It’s the time of year to get a new swimsuit, and we’ve put together a list of 20 of our favorite French swimwear brands that we think you’ll love too.
In a world dominated by fast fashion, quality swimwear can be hard to come by. But if there’s anything we know about the French, it’s that they know fashion, including what makes the perfect swimsuit.
What has become apparent from our research is that quality fabrics and well-thought-out design are what take swimwear from an afterthought to a statement piece of clothing on its own. French brands are known for their attention to detail, and so incorporating this into swimwear ensures you end up with a product that is both fashionable and flattering.
The items on our list range from affordable to luxury swimwear and resort wear, so whether you’re looking for new bikinis or perfect one-pieces, we’ve got you covered for your next vacation.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best swimwear brands hailing from France to make your search a little easier.
20 Best French Swimwear Brands to Know
1. Leslie Amon
Leslie Amon founded her namesake swimwear collection in 2017, inspired by her Swiss & Egyptian heritage.
Not only are they one of the few brands on this list to offer an extended size range, but the fabrics they use are also produced in France and its products are created in limited quantities, meaning once they sell out, they’re gone forever.
Luxury label Eres is as quintessentially French as it gets. They have been a trusted designer swimwear brand for over 50 years, owing to their elegant, wearable swimwear in classic cuts and high-quality materials.
Their signature ‘peau douce’ fabric – meaning ‘soft skin’ – is famed for sculpting a perfect fit while ensuring comfort.
3. Pain De Sucre
Pain De Sucre has been designing swimwear [and lingerie] for women across the world since the 90s. Their ethos is the celebration of ‘the art of dressing for the beach,’ encouraging that good swimwear shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Their offerings across their 30 global boutiques offer a range of innovative styles across swimwear and beachwear, from classic designs to fun outfits for your next summer vacation!
It’s safe to say that no one knows a woman’s body like a woman, and Ysé’s founder Clara has kept this close to her heart while building and designing her brand. The brand is said to have the whole team trying out each swimsuit before introducing it to its customers.
The swimwear and lingerie brand offers personalized guides and curated collections depending on chest size and body type, meaning you can always feel good in your own skin.
5. Nénés Paris
Nénés Paris is an eco-friendly brand covering lingerie, swimwear, and loungewear. The founder, Margot, created her brand in 2018 – and now operates with a team of women, focusing on local production in France and Portugal.
The sustainable swimwear brand’s designs are easy-breezy, simple, and sophisticated and are all made from recycled high-quality fabrics – so there’s no need to feel guilty about picking up another swimsuit before your vacation.
Jacquemus is one of the biggest contemporary brands to come out of France in the last 15 years. Their designs focus on resort wear for those who like to make a statement [or be risqué].
Simon Jacquemus described his line as “naïve” fashion with a pop of color with unique designs – and wouldn’t you agree?
LIVYSTONE, also known as LIVY, is bold, sexy and exactly what you’d imagine a cool Parisian girl to be wearing. LIVY’s lingerie and swimwear designs are all veering on being racy but are still toned down by the chic French origins of the brand.
LIVY is extremely committed to transparency and openly admits that though the majority of their pieces are produced in China and Hong Kong, they are not compromising on quality or eco-conscious actions. Most of their laces are still produced in France, and they have committed to eliminating single-use plastics to decrease waste products as far as possible.
8. Anja Paris
Since 2017, Anja Paris has offered a wide range of swimwear and resort for all body types and preferences, from sexy bikinis to elegant one-piece swimsuits.
The pieces are all produced in Portugal, with Spanish and Italian fabrics. Collections are produced in small quantities and using 100% recycled materials with recyclable packing. Sounds good to us!
One of the oldest brands on our list, French brand Vilebrequin was founded in St Tropez in 1971.
Though the brand started out specializing in men’s trunks, its womenswear collection promises classic swim pieces as well as chic beachwear.
