Poolside prints: Shop the best diverse swimwear
Shop independent this summer, with our pick of six of the best black-owned fashion and swimwear brands to elevate your holiday style.
With overseas holidays subject to the government’s volatile traffic light system, breaking out our summer swimwear is hanging in the balance. But there’s always staycations to pack for and with the long bank holiday weekend fast approaching, prepare for some fun in the sun with a new bathing suit (or two). Rather than heading to your usual online shopping destination to buy up mass produced bikinis, why not seek out some black-owned fashion brands? There are plenty to choose from and the designs are jaw-droppingly hot! Not only will you be supporting independent businesses, you’ll also be diving into a world of lush prints, sexy cutouts and statement shapes. So whether you’re poolside chilling or sunbathing in the back garden, here are some great designer names to try out...
Nigerian-British brand Kai Collective has disrupted the swimwear scene with its bestselling Gaia print, which features a distinctive oil painting-like swirl. Made with high-quality printed polyamide fabric that doesn’t fade in the sun, its collection includes dresses, co-ord sets and homeware. This year founder and designer Fisayo Longe was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur 2021 list after being hailed for creating a timeless swim range that offers Insta feed-worthy aesthetics for women worldwide!
Bring a taste of the Caribbean to your staycation with the House of Kanai. If you like your swimwear to be exclusive and not mass produced, then it’s worth casting your eye over this British- Trinidadian label. Founded by Kadifa Nai Chambers, its neon bright onepieces give off sport-luxe vibes with sexy cut-out designs. For back garden lounging, you have the choice of floorskimming kaftans and bespoke crochet ponchos too. But with limited edition runs only, you’ll have to be quick off the mark to bag your summer style.
Get baecation ready with some matching ‘his and her’ swimwear. Specialising in African prints, Crown Rose’s versatile eye-catching pieces can be worn in and out of water. For example, style one of its backless bathing suits with jeans for a night out and the man in your life can mirror your look with printed shorts and a crisp white shirt. Putting the team in teamwork are its founders Miriam and Nikky, who wanted to merge their African identity with wearable, modern fashion. #PowerCouple
If you like your swimwear to be bright, bold and fun, Sunday London is for you! With an ethos that all women should exist ‘loudly’, designer Fallanne Tanya has completed her mission of creating a brand that celebrates women to the max. There’s something for everyone – from reversible cossies to mesh dresses and pattern print sarongs – all made with different shapes in mind. Sizes range from UK 6-20 and you can shop using Klarna’s buy now, pay later service.
Give your next getaway a luxe feel with premium fashion brand Andrea Iyamah. You’ll be spoilt for choice with its ultra-feminine retro silhouettes, which are perfect for taking you from beach to bar. Founded by Nigerian designer Andrea Dumbei Iyamah, the brand has supplied timeless garments for the female wearer or the A.I woman who thrives off “adventure in spirit, mind and style” for 10 years. Alternatively, check out the label’s glam accessories for some poolside chill.
Sun’s out, buns out! Coined the ‘sexiest women’s swimsuit’, Asherah Swimwear has appeared on the cover of Sport Illustrated. With its array of stylish bikinis, one pieces and cover ups, you’re bound to find the fabric and fit of your dreams. Asherah, which is Hebrew for ‘Goddess of the Sea’, was founded by model-turned-designer Cheryl ‘Cejae’ Jones who uses her graphic design background to create one-of-a-kind statement prints that are guaranteed to set pulses racing.