De­signer de­liv­ers one-piece of mind

Carly Brown tack­les Aussies’ ob­ses­sion with the bikini

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WITH Chan­tay Lo­gan

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 un­e­

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