In there like swimwear…
Hong Kong is finally heating up and as the temperature rises, we look to cool off in the pool. Dive in and take a look at smart swimmers to suit the whole family…
First up, daddy and dudes. Who can resist the man and mini combo and Vilebrequin do it oh so well. We are big fans in our family, so I was so pleased to hear that the St-Tropez swimwear brand has pulled out the stops once again. Just in time for Father’s Day (heads up ladies… it’s on the 19 June and you really cannot go wrong with this gift suggestion), Vilebrequin has put its signature turtle to its Soccer Turtle Print so that both father and son will look hot to trot as they head poolside hand in hand.
Something I didn’t know is that the brand also has a limited collection of mummy and me swimsuits and holiday threads; from matching throw-ons for mum and frilly two piece for babe, to powder pink matchy match swimsuits. Definitely worth a look if you want to recreate the Riviera look!
Vilebrequin, Shop 309A, Podium Level 3, ifc mall, Central. Tel: 2295 1883
To stay true to your roots then check out Mazu. Paying homage to Hong Kong’s rich maritime history; incorporating traditional colours, local motifs, and unique fabrics to create classic swim shorts for both man and boy, Mazu has some nifty numbers suitable for island life. With identical items for both, I suggest switching it up and take the pink dolphin theme but set it against a different blue backdrops by having father in a navy Tai O ($1,400) and son in the bright Ringo short ($800).
The Aussies are the clear winner when it comes to producing pretty yet practical swimwear for kiddiewinks. Rather than boring block colour rash vests; Cotton On, Seed and Babes in the Shade have all come out with their own imaginative options that, when paired with complementary cozzies, will have your brood looking beach ready.
A fabulous find is an online Australian boutique, Babes in the Shade offer sensible swimwear solutions that protect your little ones from the sun’s harmful rays. Catering for both boy and girl (there is also the odd item for you too!), the brand specialises in swimsuits, rash vests and sun hats.
Babes in the Shade’s rugby rash vests are a must as we all know it’s not “cool” to wear a rashie when boys reach a certain age but these sporty swimmers will ensure your big man is looking great without having to slap on the sunscreen. A big plus is the zip that runs down the middle (in both boy and girl option) allowing you to get the rashie on and off quickly without pulling your child’s head off! Affordably priced, I return to this timeless classic time again. They will ship to Hong Kong for a nominal fee.
Babes in the Shade – www.babesintheshade.com.au
I think you may be aware about my obsession with flamingos and Seed has not disappointed by introducing its Flamingo Bathers ($320) and Flamingo Poncho ($280) but I am also cheerleading for its Pom Pom Rashie ($255) and Two Piece ($255).
The Club Tropicana vibe has also hit the shelves at Seed. Spoilt for choice with their fruit bowl of tropical treats, personal favourites include these Apple Sunnies ($220), Watermelon Digi Bather ($255) and Watermelon sandals.
For the boys, it is safe to go into the water with Seed’s Shark Swim Shorts ($220) and Shark Foil Rashie ($255).
Seed Heritage, Queens Road, 41 Queen’s Road Central, www.seedheritage.com.hk
Following on a similar theme, Cotton On also subscribes to protecting your little one from harmful rays with its stellar selection shark inspired swimmers.
Cotton On, Floor 2 Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Streetm Causeway Bay, www.cottonon.com
Heading to cooler climes, Britain’s Boden has some terrific toweling throw-ons for both girl and boy. Online boutique, Boden has an assortment of patterns from stars to seagulls starting from £24.50 and they will ship to Hong Kong.
If your babe has not got their 10 metre badge and is still learning to swim then these bathers are for them. Archimede has built a floatation device in to its stylish swimmers. Retailing at $579, these float swimsuits are available through kids fashion online store www.melijoe.com
Finally finding swimwear for the bump can be problematic however Mayarya is on hand to solve your swimwear conundrum. The Sheung Wan store stocks a mix and match series from an American brand, Ingrid & Isabel with prices ranging from $495 to $795. Stay tuned as Hong Kong homegrown talent will also be launching their very own swimwear line to cater for the modern silhouette that will come in different patterns and colour ways starting from June.
Mayarya, 26 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong