This year, you don’t have to drown in a sea of options, because we’ve rounded up the best local swimwear labels, all in one place. Below, you’ll find three of the very best labels founded by Arab creative directors and entrepreneurs. Each of the brands we’ve found for you are creating innovative, often inclusive, styles that offer an impeccable fit for all shapes and sizes, from elaborate bikinis to sets that include scarves and sarongs.
“In our current cultural climate, we are seeing separate swimwear stores for veiled and unveiled women. The swimwear category for veiled women, also known as the burkini, often focuses only on practical functionality and doesn’t provide stylish or trendy solutions for the women who wear them. I believe the fashion industry needs to improve its inclusivity by designing swimwear that can be worn by women of all cultures, eliminating the need for separate stores and labels, which can ostracize veiled women,” says Dubai-based entrepreneur and fashion influencer Hadia Ghaleb, who has just launched her inclusive eponymous swimwear line which bridges the divide for women of all cultures, religions and lifestyles, and brings a little more (much needed) inclusivity to the fashion industry.
The brand features two swimwear sets which come in six shades inspired by the sea and summer sunsets. They can be combined in different ways to change up your swimwear look: a swimwear ensemble, including a swimsuit top and scarf, and a full swimwear set, including a swimwear top, a scarf, leggings and a sarong.