It’s hard not to have Europe on your mind. The world seems to be opening up and, for lots of Australians who haven’t left the country for a while – and have just endured a long, wet summer (and autumn) – carefree days frolicking on northern hemisphere beaches is enticing.

That’s exactly what’s inspired the latest collection from Richard Jarman’s resort and swimwear label Commas.

“The new collection is an ode to the al fresco lifestyle,” Commas founder and creative director Jarman tells Broadsheet. “It’s a very textural collection, and we focused on the art of handmade clothes. We were lucky enough to make everything here in Sydney, including the hand-knitted sweaters and tees. It’s a traveller’s wardrobe and was inspired by a sailing trip my wife and I took around the islands of Spain. The feeling of the collection, along with the prints, [is] very sun-drenched.”

The Sydney label worked with mills in Italy and Japan (many family-owned and -run) to make custom fabrics that are both textural and tactile. There are sheer woven rope shirts and shorts, printed silk shirt-and-pants sets, an oversized seersucker jacket and a hoodie reimagined for sunnier climates, made from voluminous Japanese recycled cotton paper. There’s also fast-drying swimwear made from recycled polyamides from Spain.

As with previous collections, Jarman uses luxurious fabrics, relaxed styles and washed-out, muted tones to create an overarching sense of ease. “The collection takes notes from daydreams of past holidays spent sailing around the islands of Spain – the colours, architecture, food and energy. I wanted to create my ideal holiday wardrobe filled with artisanal garments that have a completely sun-drenched feel.”

Commas was launched in 2016 and not long after was selected by the Woolmark Company as the first swimwear label to represent Australia at Italy’s respected Pitti Uomo menswear show. The label is now sold around the world, including on multinational e-retailer Matches Fashion, and has attracted fans such as Vogue magazine, which said Comma is “changing the resortwear game”.

All garments are ethically made in Australia with sustainable fabrics. Although technically a men’s label, Commas’ relaxed linen pieces and silk shirts have also attracted a female clientele.

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