La Mandarine Beachwear
La Mandarine has a wonderful collection of handmade beachwear designed to make you look and feel fabulous in the sun.
La Mandarine specialises in hand embroidered and hand block printed dresses, kaftans, cover ups and sarongs embellished with tassels and trimmings. My range is designed in the UK and hand made in Jaipur, India. The traditional Indian techniques of hand block printing and hand embroidery help to make our kaftans and dresses unique.
We aim to hit the spot between the bland and mass produced high street offer and hugely expensive designer beachwear. Our clients are women who want that effortless, cool-girl beach chic look yet not be surrounded by others wearing the same thing. She wants a few key pieces to see her through the holiday that will work double duty on the beach, by the pool or in the evening. Wearing a new and still under-the-radar label always garners fashion brownie points too. We believe that great fabrics, many hand-loomed or hand printed, can be easily accessorised to make a simple yet luxury look.
We sell online all year round and to a growing number of the most glamorous and prestigious beach boutiques, including the iconic Club 55 Boutique on Pampelonne beach in St Tropez and the gorgeous Coral Reef Club in Barbados.
Our beautiful cotton kaftans, dresses, tunics and pareos are cool and comfortable to wear and super low maintenance to look after. This year see the introduction of a great jewellery range to perfectly accessorise those beach cover-ups. Another addition are our hessian and leather bags which are proving a huge hit.
Knowing where our clothes come from is important to us and we work with carefully chosen individuals and small organisations rather than large corporations to produce the La Mandarine range. We make sure that our production partners adhere to ethical employment practices.
La Mandarine is a member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, an alliance of retailers, manufacturers, trade unions and voluntary organisation, which looks out for those making our clothes and helps to improve our working conditions. There are core principles that our suppliers must follow to ensure that our products are manufactured in safe working conditions and that the people that make them are treated fairly and paid a fair wage.
The brand was created by myself, Rachel Kelly, in 2013, after spending 15 years of long summers in the South of France. There I discovered lots of below the radar brands in the beach boutiques of St Tropez, many of which specialised in that boho chic, embroidered look, yet were not available anywhere else. I learned that many of these were produced in India as that is where the specialist embroidery and printing skills still exist as well as the obvious textile heritage. And so I went to India and began the journey that led to the creation of my own brand. La Mandarine is now sold in those same beach boutiques as well as many others like them in Europe and beyond as well as all year round through this website.