our story

About Solar Bare

Solar Bare is a purpose-driven brand that is inspired by and showcases the patterns of the Great Barrier Reef.  Each vibrant and distinctive Solar Bare print tells a story of tropical reef fish. Our hope is that these reef stories continue to travel around the world as you adventure and explore. By wearing Solar Bare, you become an advocate for the Great Barrier Reef. We encourage you to literally wear your reef heart on your sleeve.

Our sun and swim wear is designed and made in Australia, with the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef in mind. We want to preserve the reef for future generations and make sun protection stylish and fun. Solar Bare’s signature look is the fashvest® – fashion meets rash vest. If you want to turn heads on the sand and make a splash in the surf, then our unique reef prints are for you. Versatile and stylish, our fashvests will take you from the beach to a beach café or bar.

Blending a distinctive and vibrant  Australian look with luxe eco fabrics made with premium Italian Vita, Solar Bare is a sustainable and boutique beach brand. Vita is made with Econyl - 100% recycled nylon from sources including fishing nets recovered by Healthy Seas iniative.

Why compromise on style while being sun smart?

About the designer

Vivien is a mother-of-five who wrangled her kids on the beach for a few summers, always wondering why there were no fashionable rashies on the market. While sitting on the beach on North Stradbroke Island, she had an epiphany. 

Vivien noticed a gap in the market and realised that there was an opportunity to innovate and re-imagine the utilitarian rashvest to create stylish sun protection. The idea arrived in tandem with the creative inspiration, to apply the tropical marine patterns of the Great Barrier Reef to her swim and sun wear designs.

Vivien is creative soul who follows her intuition in the design process, drawing inspiration from the beach and ocean. She recently moved to Port Macquarie with her family for a sea-change to follow her creative dreams.

Solar Bare has a distinctive Australian flavour – a vibrant and effortless style. Vivien's designs reflect her desire to make women feel happy and confident on the beach..."looking hot while feeling cool" or equally, "looking cool while feeling hot".