Eidé Designer Spotlight: Minnow Bathers

Minnow Bathers

Don’t we all wish we could relive a teenage camping trip flush with secret lakes, leafy shaded bowers and our first love — except with a lot more style and cheeky confidence? That’s kind of what wearing a Minnow Bathers swimsuit is like. There are more than a few reasons we’re so keen on the Canadian swimsuit brand. To start, their current line of swimwear is inspired by “the nostalgia of youth, summer rebellion, and first loves.” Then there’s the bit that these bathers are made by hand in the Toronto studio of best pals, Karen Donaldson and Vanessa Warrack. Oh, and on top of all that, they’re flattering, feminine and endlessly flirty. Before joining forces to create Minnow Bathers, Donaldson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University, while Warrack studied Fashion Design at LaSalle College in Montreal. For the Canadian design duo, Minnow Bathers is their vision of quintessential summertime — play and teenage rebellion. Their aesthetic blends pin-up-perfect silhouettes with tongue-in-cheek colorful prints, and sorry, but you won’t find a string bikini in any of their collections. What you will find: One-piece bathing suits and high-waisted two-piece sets that are beautifully suited to flatter every woman’s body. Not to mention they feature cutouts in all the right places, showing off just enough to keep the boys guessing. As Donaldson and Warrack put it, Minnow Bathers “experiments with the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, modesty and sexuality.” And in doing so, Warrack and Donaldson manage to create a sleek and grown-up bather, while throwing the perfect pinch of playfulness and youth into the mix.