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4 New York Designers Dive Into Swimwear

A look at the best new bikini buys from the coolest local labels

The newest offerings this swimsuit season will turn the most loyal city girls into tropical bombshells—even if they never leave the concrete island. Below, a few of our favorite new bikinis by local designers, and where to where them while summering in the city.

Joy Cioci (bikini, $225)

What: The suits from this womenswear brand—Brooklyn Decker is a fan—were influenced by Florida and the whimsy of 1920s synchronized swimming. “Our collection is a reflection of the vivid life beneath the sea,” Cioci says.

Where to wear: The suits’ neoprene fabrics with scalloped edges are cutting-edge, while Cioci’s marine-life prints add just the right amount of beachiness. Show them off at the pool at the Equinox Printing House gym.

Lauren Moffatt (bikini, $210)

What: Moffatt’s swim line features her popular prints. “It has the same aesthetic as the rest of my designs: classic shapes with fun details,” she says. “My suits are feminine with a tomboy streak, so they’re not overtly sexy.”

Where to wear: The collection is perfect for lounging while you snack on lobster and carnitas tacos at one of The Beach’s cabanas at Dream Downtown. Take your pick from heart-print halterneck one-pieces or high-waisted bikinis. 

Faherty Brand (top, $130, bottom, $98)

What: The fabric used in twins Mike and Alex Faherty’s suits are truly unique—made primarily from recycled water bottles. Being green was a priority, says Mike. “We developed an amazing material that was as eco-friendly as possible.” 

Where to wear: The lightweight, quick-drying suits in subtle but striking patterns are great for doing morning laps at Le Parker Meridien’s rooftop pool, followed by a smoothie at Norma’s or a shake at the Burger Joint.

Estuaries (bikini, $230)

What: For design inspiration, sisters Zhu Ru and Layla Chen combined their Hawaii upbringing with their present-day NYC lifestyle. The result? Pieces that can be worn in or out of the water. “The key is versatility,” says Chen.

Where to wear: The bikinis, maillots and cover-ups come in bold brights and feature easy yet sexy silhouettes with touches like ruching and color blocking—just right for a plunge at the Soho House pool.

Moffat: Photographed by Christine Blackburn; All others: Courtesy of designers