With a black bar splayed cheekily across the chest, Beth Richards’ “Censor” swimsuit remains firmly ensconced in PG territory. Handmade in Canada—Richards is from Vancouver by way of Toronto—the one-piece doesn’t just protect your epidermis against ultraviolet rays, it’s also resistant to oils, lotions, sweat, and chlorine.
Vitamin A’s cross-front “Siren” top has no shortage of sex appeal. Made in the United States from Repreve, a 100 percent post-consumer recycled nylon, the two-piece includes va-va-voom touches like slinky wraparound ties and matte-gold accents.
La Isla employs single mothers in California and Colombia to stitch its swimsuits from Oeko-Tex-certified organic cotton and soy-based dyes. Plus, a portion of its profits goes to Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, which works to protect oceans and education children about their importance.
If Calgon doesn’t cut it, Jungle Gurl’s swimsuits will take you away on wild, exotic adventures, even if the furthest you get is the backyard kiddie pool. Each garment is handmade in Los Angeles from one-of-a-kind vintage fabrics that designer Natalie Golonka collects on her jaunts at home and abroad.
Whether you’re a Marco or a Polo, Eco Swim by Aqua Green has you covered. The Lehigh Valley-based label sources, cuts, and sews its wares in Pennsylvania from recycled nylon and polyester.
Handmade to order from vintage and repurposed fabrics, the Surf Sport two-piece by CurleeBikini features extra-wide straps, a high-cut bottom, and elasticized seams to keep wardrobe malfunctions at bay . Plus, you get a one-year warranty for alterations and repairs.
Give your fellow beachgoers the shoulder with Koru’s “Whangarei,” a slinky maillot accented with a decorative “koru” made from coconut shell and peekaboo cutouts along the torso. Even better? The origin-dyed fibers allow the fabrics to be processed without water waste or pollution.
SHOW YOUR STRIPES
STATE OF PLAY
Decked in a custom “Marble Collage” print, Lina Rennell’s halter playsuit is a nostalgic blast to the past. Ethically made in Northern California, where Rennell resides, the coverall features adjustable back ties and a boy-short-style bottom for full coverage.
Subtlety (and overexposure) is overrated. Set sail for the beach, pool, or yacht in the pinup-worthy “Audrey”, which Fables by Barrie hand-crafts to order in San Diego to coax out your inner Betty Page. Adjustable halter straps let you use or lose the extra coverage.
For a swimsuit with pop, you’ll do no better than the “Inti” bikini by pattern-meister Mara Hoffman. Clad in an Incan-inspired print that recalls the ancient sun-worshippers, plus plenty of hot neon hues, the bustier-style bikini has curve appeal for days.
IKAT GOT YOUR TONGUE?
Take a run at the sun with Robin Piccone’s ikat-print halter swimsuit. Made in the U.S. of A., the print-happy costume includes a twisted bandeau-style top, adjustable neck and back ties, and molded cups for extra support.