Designer cuts Hawaiian fashions down to size

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am

It was six years ago that Sabina Wong Sutch started her swimwear business in Hong Kong because she couldn't find a well-fitting bikini for her Hawaiian beach wedding.

'I had to find the perfect swimwear,' Ms Wong Sutch (below, right) explained at a preview of her latest beach collection on Wednesday at her first-floor Wellington Street boutique. 'Then I walked into a shop in Hawaii and the lady pulled me a couple of suits that I could never imagine would look good on me. But when I tried those [separate pieces], the cuttings and patterns looked great.

'I figured there must be other women out there that have the same problem as me.'

Specifically, her problem was finding a proper fit for petite Asian sizes. Since then, her line has taken off in Hong Kong.

Her new Sabina Swims collection features retro patterns and hues inspired by 1960s-style Hollywood homes. Plus, the collection is now more than swimwear and bikinis, broadening to include silk kaftans.

Soon she may expand to maternity swimwear, matching suits for kids and possibly a yogawear line. 'Production is actually the hardest part of running this business but the creative part is so much fun.'