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Creating Lysander Swim was like taking a walk on the wild side. I am a London based busy model & designing swimwear was a new territory for me. I have probably tried on more bikinis than most girls would have hot dinners… so I knew exactly what I wanted, the perfect fit, the quality of fabric and the sort of patterns I wanted to wear. With the help of a few friends (and a couple of experts) and a lovely little factory in china, I’m super proud and excited to showcase my first collection to you!
Being from the UK I saw that there was a gap in the market for cool, cute yet sexy bikinis... hearing friends complain that they couldn’t get their hands on fun bikinis because of the brand being based in Australia, USA, Bali etc. which meant that shipping & custom taxes were extortionate on top of buying a bikini itself! So here it is... the accessible Lysander Swim catering especially to the UK\European gals who just want to look cute.
As it's the beginning…the brand is only small and I would love to hear what all you mermaids think about it before I grow the range, my aim is to keep the collection small and edited, personal and fresh, I want to deliver unique pieces to you! Individually made with love and attention, each season offering you the must-haves to make you shine on even the hottest beaches.
Every set is personal to me, and I would never design anything for you that I wouldn’t want to wear myself ...if its not perfect, you wont find it on my site!
Choosing my colour palette was easy; I mixed up a few of my favourite tones with some key season shades and then made them chalky and dusty! My colours are unique to Lysander swim as are my hand drawn prints. My take on this seasons ubiquitous leopard print was to give it a makeover in chalky blue and trim it in dusty pink; I’ve blurred the lines and soften the roar!
I have forever been a stripe lover in swimwear, but wanted to create my own, I wanted more personality and movement, I didn’t want perfection, so out came my felt pens and I created what I call my 'lucky stripe' Its wiggly, wonky and totally misbehaved! Just how I wanted it!
Talking of which, my final print design for this collection came to me when I got home from a wonderful girly night discussing the ups and downs of love in our teenage years (it was long night) Some of my pals were in love, some out of love, some looking for love and some actively avoiding love. This made me realise the diversity of emotion that we put ourselves through…which inspired me to sketch my Topsy Turvy heart print. Each time I saw a new sample it was different, some hearts facing to the sky and some to the floor. I LOVED IT. This is how I went forward have with the production, each piece it was completely different, to show the many directions of our beating hearts.
As this is our first collection, we are starting small, aiming to grow, therefore this collection is limited to Small, Medium & Large. It is very important to us that we are able to cater for everyone therefore as we grow, we intend to offer more size ranges within our collections.
Enjoy my collection. I know the beaches and pools all over the world will be better places if they have a Lysander mermaid swimming by ...and don’t forget to send me a postcard or a pic of you in your Lysander Swim. Wherever you are… near or far, we want to see you xxx
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