Spotlight on: Billy & Lola

January 20, 2010

Check out Billy & Lola, a Melbourne based swimwear label made from recycled and vintage fabrics.

Designer Ruth Ziller had the idea of making retro swimsuits out of antique
Australian bed sheets while on a “girlie road trip” up the East Coast.

Not satisfied with the swimwear choices she found in the commercial coastal
outlets, she began picking up old bed sheets at op shops in tiny country
towns. “I couldn’t really find any commercial bathers that I felt
comfortable in. So I thought I’d just make some!” says Ziller simply, “and
I’ve always loved old fashioned bathers. I just think that they’re so
adorable and really flattering.”

Using the recycled granny sheets collected on the road trip, Ziller made her
first collection of unique bathers. Six months later, her first range of
bathers in seven different styles are available exclusively in Sydney at
Venice Boutique.

If you aren’t already sold on the pre-loved eco-friendly idea, you’ll be
happy to know that Ziller is donating a portion of the profit to an
Australian marine conservation society that aims to protect Australia’s
coast line.

Here are our fave picks from the range:

Billy & Lola one piece – vintage green // $220

Billy & Lola halter rouched one piece – liberty // $220

Billy & Lola two piece – vintage plaid // $179

Billy & Lola strapless one piece – vintage lavendar // $220

Billy & Lola halter one piece – vintage sherbet // $220

Available at Venice Boutique, Paddington 02 9358 1006 or

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