Dinosaur Designs x Jac+ Jack

Sunlovers of the world unite, these brilliant beach towels are guaranteed to get you in a summery mood wherever you are

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

With the southern hemisphere set for summer, we’re swooning over these beautiful new beach towels, which team spirited, arty appeal with vibrant, hedonistic splashes of colour. Launched this November by Australian jewellery and homewares brand Dinosaur Designs in collaboration with Sydney fashion label Jac+ Jack, their high-impact, painterly hues are sure to put a smile on your dial.

In a choice of warm or cool palettes, the pure organic cotton beach towels feature graphic shapes inspired by butterfly wings and stones, and the sun and moon. Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy from Dinosaur Designs worked with Jacqueline Hunt and Patrick Blue from Jac+ Jack on the project. “We approached the towels as a blank canvas with unlimited scope and potential in the same way we approach an art work,” says Ormandy, “so we really like the fact that they’re limited edition collection pieces.’

ABOVE: Beach towels available in three designs for AU$220, with four motifs for hand towels from AU$100. Snap them up at Dinosaur Design stores in Australia, New York and the Ham Yard boutique, London

Each towel takes three days to produce, with the lightweight, easy-dry cotton hand-loomed by artisan weavers on ancient looms in India. Towels are then hand-dyed by seventh-generation craftsmen, Aziz and Suleman Khatri. The brothers specialise in the Bandhani tie-dye technique, which involves binding materials tightly with hessian string, before dip-dyeing the fabrics in stages. The result is sublimely subtle, unpredictable variations on each piece.

Bondi Beach, here we come...
dinosaurdesigns.com  jacandjack.com

Stephen Ormandy’s current art show, Digital Organic, is at Olsen Irwin gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, until 7 December 2014

Photographs: Françoise Baudet  Styling: Megan Morton