Q&A: The Bodysuit of Barcelona

Looking for the perfect staple to slip into your Autumn/Winter wardrobe? The Bodysuit of Barcelona ticks all the boxes. Headed up by multi-disciplinary designer, Susana Martin, the ethical brand prides itself on simplicity. Having launched just a year ago, Bodysuit is already renowned for creating dreamy, timeless pieces. Each Mediterranean-hued garment is made with soft, natural fabrics and oozes femininity in the most considered, understated way possible. We love their ethical approach to production and conscious decision to focus on one thing and do it really well. We can already imagine ourselves in one of their ribbed numbers and a pair of high-waisted trousers when the weather gets colder.

We couldn’t resist the opportunity to sit down with Susana and chat sustainable fashion, pastel colour palettes and the perfect way to unwind. Scroll down to read what she had to say.

How did The Bodysuit of Barcelona come about and what were you up to before then?

My background started in Interior Design, which I studied at IED (Istituto Europeo di Design). During my studies, I always admired my classmates that studied Fashion Design - it always resonated with me. After graduating, I worked in a cross-section of professions, before realising I really wanted to create my own fashion brand.

Tell us about your bodysuits - what are they made of, how should they be worn, why did you choose the colours you did?

I think creating a product that fits into any wardrobe is essential. From the offset, I was interested in redefining the bodysuit piece and its concept. It’s a garment I’ve forever felt in love with. They don’t need to be over-embellished to stand out, they are already distinct pieces honouring the female body.

The fabrics we use are key to our brand ethos, so we are always on the hunt for great fabrics. Each fabric should be very soft and comfortable, like a second skin. Our environmental consciousness drives us to work with natural fabrics. In some of our past collections we’ve worked with natural linen and organic cotton. We are obsessed with a neutral colour palette, influenced by the pastel tones of the Mediterranean. When we decide to introduce a new special colour, it is always customised by us.

What part does sustainability play in your brand?

We believe sustainability is the future of the global fashion world and our brand wants to be a part of that movement.

Who are some exciting designers we should check out in Spain and why?

We love young designer Coco Fernandez, the simplicity of Sunad’s blouses and jewellery by Nathalie Schreckenberg.

We love your female-focused shoots and diverse mix of models. How important is this to your brand?

It’s very important! Spontaneity, naturalness and femininity are the foundation of our brand. We choose the models at random, so we don’t know their size and height prior to shooting, which is exciting! We ask each model to arrive without makeup and many times we have worked with girls who have never previously modelled for a campaign and this is the result.

On that note, what kind of girl can you see wearing one of your bodysuits?

Any woman! A few days ago we received a message that said: “Love your brand, but maybe I’m too old to wear a body?” Never! We design with all women in mind. All our fabrics are very stretchable, adaptable and easy to wear.

Any future plans or ambitions we should keep an eye out for?

In all honesty, we never plan too much. In Spring we design for that same Summer and in Summer for that same Autumn. We work day-to-day without thinking long term. We are very happy with the progression of the brand at the moment and we hope to continue to be!

Finally, what do you do to unwind?

Mmm… how do I unwind…? I always take a stroll with my dogs and when I have more time, I really enjoy a day at the beach.

See more from The Bodysuit of Barcelona here.

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