Two Houstonians make a splash with a super-sexy and eco-friendly handmade swimwear line. By Holly Crawford
When a former Page Parkes model and a petroleum engineer decide to launch a swimwear collection, the result is the sexy and eco-conscious Revival Swimwear. The brand created by childhood besties Marion Sealy and Caroline Looke uses natural dyes and regenerated nylon from fishing nets to keep oceans free of harmful toxins that can leach from fabrics.
“There are so many things that people don’t think about … like dyes getting into the water when you enter the ocean,” says Looke, 30, an engineer, dive master and the brand’s Houston-based biz-wiz.
But the Revival story doesn’t stop here. The co-founders, whose friendship flourished at Kinkaid, confess to owning more swimsuits than clothing and to being “old souls” who are drawn to classic styles from past eras. It was only natural that bombshells like Brigitte Bardot and supermodels like Cindy Crawford inspire the glam, high-waisted silhouettes made modern with hardware. (Fun fact: The “Cindy” bottoms sold out in most sizes within hours of launching.)
“I discovered swimwear as a true form of fashion when I lived in Australia,” says the New York-based Sealy, 29, a Parsons grad and former model who studied old issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition before designing Revival’s debut collection of eight unique styles that start at $130. “We keep in mind being able to throw on a skirt and wear [our designs] to a restaurant.”
Each piece is handmade in the U.S. and comes with its own reusable, biodegradable, water-proof pouch. Next on the horizon are two new colors for summer — Saturno, a fiery orange, and Olive, a rich green — and Revival makes an appearance at Miami Swim Week in July. “Our goal is to eventually be in our favorite boutique hotels around the world,” says Looke. Think places like Mykonos, Tulum, Miami and Saint Barthélemy. “We want to be exclusive and keep it special.” Sold online at revivalswim.com