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CF's Summer Guide

Eight Swimwear Labels To Love

As the old adage goes, you can never have too many swimsuits….

Whether you’re jetting away, or simply slinking off to a spa for an afternoon of unadulterated pampering, there’s nothing like slipping on a new swimsuit to make you feel fabulous. Our requirements for swimwear are as follows: not only must they look good but also fit well too.


CASA RAKI

Casa Raki is the brainchild of Argentinian fashion photographer Josefina Alazraki. Alazraki was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spent most summers in Uruguay. Holidays in Punta del Este cultivated her love for the beach, which ultimately resulted in her swimline, Casa Raki. There's an emphasis on quality over quantity and colour-blocking is the signature look.

MATTEAU

Queensland natives Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen are the sisters behind sustainable swimwear label, Matteau. An idyllic, outdoorsy childhood, spent on sandy beaches, fueled their desire to create a fashion-led swimwear brand that was elegant and timeless. Designs are alluring, and adored by the fashion set.

PEONY

This Aussie label's swimwear is undeniably romantic. As the name would suggest, flowers feature heavily in their hand-drawn prints. From dainty ruffles to ditsy prints, each creation is full-on feminine. Whilst the brand is forward-looking in terms of their sustainable initiatives, the silhouettes pay homage to the past with a vintage sensibility.

ALICIA SWIM

Based between London, New York, and Mauritius, Alicia Rountree has modelled since the age of 17 – having tried on thousands of swimsuits she knows a thing or two about swimwear and so decided to set up Alicia Swim in 2019. With a strong eye for aesthetics, Alicia hand-paints all the prints, and even fronts the model campaigns herself; we couldn’t think of a better ambassador. 

TONA THE LABEL

Tona The Label Founder Tona Stell is a freelance stylist and fashion editor with a unique understanding of the female form. From her years in the industry, Tona realised there was a lack of swimwear that looked modern, fitted flawlessly, and championed all body shapes. Tona The Label fills that gap with designs that are super-flattering for all, and are eye-catching to boot.

VANESSA SPOSI

Vanessa Sposi started her eponymous swimwear line in 2020. Designed in Paris, woven in Italy, and made in Portugal, the line is a love letter to the ocean. What sets pieces apart is that they are infused with antioxidants, such as aloe vera and vitamin E, which are cleverly woven into the yarn and released to the skin surface via body heat. The collection is small but perfectly formed, with chic silhouettes available in a variety of smart hues: from burnt orange and black, to leopard for the more daring.

 

 

MAIYO

Having cut her teeth at the likes of NET-A-PORTER and Harrods, Roxanne Namaki-Lakani launched Maiyo, a brand which may well convince you to consider crochet for your next swimwear investment. The material is the building block for all Maiyo's collections. Adorned with bejewelled belts or floral embellishments, the vintage-inspired designs are perfect for pool-side glamour. 

SELF-PORTRAIT

When Self-Portrait launched swimwear in 2019 it was met with great expectation, this is the brand behind Royal-approved affordable Red Carpet dresses after all. With sculptural silhouettes and exaggerated frills inspired by the ready-to-wear collections these are pieces you'll want to wear beyond the beach. 

 

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