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Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear

Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear

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Komende weken verschijnt er wekelijks een post over fair surfbikini’s op The sea is my cup of tea. Ik vind het belangrijk dat mijn kleding op een eerlijke en duurzame manier geproduceerd wordt en dit geldt uiteraard ook voor surfbikini’s. Ik steun het liefste merken met een eerlijke en duurzame werkwijze en daarom ging ik op onderzoek uit. In de fair surfbikini series zet ik elke week een merk in de spotlight dat classificeert als fair en duurzaam. Bovendien is elke post vergezeld van een leuke winactie of kortingscode!

Deze week meer informatie over June swimwear, een kleinschalig Canadees merk met een lokale insteek. Het eerste wat me opviel toen ik June swimwear vond is dat alle bikini’s echt plaatjes zijn. Werkelijk waar allemaal even leuk! Maar dat is natuurlijk niet het belangrijkste, ook dit merk support lokaal, kwalitatief en eerlijk produceren. Ik stelde eigenaresse Julie hierover wat vragen.

Het productieproces van June swimwear
De productie van June Swimwear vindt geheel in Quebec plaats. Julie en haar team werken in een atelier aan de designs en de samples en de grotere oplages worden vervolgens geproduceerd in een lokale fabriek in Quebec. Julie bezoekt deze fabriek twee tot drie keer per maand, om ervoor te zorgen dat voor beide partijen alles naar wens verloopt.

Wat vragen die ik aan Julie stelde:

As a small scale surfbikini brand, how do you select the best place to produce your bikinis?
It is very important for us to keep the production local. So all our products are designed and made in Quebec, Canada. I worked with this company before on other projects and I knew they are very skilled, so I wanted them to produce the bikinis when I started June Swimwear. As for many other countries, the clothing industry lost many manufactures in Canada when the big companies went overseas for their productions. But slowly we are seeing a movement to bring back the production locally and hopefully the industry will renew.

What are the most important values of June swimwear?
We aim to inspire women to pursue their dreams weather it’s with sports, arts, or travels. We want to be proud of the products that we sell, which means good quality, locally made and with respect to all the people along the way.

What are the criteria regarding to eco friendly and sustainable production June swimwear is aiming for?
These two criteria’s are very big challenge in the industry as we know there is a lot of pollution caused by the clothing industry. We try to work with trustworthy people and use better quality fabrics so the products will last longer. By keeping our production local and working with other local companies, we try to decrease our footprint on the environment. As of our 2017 goals, we are looking to be more present in stores across Canada and hopefully in some places around Europe :)

What sparkled the idea for creating June Swimwear?
I’ve always sewn since I was 6 years old. It was a family thing. I went to Australia when I was 19 and felt in love with the surf culture. When I came back I started sewing swimsuits in my bedroom just for fun and for my friends. I realized that I could actually sell them. I borrowed some money, bought a super heavy industrial sewing machine made for stretch fabrics and work few jobs at the same time to have this dream come true. I cried over that machine quite a few times but I was too stubborn to quit ;). Along the way, I was very fortunate to meet the right people that helped me take June to where it is now. Never thought when I started this 5 years ago that this project would make me meet so many incredible and talented people, learn so many things and that I would get to see the bikinis travel all around the world! Can’t wait to see the rest of the journey!

Kortingscode
Vind jij het ook tof om een mooie bikini aan te schaffen van dit kleinschalige merk? Met kortingscode theseaismycupoftea ontvang je tot en met 19 mei 10% korting op een surfbikini in de June webshop. Misschien ligt het aan mij, maar: keuzestress!

Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear
Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear
Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear

Model: Kimberly Denis & photo credit: Simon-Pierre Côté

Wat vind jij van de June designs? Kies jij ook voor eerlijk geproduceerde kleding of zou je dat vaker willen doen? Wat is bij jou belangrijk bij de aanschaf van een goede surfbikini?

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Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear

In the next weeks a post on fair surfbikinis will be published weekly at The sea is my cup of tea. To me, it’s important that my clothes are produced in a fair and sustainable way, and this of course also goes for surfbikinis. That’s why I contacted some of my favourite brands to ask them about their production process, to decide if they work in a fair and sustainable manner. The fair surfbikini series is the result of my investigation: each week I will highlight a brand that produces awesome and fair surfbikinis plus a discount code or give away!

This week more about June swimwear, a small scale Canadian brand with the focus on a local production. The first thing I noticed when I heard about June Swimwear was that all bikinis are equally beautiful and elegant. I would definitely want to be seen in the water in them! Of course that’s not the most important thing: this brand supports local, high quality and fair production. I asked founder Julie some questions about it.

June swimwear production process
All June bikinis are made in Quebec. The pattern and sample development is done by Julie and her team in their workspace, and for the rest of the production they work with a manufacturer in Quebec. She visits the factory two to three times a month to work with them and make sure everything goes well for all.

Some questions I asked Julie:

As a small scale surfbikini brand, how do you select the best place to produce your bikinis?
It is very important for us to keep the production local. So all our products are designed and made in Quebec, Canada. I worked with this company before on other projects and I knew they are very skilled, so I wanted them to produce the bikinis when I started June Swimwear. As for many other countries, the clothing industry lost many manufactures in Canada when the big companies went overseas for their productions. But slowly we are seeing a movement to bring back the production locally and hopefully the industry will renew.

What are the most important values of June swimwear?
We aim to inspire women to pursue their dreams weather it’s with sports, arts, or travels. We want to be proud of the products that we sell, which means good quality, locally made and with respect to all the people along the way.

What are the criteria regarding to eco friendly and sustainable production June swimwear is aiming for?
These two criteria’s are very big challenge in the industry as we know there is a lot of pollution caused by the clothing industry. We try to work with trustworthy people and use better quality fabrics so the products will last longer. By keeping our production local and working with other local companies, we try to decrease our footprint on the environment. As of our 2017 goals, we are looking to be more present in stores across Canada and hopefully in some places around Europe :)

What sparkled the idea for creating June Swimwear?
I’ve always sewn since I was 6 years old. It was a family thing. I went to Australia when I was 19 and felt in love with the surf culture. When I came back I started sewing swimsuits in my bedroom just for fun and for my friends. I realized that I could actually sell them. I borrowed some money, bought a super heavy industrial sewing machine made for stretch fabrics and work few jobs at the same time to have this dream come true. I cried over that machine quite a few times but I was too stubborn to quit ;). Along the way, I was very fortunate to meet the right people that helped me take June to where it is now. Never thought when I started this 5 years ago that this project would make me meet so many incredible and talented people, learn so many things and that I would get to see the bikinis travel all around the world! Can’t wait to see the rest of the journey!

Discount code
Do you like the small scale produced bikinis of June swimwear too? With code theseaismycupoftea you get 10% discount on a surfbikini in the June webshop! It might be me, but how could you ever choose from these beautiful designs?!

Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear
Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear
Fair surfbikini series: June swimwear

Model: Kimberly Denis & photo credit: Simon-Pierre Côté

Do you love the June designs as well? Do you actively choose fair and local brands or do you want to? What are your criteria for a good surfbikini? Let me know in the comments below!

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