May 2, 2019
Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has its beachwear sorted. Here are some of our favorite Filipino designs to pack for your next stylish seaside escape.
No Wet Blanket
These beach-friendly towels by Lagu aren’t just quick-drying; the unique fabric actually repels sand, keeping the grains where they belong—on the shore. Their new range includes sealife designs like the Pintados Beach Blanket in Manta Ray – Naranja (P1,299, lifeonthesands.com), as well as tropical fruit patterns and tributes to Filipino islands.
Under the Sea
Run by a mother-daughters trio, Aranaz makes luxury bags and clutches for every woman. The new tiki seashell collection pairs raffia frills with seaside symbols, like the woven starfish appliqué on the Stella Fringe Bucket (US$365, aranaz.ph).
Taking inspiration from the designer’s dives, Heyjow’s Gold coast collection studs gilt corals and shells with jewels, like the moonstone- adorned Gold Coast – Hanalei (P3,650, heyjow.com).
Flattering cuts and elegant prints make the Brazilian-made suits from agua Brazilian swimwear stand out on the sand. We love the Indigo Maillot Capri (P4,890, aguabrazilianswimwear.ph) for its sexy neckline, flowy upper and the sunset shades print.
Men’s beachwear label Guppy has just added a series of summer kimonos to its range of swim trunks and tailored shirts. We love the tropical prints on the Oahu Beach Kimono (P1,299, guppy.ph) with matchingthe Oahu Shorts (P599), perfect for serving up seaside looks all season long.
The Right Fit
Slow-swimwear brand Lourdes makes custom bikinis to fit any shape, with mix-and-match prints like the new Bodhi 2.0 in yellow Palm Print With Reversible aquamarine (P3,000 for top; P3,500 for bottom, swimlourdes.com). Chlorine and salt-resistant fabric are made to last.
The signature frills from Balud Maynila’s swimwear collections ooze sweet femininity, especially when mom and daughter have a matching set like this scooped-back, ruffle- strapped Blanca Full-Piece in White (P2,490, baludmaynila.com) and Blanca Mini in Ballet (P1,690).
Known for durable rubber totes and bucket bags, Viajecito also offers a range of Mexican-made leather sandals that look just as sharp at dinner as they do on the beach. As well as the huarache Slides in Red (P2,699, viajecito.ph), the versatility extends to tan, green, black and white options.