Thapelo and its creator
Thapelo is a French resort wear brand that encompasses the spirit of French couture while offering innovative and modern design sensibilities. The brand debuted in 2011 with a small capsule collection of luxury swimwear and has since evolved to include ready-to-wear and resort accessories to complete the sophisticated woman’s wardrobe of refined vacation essentials.
Inspired by chic, style icons of a former era, Thapelo modernizes luxury resort wear for its discerning, world-traveling clientele, while maintaining an approach deeply rooted in French couture.
“Luxury would not be the same without the unique French savoir faire.” Wil, creator of THAPELO
Based in the French capital, Thapelo uses only the highest quality fabrics, sustainably sourced from trusted, local suppliers. Refusing to compromise on the integrity of the product, Thapelo has partnered with the finest French garment ateliers that manufacture a luxury product in a mindful, eco-conscious manner, as they have for generations.
As the first swimwear brand awarded the ‘Origin France Guarantee’ certification, Thapelo continues to manufacture in France in support of its local artisans, sustainable practices, and quality assurance for each collection.
The brand is a reflection of founder and designer Wil Ariyamethe’s own personal wanderlust. Born in the bustling city of Bangkok, Ariyamethe’s family relocated to Sydney where they lived in close proximity to the crystal-blue shores of Bondi Beach.
Similar to most Australians, her childhood was spent either in a pool or by the sea and swimwear has proven a common thread throughout the last fifteen years which she spent working in the fashion industry. Ariyamethe now resides in Paris, immersed in the true realm of haute couture, where she designs each collection applying her instinctive knowledge of resort wear with the precision of the French luxury manufacturing industry.