The summer holidays are almost here, which means it’s time to start shopping for beautiful swimwear to don on the beach and by the pool these holidays. Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury location or staying home to soak up the sun in South Africa, you are going to need a stunning swimming cozzie to make you look and feel fabulous. Our favourite swimwear brand for this summer has got to be Lalesso – the luxury African fashion and lifestyle brand is all about sustainable, eco and ethical production and their swimwear is so beautiful it hurts! Here are 5 must-have Lalesso swimsuits for this summer.
For their print rich creations, creators Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway seek inspiration from the vibrant East African Khanga cloth and the results are pieces that scream individualism. This is clear in the breathtakingly beautiful Sungura Swimsuit above (available from AdoreThis.co.za at R1250 – click here to buy it now). This flattering and striking one-piece swimsuit is low cut on the hips with a tie at the back for a good fit. A beaded tassel on the brass U detail at the centre front gives the piece a unique African look.
The influence of African prints is also evident in the stunning Flora Faruta Bikini above (available from AdoreThis.co.za at R1200 – click here to buy it now). The pink floral print, strapless bikini offers a flattering silhouette and we love the ultra-flattering, fold-over waistband detail on the bikini bottom. We also love the bandeau-style bikini top with U detail at the centre – it’s the perfect look for a pool-side holiday this summer.
But that’s not all, when they started the brand, the two were adamant that the business also helps provide skills training and create employment with a fair wage for African workers. Lalesso has been instrumental in the start-up and support of Kenyan clothing factories which have boosted the income and livelihoods of the employees. Lalesso also uses the creative talent of Kenyan artisans in many aspects of the designs – these include beaded bracelets on the swing tags, hand carved coconut buttons, Masai beading, and brass work among others. This is clear in the gorgeous Pembe Tatu Bikini above (available from AdoreThis.co.za at R1200 – click here to buy it now). This triangle cup string bikini with green tassel tie detail and tropical print is both sexy and unique and will definitely be a show stopper on the beach this summer.
The handmade tassel detail comes through again in the Sungara flora swimsuit above (available from AdoreThis.co.za at R1250 – click here to buy it now). The floral print one-piece is beyond flattering for all shapes and sizes and features a sexy cut-out detail in the front of the swimsuit. With this piece, you get the best of both worlds – the bandeau-style top half is very on trend this summer and the beautiful slimline cut offers a beyond flattering fit.
And, as if you couldn’t love the brand anymore, since 2013 Lalesso has expanded its production sources to South Africa, helping to support the threatened industry and its skilled work force through production in both Cape Town and Durban. In addition to that, the brand has also committed to saving the environment on garment at a time as a result, Lalesso is one of the first totally carbon zero fashion brands in the world today! Our last swimsuit pick from the fabulous brand is this Faruta King of Swing bikini (available from AdoreThis.co.za at R1200 – click here to buy it now). This tropical print strapless bikini with bandeau-style top and extremely flattering bottoms with a fold-over waistband is just what you need to turn heads on the beach this summer.
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