We’re Obsessed With These Canadian Swimwear Brands
Our summer may be short, but that hasn't stopped these Canadian brands from owning the swimwear category. Here are five brands we can't wait to wear once the mercury rises.
Body positive intimates company Knix launched its swimwear line this season with four styles, including one in collaboration with Roxy Earle, founder of the #MySizeRox movement. The campaign launched in mid-May with a photoshoot featuring Earle and several other body positive influencers including Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya). And, in keeping with the tradition of featuring real women and fans of the brand, Knix also held a casting call and invited two customers to join the Malibu-based photoshoot.
“We designed Knix Swim for women of every shape and size – anyone can move, jump, launch, lounge, and truly live in them, whether that means reclining in the sunshine or chasing your kids in the surf,” says Joanna Griffiths, founder and CEO. With three colours to choose from and sizing from small to XXL, this is “swimwear that all women can feel confident in.”
Peekaboo One-Piece #MySizeRox in Coral, $115; available at knix.ca
Left on Friday
This Canadian swimwear brand happens to be one of my personal faves. The brand launched just over a year ago and has quickly amassed a fan base thanks to their figure-flattering one-piece suits (the Sunday Suit is a best-seller) and incredible buttery fabric that is unchallenged in the swim category.
Over the last year, Left on Friday has added colour options and a few new styles including a high-neck bikini top and a triangle bikini top. Most recently, they dropped a new take on their most popular bikini styles (Pool Days Top and Hi Tide Bottom) called Party Wave, a dreamy colour-block combo.
Pool Days Top *Party Wave in Sweet Chili Heat/Hot, $100; Hi Tide Bottom *Party Wave in Sweet Chili Heat/Hot, $100; available at ca.leftonfriday.com
You have to love the ethos of this Vancouver brand: “Keep you mind dirty and the ocean clean.” Founders Ainsley Rose and Hannah Todd are avid travellers with a passion for the environment and fashion. Not only are Londré swimsuits cute and flattering, they’re made ethically and sustainably out of recycled plastic (like discarded water bottles!). Choose from one bikini style and three one-piece styles, including the newly launched Highline.
The Highline One Piece in Black, $140 USD; available at londrebodywear.com
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Founder Betsy Campos was born in Canada but often spent summers in Brazil thanks to her Brazilian heritage. “What I found the most inspiring about Brazil was how people wore their swimwear. From the diverse cultural backgrounds that make up the population, to the variety of body types and ages of the women gracing their beaches – all of them wore their pieces confidently,” Campos writes on unikaswim.ca about her goal of creating a collection of swimwear women could feel good in.
All pieces are handmade in Canada, and if you’re in the Toronto area, you can visit the Yorkville shop to check out over 200 style options and be fitted for a custom swimsuit. There’s even a Mommy & Me matching suits option (sizes for kids range from 3 months to 10 years).
Elaina One Piece, $159; available at unikaswim.ca
Each collection from this luxury Canadian swimwear brand is inspired by a different culture or era. Its swimwear features intricate details like embroidery, tassels and lace as well as luxe fabrics including velvet. (Yes, you wear it in the water.) Complete your summer look with one of their cover-ups, which could easily double as evening wear.
Strapless Bird Print Bodysuit, $285; available at ciaosea.com
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