Sisters of Swimwear
It was her “calling.” Lourdes “Luli” Hanimian was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, so it’s no surprise she developed a keen interest in swimwear. Luli and her brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian are the creative forces behind Luli Fama, which has become known for its universally flattering fit and immaculate designs. And now, Luli Fama has a brand new eyewear collection, Eye Candy. A fitting name for sunglasses intended to pair beautifully with Luli Fama swimsuits, whose fans include Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Aniston, Shakira, Kate Hudson, and supermodels Adriana Lima, Bar Rafaeli, and Marissa Miller.
Greece is the word. Inspired by this country with year-round sunshine, Maa Boo is the “fantasy island” and swimwear brand created by friends Anna and Iloi, friends since childhood. Their collections of bikinis and one-piece suits immediately gained reputation for their sophisticated but joyful patterns, exotic motifs, innovative colorways, contemporary cuts, and soft, buttery fabrics that shape the body in the most flattering ways. Maa Boo is dedicated in creating unique designs with attention to detail, impeccable craftsmanship, durable materials, and uncompromising elegance, for all free-spirited, bohemian-chic girls who know best that heart is where the sun shines bright: at the beach.
Coffee isn’t the only stimulating export we love from Colombia. We also get excited by Agua Bendita swimsuits created by Catalina Álvarez and Mariana Hinestroza, two fashion designers who teamed up to showcase beautifully handcrafted apparel influenced by Colombian culture. They now have a workplace of hundreds of women who make unique pieces worn by women in more than 50 countries. Their campaigns have featured international icons Bar Refaeli, Irina Shayk, Izabel Goulart, Candice Swanepoel, Sara Sampaio and Kendall Jenner in their campaigns.
Viva Cuba! Nicolita‘s designer, Nicole Di Rocco, whose parents were from this country so close to America yet so distant to most Americans, creates bikini collections reminiscent of Cuba’s alluring 1940’s era. Nicolita’s signature fit of “Cuban-style bottoms” was designed for the curvaceous Latina figure. See Nicolita’s Emmy-nominated short documentary below.