Best Children’s Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

We introduced this award a few years ago and the category just keeps getting better and better - and harder to judge. Swimwear for kids has never looked so good...

| Junior Design Awards 2019

Best Children's Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

WINNER: PLATINUM BEST CHILDREN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

WHO: Canopea

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WHAT: The eco-conscious French brand that specializes in ultra chic sun protective swimwear for children. Canopea’s sleek swimwear is inspired by the aesthetic of the 1930’s when fuss free, simple lines dominated and pared back style triumphed. Made in Europe from recycled fibre that is certified UPF50+ without the use of chemical filters, this swimwear not only ensures better sun protection but also makes for a much more environmentally responsible product.

WHY: This swimwear brand wins on so many levels and our judges were in absolute agreement that the whole collection was a step above in terms of design, quality and function. The gorgeous pared back detailing and beautiful colour palette are stunning. Add to this the fact that the fabric is sun safe and made from recycled fibres and we’re ready to burst in applause. In fact, we may well have danced and clapped. Our judges commented:

Stunning swim range. Love the detail. So pretty : )
Abi Campbell, children’s fashion photographer
Lovely designs! Plus earth could use more eco friendly brands like this!!
Aly, founder of allmumstalk
This is my idea of swimwear heaven. When I first set eyes on this brand on Instagram I knew they had to enter the awards. The ruffles, trims and gorgeous colour palette are exactly what I’d want to dress my daughter in for a holiday dip and I'm certain many other mothers with daughters would agree.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Canopea

Best Children's Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

WINNER: GOLD BEST CHILDREN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

WHO: FOLPETTO

WHAT: An eco-conscious swimwear collection for children aged 6 months to 10 years made from high performing, eco-friendly UPF50+ fabrics that are chlorine, sun-cream and oil resistant, as well as super soft, quick drying and naturally breathable. This swimwear is designed with maximum style and comfort in mind and the carefully sourced fabric offers excellent sun protection, blocking over 99.8% of harmful sun rays.

WHY: Our judges were so impressed with this brand’s commitment to respecting the planet. Not only is the swimwear fabric made with a 100% recycled polyamide fibre from post consumer materials like abandoned fishnets and other plastic waste collected from the sea, which can be endlessly regenerated but they are committed to using renewable raw materials in all their packaging to limit their impact on the environment. Eco credentials aside, this swimwear collection is beautiful and the asymmetric designs, ruffle details and printed trunks were a huge hit. Our judges said:

This brand ticks so many boxes for me: it’s truly beautiful, it provides sun protection and it’s made from eco-friendly fabric.
Ellie Crompton, Junior Contributing Editor and founder of The Mumday Times

WHERE: Folpetto

Best Children's Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

WINNER: SILVER BEST CHILDREN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

WHO: Team Beachwear

WHAT: An ethical and sustainable swimwear range for children and adults featuring eye catching cool prints and giving families the chance to fully coordinate on the beach! With 5 prints to choose from there is something to suit everyone and the whole range is designed and made in Britain from highly durable, sustainable and UV protective fabrics.

WHY: Our judges were astounded to hear that this fantastic swimwear range is run by just one person! Mother of three, Claire comes up with the prints, the designs and oversees all the production making this a very lean operation indeed. In fact, we’d really like to know what supplements she takes. Made from highly durable, UV resistant fabrics that use fully recycled fibres, this collection is eco friendly and kids will be excited to hear that approximately 3 recycled plastic bottles make up the fabric for one pair of boy’s swim shorts. Our judges were hugely enthusiastic, commenting:

These designs are absolutely stunning and I LOVE the use of recyclable fibres.
Gabrielle Spang, founder of concept store Scandimini
Gorgeous - especially the boys shorts.
Steph Douglas, founder of thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers
These prints are pure sunshine and I love the fact that you can mix and match and even twin with your kids.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Team Beachwear

Best Children's Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

WINNER: BRONZE BEST CHILDREN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

WHO: King of Redonda Children’s Swimwear

WHAT: A swimwear brand designed to capture the imagination of children with its bright colours and quirky prints. Comfortable styling and added elements like hidden pockets and snap-loops to hold goggles and sunglasses make these suits as practical as they are gorgeous to look at.

WHY: Everyone was drawn to these bright prints that have such a happy, uplifting feel. We also loved the fact that we could well imagine girls and boys wearing the same trunks and rashguards as each other and the added bonus that these pieces could be passed down through siblings, no matter their gender. Our judges were super impressed commenting:

Cutest designs! They’ve actually been on my shopping list for this summer! X
Aly, founder of allmumstalk
Gorgeous - fun, and my kids would love it.
Steph Douglas, founder of thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers

WHERE: King of Redonda

Best Children's Swimwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2019

WINNER: BRONZE BEST CHILDREN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

WHO: M&S Sustainable Swimwear Collection

WHAT: Part of M&S’ commitment to sustainability across their brand, this new kid’s swimwear range is made from fabric that is woven from fibres derived from recycled plastic waste. As well as being super durable the range has been endorsed by the British Skin Foundation and includes UPF 50+ sun protection.

WHY: The impact of a huge high street store committing to making a swimwear collection from an innovative and eco friendly, recycled fabric was not lost on our judges. The panel was also highly impressed with the gorgeous aquatic themed prints and sweet seersucker stripes chosen for this debut sustainable swimwear collection and loved the fact that the marine prints echoed the aim of the collection  – to reduce plastic waste in our oceans. Bravo M&S!

Love the designs.
Gabrielle Spang, founder of concept store Scandimini
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WHERE: Marks & Spencer