In anticipation of Fall For Local’s biannual pop-up market, taking place from April 29 to 30 at the Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver), we’re getting to know some of the fair’s 75-plus independent brands and small-business owners from across the country.
Today, we meet Sarah Bartlett, owner of Parc Swimwear.
Who are you?
Sara Bartlett, owner and creator of Parc Swimwear. I’m a new mom, a surfer, and a lover of all things outdoors.
What’s the story behind your brand?
I was down in Nicaragua a couple of years ago and—not being an avid warm-water surfer—I wasn’t used to trying to catch waves in a bikini. Needless to say, my typical string-and-triangle bikini suffered multiple malfunctions and I was super frustrated.
So I started doing research, but couldn’t find much swimwear on the market that I would want to wear and that would perform well while surfing, paddle-boarding, or chasing a kid down the beach! That’s how the idea of Parc all started, and from there, I set out to create my own line of swimwear that’s made for the wild, adventurous women.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I decided to start Parc because I felt there was a real gap in the market for this type of swimwear, which had both a positive body-image message and the functionality that an active woman needs.
I know so many women who enjoy being outside and being on the water, but they never feel confident enough in a bikini. I wanted to make something for women who want a little more support or coverage in their swimwear, so they can feel comfortable enough to get out there.
What’s your favourite part of being your own boss?
My favourite part of being my own boss is the flexibility that it comes with. That’s huge for me and something that I can’t go without in my work.
Sending local love to…
Huck Lifestyle! These two ladies are a couple of rad humans and they’ve been big supporters of me since the beginning. They have some amazing locally made hats that you need to check out.