily) covered. We’ve scouted 13 international underwear brands from countries like France and Japan that offer everything from men’s cotton basics to lacy sweet nothings for women — all available on Amazon.
Simone Perele also got its start from the world of corsets and was founded in Paris in 1948 by Madame Simone Perele, an expert corset maker who wanted to free women from restrictive lingerie and instead create pieces that catered to a woman’s natural shape.
Nobody made a plain, cotton camisole-and-panty set look sexier than Nicole Kidman did in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. In a pivotal scene, Kidman’s character confesses a sex fantasy she has of a naval officer she once saw on vacation to her husband, played by Tom Cruise (who was also her real-life husband at the time). Wearing just a strappy white cami and white briefs by Swiss brand Hanro, Kidman’s character burns with the memory of that fantasized encounter, while Cruise’s character squirms. Here’s a similar pair of panties.
Zimmerli of Switzerland, which is based in Aaburg, was founded in 1871 and got its start when Pauline Zimmerli-Bäurlin learned to make socks on a new knitting machine. She went on to invent a knitting machine of her own, establishing Zimmerli as a leader in manufacturing ribbed fabric.
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Men’s underwear from British heritage brand Derek Rose.
And, of course, there’s Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla, which was also founded by a master corset maker, this time in 1954 in Bologna, Italy. Today, it offers everything from sleepwear to ready-to-wear. These boy shorts are flirty yet functional.
Don’t let the chiseled models of Emporio Armani (David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, anyone?) distract you from the fact that the Giorgio Armani brand makes some solid underwear for men (and women).
Austrian company Wolford may be best known for its tights, but it also offers a range of body-hugging lingerie as well.
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