Thursday, January 22, 2015

FashionGIVEAWAY and TALK by He...Sirensong Wetsuits

Tell us a little bit about Sirensong Wetsuits... 

Sirensong started out as a bit of an experiment – just for fun, just for me.  I thought I would try to make a wetsuit that I would actually WANT to wear…as opposed to something that I would only grudgingly put on, out of necessity alone.  I started obsessing on the idea, so I bought some neoprene, and set to work.  The experiment was a success – I started wearing my wetsuits in the water, threw a few pics up on Instagram, and before I knew it, I was taking orders and launched my company.     

Are wetsuits just for the surfer girls? Do you surf? He surfed 1 time in Hawaii, even has the scar to prove it...

She surfs too…and has MANY scars to prove it!   I have cultivated a pretty close association between Sirensong and surf culture, since that’s the community I most associate with – but my suits lend themselves to just about any water sport imaginable.  I have clients who are kite surfers, wakeboarders, open ocean swimmers, bodyboarders, wind surfers, standup paddlers, you name it… If you’re going to get wet, you might as well do it in style. 

What made you want to become a swimwear/wetsuit designer?

It’s an idea I’ve toyed around with for a long, long time (at least the swimwear part).  I graduated from college with a design degree, but somehow ended up 12 years deep in an environmental consulting career.  It was a good job, but I wasn’t satisfied.  The classic career mantra, “do what you love,” kept lingering in my mind.  It’s a bit of a cliché, but really -  who doesn’t want that?  In 2005 I took a leave of absence from my job and went to Australia to step away from it all and “find myself”.   That’s when I started designing bikinis in my free time.  My drive to actually make it happen finally clicked into place when I started working with neoprene.  That’s when I knew I had found what I was looking for: the perfect union of making beautiful things with a functional purpose.  That’s why I love designing wetsuits so much.  I love the challenge of blending function with aesthetics.

What is one piece of clothing you cannot live without besides a bikini?

Does footwear count?  I’ll have to go with slippers (flip-flops, sandals, whatever you call them in your neck of the woods).   

What are your favorite bikini accessories?

Well, besides a wetsuit?  I’d say a cute hat – I ALWAYS wear a hat in the sun.    

You offer, cropped, sleeveless, long sleeve versions of your wetsuits. Are these just different looks and styles or does each have its own function?

The amount of coverage you want depends on climate and season (factor in temperature and sun exposure concerns), and probably your sport as well. 

What is your all- time favorite piece you’ve designed for your line? Favorite piece in the current collection?

My all-time favorite is the “Summertime” Hawaiian-cut sleeveless springsuit: 

I really love my “Sey-Veng” style too-->

Where does the artwork on your items come from? What inspires it? 
I do a combination of hand-painting, screen-printing, and stenciling; and/or I sew on patchworks of fabric to get the looks I’m after.  My biggest inspiration is the swimwear industry …I love the massive variety of prints and styles out there.  
In your opinion, whats the biggest "fashion faux pas” when it comes to bikini/beach wear?"

Baggy bikini bottoms!  That’s the worst for me.  I’m not saying everybody needs to wear skimpy cuts, but  bottoms that don’t fit well make me cringe! 
If you could pick one person/celebrity to wear the Sirensong Wetsuit who would it be?

Oooh, what a tough one!  I think I’ll go with Rihanna.  Why?  Because she’s a risk-taker and a lover of fashion, and she’s always being photographed in and around the water…plus, dat body!

Where do you see swimwear going in the next few years? Do you forecast any major changes in fabrication/ fit/ style? Whats next up for Sirensong?

I think the Hawaiian trend of smaller bikini bottoms will probably continue to gather traction.  In the wetsuit world, I’m hoping that new construction methods like bonded seams will move to the forefront.  Also, I’m looking forward to increased availability and affordability of more eco-friendly neoprene options.  As for what’s next with Sirensong – I’m planning to come out with a line of wetsuits for younger girls, and will be adding full-suit and legging pieces to my line, thinking of adding men's tops at some point in the future.  Design-wise, I’m going to keep what’s in store with my next collection a secret for now!
Any advice for the aspiring designer?

Try not to fly blind.  Talk to people, find a mentor if you can, or somebody to give you advice.  I’m a bit of a loner and that was NOT the path I took…I think I could have avoided a lot of heartache if I had reached out and asked for advice along the way!

Any last words?

“wait for it”

That is all.

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  1. size M 😉

  2. I love this - its so beautiful and so different!

    Id love to show this off on the beach the next time I dive in for a surf! M-L

  3. I'm going to surfr in Colombia in March - I'm dreaming about Sirensongs on me while catching the waves on Pacific Cost! I promise to send a lot of pictures:) (S) Kisses from cold Poland!

  4. Email:
    Size: Medium

  5. I'd love to have this. They are GORGEOUS! Email: I'm a size M.

  6. ........small!

  7. Amazing giveaway!
    I'm a size medium please.


  8. My email is I am a style blogger and have over 6k on my insta feed @velvetandvenice .. My personal is @ashleybearz and I would cry if I won! Size small please !! My fiancé and I surf every weekend I would love to sport this !!

  9. You make so beautiful wetsuits 💙 I follow you long time ago and totally in love with your work ! I would be so happy to won this adorable suit for surf and sup in my favorite spot in Brazil and Bali 🌊🏄👙 Come say aloha : Peace&Love

  10. Email:
    size: Medium

  11. Hey I'm a French girl, doing kitesurf, surf and paddle ! I would love to wear your amazing wetsuit, it's nice, cool and trendy !
    Size S

  12. These wetsuits are so cool! and that girls ass is perfect lol
    I think I would be a large.... I am usually a size ten/30 pant and a size 38b bra so whatever size that would be :)
    my email is
    ty! cool giveaway!

  13. Wow.. these wetsuits are simply amazing. I would be extremely happy to own one.
    My size would probably be medium.

    Thank you He for the perfect giveaway!

  14. Size XS or Small👙💌

  15. I absolutely love these wetsuits!! I couldnt find any other one that i like since i ve discovered them! I am from Barcelona but always travelling around the world! I do flow surf and surf in the sea!! my email is and i am probably a size M ( usually size 8 or 10)

    thanks for bringing fashion to wetsuits!!

  16. Thank you Sirensong. Your suits are beautiful. Size S

  17. Love this- perfect for the Malibu summers and hanging out at the beach house. You know I love you HE.

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  19. Love how you merge your art with fashion and function. I would definitely sport this suit in the water <3
    ~ jenschultzehi on Instagram


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