Mar 01, 2011|
This exclusive company with an office in Hong Kong stocks a small range of luxury European swimwear made in Portugal from fine Italian fabrics. You’re sure to find something chic here that will discreetly hide those curves: the collection includes bikinis and one-piece swimsuits designed to flatter your assets while disguising lumps and bumps with invisible powermesh strips, carefully designed adjustable tops, subtle support straps and removable padding. Looking this good comes at a price though, with bikinis ranging from $1,722-$2,232. Delivery to Hong Kong takes five-six working days, and costs around $150 or is free for two items or more. Customers are encouraged to order several sizes of the styles that they like, and return the ones that don’t fit for free.
Showroom: 1 Plantation Rd., The Peak, 6804-1472, www.kiribati-london.com
If you think there’s no way you’ll be squeezing into a sexy swimsuit this summer, think again. Ozzie Cozzie has brought the Miraclesuit to Hong Kong. The collection includes “magic” (and very stylish) one-piece swimsuits that will make you look thin and suave the minute you put them on. Specially designed for “control and comfort,” the secret of the Miraclesuit lies in its fabric, Miratex, which uses extra spandex to give more “holding power” to the swimsuit. Ozzie Cozzie also stocks a large range of swimsuits and bikinis from other brands including Seafolly, Sunseeker, Baku, Ginja, 2 Chillies, Moontide and Neil Pryde.
3/F, Grand Progress Bldg., 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2810-1356, www.ozziecozzieco.com
Fun-loving ladies looking for a flamboyant, sporty, or cute bikini this summer should head straight for a Roxy shop. The tops and bottoms are sold separately, so you can be creative and make up your own pair from the dozens that are available. As for the gents, always available are the usual Hawaiian patterned board shorts, along with a wide variety of other new designs which will make you stand out from the crowd.
1/F, Causeway Bay Plaza, 2895-5836, www.roxy.com
Various swimwear brands designed for summer fitness and leisure are available at Rush: if you’re looking for something sporty, Rival swimsuits are for you, featuring supportive designs and made with chlorine resistant and UV-protecting fabrics. For something more exotic that will match your golden tan, try Vix with its chic “Cruise” and hip “Summer” collections full of bright colors and swirly prints. Also on offer are swimwear brands Wahine, Seafolly and Ondademar, and accessories such as trendy Ipa-Nima bags and comfy Havaianas to add to your outfit. Get ready to impress!
G/F, Wilson House, 19-27 Wyndham St., Central, 2526-0118, www.rush.com.hk
Sabina Wong founded her brand in 2003 to design beautiful well-made swimsuits to suit and flatter different body shapes. The new collection features bright new patterns inspired by classic Hollywood glamour with six styles of top and seven bottoms which are available to mix and match. There are also two one-piece suits in a range of fabrics to choose from. There’s even a specially designed suit available for moms-to-be, with a flattering heart-shaped neckline and an extended belly and top length, as well as adjustable side drawstrings for the suit to grow with you. Bags and hats are also available and the sales team is always on hand for a thirty-minute “bikini consultation,” providing you with tips on which shapes and colors to choose for a perfect combination.
1/F, 99F Wellington St., Central, 2115-9975, www.store.sabinaswims.com
StarBlu offers swimsuits for purchase online or at its three stockists here: Bumps to Babes, Aberdeen Marina Club and Hong Kong Football Club. The company’s aim is to provide quality and lightweight products that are easy to pack and great fun to wear with dozens of different styles and colors available. Men looking for one-of-a-kind, vibrant patterns to impress on the beach must check out StarBlu’s eyecatching new range of swimshorts from multi-colored stripes to red hibiscus designs. You can also look like the cutest of families with swimsuits for kids that match the adult swimsuit patterns, and a vast selection of beachwear accessories.
1307-8 Dominion Centre, 43 Queens Road East, Wanchai, 91958728, www.starblu.com
This is the place to head if you’re looking for total cover-up from the summer sun. After extensive research in Australia, Total Eclipse worked with cancer organizations to design the Solarsuit, a swimsuit which fully protects against strong UV radiation with a sun protection factor of UPF50+. It uses a one-of-a-kind chlorine resistant fabric called Chloresist to make sure the suit doesn’t lose its color in the pool, and retains its high level of sun protection. Suits are available for babies, children and teens with a selection of swimtops for adults. You can order through the website by printing the online form and mailing it to the above address with your check (delivery within Hong Kong is free). You’ll also find the suits for sale at many private clubs or Bumps to Babes stores. You can also make an appointment to visit the Sai Kung showroom.
7 Lotus Villas, Chuk Yeung Rd., Sai Kung, 2358-0245, www.totaleclipse.com.hk
This summer, bring the South of France to Hong Kong with
Vilebrequin’s two new men’s swimswear collections: the “Classic” features a variety of marine-style vibrant patterns, and the “Saint Tropez” gives a more casual and elegant look. These 100 percent polyamide shorts are available in several different cuts, such as the ‘70s style “Moorea” cut with its cotton interior and back pockets, and the longer “Okoa” cut for men with attitude. Worn by stars such as David Beckham, this brand is the pinnacle of men’s swimwear with the prices to match.
Unit 115, Level 1, The Mall, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2918 0263
If you’re looking to kit out the whole family in one go, then head to Escapade Sports where you’ll find a large range of swimwear for men, women and children, from one-piece swimsuits to board shorts and ozone suits. Brands such as Seafolly, Maryan Mehlhorn, Sunseeker and Ozone are available, and many items are UPF rated and made from quick-drying and low-irritant fabrics. There are also lots of accessories on offer, including goggles, pool floaties, swim nappies and sunscreens from the Cancer Council of Australia. The newly-introduced “Pool Mate” watch by Swimovate is a must for regular swimmers, capable of counting laps, strokes, efficiency and calories. The store has smaller branches in the Hong Kong Cricket Club and the Hong Kong Parkview residential development.
1/F, Yee Hing Building, 19 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2891-1855, www.escapade.com.hk
You’ve seen the gigantic posters of the supermodels strolling in St. Barts wearing those rainbow bikinis? If you want to impress on the beach this summer (and save the planet), what you need is H&M’s new “Save the Ocean” collection, created to support WWF’s work in saving the marine life of the Coral Triangle. A burst of colorful bikinis and one-piece swimsuits are available for women, as well as a colorful variety of shorties that lean more towards a “60s feel” for men. Swimsuits for kids are also available along with the essential straw hats, flip flops and sunnies in all H&M stores.
68 Queen’s Rd., Central, 2110-9546, www.hm.com/hk