Lily Byrne Swim is handmade by me, Lily Smith. The Byrne comes from my Irish grandmother who was easily the most elegant person in the family. I think I needed a little of her spirit for this project.
Finding a swimsuit is never easy, but over the years I managed to find vintage suits and a few from my moms closet with the most wild 1980's prints. However, by the time summer 2017 rolled around, all my suits had fallen apart. I spent months looking for a new one. Alas, no luck; everything was ill fitting and made from cheap feeling fabrics. Luckily, I have a cool mom who shipped a box of fabric over to Ireland, where I was living at the time and with that, I made my first swimsuit- the blue one pictured here. It was great for casual swimming, however, when I starting swimming laps multiple times a week, I needed something with more structure. After lots of trial and error I found this wonderful material called Scuba Suede and created a pattern. This cut seems to flatter lots of different body shapes and the thicker fabric holds up really well in the water- no more flimsy bathing suits please!
I currently live in my very little house (so little I don’t have room for a table) as a result my studio is outside. This also means that if there is a big rainstorm, production may be halted for a few days.
Pictured here: My lovely Necchi sewing machine that everything is made on; The very first suit I made in the summer of 2017 photographed in Kilkee, Ireland; The first batch of suits ready to go out, spring 2018.
I am so grateful for all those women who supported me with that first season.