Deta Knitted Swimwear
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Anna Berger’s great aunt Tante Käthe always inspired her to deviate from convention. This encouragement led her to challenge swimsuit norms with Deta Knitted Swimwear.
Named in honor of her great aunt, Berger’s creative brand makes versatile and comfortable swimwear from knitted fabric. They’re also co-designed and produced by local senior women form Brooklyn.
The suits’ fabric isn’t only unique and comfy, it also makes them functional as swimwear and outfit staples.
“The fact that the suits can double as bodysuits and swimwear make them versatile and I believe that is a way to enforce slow fashion concepts,” Berger explained. “Right now, everything is produced in the US. Knitting itself is zero waste because you knit the garment with yarn into the right form. There is no cut and sew involved, and I try to reuse yarn that I have left over from the last season for the next.”
The label helps empower senior women, while providing them with additional income. Their skills benefit the quality of the clothing, and help create cross-generational partnership (something not usually encouraged in the swimwear world).
“I like to open the perspective a bit by working on special handmade pieces with people around me,” Berger explained.
The pieces are stylish, substantial and adaptable, so you don’t have to worry that you’re splurging on a piece of clothing you’ll only wear near the water. Their mostly monochromatic, but some have playful embroidered prints.
In the upcoming months, Berger is launching a small vintage capsule collection, and will be working on a jewelry collaboration to pair with her swimsuits.
More about Deta Knitted Swimwear can be found on their website.