Most fashion brands cater to the summer market in one form or another, but some names were born to be worn in sunnier climates. From St Agni and Three Graces to Ahluwalia and Bode, the world of resortwear has grown rapidly in recent years, evolving from a niche offering for the 1% to a thriving market that adapts to every season.
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Each of these brands has its own unique approach to warm-weather clothing, but color is a recurring theme in the range: just look at Roxanne Assoulin’s rainbow-hued jewelry, which doesn’t are sure to turn your wardrobe basics into vacation mode. Print lovers, meanwhile, should check out rising fashion, Ahluwalia, for its brightly colored checks and inventive patchwork. The label’s blue and brown midi dress has risen to the top of our summer wishlist.
Of course, there are also plenty of options for minimalists. St Agni and Piece of White are staples for simple summer dresses made in neutral linens and cottons, while Three Graces London bridges the minimalist-maximalist divide with its clean-lined separates that come in all shades, from navy blue to tangerine.
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Winner of the LVMH Prize in 2021, Ahluwalia is the brainchild of Priya Ahluwalia, a designer who uses her work to explore her Nigerian-Indian heritage and her London roots through animal corpses and recycled materials.
Byron Bay-born label St Agni was founded on a ‘less is more’ approach to design and offers clean-lined dresses, separates and accessories in neutral shades of brown, cream, white and beige.
Creating colorful necklaces, bracelets and earrings from candy-colored tiles, New York-based Roxanne Assoulin offers respite from the recent reign of gold jewelry. An instant dopamine boost.
Another brand that creates clothing from repurposed textiles, Bode is known for its hand-spun aesthetic and intricate patchwork. The brand’s embroidered shirts are everything we want to wear over a swimsuit on a beach vacation.
Founded by Felisha “Fe” Noel, Fe Noel offers a contemporary take on the traditional resort wear category. Offering everything from colorful sarongs to printed ensembles, the label’s pieces are inspired by the designer’s love of travel and Grenadian heritage.
Looking for summer shoes that will easily take you from the beach to the bar? You need to check on Brother Vellies. Based in New York, the brand specializes in handmade sandals with graphic prints and wooden soles.
Three Graces London
Creating resort wear that will look as good in town as it does in Sicily, Three Graces London is a go-to for easy-to-wear dresses and separate pieces that come in brightly colored linens and printed cottons.
This is one for print lovers. Born in Australia, Alemais is a brand that knows a little about warm clothes, so expect wellness sets and one-pieces printed in natural linen, silk and hemp.
One of the newest on the block, Louisa Ballou brings a healthy dose of 2000s nostalgia to our range with bodycon pieces in colorful knits, inspired by the work of artists such as Pierre Soulages and Chris Ofili.
piece of white
Piece of White is a Turkey-based fashion house founded by Zeynep Tansug in 2017. Initially specializing in white shirts, the brand has since expanded into everything from jumpsuits and dresses to pants and knitwear.
Celebrating all things color and print, Siedrés is an independent fashion label founded by husband and wife duo Emir and Ceylin Bilge. With plenty of silhouettes inspired by the 90s and 2000s, these pieces are perfect for a summer party.
Committed to championing local artisan techniques on a global platform, Among Equals bags are handwoven by artisan weavers in Papua New Guinea. The ultimate summer beach or weekend bag.