RECYCLED SWIM: A swimsuit made from recycled yarn, abandoned fishing nets, carpets and polyester waste found in landfills and oceans — who’da thought?
At May & Hugo, sustainable sourcing and manufacturing is the name of the game, according to Sydney, Australia-based designer Emily Tait, who founded the swimwear line a year ago with her partner, Marcos Hugo Bello. The nylon in May & Hugo’s suits is made with Econyl yarn. “Recycled nylon not only cleans up the earth; it also use much less energy than making the yarn from raw materials,” Tait told WWD. “The fabric is bonded, meaning we use two layers….We love working with this double-layered fabric — it gives us the ability to work with raw edges, which makes our swimwear uniquely comfortable and flattering.” The brand’s latest collection has an athletic feel with sporty, minimalist silhouettes, including halter and bandeau bikini tops and others that mimic sports bras. The label, sold on Mayandhugo.com, ranges from $55 to $99 for separates and $135 to $160 for one-pieces.