Summer will be back before we know it (three cheers for that) and as we Gold Coasters know, there’s very little more important than the perfect bikini.
Luckily, local lad Bryce Pierpoint has created exactly that with his swimwear label Marloe. The latest collection, Endless, celebrates sun-soaked days and sea breezy summer nights and it is pure perfection.
We sat down for a chat with Bryce about luxe Italian fabrics and a sense of adventure inspired by the midnight sky (LOVE).
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I was actually born and raised here. Apart from living in NYC for a couple of years, the Gold Coast has always been home.
What do you love most about living here?
It’s one of those places where you can go away and come back and it feels like nothing has changed. Some people don’t like that, I find it comforting. Straight away you can slip back in and instantly start having fun. It’s always evolving though and I think creatively people have this independent attitude where they’re going out and creating what they want. Whether it’s a cafe, restaurant, bar, creative agency or a brand. Also living by the ocean is definitely the greatest!
You created Marloe Swimwear, tell us how it came about?
I’ve kind of always had a foot in the industry and the thought to take the plunge but no idea how. Some friends had some key contacts and they were nice enough to sit down with me and chat about what I wanted to achieve and how to go about it. From there the excitement grew instantly. I had just moved home from NYC and knew I had to go for it.
How is your brand unique?
I think it’s unique from a design perspective and process. I’m a male designing women’s swimwear, so I have to rely heavily on outside input when it comes to fits etc. Being an architect I love figuring out how things are constructed and do spend a lot of time researching manufacturing techniques to achieve our natural cuts with really clean lines. Also, everything is done locally. The fabric is sourced from Italy by a local supplier then all printing and manufacturing is completed here.
Your latest collection ‘Endless’ is beautiful; from where do you draw inspiration?
I’m a very visual person and love imagery. I’m constantly saving photos and whatnot on Instagram and Pinterest and most of it is not swimwear related. It could honestly be anything from a certain colour or tone, a facial expression, landscape, fashion or art. Just anything that I find interesting really. I try and take bits and pieces from it all and try to forge it together.
What’s the vibe of the collection?
I tried to instill a sense of celebration and adventure – celebration of sun-soaked days, the feeling of sea breezes and summer nights. The prints and colours are inspired by the midnight sky, terracotta-stained soil and the speckled sand that adorns the coastline.
Who is the Marloe girl?
I think she’s feminine and confident.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2018?
Wrapping up the new range and releasing that over summer and hopefully some travel!
Best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t think too hard about it, otherwise you’ll find an excuse.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Beach: Burleigh / Talle Creek
Cafe: The Salt Mill
How does your weekend usually look?
It’s always different! A dream Sunday though would be getting up early and going to yoga with my girlfriend, an acai bowl and then jump in the car for a road trip down south and spend the day at the beach lounging and surfing. Afternoon spent playing with my sister’s kids, a swim in the pool and a family BBQ.