MOLLY & POLLY SWIMWEAR may be relatively new on the scene, yet this homegrown brand is already making a splash in the industry. Within a few months of launching, it’s trademark bright prints were seen on the runways at both the GOLD COAST FASHION FESTIVAL and  MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION FESTIVAL in Brisbane, taking place aside some of the biggest names in the industry.

We caught up with KIRSTEN BECK, the creator of this hot up-and-coming label.

Hi Kirsten. How did Molly & Polly come about?

I have wanted to design swimwear from a very young age. The label was launched in February at the Gold Coast Fashion Week. The name comes from my two pet Indian ring neck parrots that I hand raised.

How would you describe the label?

Some of the full pieces and bikinis are vintage-inspired with high waistlines and plunging leotards.

How have you found being a designer on the Gold Coast?

It is great, the Business Gold Coast has been a great support through both the Business GC Swim program and now the new ‘Business GC Emerging Designer’ Store at Pacific Fair which I am very lucky to be a part of.

You use a lot of prints. How do you come up with ideas for new fabric designs?

Designing my prints is my favourite part of the design process. I like designing prints that are unique & colourful.

 Where do you hope to go with your label in the future?

I would love to go international. I have had heaps of International stockists enquiries lately – I am now focussing on getting Molly & Polly into stores overseas.

How did you find the Gold Coast Fashion Week compared to the Brisbane Fashion Festival?

The Gold Coast Fashion Week & MBFF are two completely different events. Both have been an excellent stepping stone for Molly & Polly to be recognized as a growing Australian swimwear label.

Are you from the Gold Coast?

I grew up in Townsville and I moved to the Gold Coast in 2009 to study Fashion Design.

How would you describe your style?

Feminine yet boho at the same time.

What is the favourite item in your wardrobe?

My Cameo waterfall maxi skirts, I have four different colours and wear them to death!

 Who is your favourite designer?

My faviourite designer is Alice Mc Call.

Finish these sentences…

When I’m not working I’m… Down at the beach

If I could be anywhere in the world it would be… I would love to go to Hawaii on a holiday!

My favourite restaurant on the GC is… O’Sushi Japanese Restaurant

In five years I hope to… Still designing swimwear and becoming recognised internationally

In ten years I hope to be… To have a Molly & Polly Retail Shop

Where can people get your label?

We have an online shop, you can visit it here, www.mollyandpollyswim.com.au. Molly & Polly is also  sold in 15 retailers within Australia as well as through Princess Polly’s online shop.

Photos provided by Molly & Polly Swimwear



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