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Designing Swimwear for Surfing with Ali

Designing Swimwear for Surfing with Ali

Designing Swimwear for Surfing with Ali

To launch our first ever swimwear collection, we enlisted the help of Alison Cotton, founder and designer of Australian active wear brand, First Base. We both share a love for the ocean, surfing and a passion for products that do better for people and planet. So, it was a no brainer to work together to develop a range of swimwear designed to perfectly fit active ocean women and created with consideration of the environmental impact.

Built from recycled nylon, these pieces help minimise waste by regenerating a fibre that would have otherwise ended up in landfill… helping to close the loop of the manufacturing industry while providing you with timeless styles that will stay on in the surf. Read on as we interview Ali and she divulges more about the development of this collection.

 Project Blank Swimwear Range

WE KNOW YOU LOVE THE SURF. HOW MUCH DID THAT PLAY IT INTO THIS SWIM COLLAB?

“Surf is the link between First Base and Project Blank. It's a personal passion of mine which bleeds into First Base, so being able to work with Project Blank on a swim capsule it was always going to be strongly influenced by surf. The styles are a tight edit of essential cuts that are made to surf, swim and lay in.”

 

WHAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS IN DESIGNING SWIM FOR PB?

“Striking the right cord between function and fashion was key. Project Blank has an elevated and minimalistic aesthetic which was important to keep in mind when creating these styles. There is a lot of similarities in approach between First Base and Project Blank so it was a very natural process in making this collection. Oh and the swim obviously had to work seamlessly under a wetsuit too.”

Project Blank Recycled Swimwear

 

TELL US ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS YOU CHOSE?

“We use recycled fabrications wherever possible and here we were able to use a really high quality recycled nylon in all the swimwear. The fibre is the by-product of recycling industrial waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfill”

Project Blank Surf One Piece Swimwear 

COULD YOU GIVE US A RUN DOWN OF EACH PIECE?

The Surf One Piece.  “This fully lined one piece has adjustable straps which makes it work for most body shapes and doubles as a functional swim suit for the girls that like to get their laps or hit the surf and a great suit just to lay and beach in.”

Surf One Piece in Black

 

The Everyday Bikini. “Simple and sporty this set does it all. Ha! Ok, this one was designed for me. It’s near impossible to find a simple but cool style that actually stays on to surf in! And In summer I like to surf in a bikini so it seemed like prime opportunity to get myself a new bikini, and hopefully a few other people too.”

 Project Blank Everyday Bikini Saffron

The Athletes Bikini. “A more supportive top and high waisted bottom makes this set great for the active ocean enthusiast. Built to stay right where you want it to while offering support and ultimate comfort.”

 Project Blank Atheletes Bikini

The Paddle Suit. “This suit delivers max sun protection with a UPF50+ rating. Ultra comfortable and super flattering, this suit is perfect for those longer beach days when you want to be able to enjoy the sun without overdoing it.”

 Swimwear for Surfing in Sage

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