The new resort wear label you'll have to have.
The perfect vacation pieces are always found in the unlikeliest of places. At a cliff top store only accessible via boat (like Emilio Pucci's first—and fabulous—boutique in Capri), tucked behind blossoming orange trees on a winding cobblestone street in Greece, or alongside a sparkling harbor in Nice.
Luckily, Vanda Jacintho’s pieces aren't as hard to find. While they look like treasures you'd think you could only find in obscure beachside stores somewhere on the Mediterranean, the Brazilian-born designer sells her wares in more easily accessible locations like Moda Operandi and various boutiques around the world. Just as special, but far more easy to acquire.Born and raised in Brazil, Jacintho’s career began when she was 17 and selected to assist the fashion editor of Vogue Brazil. Shortly after, she gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Promotion from the prestigious London College of Fashion before returning to work at Vogue Brazil and thereafter going on to work for the Sunday Times, Flaunt and Tatler UK, where she worked alongside Isabella Blow. In 2005, she relocated back to Brazil, where she founded Beach Couture, a luxury global beachwear brand that offers bikinis, swimsuits and printed panneaux's - a silk shawl that can be turned into a dress and a skirt. The shawls became an instant hit, and for the next nine years Jacintho focused solely on the panneaux.
In 2014, she repurposed her efforts, choosing to launch a label under her own name ‘Vanda Jacintho.’ She expanded her collection to include dresses, wrap around pants, vividly printed tops, and oversized statement jewelry. “I always had a passion for beach and resort wear,” says Jacintho. “Brazil is an extremely hot country, and we need to wear a lot of light garments such as silk, so it seemed like a practical decision in terms of our climate. On a trip to Vietnam and Indonesia I saw local women wearing wraparound sarongs and pants and felt inspired to take this home and introduce it to the Brazilian fashion industry with my personal touch.” Jacintho’s pieces are lightweight, full of glorious prints, and echo the romantic resort wear of the ‘70s. Innovative wraparound dresses and pants could easily be worn both on the beach and in town, with her bold colors being elegant enough for day or a glamorous evening. Then there is the jewelry. Large tortoiseshell discs, oversized chain necklaces in hyper hues, and dangling tasseled earrings are the stuff of vacation dreams—plus pay homage to the oversized earring trend currently invading fashion.
With such a flamboyant country to draw inspiration from, it’s no wonder Jacintho’s pieces are so beautiful. “I’m mostly inspired by my homeland “Pantanal” (in the south east of Brazil), which is surrounded by animals, wildlife, wetlands, and amazing sunsets,” says Jacintho. “My prints represent this - they are colourful and tropical. I work a lot with chiffon as well as silk - I love the romance and transparency of chiffon in the shapes of long sleeves and halter neck dresses. I also really like to mix bold and modern prints with vintage style dresses.”