It’s Independent Fashion Friday and we are embracing the Summer in anyway we can. We are sending our indie love to our favorite Swimwear designers this week.
Brand: Karo Swimwear
About: Kasia Roginska was born in Krakow, Poland. As a child Kasia was always passionate about hand sewing simple outfits for her dolls. Her parents, but mainly her father, Jozef,taught her how to use a sewing machine for her little projects and also encouraged her to continue her creativity by applying into fashion design school. Shortly after her graduation, the whole family emigrated to USA, state of CT.
With the greatest moral support of Kasia’s husband and friends Karo Swimwear was bor with many amazing ideas pooling inside of her mind. The ideas just kept hitting her everywhere she went. The idea of KARO collection was to have some type of jewelry built into each piece. And that’s what KARO swimwear is about today. It is inspired by natural stones, pearls, jewels and crystals. Colors are bright, bold and the suits are elegant and classy. Very feminine and unique. Each piece can be custom made to fit the owner to the smallest detail. The collection is resort style swimwear loaded with jewelry. There’s also possibility of matching shoes and accessories.
Name: Dos Caras
Origin: San Diego
About: The dynamic duo of Dos Caras Swimwear are bringing the beauty and culture of San Diego to women all over America one bathing suit at a time. Both born and raised in sunny San Diego the girls never shy away from color and flash, the suits offer more coverage for the ‘everyday’ woman. Designed and made in San Diego, these women are making swimsuits for the beach, at the beach.
Name: Acacia Swimwear
About: Acacia Swimwear is a collection of swimsuits inspired by the love of travel and exotic beaches the girls get to call their home away from home! Acacia encompasses the lifestyle of the Gypsetter. It’s a fuse between the perfect low cut Italian bikini and the flirty Brazilian fit. Detail oriented with custom prints and lining, soft buttery fabric, and seamless comfort, Acacia is truly one of a kind.
Growing up on the island of Maui, designer Naomi Newirth was practically born in a bikini. Her passion for fashion and design blossomed in her teenage years and she eventually learned how to sew her own bikinis. During the summer of 2006 she had an opportunity to travel to Bali where she was introduced to the world of design opportunities, which inspired Naomi to start Acacia Swimwear. In June of 2008 she graduated with a degree in fashion from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Name: Beth Richards
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
About: A native of Toronto, Ontario, BETH RICHARDS graduated from the International Academy of Design in Toronto in 1999. Beth has been active in the industry for 14 years working with a number of leading lifestyle and fashion brands across Canada.
Beth launched her debut collection of Quality Modern Swimwear in Spring/Summer 2012, which was picked up by online luxury retailer, Net-A-Porter.com.
Designed for the beach and beyond, BETH RICHARDS swimsuits double as bodysuits and are as functional as they are luxurious. The sleek monochrome pieces are all created with the highest quality UV-protected stretch fabric from Italy and made in Canada with attention to fit and detail.
Name: Beach Riot
Origin: Newport, USA
About: Nicole Hanriot, grew up in the action sports world, interning for Volcom and E! Entertainment before heading to FIDM for production development. Straight out of school, Hanriot got her flirty design direction as assistant designer for L.A. based lounge wear company Primp. Making quite the name for herself as former women’s designer at SoCal lifestyle brand Tavik, it soon came time for this determined designer to branch out. “I’ve always wanted my own line and I’ve always loved the beach and swimwear.” she says. Though Hanriot comes across as soft-spoken and shy, she’s far from timid when it comes to hopping on the fast track to making her dreams a reality.
Independent Fashion Fridays
Independent Fashion Fridays is a weekly feature highlighting five independent fashion designers that have caught our attention; and we want to support in their brand growth.
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