“Ever since we met for the very first time, we have known that we wanted to create something meaningful together.”
MARGARET AND HERMIONE was founded by Barbara Gölles and Andrea Kollar in Vienna in 2015. Barbara Gölles is the designer and Andrea Kollar the illustrator, who hand-draws illustrations for the prints. The two label owners met during their years of study under Raf Simons at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts. The idea of combining high-quality swimwear with sustainability, hand-drawn prints, top quality and transparent production in Europe had begun to take root already back then. After graduating, Barbara Gölles, whose grandmother was named Margaret, worked for Alexander McQueen in London and later designed collections for Viennese hat manufacturer Mühlbauer. Andrea Kollar became an independent illustrator. Her grandmother’s first name was Hermione.
A certain wink of the eye shines through in each and every design.
The aim is to design swimwear that allows the customer to relish the feel of it, while at the same time knowing that they are wearing sustainable fabrics of the highest quality.
Designed individually, produced sustainably out of fishing nets and, finally, styled with humor: bikinis and swimsuits by MARGARET AND HERMIONE put design, quality and sustainability on a new level.
MARGARET AND HERMIONE offers bikinis and swimsuits whose fabrics are taken directly from the sea. The basic raw material comes from fishing nets which are no longer in use and which, derelict and floating in the sea, have a grossly detrimental ecological impact. These nets are fished from the ocean and subsequently processed into swimwear fabric of the best quality.
The mainstay of MARGARET AND HERMIONE’s ability to produce such sustainable swimwear is in their complete manufacturing chain. Each step of production is carried out sustainably, in transparent conditions and under (strict) quality control in Europe. From raw material to packaging, printed forms, hang tags and labels, everything is made from recycled and eco certified materials.
Remember this the next time you see fishermen at work. Meanwhile, enjoy MARGARET AND HERMIONE Swimwear. Designed in Vienna, made in Europe.