It’s true to say that we love dressing for every season, however, thanks to the warmer weather, longer days and promise of sunny adventures, there is something about the summer months that particularly enthuses us.
Perhaps this is why we love investing in our summer boxes, and always take the opportunity to add considered pieces when we find them. With summer in full swing, now’s the time to plug any gaps and introduce updates by way of colour, print and texture. We’ve handpicked the resort-wear brands to have on your radar that will help you do just that.
THREE GRACES LONDON
Founded in 2015 by Catherine Johnson, Three Graces London harnesses the mood of summer escapism through pieces that work for long, lazy holidays and busy city days alike. Simply designed and beautifully constructed, silhouettes are elegant and classic and made from luxurious fabrics sourced from the finest European ateliers and artisanal mills.
Inspired from her time living in Bali, former stylist Innika Choo launched her eponymous label of effortless smocked tops and dresses in 2016. Four years later and her collections have become synonymous with feminine, vintage-inspired summer dressing. We love that pieces are handcrafted from luxe linen and cotton and feature her signature embroidery.
COSSIE + CO
The brainchild of fashion executive Isobel Elphinstone, luxury British swimwear brand, Cossie + Co, offers a capsule collection of forever swimsuits. Focusing on just four silhouettes, each style is honed to flattering perfection and comes in five chic colourways, and every costume is made using double-lined honeycomb fabric that gives natural support without underwire.
Designing between New York and Australia, sisters Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen’s label Matteau focuses on relaxed, pared-back holiday wear with maximum versatility. Think minimal one-piece swimsuits and coordinating separates that can be worn together or mixed and matched with the rest of your summer collection.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded AAKS with the ambition of celebrating the ancestral weaving techniques of northern Ghana’s women artisans, and creating sustainable jobs in Africa. The bags are handcrafted in Ghana from locally sourced raffia and come in wearable silhouettes and bold colourways. The perfect finishing touch to any summer outfit.
Founded by model-turned-designer Liya Kebede, LemLem is committed to preserving the traditional crafts of Kebede’s native Ethiopia. Every piece is made from locally sourced cotton and features signature embroidery. We love the effortless beach dresses and kaftans that can be slipped on poolside or at the beach.
With a background in lingerie, it’s no wonder that Alexandra Miro knows a thing or two about creating beautifully crafted swimwear. Her eponymous label majors on chic one-pieces and bikinis that have been precision-designed to flatter all shapes. We also love the complementing daywear; think easy separates and cotton dresses.
Balancing function with beautiful design, Evarae has become a go-to for flattering, versatile and luxurious swim and destination wear. Made from premium fabrics, multifunctional pieces take you from day to night. We love the fluid palazzo pants, silk dresses and flowing kimonos that can be restyled for beach, bar and even city.
Founded by fashion editor Brittany Kozerski in 2016, Jade Swim has swiftly become renowned for its sleek, minimal one- and two-pieces in bright block colours. Designed in New York and made in LA, pieces are crafted from luxurious Italian fabrics and incorporate expert technical know-how. The variety of cuts and silhouettes means there’s a style to suit all.
Built on the spirit of the jet set, Rhode excels in chic destination pieces, ready for all manner of summer adventures. Founded by Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers, the brand has a bohemian aesthetic and signature vibrant use of colour and print. Fluid silks and light cottons give silhouettes a breezy, effortless feel.
Inspired by travel, friends Lauren Leask and Poppy Sexton-Wainwright launched Asceno in 2014, with the aim of creating luxe wardrobe essentials that blur the lines between loungewear and ready-to-wear, and seamlessly take you from day to night. Reach for the easy silk separates, linen dresses and timeless swimwear.
Founded by Fiona Hodges, Seraphina majors on contemporary yet timeless designs; think airy dresses and easy jumpsuits with a feminine, wearable appeal. Pieces are made from natural fabrics in India and harness the skills of local artisans. We particularly love the coordinating childrenswear collection, which allows mum and mini-me to stylishly match.