Sensible Summer must-haves

Getting all your summer holiday goodies ready before the end of the year creeps to a close might lead to quick, rather than considered purchasing. These 'rushed' end of year shopping sprees can often leave you with things you and your loved ones don't really want, let alone need.

With this summertime guide, we want to introduce you to a new, slower approach to your summer shopping. From reef-safe SPF moisturisers to swimsuits made from recycled material, this guide highlights locally-made products that are perfect for summer and are also sustainably sourced and ethically made. With these items in your beach bag, you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze for years to come — all with a clear conscience!

Me and the Sea Sunsuits

Me and the Sea’s signature Sunsuits will probably be the most versatile swimsuit you’ve ever owned. These long-sleeve suits are not only beautifully bold, but their soft, lightweight fabric is fast-drying, will keep you safe from the sun and protect your skin from the harsh elements. A suit like this is an investment in yourself — especially if you’re a water-sports fanatic.

Me and the Sea

Kat Van Duinen Swimwear

Part of the transition to more considerate, slower fashion means finding clothes that are timeless and can be worn for years to come — and that includes swimwear. Luckily, Kat Van Duinen's sophisticated swimsuit collection is brimming with elegant and understated pieces like the high-waisted bikini set and asymmetrical one-piece that will outlast any seasonal trends.

Kat van Duinen

Me&B Swimwear

Me&B has recently expanded their inclusive fashion range to include swimwear and we couldn't be happier! Their collection of swimwear essentials includes one-pieces and bikinis. All of these locally-made pieces feature Me&B's signature, bold patterns that have made the brand a South African favourite.

Gabrielle Swimwear

We love that the full swimsuit is back in style! And Gabrielle Swimwear has a range of styles to choose from. From plunging necklines to waisted centre seams with hidden inner support, this range of sustainably made full-body swimsuits is flattering, yet comfortable. Gabrielle Swimwear is known for exclusive prints showcasing South African nature, and if you’re more of a plain jane, they’ve got you covered too (literally)!

Gabrielle Swimwear

Breazies His & Hers Swimwear

Looking for a gift that will last more than one season and make your partner smile? Breazies matching swimwear is what we like to call ‘couple goals’. This collection of mens swim shorts and ladies one-piece costumes is all about quirky patterns, comfortable fits and lasting quality.  And, if you’ve got a little dude, you can get him his own matching kiddies shorts too!


Freya Hats

We are of the opinion that Freya Hats are the most versatile of hats. Spring, summer, autumn and winter: the trusty hat can see you through any season. But, obviously, this classic hat ‘peaks’ in summer. Freya Hats has a collection of trendy hats in a variety of fabrics like cord, cotton, terry cloth and linen that will be your must-have accessory for the year.

Freya Hats

Crystal Birch

A good hat serves as so much more than just protection from the sun — they can also be statement pieces, practical accessories and the best bad-hair-day cover-ups. And any mention of a good hat would be incomplete without Crystal Birch! Step up your hat game this summer with one of Crystal Birch's sophisticated straw boleros, boaters and kiki's that are handmade in South Africa.

The real crystal birch

Lelive SPF Moisturiser

This game-changing, reef-safe, one-stop wonder will be the only moisturiser you need this summer. Lelive’s best-selling tinted moisturiser won’t give you any of that white residue you often find with SPF products thanks to its environmentally-conscious mineral composition, and it is packed with essential hydration from hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.

all the shade | spf 30 sheer tinted moisturiser
By Lelive

all the shade | spf 30 sheer tinted moisturiser

From R 329.00

*comes in one shade | made for all skin tones | make sure you rub it in until fully absorbed. 50ML / 1,69 FL.OZ zinc and vitamin e to protect.  sweet almond and marula oils to moisturise. hyaluronic acid and aloe to hydrate. WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT:  amanda is a green peace ambassador, so havin...

Thandana Wine Coolers

Gone are the days of lukewarm bottles of wine dampening your picnics! Thandana’s range of PVC coolers is perfect for carrying around your drinks in style. These waterproof coolers — which come in a variety of sizes and colourful patterns — are lined with aluminium foil padding to keep your drinks cool and have sturdy leather carry handles.

The Cotton Company Beach Collection

Your perfect summer kit wouldn’t be complete without a towel, and The Cotton Company's Classic Turkish Towels are ideal for any ocean or poolside adventure. These sand-repellent, super absorbent and quick-dry towels will take up almost no space in your beach bag and they’re available in a range of classic summery colours. What is so special about Turkish Towels? Because of the premium cotton used, Turkish towels are known to become even softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with each washing.

The Cotton Company

Mia Melange Net Bags

Speaking of beach bags… The Mia Melange net bag has caught our eye. Made from locally grown cotton rope using a coiling technique, these net bags come in a selection of colours and can expand to fit all your beach necessities. The best bit? You won’t find your own mini beach worth of sand in the bottom of your bag after a day out.

Kimonos from Gabrielle Swimwear

Gabrielle Swimwear’s effortlessly cool kimonos are made from a beautiful natural blend of linen and rayon fabric. These mid-length cover-ups, available in black, stone, cream and milk, are perfect to throw on over a bikini as the sun goes down thanks to their wide sleeves and soft tie closure.

Wanderland Beach bags

This all-in-one bag from Wanderland is the ideal companion for outings to the beach, picnics or even overnight stays (if you don’t overpack like we do). Their generous size has more than enough room for everything you need, and they also have zipped inner pockets to keep your smaller, valuable items safe and easily accessible. Did we mention that they are made from recycled bottles and designed by South African artists?

Koko Active Shorts

Working up a sweat in the heat of summer requires a new approach to activewear. Luckily, Koko Active has got you sorted with their fun exercise shorts. These quick-drying, mid-thigh length, superior-coverage shorts come in quirky patterns that are illustrated and digitally printed onto the fabric by the founder herself, Courtney Hall, and made by local women.

Breazies Beach Towels

A beach towel with a llama on it? How could you resist! When it comes to laying on the beach in style, Breazies has got you covered with their luxury beach towels that are soft, ultra-absorbent and super striking. One thing is for sure: these towels will definitely stand out on the beach.

Brands for summer