Summer's here and the water is calling for us once again.
What better way to take a dip than with a chic new swim piece? From comfort-first style to sultry swimwear, we take a look at which Hong Kong brands and international (that ship to Hong Kong) are worth splashing out on for this season.
This article is also available to read in Chinese (HK).
Founded by Hong Kong-based Ellie Furuya, Rii Swim brand embodies elegance, quality and sustainability. The eco-friendly luxe brand uses luxurious Italian Vita Carvico fabric, made from recycled nylon material to create its collections. You can think of Rii Swim as the "LBD" of swimwear, offering timeless classics that you can wear for years to come, as seen around town on influencers like @alyssacampanella, @emiwong_, @wysminnie and @jessicawong_wt. Its latest arrivals include the IDA Knot Bikini Set available in Lily White or Soft Lilac and the AMI Asymmetric High-Waist Bikini Set in Dusty Rose or Buttercup. As we roll into the hot, hot summer months ahead in Asia, we can't wait to dress up in these gorgeous sets by the pool. DM the Instagram account for same-day delivery, Hong Kong only.
From left: Duo-tone AMI high waisted set in buttercup yellow or dusty pink, IDA bikini in lilac or white
The minimalist design of RIMN prioritises the essential features for the perfect swimsuit: comfort, quality and design. A Hong Kong-based swimwear brand that has its products manufactured in Taiwan, RIMN specialises in creating simple and stylish pieces. The swimwear has a timeless design and high-quality fabric, meaning that you'll love and wear it for years and years and years.
Triangl needs no introduction – the swimwear label is a pioneer of its time and it's in most of our wardrobes, the signature block design that plastered its presence globally when it first launched in 2012. The Australian brand continues to strive in providing quality, affordable collections that fit snugly and shape an effortlessly flattering silhouette. Become a Triangl Girl and explore some of the shimmering – literally – collections available online.
From left: MICA - RIVERSIDE SPARKLE, VANCE - FAWN SPARKLE
This one's for the surfers and water babies. Tahitian surfer, model and designer Hanalei Reponty founded Abysse, a performance-driven sustainable swimwear label that redefines fashion's role in the sports industry. Each exquisite piece – the swim sets, wetsuits, bikinis and activewear – is made in California using 100% recycled fabrics, repurposed from discarded fishing nets. Abysse wetsuits are exclusively made out of premium Yamamoto Japanese eco-neoprene to reduce environmental impact and you can rest assured that the brand takes sustainability very seriously with its guaranteed eco-friendly process at every stage of its making. The brand collaborates with AQUAFIL for its entire collection, made from nylon waste from landfills and oceans around the world that is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon.
Sydney-born brand Monte & Lou has graced the covers of everything from Marie Claire to ELLE, offering feminine edits for every occasion that will make you feel like you're forever on the beaches of your favourite holiday. The stylish collections fit and flatter any shape, with a keen eye on patterns and prints that last. Fabrics are made from recycled nylon and its eco-efficient supply chain and sustainable packaging contribute to its environmental-driven ethos.
From left: SPIRITED CORAL EDGE SLIDE TRI + SPIRITED CORAL EDGE SKIMPY TIE SIDE PANT, PALUMA RUCHED BANDEAU ONE PIECE, EDEN MINI DRESS, EMBROIDERED SHIFT DRESS
HÁI or 「 海 」means Ocean in Taiwanese. Born around the beauty of the sea, the brand is inspired by its natural surroundings and thus preserves mother earth wherever it can. The Eco Edit collection pays homage to this and uses 100% cotton and 100% plant-based dye, plus the products are handwoven by women in Medahan village in Bali. It's made by women for women – the rest is up to you, so rock it on your next expedition.
Pictured: Classic Peekaboo One Piece – Cobalt Blue
Nensi Dojaka explores fabrics like organza, tulle and jersey in its work. The Albanian-born graduate of Central Saint Martins, rose to worldwide fame thanks to her Fall/Winter 2020 collection as part of London Fashion Week’s Fashion East programme.
From left: cut-out halterneck swimsuit, drape-detail neckline swimsuit
Designer Jasmin Hekmat mixes vintage appeal with sustainable concepts. Cut-outs make a regular feat and the ultra-revealing options make for a day out at one of your summer beach club trips.
New York-based designer Norma Kamali has been a pioneer for sustainable fashion since 1974. The bold designs make the perfect pop to any beach hangout.
Retreat to KBLU for contemporary resort wear that takes inspiration from the runway. Puffed sleeve aficionados will be delighted to explore the range of options crafted in this flattering form while the plethora of swimwear pieces are designed to shape and sculpt. The Singapore-based brand focuses on durable, sustainable fabrics that last and its pared-back colour palettes make each piece timeless.