By Christina Najjar | January 11, 2019 | Style & Beauty
It may not be summer yet but we’ve already found your next favorite swimwear brand. Meet REVIVAL SWIMWEAR—the newly launched swim line that was designed and handmade in our very own New York City. The fashion-forward and eco-friendly swimwear line is designed by former model and graduate of Parsons School of Design Marion Sealy as well as avid traveler and ocean activist Caroline Looke.
The line uses fine Italian fabric containing nylon fibers from reclaimed fishing nets as an effort to clean up the oceans. The collection will include six styles, ranging from bikinis to one-pieces, available in black and white. The first campaign was shot by the incredible Holly Parker. The debut collection features a “revival” of classic swimwear styles from the 60’s through the 90’s, adding a modern twist, not only perfect for the water but also to be worn on the street.
The brainchild of creative duo Sealy and Looke, Revival was created based on their passions for fashion, travel, and saving the environment. In addition, every order also includes a reusable and biodegradable plastic pouch.
The collection includes three signature styles named after iconic supermodels, like Brigette, Helena, and Cindy. All pieces are available in Black and White. Revival Swimwear’s first campaign shoot was shot by talented photographer Holly Parker in Miami, Florida. The campaign stars top models Joy Corrigan, Afiya Bennett, and Anna Avila.
Was designing swimsuits always a dream?
MARION SEALY: My first ever dream as a child was to be a fashion designer. It wasn’t until I lived in LA for seven years and then Australia for six months that I discovered my passion for swimwear. I collect bikinis from every single place I travel.
How long have you been working on this collection?
MS: The concept for this collection started when I was studying at Parson’s here in New York 3 years ago. It wasn’t until one year ago that I began all the sketches for this collection.
Tell us about your connection to NYC?
MS: We both love the creative energy of New York. I have been spending time here off and on since the age of 17 mostly modeling, and then moved here in 2015 to attend Parson’s and pursue a career in fashion design. Caroline attended FIT for a semester and has spent time here interning at various fashion companies such as Teen Vogue and FEED.
Will there be a second collection?
MS: Absolutely. We have some amazing ideas in the works. We would love to expand into other areas beachwear one day.
How did you come up with the swimsuit names?
MS: Each suit was inspired by bombshells from the 50’s through the 90’s, such as Brigitte Bardot and Cindy Crawford. Our suits are meant to be a “revival” of older swimsuit styles.
Why was the eco-friendly aspect important to you both?
MS: We both have always loved the ocean and respect nature. Caroline is a Dive Master and Ocean Activist, and I lived by the beach for many years. This collection features fine Italian fabric made from reclaimed fishing nets as an effort to clean up the ocean. We also try to stay as plastic free as possible. Each suit comes with a reusable and biodegradable ‘wet swimsuit’ bag. The effects of overconsumption on the environment are more evident now than ever. We want to do whatever we can to minimize our environmental footprint.
For more information about Revival Swimwear, follow along on Instagram at @revivalswim.