Cloe Cassandro: Made-in-Bali Beach Cover-ups

13 Aug 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Mhairi Mann

The British label's multitasking, floaty cover-ups have reach beyond the beach, whether worn to a summer wedding or hot days at home 

When globe-traversing Cloe Cassandro visited Bali with her family as a teenager, she was immediately enamoured by the island’s warm spirit and artisanal crafts. She and her mother launched their namesake label in 2012, coupling typically Balinese batik fabric with contemporary and flattering silhouettes, which look as good on the beach as they do in the city.

“We began with one tailor and one batik man and dramatically changed their lives. We now employ 22 tailors and nine batik men, and remain committed to ensuring a fair and ethically-correct production method.”

Shirt dresses and wrap silhouettes are cut from soft, breathable silk-chiffon batik fabric, which is dyed by local artisans using time-honoured techniques. This season’s palette ranges from zesty citrus and dusty pink hues to butterscotch and azure blue, redolent of Bali beaches. More recently, Cassandro has started manufacturing solid silk satin and organic cotton in India, including nineties-style slip dresses and airy wide-leg jumpsuits.

Amber Heard wore the Cloe Cassandro Kimi skirt and Santi top in candy pink to the recent Giffoni Film Festival, while Millie Mackintosh and Olive Rose Cooke are also fans.