She Made Me - Australia

 
 

I've been wanting a crochet bikini for years! Unfortunately I found She Made Me too late and stocked up on bikinis on a recent trip to Brazil, but if I hadn't I would order one of Chloe's pieces for sure. Besides them being crochet, the shapes are really cool - just the right amount of 70s retro without looking dated. And she offers all kinds of coverage - from supersmall to high-wasted, from triangle bra to bralettes and halters. And I love her aesthetic - take a look at her lookbook shoot below, and also the short fashion film. Makes me want to be at the beach. And of course makes me want to get her things even more!

 
 
 
 
  • Name: She Made Me
  • Founder: Chloe Dunlop
  • Country: Australia
  • Website: shemademe.com.au
  • Price point: $$100-200
  • My favorite: I love the shape of the white bikini top, first image of the article
  • Notes: All pieces are hand crochet in limited quantities by artisans in Bali. The skirt below takes about six days to make.
 

The skirt in this color is on sale right now, down from $260 Australian dollars to $130

 
 

 
 

Antik Batik - France

 
 

If boho isn't totally out of the question for you, you need to take a look at Gabriella Cortese's label Antik Batik. The attention to detail is beautiful - the little tassles at the straps, the embroidery, the insets of lace. Gabriella is Italian by birth, but lives in Paris. She developed her unique style while traveling Bali and Tibet, and mixes her craft with an influence ranging from Art Nouveau to Russian avant-guarde.

 

The Stats:

  • Name: Antik Batik
  • Founders: Gabrielle Cortesa
  • Country: France
  • Website: antikbatik.fr
  • Price point: $$200-500
  • My favorite: The slim flower dress up top
  • Notes: This label has been around since 1992. Gabriella learned embroidery from her Hungarian grandmother.
  • And: She also does shoes and bags.
 
 

 
 

White Rabbit - Mexico/US

 
 
 

I can highly recommend this lacy beauty as the perfect everyday piece of underwear. It's really comfortable, low cut, and I haven't perceived any visible lines. White Rabbit is a label founded in New York, but their family-owned manufacturer employs only women, offers fair working conditions and wages. In addition they donate part of their proceedings to an organization called Women Fabrica Social, who is working in Mexico with female artisans in local communities to help them build a sustainable business with their traditional crafts. I'm so happy that I found this company!

 

 
These are the founders Mariana and Christian - Mariana was looking for long lasting underwear options from ethical/ecological companies, couldn't find anything she liked, and founded White Rabbit.

These are the founders Mariana and Christian - Mariana was looking for long lasting underwear options from ethical/ecological companies, couldn't find anything she liked, and founded White Rabbit.

 

The stats:

  • Name: White Rabbit
  • Founders: Mariana and Christian
  • Country: US/Mexico
  • Website: whiterabbitny.com
  • Price point: $$12-55
  • My favorite: The white lace thong
  • Notes: Their cotton is made out of bamboo, and they work with an eco-friendly knitter. They have the very cool option for you to try on their bras at home for free, and something similar goes for the panties. Both of those initiatives are valid in the US only).
  • And: Just an amazing company. Love their commitment to support women - not only in their own manufacturing, but through their donations to Fabrica Social.
 
 
This is their cotton thong ($12.95 if you buy three), and they have this one in skin color, which is always so practical.

This is their cotton thong ($12.95 if you buy three), and they have this one in skin color, which is always so practical.

 
 
 

 
 

The Sleeper - Ukraine

 

Slip dresses to me are amazing. They are so versatile. I honestly have difficulties thinking of a situation where they wouldn't be appropriate. I think I own at least five or six, and all of them except for one look similar to the above. I have one with lace, which I layer underneath a simpler slipdress - but I'll write a separate post just about slipdresses. This article is about The Sleeper, a Ukrainian brand founded in 2014 by Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa. They immediately got kudos from Vogue Italia's legendary editor-in-chiefFranca Sozzani who passed a few years ago who named them brand-of-the-month. As the name suggests - they focus on sleepwear, but have some very cool pieces that can easily be worn throughout the day. My favorite is definitely their selection of slip dresses. Take a look:

 

Love the color of this slip as well ($320).

Love the color of this slip as well ($320).

This coat ($260) has actually pinstripes, it's difficult to tell from the image. It's a perfect coat for spring or summer, for example with a slipdress :), but also jeans or anything else. The material is a cotton/viscose/poly mix, so very light and airy.

This coat ($260) has actually pinstripes, it's difficult to tell from the image. It's a perfect coat for spring or summer, for example with a slipdress :), but also jeans or anything else. The material is a cotton/viscose/poly mix, so very light and airy.

The Stats:

  • Name: The Sleeper
  • Founders: Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Website: the-sleeper.com
  • Price point: $$200-400
  • My favorite: their slip dress in blush
  • Notes: All of their pieces are a handmade in their local atelier and made with organic fabrics.

 

This 100% cotton pajama has such a nice blue tone ($200)

This 100% cotton pajama has such a nice blue tone ($200)

They also have robes for guys - this cotton robe looks really good! ($320)

They also have robes for guys - this cotton robe looks really good! ($320)

 
 

 
 

Lika Mimika - Germany

 
 

I love comfortable shoes in the summer (my go-tos are either Toms or for the first time this summer Huaraches, which are classic Mexican shoes which I'll write about soon), but these espadrilles look absolutely perfect. Super simple, they're elevating this classic slip-on of my youth through different variations of leather (suede, goat, calf). Bright colors are usually not my go-to, but here I would go for it. And in fall/winter, they usually offer these espadrilles with fur on the inside - which are also perfect for travel. My favorites are their classic espadrilles with the thin soles.  I think founders Marijana Condic and Lisa Leipziger really got it right!

The stats:

  • Name: Lika Mimika
  • Founders: Marijana Condic and Lisa Leipziger
  • Country: Germany
  • Website: likamimika.com
  • Price point: Roughly 130-150 Euros, ship internationally
  • My favorite: Their orange espadrille with the thin sole
  • Notes: Lisa came back from a vacation in Spain and told Marijana that they have to create a more sturdy version of the $10 espadrilles you find there. The rest is history.
  • And: For animal lovers - they also have a vegan line. I can recommend subscribing to their newsletter, they have a lot of flash sales.