KIDLY Label's Recycled Swimwear Story

KIDLY Label's Recycled Swimwear Story

We initially launched KIDLY Label swimwear in 2020, in the middle of the first lockdown. Far from ideal! No-one knew for sure if they'd be getting anywhere near the beaches or enjoying anything like a normal summer. But we knew that we wanted out first swimwear range to be stylish, sun-safe and perhaps most importantly, sustainable. For Summer 2023 we've introduced new pieces and even more colours. Here's how the range all came together.

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Sun-safe first and foremost.

The checklist

Before any designing happened, we started with a checklist of features. Sun-safe - that's a no-brainer. And swimwear's almost like your child's summer uniform, so it also has to be comfy and elastic enough to pull easily onto a wriggly baby or impatient toddler, but mustn’t sag with wear. It has to look good too - obviously!

Finally, summer gets us outside lots - appreciating what a precious resource the natural world is. So we felt it was really important that KIDLY Label swimwear range should be sustainable too.

The sustainable fabric

Our design team created key pieces that can be paired and even layered. We chose a high quality recycled fabric made from 80% recycled pre-consumer nylon waste.

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Freya loves the Recycled Long Sleeve Swimsuit.

"The fabric feels beautifully soft and has UVP50+ protection," explains Vic Tang, KIDLY's Head of Creative. "Choosing it fits in with our KIDLY Label ‘Going Green’ mission, which means we make sustainable choices wherever we can. And it give us the quality of garment we know our customers expect.”

The colours

Finally, we chose colours. We always put a lot of thought into our KIDLY Label palette. The joke in the office is that our designers even dream about colour! Our swimwear for Summer 2022 has more colours that tone, mix and match. You can choose contrasting separates or go head-to-toe in one colour. Or pick neutrals that'll team with any shade. We also introduced on-trend Recycled Swim Shorts, hats and 2-piece Surf Sets. And don't forget a pair (or two) of KIDLY Label Jelly Sandals!

Roux in a sun hat and rash vest

Roux is a symphony in teal, wearing Recycled Sun Hat, Recycled Rash Vest and Recycled Swim Shorts.

The photoshoot

In 2020, social distancing meant we couldn’t shoot with any of our usual models. Happily, we're now back in the studio again. But our snap-happy Parent Testers always send us such great pics too. These talented mums and dads have produced gorgeous photos of our models Roux, Freya and Penny modeling the range at their lovely local beaches, in their back gardens and even in a hot tub!

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Penny models the Recycled Frill Swimsuit. (And an ace-looking lolly.)

We’ll be sharing more KIDLY Label Stories in the near future and please keep sending us your feedback. We depend on it! And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team is always here to help, 9 am - 5 pm, every weekday. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.