Bargara-based swimwear label Tribe Tropical is set to launch a new pattern inspired by loggerhead turtle hatchlings that will raise funds for the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Designer Emily Gradon said the swimsuits would take Bundaberg Region imagery to the rest of the world.
“I really did want to do something that was inspired by the region,” Emily said.
“I’m really proud of where we live, I think we live in a magical part of the world.
“I designed the suits and print myself and see it as a gift to the people of Bundaberg, who have been so supportive of my brand since I launched two years ago.”
The design features turtle hatchlings and coral, and Emily said the ocean-inspired imagery was a new look for her.
After creating the new Tribe Tropical design she contacted the Mon Repos Turtle Centre to see if it was possible to have the swimmers stocked there.
“I’ve been in touch with their head ranger,” Emily said.
“She’s very keen to place an order this week so I’m hoping they’ll be there very soon.”
Passionate about raising awareness for the endangered loggerhead turtles, Emily said 10 per cent of all website sales would be donated to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Locally the swimsuits are also stocked at the Windmill and Pharmacy Central in Bargara.
Emily said she had stockists all over Australia and was hoping to expand across the globe soon.
“I do ship internationally all over the world.
“This year alone I’ve sent items to places like Qatar, Switzerland, Canada and Malaysia.
“I’m hoping to get some stockists internationally, that’s my plan for in the New Year is to start really working on that.”
The designs are set to go live on the Tribe Tropical website later this week with the swimsuits arriving just in time for Christmas.
Free local pick-up is available.
Tribe Tropical turtle inspired swimsuits:
Lady Elliot Swimsuit (girls ages 1-8)
Bargara Board Shorts (ages 1-10)
Mon Repos Rash Tops (ages 1-10)
Mon Repos Swim hats
Lady Elliot Swim hats
All swimwear is UPF50+ and the brand’s focus is on keeping ‘the tribe’ safe in the sun.
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