We may all be grounded this summer, but don’t let that stop you from shining in your best resort wear. The best summer labels work just as well in the city as they do on the beaches of Mykonos or the cliffs of Capri. Scroll down for a list of our favourite resort wear brands to beat the heat in.
Agua by Agua Bendita
Catalina Alvarez and Mariana Hineztroza started Agua Bendita in 2003 in their hometown of Medellin, Colombia by designing bikinis from scraps of fabrics found on the floors of Alvarez’s family’s garment factory. Fast forward almost two decades later, and Agua Bendita (which means holy water) is a fully realised resort wear label that is completely handcrafted by Colombian female artisans. Their speciality? Linen frocks and chic swimwear that often depict the rich tropical wildlife of their home country.
Available at Agua by Agua Bendita
Designed between Sydney and New York by co-founders (and sisters) Peta Heinsen and Ilona Hamer, Matteau is a label that is inspired by their upbringing, right by Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach. Since their debut in 2015, Heinsen and Hamer have quietly developed a cult-like following for their minimalist mix-and-match ensembles – whether it be paired-down bikinis in earthy tones or summer separates in breezy cotton, silk and linen.
Available at Matteau
Designer Lee Matthews said she would have been an artist in another life, and it comes as no surprise that she often finds inspiration from her love of art. Her carefully considered collections are filled with smart, functional and flowing dresses that you will want to live in all summer long.
Available at Lee Matthews
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The crisp white-sun dress before being dyed by @lucila.kenny and captured by @frederiqueloressa . This dress is made from Hemp grown in Europe, spun and woven in Italy, hemp requires one third of the water that cotton needs and is more durable, prolonging the life span of the garment. the white-sun dress is available at www.ssone.com . . . #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #botanicaldyeing #botanicaldyes #dyes #dyeing #colours #plants #experiment #traditional #chemistry #agriculture #local #textile #design #responsibility #amsterdam #research #workshops #garments #health #ssoneathome #slowfashion http://www.lucilakenny.com https://www.frederiquepeckelsen.com
Ssōne is a British contemporary label rooted in sustainability, and you can browse their website by refining garments to botanical dye, chemically managed, low-water-use, organic or recycled. The label can also share fabric origin, product lifecycle and craft behind each piece that is created. Find a mix of summer dresses, repurposed denim from their latest collection. Conscious, careful and chic – this is guilt-free summer shopping.
Available at Ssōne
Aje is a Sydney-based label known for its ‘elevated everyday essentials.’ Founded by best friends Adrian Norris and Edwina Forest in 2008 with a commitment to artisanal touches and sustainable practices, their styles often include handcrafted details that make their easy-to-carry pieces polished enough for a work meeting, but chic enough for the weekend.
Available at Aje
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Our newest exclusive Brigitte’s, the Aegean Blue (left) and Pacific Blue (right) are not just a colour tribute to our magnificent oceans but when you buy them we give 10% of proceeds to @bluemarinefoundation to support their vital work taking care of our oceans 🌊 Tap the image to shop and support. #bluemarinefoundation
Floor-sweeping styles by Kalita effortlessly translate from beach to city, so it’s no surprise that the label’s jewel-tone palette and voluminous off-body dresses and jumpsuits have become a must-have for the modern jet-setting woman. What makes Kalita dresses a summer essential is that the garments are carefully crafted to be worn in several ways, which can be worn time and time again.
Available at Kalita
Three Grace London
When it comes to warm-weather dressing, Three Graces London is a label that transcends all trends and offers a timeless and modern assortment. Each garment from Three Graces London evokes a sense of laidback elegance that’s perfect for summer.
Available at Three Grace London