New Swedish label Nikben combines the legacy of vintage swim shorts with playful patterns to breathe life into men’s beachwear collection. All Nikben styles feature a tailored silhouette reminiscent of the pastel-coloured beach life on the Mediterranean in the 50’s, updated with a number of playful prints and patterns such as flamingos, camouflage, eggs or a sushi pattern made as a tribute to the Japanese sushi master Jiro Ono.
The sophisticated shapes combined with fun and quirky patterns create an exciting contrast for men who want to make a statement by the pool and soak up the sun in style. Nikben swim trunks can be found at Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
New swimwear brand Splash by Della Roz was created for women who are ageless, bold and daring, with an innate sense of adventure. The label specialises in high quality functional and trendy neoprene swimwear, by combining cutting edge design with eye popping colours inspired by the designer’s African roots.
The Spring/Summer 2016 collection was inspired by a theme of wanderlust and adventure, resulting in eclectic and stylish pieces with a subtle twist of fun. Excellent for all types of water sports and for the bold and daring spirit, Splash by Della Roz is available from April 14th (£120 – £170).
Lingerie brand Nina and The Wolf narrates the complexity and all facets typical of women: romanticism, elegance and simplicity, but also seduction and the desire to hunt. The brand’s Classic collection was designed to enhance this idea of duality within a woman through a Nina line, with lighter colours, romantic materials and sophisticated styles, and a much darker Wolf line featuring provocative and alluring styles.
Founded by Italian friends Gaia and Marta, who decided to mix quirky designs with the excellence of fabrics and manufacturers from their home country, the brand wants to encourage women to break their routine and experiment with lingerie as part of their everyday look. For Valentine’s Day Nina and The Wolf have partnered with luxury hotel South Place London to offer couples the perfect escape, including homemade truffles, bubbly and the brand’s luxurious Italian lingerie.
New London-based luxury sleepwear brand Hesper Fox launches in January 2016 with an eight-piece collection featuring classic yet modern silhouettes. Beautifully constructed in 100% silk charmeuse and exquisitely detailed (think French seams, silk bindings and mother-of-pearl buttons), the collection includes detailed boyish sleep shirts, fluid camisoles, flirty shorts and decadent robes in a mix of exclusive bold prints and vibrant colours.
Hesper Fox’s take on downtime dressing gives lazy Sundays an elegant upgrade. The collection is made in the EU and is sold separately, working and co-ordinating with other pieces which also partner well with wardrobe staples. Kristi Edwards, Hesper Fox’s creative director started life as a lawyer in her native Australia and more latterly was the partner in a successful city-based legal headhunting business.
The lingerie and beachwear brand Majo Rey was born in 2006 in a small atelier in Montevideo with the conviction that sensuality, practicality and fun go together. “We want to offer a unique and innovative product, surprising in every collection, and put in special attention to the visual aspects, shapes, patterns, design and quality,” says the brand’s founder and head designer Maria José Rey.
A comfortable feel and specific materials are the main attributes of every collection Majo Rey creates. Sheer tulle, organic cotton, magic curves, lycra and spandex, the materials fit the body like a “real” skin and make women feel fantastic on the inside and incredibly comfortable on the outside. The brand is also sustainable and behind every piece there is an extremely thorough line of work, with all products made in-house to ensure the highest quality.
Acoolah is a refreshing take on accessible swimwear. The family-owned Bulgarian company have been producing their own and many private label swimwear brands for over 15 years, and now enter the UK market with a stunning Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The range entitled ‘Never Ending Vacay’ gives a modern twist to retro fashion, visible in subtle references rather than obvious looks.
Inspired by the Art Deco architecture of Miami and its unique colour palette, the prints range from a demure shell print on sea green, a graphic flamingo feather and a modern interpretation of a tropical landscape, using Miami sunset scenes to bring the colour palette together.
New Uruguayan brand Kina offers a fresh and modern take on swimwear made for sensual, confident women. The cool pieces in timeless silhouettes are produced locally in Uruguay and boast a perfect fit sporting original prints.
Kina is the lovechild of the Alonso sisters and incorporates Sol Alonso’s vision as a Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp graduate, as well as her experience working for Marc Jacobs and AF Vandevorst. The brand is available in the UK at THEN AND NOW.