Designer delivers one-piece of mind
Carly Brown tackles Aussies’ obsession with the bikini
EVER tried to feel like a Bond girl in a rashie? While style and sun-smarts haven’t always been the best of beach playmates, a Queensland swimwear label is changing that. In a sea of bikinis, UNE PIECE is bringing back the eternally elegant one-piece. The seed was planted early for founder Carly Brown, who had a baptism of surf on the Sunshine Coast before moving to London. “My father is an avid (and very good) surfer, so we spent lots of time growing up at the beach,” Carly says. “My amazing mother was always really careful with our skin as she was very fair – there was always slip, slop, slap in our household.
“When I was in my twenties I lived in London for almost seven years and discovered a real passion for summer (given how cold and wet London could be). Summer holidays in Europe are another level of planning and focus for women. They have a repertoire of swimwear that they take away with them and this almost always includes a one-piece.
“I quickly became captivated with the elegance and simplicity of a one-piece compared to the Aussie obsession with bikinis.” Shop online at unepiece.com.