Canada is often associated with ice and snow — not to mention mounted police officers in spiffy red coats — and companies like Shan are looking to change all that.
Shan is just one of many Canadian swimwear and lingerie brands making a name for themselves outside the country. The fashionable designs and prints of Shan’s swimsuits, along with their carefully engineered styles and quality fabrics, have helped this Quebec-based firm’s fanbase grow exponentially.
For Spring/Summer 2011 the company — founded by Chantal Levesque in 1985 and now available in 20 countries — was inspired by the glamour of the French Riviera of the 1950s, complete with large black shades, floppy hats and decently tiny bikinis. The sophisticated collection, which debuted in March at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week, features bright colors and patterns, and subtle vintage inspiration.
According to Shan they see their new swimsuit designs as “trendy and retro at once.” The company prides itself not only on staying ahead of the technological curve where swimwear is concerned, but also with providing couture-like styling and quality to women who will be hitting the beach in the warmer months.
Shan’s new collection features color-blocked bandeau bikinis (Violette) sharing room with retro chic, ruched one-pieces (Lola). The collection also has some great details like polka-dot (Ginger) and patchwork prints (Vivianne, shown above and below), not to mention tons of feminine ruffles.
Shan also offers a select number of cover-up options that range from skirts and dresses to tunics and sheer robes in gauzy fabrics, silks and jersey. These designs can easily cross from beach to resort wear.
The new Shan pieces have not just been updated style-wise, but also in terms of quality and the process of construction. These items are now available in a wider range of sizes — suits now come in D, E and F cup sizes and Shan’s clothing items can now be found up to Size 16.
Shan designs their suits not only with style in mind, but also the needs of their customer. A bathing suit top will be cut to help enhance the bust while bottoms have been designed with slimming and lengthening in mind. If you’d like to get your hands on some of Shan’s glam, retro-modern designs before bathing suit season, you can visit the company’s boutiques in Toronto, Montreal, Laval, Saint-Sauveur and Miami Beach.