Kowtow’s very first Swimwear Collection is here

With sun-soaked summer days on the horizon, now is the time to hunt for that perfect swimsuit for the coming season. Much to our delight, our favourite homegrown ethical fashion brand Kowtow is making finding the swimsuit of our dreams with the launch of its very first sustainable swimwear collection.

“We are always researching opportunities to introduce new products without compromising on our values,” explains Kowtow creative director, Gosia Piatek. So in true Kowtow style, not only does the collection look great, it’s also good for the planet. Each piece in the collection is made from ECONYL, an innovative fabric that’s created with regenerated nylon. What that means is that your Kowtow swimsuit is made from nylon waste material such as fishing nets, discarded carpets, and fabric scraps. Cool fact: since 2013 ECONYL has worked with Healthy Seas to remove 160 tons of fishing nets from the ocean to be turned into yarn. 

Taking the step towards a more circular fashion model, Kowtow will also offer a take-back programme that will repurpose your swimwear once it reaches the end of its life.

The Kowtow swimwear collection features six flattering styles – two one-piece suits and four separate bikini set styles that can be mixed and matched – in Marigold, Sienna, Ivy and Midnight. There’s also a sarong and two organic cotton tees that accompany the collection – each features the work of Australian watercolour artist and textile designer, Lauren Cassar of Mirador.

Take a look at the campaign imagery in the gallery below. You can shop the collection online here and in-store now.


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s three looks on Day 2 in New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex once again left royal well-wishes in awe during their second day of their New Zealand tour. We take a look at the Duchess’s three outfit choices.

While on an early morning walkabout in Wellington where Prince Harry and the Duchess did a meet and greet with locals, the mum-to-be chose a chic look wearing a black pair of Outland jeans, a matching Jac and Jack top with a seaweed green trench coat by Club Monaco, and black suede ankle boots.

Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex outside the Maranui Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand October 29, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

Following discussions with local youth on mental health projects and how they are having a positive contribution on young people in New Zealand, the couple made their way to the scenic Abel Tasman National Park.

The couple learned more about the region’s conservation program. Upon arriving at the park, which is famed for its golden beaches and sits at the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the couple were greeted by a traditional welcome ceremony.

The Duchess had tweaked her outfit for this part of the day’s activities, opting for a pair of white Adidas trainers and a thick, dark green scarf which she wore underneath a waterproof jacket to keep the cold weather at bay.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, New Zealand to visit some of the conservation initiatives managed by the Department of Conservation, October 29, 2018. Paul Edwards/Pool via REUTERS

On Monday evening they visited Courtenay Creative, a new training facility for the screen and creative industries that provides young people with programs to excel in the film industry.

Here, the Duchess wore a white tuxedo dress called the “Leap of Faith Blazer Dress” by New Zealand designer Maggie Marilyn. Although the original version features ruched sleeves, the Duchess of Sussex opted for a sleeveless option.

Auckland visit

The royal couple will travel to Auckland on Tuesday where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

They will later be joined by the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison through the provision of special mentoring schemes. As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars.

In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This reception will include cultural performances and entertainment by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland.