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The ‘Spotlight on the Designer’ is an all-access interview with the brands and designers behind Maison du Maillot. For many of them this is their first time they will be available in the Middle East and we want to know what they wear, how they create and what inspires them!

This month we interview designer for Thapelo Swimwear, Wil Ariyamethe.

Name: Wil Ariyamethe

Home: Paris

Day job: Designer / Stylist for Thapelo Swimwear

Tell us a little about Thapelo:  Thapelo is a French company specialising in luxe swimwear, resort wear and accessories. We manufacture solely in France.

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Are you working on any exciting projects: We’re busy working on some new collections and excited about some new collaborations.

Do you have travel plans for 2014, and where are you going to go A few trips for work (Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Istanbul, New York). On holidays TBD! I haven’t planned anything yet.

What are your beach bag essentials?  Avène invisible sunscreen, lip balm and a Panama hat.

What is your style advice for being chic by the pool?  Wear things for your body shape, not for trends. Stick to classics and elegant pieces that suit your body. Elegance is sexy.

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What would you consider the ultimate holiday style faux pas? Buying and wearing things too small.

Describe your ideal poolside meal:  A classic club sandwich and a long fruity cocktail with an umbrella in it!

Where is your favourite beach/pool in the Middle East?   At the moment Bodrum, Turkey. But I’d love to discover more of the Middle East.

To shop the Maison du Maillot Thapelo range click here.

(Photography credit of Wil portrait: Marc Fenton)

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