By Jemima Bunbury, Fashion Director
From individual, hand-made creations and home-based start-ups to globally recognised brands, the Fashion Team have secured a range of unique swim and lingerie brands to exhibit this February. Whilst the bright tropical colours and prints of our swimwear brands are sure to have you wishing for some winter-sun, the lingerie calls for a day inside, lounging about wearing these gorgeous designs. We can’t wait for you all to see our chosen brands showcased on the beautiful DUCFS 2018 models!
Founder Georgia Larsen launched the brand “Dora Larsen” out of her 300 square foot flat in South London just over a year ago, describing her Peckham studio as her favourite place in the world. With little formal education in fashion Georgia started making clothes at 15 and started a fashion blog at age 18, which she credits as being the reason she landed her first job as assistant buyer in the lingerie department at Topshop.
Since its launch in 2016, the colour choices and subtle femininity of the Dora Larsen has caught the attention of customers and retailers across the globe. Ethically produced out of a high-quality factory in China, Dora Larsen has also been known to “boycott Photoshop” in its imagery, with Georgia stating "just as we are with our general ethics and production, we also felt it was important to show transparency within our photoshoots”. This colourful brand is sure to be an injection of fun in our lingerie walk. Find their website here: https://www.doralarsen.com/
Lucy Amber Lingerie
Whist currently carrying out her studies in Fashion Design at the University of Hull, Lucy has managed to also start her own bespoke lingerie brand “Lucy Amber Lingerie”. With each item being designed and hand-made with care by Lucy herself, there is the option for custom orders of her gorgeous lace and satin pyjamas, camisoles, underwear and robes. We are so impressed by Lucy’s collection and can’t wait to feature it in the show. Shop her collection here: http://www.lucyamberlingerie.com/products
The Pink House Mustique
The Pink House Mustique was founded in 2008 on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Mustique. Influenced by the island’s stunning fauna and flora, British designer, Lotty Bunbury, began to create women’s sarongs and kaftans for the Pink House, developing an easily recognisable "Mustique style”; fun yet sophisticated. While women visiting Mustique paraded around in Lotty B kaftans and sarongs designed and painted on the island, there was no apparel for men that was uniquely "Mustique.” So, Lotty introduced Pink House Swim for men.
Lotty’s collections for men and women soon became the shop's best sellers and were sought after by other boutiques throughout the Caribbean. Interest from the rest of the world followed, prompting the launch of Pink House Mustique labels in-store and online, making the increasingly popular beach and resort wear available worldwide. Find the collection online here: https://www.pinkhousemustique.com/
Hailing from the sun-soaked Australian coast MARBLE swimwear creates tailored and long-lasting designs with a keen eye for detail. Whilst being designed to compliment a range of body shapes, this swimwear doesn’t compromise on their distinctive and fun look. Defined by classic, minimalist cuts MARBLE swimwear is sure to become your go-to designer for feel-good and easy-to-wear bikinis that will have you feeling confident when you hit the beach. Made to the highest quality this swimwear is made to withstand whatever your action-packed summers throw at you. Check out their designs here: https://www.marbleswimwear.com/
STIDSTON is a swim and bodywear brand, custom made by hand in Peckham, London. Each piece is one of kind and can be worn as swimwear or outerwear, so you truly can go from pool-side to bar. Handmade and customisable, we love the individual nature of all of the designs. Their bold colours and patterns as well as their use of velvet has made STIDSTON one of our favourite new swimwear brands, and we can’t wait to feature them in our Swimwear walk. Shop their collection, and nab your own one-off swimming costume here: https://www.stidstonswimwear.com/
Sofia Luzon is a lingerie brand that focuses on the craftsmanship, creating quality limited edition pieces. Their first collection named Arkhé, the Greek word for “origin” or “beginning” explores the possibilities of the timeless elements, ideas and shapes that evolve and renew themselves time after time, but never losing their initial essence. Sofia Luzon makes use of traditional couture materials such as artisanal Chantilly lace and soft silk satin, with luxury details such as 24K gold plated hardware. All of these elements are integrated into contemporary shapes that still indulge in delightful nods to the past. We can’t wait to see this delicate and classic collection on the catwalk! Find their collection online here: https://www.sofia-luzon.com/en/
Inspired by the flavour and wildness of the Mediterranean lifestyle, 'Après' was born out of a group of friends' desire to solve their pertinent style problem. Spending every day soaking up the sun on Mediterranean beaches naturally meant that swimwear was an important part of their lives, but their growing dissatisfaction with the available shapeless, baggy and poorly designed trunks led to the creation of 'Après' in 2015. 'Après' seeks to provide men with comfortable trunks, combining fresh colours, fun prints and a tailored cut for whatever their action-packed summer throws at them. Their presence at the show is sure to have you looking forward to all the fun you have planned for summer. Shop their collection here: https://www.theapreslife.com/
Urban Bird Clothing
Urban Bird Clothing is an independent lingerie company based in North Wales, which focuses on producing unique handmade items with a bohemian, free spirited vibe. All items are lovingly handmade from scratch by Molly Kempster in her family home, and can be customised just for you – there’s no better feeling than knowing you own something completely unique – made with only you in mind. We can’t wait to showcase these beautiful individual pieces! Shop them here: http://www.urbanbirdclothing.co.uk/products