Designer names :
Jarrod Wilkins & Ilde Gonçalves
Ilde is half-Venezuelan half-Portuguese and Jarrod is half-Australian half-Maltese. The duo met on set while working as a make up artist and model at a photo-shoot in South Beach, Miami . ilde’s mom was a seamstress so he grew up in this industry, at age 15 got his first job assisting his mother doing the finishing touches for a men clothing line, by age 20 he was attending fashion school in Caracas and specialized in menswear and found his passion for designing swimwear.
After moving to Miami Beach he realized there was something missing in the market for men here and started to make his own swimwear, hence ildeswimwear was created .
Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Sydney Australia Jarrod was working as a full time model and working part time in the retail industry, here he discovered his skill in selling and built an appreciation for fashion. He was offered a contract to model in the US and took the opportunity and moved to Miami Florida.
The pair met by chance and decided to collaborate on the swimwear line and expand it into what it has become today.
The duo were married in September of 2013 in Manhattan, NYC.
Signature style :
The brand is inspired on the Art Deco and its bright colors, the beautiful scenery in Miami Beach and its breath taking sunsets. Is an eclectic mix of prints and bold patterns. The duo designs for a man or a woman that is confident, sexy and is not afraid to stand out.