Started by a husband and wife duo in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Mayde towels are made in Turkey from lightweight cotton, and come in both beach and bath varieties!
Available from Mayde.
It may sound strange, but there are literally so many different occasions where you need a nice towel. You want something fancy to hang ornamentally in the bathroom; something generous and distinctive to mark out your spot on a busy beach; something luscious and cosy to wrap yourself in after a shower; and something super absorbent for a full day of dipping in and out of the pool.
There are also lots of criteria to consider: absorption, fluffy lushness, pattern, length, width, colour. The pursuit for the perfect towel is never-ending!
We can help you in that department. Please enjoy this guide to some of our fave bath, pool and beach-friendly textiles from eleven brands making towels we *actually* can’t stop thinking about.
The two-tone design separated by a scalloped line comes in four colour combos: peach and amber, blue and grey, pink and raspberry, caramel brown and blue. While the Nuddy Towel contains a classic Rachel Castle slogan, as well as all the tassel-y, ribboned trimmings!
Available from Castle.
It’s a good time to be in the check-printed homewares game, but New Zealand-based brand Baina were arguably the instigators of the whole micro-trend! Anchored in a simple but classic scheme of colours and prints, the brand’s designs are inspired by art, sculpture and architecture.
Baina towels are made in Portugal from GOTS certified organic cotton and are available in hand, bath and beach varieties. Buy a bundle pack to score multiple patterns.
Available from Baina.
Købn have been making waves (hehe) in the local towel world since their launch in 2018.
Started by textile designer and Melburnian, Sophie Matson, the serene contemporary designs are realised in muted colours such as olive, clay, sand and black, although pops of crimson, forest green and hot pink also make sporadic appearances. Super chic!
Available from Købn.
Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Baby Blue Stripes available at Pan After, $95. Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Lavender available at Pan After, $90. Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Black Stripes available at Pan After, $95. Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Mint available at Pan After. $90. Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Plum Stripes available at Pan After, $95. Tekla Organic Cotton Towel – Kodiak Brown available at Pan After, $90. Photos – supplied
Finnish company Marimekko are creators of some of the most recognisable prints ever to circulate the globe. So naturally, their towels were a must-have inclusion!
Choose from sleek black and white, bright raspberry stripes, their signature Unikko floral print, and more.
Available online from Marimekko.
Copenhagen-based Tekla aren’t local, but they’re soft and scrumptious products are too excellent not to include (and stocked by Pan After, so we figure that counts!).
Made using 100% organic and Oeko-Tex certified cotton, and woven with extra thick 600-gram Terry cotton, these are as soft and absorbent as they are beautifully printed. The bath towels are available in solid colours such as mint and lavender, or striped with plum and baby blue.
Available from Pan After.
Designed in Melbourne, these luxurious towels from Loom Towels are hand-loomed by a small team of makers in Southern Turkey and dyed using . Given their artisan credentials, each design is made in a limited production run of just 75-100 pieces.
All pieces the brand produces are GOTS organic certified.
Available from Loom Towels.
The debut product of Australian brand The Avalon & Co is a beauty! Modern Love is an oversized towel (coming in at 170cm x 170cm) designed in Melbourne and handcrafted in one of the oldest mills in Portugal from 100% cotton.
The simple lunar design looks like a Hannah Nowlan painting!
Available from The Avalon & Co.
Australian brand Aura Home was founded in 2000, and has been designing bedlinen and homewares in Melbourne ever since! The Maya towel range embodies the current interiors trend for muted colours, with limestone blue, khaki green, clay pink, fig purple, and jewel teal shades on offer.
Available from Aura Home.