Koru Swimwear began with an idea to provide eco-friendly swimwear for
women who seek quality, function, fashion-forward trends, and a sense of
Designers, Julie Brockmeyer Stine and April Slater, wanted to
incorporate eco-friendly fabrics and responsible textile manufacturing
processes to swimwear for both sport and leisure.
Julie drew inspiration from her New Zealand roots to create the Koru
Swimwear brand. Because New Zealand is considered to be one of the
most environmentally responsible countries on the planet, everything
that goes into the production of this line is with an eco-minded
approach - from the recycled hangtags, to the organic cotton accessory
bags they come in, and, of course, to the production of the fabric.
Julie has a B.A. degree and studied advertising, marketing and public
relations at the University of Central Florida. Her love of surfing and
fashion influenced her to design sport swimwear that was both
functional and fashionable.
April Slater was a professional ice skater for Disney on Ice and draws
her inspiration of fashionable leisure swimwear from her love of the
ocean and the years of creativity in custom skate costumes.
The koru [Maori for “folded” “coiled” “bight” “loop”] is a spiral
unfurling fern frond which takes its shape from a stalk to a bulb at the
end. The koru is widely used in Maori Arts and can symbolize new and
evolving life, new beginnings, spiritual growith, strength, peace and
All Koru Swimwear swimsuits are made from 78-80% recycled fibers derived
from discarded fishing nets and carpet fluff bound for landfills. Their
cover-ups are made of hemp and organic cotton.
Koru Swimwear also gives back, so people who purchase Koru give back. Koru Swimwear is
a member of 1% for the Planet and a direct partner of Healthy Seas…an
organization that removes ghost fishing nets from our oceans and
provides education on the dangers of these discarded fishing nets that
are detrimental to our sea life.
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