Thinx, the brand behind the period-absorbent panties and cheeky marketing campaigns (pun-intended) is back — this time, sans controversy. Last week, the team expanded its line of Icon Undies, a range of underwear priced between $28 and $36 that will “conceal your deep dark secret:” incontinence.
“When we launched Thinx, we heard from a ton of women asking whether they could wear them for bladder leaks instead,” Kejal MacDonald, Thinx’s VP of marketing and ‘VPee’ of ICON, told Refinery29. “As they shared their woes of wetness, we noticed a really wide range of reasons they were leaking. There was a 36-year-old woman who squeezed out three big-headed kids. A 40-year-old who had a hysterectomy. A 22-year-old with Multiple Sclerosis. A 56-year-old Crossfitter.”
She continued: “They all shared how much anxiety they had about their leaky bladders, and how equally embarrassing it was to have to wear a panty liner or pad every day. We knew then that we needed create a product specifically for women with bladder leaks. Something that would eliminate their anxiety and even feel a *wee* bit sexy.”
Though Icon Undies first launched in November 2015, it’s now offering more styles (originally, there were just two) and improved its technology. Available in four cuts (hi-waist, hiphugger, bikini, and thong) and colors, the items can “hold up to six teaspoons” of liquid (previously, they could hold four) and feature an “inner layer [that] is a fast-wicking and fast-drying fabric (think high-end workout gear) since bladder leaks are released all at once, compared to the relatively slow ooze of period blood,” Macdonald says.
Thinx isn’t just providing relief for shoppers, either. Each pee-proof panty purchase benefits The Fistula Foundation, an organization that helps women in developing countries who have a hole, or a fistula, between their vagina and …read more