This year’s swimsuit season has barely begun and it is already promising to be a game-changer! Across the board, women are sharing their complete lack of desire to be ‘beach body ready’ or even acknowledge that there is a ‘beach body’ that needs pursuing. We are awake after months of delicious take-out food, home yoga classes, and an array of streaming services. We want swimwear that is comforting to wrap our bodies in and these seven Canadian companies are dishing out what we are looking for!
This eco-chic swimwear collection is a collaboration between twin sisters, Kelsey and Monica Rush, launched in 2014. Kelsey had the idea to start a swimwear company after being frustrated by the lack of sustainably-made stylish bikinis. Together they launched Bikini Empire and began working on all aspects of the business, from the designs to the photoshoot concepts, and running their online store. Read more about the brands Social and Environmental Sustainability decisions here.
Everyday Sunday specializes in creating swimwear and leisurewear for women and men. The Montréal-based brand is available at Simons, Swimco, Sports Experts, and The Bay in Vancouver. The brand is created and distributed by Nasri International, a family business that’s been active for over 50 years in the fashion industry.
Julia Church’s concept for Nettle’s Tale was born out of her personal experience as a size 16 woman. Prices range from $59 to $227 and the brand celebrates every body shape. Shop online or visit the boutique on Cordova Street in Gastown after booking an appointment online. We love this bit of philosophy from their website: “Wear what you want for your body, age, and style. Mix-and-match swimsuits are made for surfing, tanning, kayaking, and running after your kids. They love six-packs, stretch marks, pears, petites, and plentiful busts.”
Two friends Ainsley Rose and Hannah Todd launched Londrë Bodywear, to merge their interests in travel, fashion, and sustainability. Their line of swim-appropriate bodysuits are crafted using a stretchy compression fabric that’s derived chiefly from castoff plastic water bottles. Londrë is for the woman who loves creating many looks from a couple of basic pieces. Designed to transform by wrapping, tieing, or crisscrossing, these innovative pieces keep your look fresh and your ‘gram filled with sweet pics.
For those who love a touch of luxury, Vancouver-based swimwear designer, Beth Richards is known for creating ethical pieces in Canada with gorgeous Italian fabrics. Her designs are so stylish and produced with minimal waste, recycled materials, and natural dyes. Her sportswear suits have UVB protection and are in-demand by athletes for being exciting and functional. This popular brand is available online and through many chain retailers around the world.
Who knew that the uber-chic 1970s crocheted boho bathing suit would stand the test of time? We love the nostalgic feels of the beachy Anna Kosturova collections. Browse the brands’ collections online and while you are there, sneak a peek at the additional collections and find modern heirloom wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, casual wear, and caftans. Celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Aniston have been photographed in them, and Hollywood stylists have put the barely-there beauties on the front cover of Sports Illustrated, FHM, and more.
Imagine Perry is a Canadian brand launched by Lena Shaw, that specializes in matching swimwear for mom, boys, and girls. Every piece is designed and created using recycled materials. An additional perk of being matchy-matchy is not just being incredibly cute together, but being able to quickly spot your children at the busy beach or pool, is invaluable.
As we are planning our summer staycations, get online and support these Canadian swimwear brands! A few clicks and soon you will be looking good and feeling great.
Head Image courtesy of Nettle’s Tale Instagram.
- Helen Siwak is passionate about content creation, marketing, shopping secondhand, promoting a vegan lifestyle, and supporting organizations and activists fighting against the status quo. She is founder and president of EcoLuxLuv Communications (Folio.YVR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, EcoLuxLifestyle.co). She is also the founder and co-host of V.E.G. Networking Group and soon-to-launch LittleBlack.Tee | email@example.com.
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