Drifting Arrows swim featured alongside Marc Jacobs, We are Handsome and other great brands in a the article, "Not Just Another Itsy Bitsy Bikini". Here's what they had to say about us:
Seattle’s up-and-coming independent swimwear designer Leah Lawrence, of Drifting Arrows, is known for classic, retro designs and expert tailoring. The Kure Bikini, in a soft shade of sage, features a high-waisted bottom with side ruching that flatters any figure. Smart details (strapless top, V-wire insert) keep this 50′s throwback modern and interesting. “The cut really accentuates the natural waistline and creates a very feminine look, all the while being very modest and effortless,” says Lawrence of her signature suit. All the swimsuits in her collection speak to sophisticated and effortless women, who crave quiet keyed beaches kept secret by locals. “I design for the woman who understands her personal style, Lawrence says. “[She] takes a thoughtful approach to dressing.” Thanks to Melanie for the write-up!
We're so happy to add Kauai-based 'By the Sea Company' to our family of offerings. They make the most beautiful, gauzy, multi-use sarongs around. They are handmade (on Kauai) from 100% organic batiste cotton, and hand-dyed using natural indigo and other dyes. We are wearing them as scarves, draping and knotting them around us as sarongs, wrapping up in them as blankets, and resting our tanning bodies on them as beach blankets. Shop them here.
They also make the perfect little house slipper, which is handmade from vintage Kantha quilts from India. Shop them here.
IX Style was founded by siblings Francesca and John Kennedy, whose family is originally from Guatemala. They were always motivated by the poverty, violence, lack of opportunities for eduction and the alarming need for clean water in Guatemala.
On a flight to visit her grandfather in Panajachel, Guatemala, Francesca read "Start Something That Matters" by TOMS founder Blake Mycosie. During that trip, Francesca saw children drinking toxic water in Lake Atitlan. She knew she had to do something to help. Inspired by gorgeous, hand-woven Mayan textiles and leather craftsmanship, IX Style was created.
We recently sat down with Craft & Culture to talk shop about swimwear care and wear. Here's a snippet, read the full article here.
C&C: Are there any specific styling tips you have, such as by-the-water do’s and don’ts? What would be some examples of ideal ways to style Drifting Arrows pieces poolside?
I always cringe when I see someone wearing shoes and socks at the beach, so that’s a big no. Also, your swimwear should be comfortable and make you feel great….not the opposite – make sure you can move around at ease in your suit, and own your figure – no slouching! Do wear sunglasses to keep your eyes protected and looking sharp, and always keep a hair-band in your beach bag so you don’t end up with a funny tan line. I suggest a top knot or a loose pony tail to complete the beachy look.
A great wide-brimmed hat is a pool-side essential, whether it be a structured panama or floppy-brimmed version. They are practical (sun-burned faces are not fun or cute), allowing you to read or rest without all the squinting and over-exposure….and they look striking. Drifting Arrows pieces are classic and simple in their palettes, so don’t be afraid to pair with some statement sunnies and a stylish sun hat.
Owner, Chloe Zola refers to her line "here." as consciously crafted. She works within the town where she lives with her family in Central Mexico. They buy the cotton from a factory 2 hours from their house and the wool from one only ten minutes away. Chloe personally knows the women who are bringing her designs to life. Often times the families in this town have to send their children off to work in different cities or countries at age 14 or 15, which she hopes to offset in a small way with consistent and additional income for their families. There is a very strong awareness for the importance of stimulating her local economy and an undeniable consciousness to the way that each piece comes to life. There are extremely comfortable and versatile pieces that you can feel really good about!