We all know that carefree holiday feeling, when we’re the best version of ourselves and time just slips away. One more drink turns into a three rounds of margaritas; a final dip in the sea turns into a midnight swim. Ayla was made with those days in mind. They wanted to create beachwear that takes the stress out of packing and give women the confidence to throw themselves into whatever adventure comes their way. With super-soft fabrics (that are eco-friendly too) their bikinis are both comfortable and flattering. They come in a range of bespoke prints, with a range of cuts that can be mixed and matched according to your personal style, your destination or even your mood. They get that a good outfit can make a day that bit better, so they’ve designed a range of essential resort wear pieces that transform swimwear into a statement look.
More often than not, a holiday with Ayla’s founders involves a beach. For part-Trinidadian Kirsty Ames it’s the Caribbean; for Heidi Sommerau – who grew up in Hong Kong – it’s the secret shores of the Philippines. When Kirsty and Heidi travel they dive head-first into a destination, and their favourite days are ones that merge seamlessly with the night. Ayla has been created for women who, like them, have an insatiable appetite for new experiences, opportunities and good times.
MADE IN BALI
BASED IN UK AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
Their garments are made in two small boutique factories based in Bali. These factories allow them to be flexible with their order sizes to avoid wasting stock.
They use cupro – a sustainable fabric made from a by-product of the cotton process that would usually be thrown away. It is produced in a closed loop process to minimise waste. They also use Tencel™ an eco-fabric that is made by turning ethically sourced wood pulp into fibre.
Their swimwear is made using ECONYL® regenerated nylon which is made from old fishing nets, carpets and other plastics that pollute the oceans and harm marine life.