The Weather Network – 5 Canadian swimwear brands are causing a stir


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As part of a series encouraging consumers to shop with small businesses, our product team features swimwear designed and manufactured right here in Canada.

Whether you’ve booked a sunny vacation or are dreaming of weekends by the lake or pool, we’ve compiled a must-have list of local brands that are creating waves with their swimwear collections.

Imagine Perry (Vancouver, BC)

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Lena Shaw is the CEO and creator of Imagine Perry, a brand she runs with her husband Ryan. Inspired by their three daughters, Lena set out to create swimsuits for her children that met all the criteria she had in mind: stylish, fitted and durable. Today, Imagine Perry offers swimwear for women, girls, boys and babies. Each piece is made with material made from recycled plastic bottles, UPF 50+ fabric that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays, and is quick-drying, lightweight, and breathable.

Styles we love:

1 – Women’s Everyday One-Piece – Bright Floral, $140

2 – Girls Ruffle Rashguard – Sonoma Sunset, $75

3 – Boardies for Boys – Brown and White Horizontal Stripes, $49

4 – Baby Onesie – Rainbow Stripes, $76

June (Montreal, Qc)

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June Swimwear was founded in 2009 by Julie MD (even though some people call her June!) with one simple goal: to give women the freedom to embrace the sun, the surf and all that travel can mean. Their extensive collection includes adjustable bikini tops, non-adjustable bikini tops, bootykini and light coverage bottoms, medium coverage bikini bottoms, full coverage bikini bottoms and one piece swimsuits.

Styles we love:

1 – Jade bikini top in Aloha, $67.99

2 – Iced Tea Betty Bikini Bottom, $73.99

3 – Christina Licorice One-Piece Swimsuit, $119.99

Like what you see? Check out our Shop the Weather articles for more must-have product recommendations.

Bathing Belle Swimwear (Toronto, ON)

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Danica Salajko watched her mother and aunt run a custom swimwear boutique in Toronto in the late 80s. After graduating from George Brown College’s fashion design program, she decided to open her own shop to present his unique creations. The Bathing Belle collection is nothing short of FUN! From playful patterns to unexpected details, Danica offers styles for women, mature beauties, men and children in premium SPF/UVB protective fabrics.

Styles we love:

1 – Women’s OMG Tank Swimsuit, $189

2 – Mature Belles White Palm Push-Up One-Piece, $269

3 – Men’s Shark Bite Swimsuit, $109

4 – Kids Chicken and Waffle Tank Swimsuit, $69

Bather (Toronto, Ont.)

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Bather launched their collection of perfect pool essentials for men in 2013. Their swimwear reflects their commitment to uncompromising design, function and quality and are available in solid colors and eye-catching patterns. Bather is also a proud member of 1% for the Planet, where every purchase supports ocean cleanup and marine conservation. Their popular surf and swim products have a street-inspired approach that can be worn on or off the beach.

Styles we love:

1 – Indigo Ne-Maki Shibori Swimsuit, $110

2 – Solid sea foam technical surf, $95

3 – Kids Solid Orange Swimsuit, $55

Thief and Bandit (Halifax, NS)

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Take a walk on the wild side with Thief & Bandit swimwear. Their small design team takes the collection entirely from sketch to stitching. In fact, all of their fabric is hand printed, hand sewn and made in their fashion studio. Their bath pieces are instantly recognizable by their sporadic, vivid and unusual patterns. With a commitment to sustainability, they pride themselves on printing on eco-friendly fabrics, using non-toxic inks and packing orders in 100% compostable envelopes or branded cardboard boxes.

Styles we love:

1 – Super Shroom Swimsuit, $228

2 – Cheetah Tie Bandeau Bikini Top, $80

3 – Cheetah Cheeky Bikini Bottom, $98

We know shopping for swimwear online can be daunting, which is why we’ve made sure that all of the brands we feature provide customer support and have fair return or exchange policies. When placing an order, always refer to the size charts and measurements provided and opt for adjustable pieces for a more versatile fit.

Like what you see? Check out our Shop the Weather articles for more must-have product recommendations.

Our trusted product specialists recommend high-quality items that we believe will improve your experience of Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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