If the Singapore sun, sea and sand – or even your next tropical vacation – can't get your mind off swimsuits, then get acquainted with homegrown swimwear brands that are making waves islandwide. With everything from functional bikinis and one-piece suits in bold prints, alluring cut-outs and earthy colourways, there is absolutely no excuse not to update your beachwear and swimwear wardrobe. After all, you can always chill by the pool or beach in style even if you're not doing laps in the water.
You won’t find string bikinis at Pinksalt. This online brand founded by Belinda Lee and Ng Su May prides itself as a ‘modern yet modest’ swimwear label that offers unique silhouettes inspired by urban trends. The swimwear fabric that’s used is thicker to the touch and comes in a matte finish – making it perfect to be worn as a bodysuit (read: your next festival outfit).
This homegrown brand is packed with everything you need for some fun in the sun. We're talking pool floats, body care, beach accessories and vibrant swimwear for women, men and children – perfect for getting all your beach gear sorted under one roof. Uniquely designed in Singapore, its fashion-forward pieces are not only stylish but functional and comfortable.
Tapping on her love for surfing, founder Beckie started local brand Haikini on the basis of making functional, stylish and affordable surf-swimwear available for women in Asia. Surf and swim in style with its off-shoulder bikini sets and long-sleeved monokinis decked with vibrant prints and hues which are gorgeously hand-made in Bali. Plus, every purchase made contributes to the fair wages of the talented makers. And as a sustainable and ethical fashion brand, Haikini also uses leftover fabric from production instead of plastic to create pouches that store and protect your swimwear.
Founded by watersports enthusiast Lyn Rosmarin in 2014, K.Blu offers a slew of one-piece swimsuits in vivid hues and charming prints inspired by the rich cultures found in Singapore. Next month, the brand is launching a new Curve collection that expands its size range up to UK 18 to fit bigger cup sizes and athletic bodies.
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And in Toni Chan’s case, she’s built a swimwear brand that uses recycled waste plastic that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, or worse, the ocean. Since it launched in 2015, August Society has only used sustainable fabrics such as recycled polyamide in its seasonal collections. All tops and bottoms are mix and match, allowing for endless styling possibilities.
One size can fit all – but only if you’re referring to the kimonos, kaftans and beach sarongs from The Wit and The Will, an online resort-wear brand founded in 2014 by Zoe Kotey. With the exception of the beach shorts, all designs come in one size and are meant to be worn loose and flowy over your swimwear for some poolside lounging. All pieces come with a complimentary matching sash to complete the hipster bohemian look.
The brainchild of twin sisters Debra and Denise Teoh, Delta’s offerings are as minimalistic as they come – maroon, navy blue, white and black dominate the colour palette with only small splashes of print. The brand doesn’t concern itself with the latest trends, its classic bikini and scoop neck one-piece designs – all of which are padded to cater to smaller chest sizes – aim to tide you across seasons.
Looking to deck out the whole family for your next beach getaway? Consider Frolik your one-stop-shop – this online-only brand stocks plenty of swimwear options for mums, dads and children of all ages. The selection put out by founder Andrea Liu runs the gamut from easy zip-up rash vests for mums and girls to matching tailored swimming shorts for dads and boys.