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When you think of swimwear, you might think of Australian or Californian brands. One of Australia’s most famous brands, Seafolly, is very popular internationally (you can even buy it in Paris)! France might not be known for its swimwear, but some really lovely brands certainly do exist. Whether you’re spending this summer in Paris by one of its public pools or holidaying down south by the beach (lucky!), here is some of the best French swimwear that will have you swimming and sunning in style.
Leslie Amon is a Swiss-Egyptian making luxury swimwear in Paris. Her swimwear is manufactured in Portugal and Italy and all the fabrics are custom made in France. Leslie Amon doesn’t simply print on lycra. The brand knits and weaves their specially customized patterns into their own four-sided stretch jacquard fabric.
Leslie Amon doesn’t over stock, so once a fabric is finished, it’s gone forever! I adore her gingham pattern pieces which come in pink, lavender, and green. I love the cut of the Caro bikini top, as well as the cute Maryline top with its puffed sleeves and bow at the front.
My favorite French lingerie brand also makes microfiber swimwear that are seamless and feature heat-sealed finishes. The Eclipse soft bandeau is a gorgeous off-the-shoulder bikini top. The Andy triangle bikini almost looks like lingerie with its tulle inserts, but it also has an interesting zip detail on the back for a sportier look.
If you’re brave, the Kaa one-piece has a plunging neckline, back, and sides(!) with a snake detail. I like the striped Montauk bikini in the Eldorado colorway, as well as the Palmdale pieces with their army camouflage print and criss-cross back. For something more Versace-esque, there’s the Baroque and animal motif print, Black Tiger.
Paris lingerie brand Ysé has a number of gorgeous swimwear pieces this season, which are made out of recycled Italian polyester microfiber that is certified OEKO-TEX®/GRS. Several of their swimsuits feature a delicate textured French jacquard pattern. But I’m particularly a fan of the embossed Italian seersucker fabric of the Coucher de Soleil pieces.
They also have some lovely prints, such as fleuri jaune, fleuri Biarritz, and oiseaux. But my favorite is the colorful, vintage-style tutti frutti print of the Baiser Coquillage pieces. If you’re looking for something more typically French, you can’t pass up the denim-striped Soleil sur l’Eau.
Celebrating 10 years this year, Yasmine Eslami is inspired by her friendships with women. She even names her designs after her friends. Her first muse was Jeanne Damas, the founder of French fashion brand Rouje.
Eslami worked for Vivienne Westwood for 10 years and once managed the beach collections of popular French swimwear label Eres. Her swimwear is largely color block with the exception of the white polka dot print “paillette” on gold fabric.
The story of Albertine began in 1913 when the designers’ great-grandfather founded the Maison de Corseterie et Bonneterie Anthon. His legacy was passed down the generations. The designers grew up around corsets and lace, spent their summers in swimsuits by the sea, and eventually their own urge to design resulted in the birth of Albertine in Biarritz.
Albertine works in close partnership with a French family-run factory specializing in corsetry to turn their designs into prototypes. 70% of their swimwear collection is made from Econyl®, a yarn consisting of 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from abandoned fishing nets and other discarded plastics. I particularly like their new sunrise and sunset colorways, the Alia bikini, and the one-piece inspired by wetsuits (which they also have!)
Calarena is inspired by the Corsican-Italian roots of its designers. Their swimwear is made in a family workshop in Italy. I love the Positano Lamé Blublack which is a one-piece with a cut out that wraps around the stomach and back, in a bleu nuit metallic material. The 80s and metallics certainly seem to be in this season, seen in collections by other brands such as Tatiane de Freitas and Albertine. I also adore the Coquillage Luna Baignore in pale blue with chunky gold chain straps.
- Pair your new swimwear with some our favorite French summer shoes.
- If you’re in Paris this summer, check out the 7 best terraces for apéro.
- Check out Vogue’s guide to all things swim.
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