Redefining Italian Swimwear
Founded in Milano by Anna Laura Hoefer and Oliviero Muzi Falconi, Ripa Ripa stands for spontaneous, understated elegance combined with contemporary design and traditional Italian craftsmanship. Their swimsuits embody the essence of the Italian summer.
For the tying-cord, they chose a nautical rope manufacturer just outside Milan that specialises in the production of traditional sailing boat cording. The drawstring is made from unbleached cotton that is double braided to reduce water absorption and weaved tightly to withstand the wear and tear of the sea. It recalls the old ropes used on vintage wooden sailing boats.For the shirts they source a high quality Italian linen, which grows softer and supple the more it gets worn. The buttons are all made out of mother of pearl, where each one is unique and tells its own story.
The border of the side pockets are finished with a very fine hem – where the edge of the cloth is folded narrowly around a thin string with blind-stitching – giving it a clean, refined look. All of the fabric edges in the construction are folded and sewed before the assembly, so that the rough borders of the cut cloth never appear on the inside of the swimsuit.