Encapsulating what the modern woman wants out of her swimwear and lingerie, Réjeanne has piggybacked off the new popularity of period underwear and has now created period swimsuits!
Designed and made in France, they have spent years developing and researching safe [and comfortable] ways to manage a period while still feeling comfortable and looking chic. Unlike other period swimwear brands that only offer black swimwear, Rejeanne has a range of one-piece suits in vibrant colors as well as classic bikinis.
Founded in 2014 by Marion Toccacieli, tasked with creating modern at affordable prices, Icone was born. Proudly, the brand still designs and develops its designs out of its Paris atelier; and has now expanded, covering swimwear and resort-style ready-to-wear.
Their materials come from Europe; they even work with Sophie Hallette on their lace lingerie – Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress was made entirely of Sophie Hallette lace!
12. Tatiane de Freitas
Tatiane de Freitas is a native of Brazil, a country known for its color, cultural richness, and swimwear. Her journey through the brand has been able to merge the different cultures of her home country and her experience at fashion school in Paris’ Marangoni Institute.
She works with European textile suppliers and has kept the craftsmanship of lingerie and swimwear at the top of their brand value by keeping in close contact with the local artisans who work on the line.
13. isabel marant
Isabel Marant is as classically French as brands come.
In 1994, Marant launched her brand at Paris Fashion Week, and since then, the brand has been moving from strength to strength – focusing on the bohemian laid-back aesthetic of French fashion girls.
14. Dolla Paris
Founder Carla Muret was inspired to start her timeless swimwear label ‘Dolla Paris‘ by the style of her grandmother – Dolores. Her brand pays tribute to the timeless swimsuits and fashion choices of women through the ages.
Inherently sustainable in nature, they promise to provide classic swimwear and resort wear to stay with you through the years, expelling the need to purchase new pieces continuously.
15. NOO PARIS
NOO was created in 2014 to challenge the boundaries of women’s fashion. Founders Anaïs, Elissa, and the small team of 30 women are working with the ethos of making women feel confident in their own skin. Their style is chic and classic and hugs the body in all the right places; to show off the best asset of all – YOU!
The best part is that for every order placed at NOO Paris, they donate a new pair of underwear to women in need!
16. Albertine Swim
Co-founders of Albertine Swim – Anemone and Caroline – come from a long line of involvement in the textile industry. Their great-grandfather created the House of Corsetry and Hosiery in Anthon [a small French commune]. This was taken over by their father and mother, whose stylish taste modernized the creations.
The designs are fun and modern, with a hint of classic French flair. Albertine Swim now works with a French family-owned factory that also specializes in corsetry and helps them prototype their pieces so they can perfect each design, making the most beautiful full-circle story.
Maison Calarena has been a master of swimwear and beachwear since 2004, and hails from the small island of Corsica. Founders [and sisters] Marie and Sandrine have stuck to the original DNA of their brand, creating playful luxury swimwear.
The brand’s pieces are all made in a family-owned workshop in Italy, offering a complete new collection for the summer season annually. This year, they have collaborated with the famed Gigi Restaurant in the South of France for a line of swimwear embracing ‘La Dolce Vita.’
18. Pool Day Paris
Pool Day Paris was created in 2020 by three friends with the aim of providing young women with minimal, sexy pieces which can be worn no matter their personal style.
As with many of the new brands on our list, they have focused on producing their swimwear in small quantities and with fabrics made in France, Italy, and Spain.
Morgan Sélazory created Sézane in 2013 after spending most of her youth engrossed in learning everything about textiles, from sewing and cutting to writing and photography.
Though the brand has offerings across ready-to-wear collections and accessories, its swimwear plays off the aesthetic of the brand while incorporating a beachside bohemian look.
Canopea, created in 2016, is a brand that has revolutionized swimwear. Their UV-protection swimwear [yep, you heard that right] protects you against the harmful effects of UV rays.
Not only will the swimwear protect you, but the swimwear is also made from recycled, sustainable fabrics, and so helps protect the planet too.
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