Eco & Art-Driven

There’s another world, hidden in plain sight, said Lily Chehrazi and Benedict Barrett, owners and designers of the fashion brand Together California.

It’s the hyper-real world, revealed by Barrett’s photography. Barrett’s trips take him to such places as national parks in Hawaii and botanical gardens in San Francisco, where he takes photos of unique patterns found in plants and fauna and brings out the beauty of these patterns. “He’s taking what is in nature and amplifying it,” Chehrazi said.

The views of this world are placed onto prints, which become the dresses, leggings, tops and swimwear of the Together California label.

The swimwear is cut out of an eco-friendly fabric that is 84 percent polyester fibers recycled from plastic bottles and 16 percent spandex. “It feels a little bit silkier,” Chehrazi said of the fabric. “It’s a flexible four-way stretch. It feels like a lightweight neoprene.”

Using this material, the company manufactures in Los Angeles several bodies for the collection’s swimwear line. There’s a revealing monokini in the collection. There’s also a one-piece, which gives more coverage. There’s also the Belinda, a two-piece with a bandeau top and a high-waisted bottom. The floral snakeskin bandeau bikini features a lower-cut bottom with a little ruching in the back.

Wholesale price points are $39 to $68 for the suits. For more information, contact