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Emerging swimwear label aims for second-to-none fit with limited-edition prints


February 17, 2011/3.50

Surface Too Deep
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New Zealand isn’t exactly the place you expect to find beautiful swimwear. Edgy streetwear, yes; merino woollies, yes; but swimwear—not so much.
   Then again, back in 1996 we didn’t think New Zealand was where you found award-winning vodka either. Sometimes you get pleasantly surprised.
   Surface Too Deep is an emerging swimwear label and the brainchild of Wellingtonian Esther Miro.
   Miro did her time at Massey University, Wellington, studying textile and fashion design and then worked as a freelance designer in Melbourne. After having no luck finding the perfect swimsuit, she decided to start making her own.
   ‘I wanted to bring wearable silhouettes in unique cutting-edge prints back in fashion and back to the beach,’ Miro says.
   Surface Too Deep is a combination of Miro’s unmistakable designs and original kaleidoscopic prints. The inaugural Reflective Dreams range features vintage-inspired bustiers, high-waisted bloomers, through to cheeky bottoms and luxe one-pieces.
   There was also a big emphasis on ensuring the fit was second to none with the help of moulded cups, underwire and detachable straps.
   Surface Too Deep sells online through its website,, online retailer Two Black Swans, and a growing retail presence in Australia.
   Miro is kept busy designing next summers range as well as working on textiles and soft props for The Hobbit.
   ‘While there is no doubt it’s a challenge managing a label and my work on The Hobbit, I find I’m constantly inspired as a result of the range of work I do,’ says Miro.
   So what does that mean for next summer’s collection—bikinis for Hobbits? Not exactly; Miro has told us that along with swimwear we can expect caftans and dresses in a divine range of limited edition prints from Surface Too Deep. That’s another pleasant surprise.—Geneviève Hole

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