Funkshion Swim Week Miami Beach – Schedule
THE BRAND & DESIGNER ACACIA is a collection of swim and ready to wear founded and designed by Naomi Acacia Neuwirth Inspired by her love of travel and the beaches she grew up on the brand officially launched in 2010 . Acacia’s aesthetic and signature style is a fuse between the perfect low-cut Italian bikini and the classic Brazilian fit. Known for its intricately detailed designs, custom prints, buttery fabric, and seamless comfort, Acacia mixes effortless femininity with sophistication.
While growing up on Maui, Naomi found it very difficult to find that perfect bikini and so began sewing her own swimsuits at a young age. Her early twenties brought Naomi to Bali where she was introduced to a world of design opportunities. In 2008, she graduated with a fashion degree in Merchandise Marketing. Since the brand’s conception, Naomi has stayed true to her vision and her passion, taking swimwear to a new level.
Acacia has expanded with designs made for all ages including a children’s line named Acacia Honey.
Aguaclara was first conceived back in 1989 in Lima Peru, by the siblings Liliana and Jorge Villalobos. These singular two launched their company with great enthusiasm and a vision: to design custom-made swimwear. They started with a small manufacturing workshop, making personalized garments. In a short time, Aguaclara became very popular in their market and has grown to the leading brand it is today.
The Aguaclara Collections, created by Liliana, are exhibited at important trade shows and runways worldwide. Her unique, one of a kind pieces, are designed with highly elaborate embroidery, exclusively developed prints and hand-made natural accessories specially crafted for the garments. These elements result in the brand’s outstanding feel, developing a unique style and an exotically sophisticated sensation. Aguaclara is Exotic and Sophisticated.
ART HEARTS FASHION
ART HEARTS FASHION” EVENTS ARE A LEADING PLATFORM FOR DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS TO SHOWCASE THEIR COLLECTIONS IN A CONTEMPORARY FASHION WEEK SETTING. OUR EVENTS HAVE BEEN HELD COAST TO COAST AS A NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR DESIGNERS TO SHOWCASE IN NEW YORK, MIAMI, AND LOS ANGELES. FOUNDED IN 2011 BY PHILANTHROPIST AND DESIGNER ERIK ROSETE, AHF HAS GROWN TO BECOME A TOP PLATFORM IN THE ART & FASHION COMMUNITY.
California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation.
Aviator Nation was born in Paige’s garage in Venice Beach, 2006, and has since grown into a global lifestyle brand with 5 destination retail locations. Abbot Kinney / Venice, CA (2009), Manhattan Beach (2011), Malibu (2014), Haight Ashbury / San Francisco, CA (2015) and Laguna Beach, CA (2016).
Paige’s passion for 1970’s fashion and the music that defined that time period inspired her to create her own clothing stitched by hand. While working at a surf shop in Southern California, she purchased a sewing machine and spent nights after work teaching herself to sew, determined to create garments with the same look and feel of the vintage pieces she had been collecting for years. The laid-back 70’s vibe of Aviator Nation drew locals and tourists.
In 2013, GQ Magazine named Paige as Menswear Designer of the Year. With this recognition, she was asked to create a capsule collection for GQ x GAP. The collection debuted at GAP stores domestically & internationally selling out globally in the first 24 hours.
“ I wanted to create something that would let women show off their bodies, feel sexy and confident, glamorous, flirty and fun all at the same time.” ANGELA CHITTENDEN
You’ll find Beach Bunny Swimwear gracing the beautiful bodies of the world’s sexiest women. But if you want to find the woman who designed these drop-dead gorgeous suits, you’ll have to look inside her Orange County, CA office. There, behind the towering stacks of fabric swatches and hardware samples, founder and designer Angela Chittenden is hard at work on her next best-selling creation.
The brains – and body – behind Beach Bunny Swimwear, Angela’s passion for couture kicked in at an early age. Ever since she was a little girl, she has always loved fashion and swimwear. Being able to combine the two is a dream come true for her.
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With all the elements of a classic fairytale, it’s playful, adventurous and undeniably luxurious. But most of all, it’s fun and since its debut in 2004, Beach Bunny has become an international sensation.
The Beach Bunny customer knows that with a Beach Bunny swimsuit and a smile, she can go anywhere and feel like a goddess. You’ll see her preening at pool parties in South Beach, sunning on the sands of Malibu and striking a pose on the super yachts of St. Barts. Yet she’s equally at ease at her girlfriend’s backyard bash. Whether in their early 20s or late 40s, college graduates or corporate VIPs, Beach Bunny is designed for couture-conscious women who are ahead of the curve. The brand’s flirty-fun attitude-daring, confident, independent and ripe with feminine allure-is a celebration of each woman’s own unique spirit.
Newport Beach Blonde bombshell, 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.
What began 20 years ago as tiny shop of organic cotton clothing, founded by owner and designer, Ling-Su Chinn, Planet Blue has grown into an international specialty designer and retailer that is redefining the world of boho-chic. With eleven stores and its website shopplanetblue.com shipping to over 100 countries around the world, Planet Blue is loved as the original purveyor of the beachy bohemian aesthetic inspired by its sunny Southern California roots. Planet Blue’s laid back welcoming atmosphere is an enclave for celebrities, in-the-know locals, and anyone seeking cutting-edge women’s fashion.
Blue Life was created by Planet Blue founder and designer Ling-Su Chinn as a line of basics that would appeal to the California Girl’s lifestyle. Blue Life is beachy bohemian chic that is comfortable while still sexy. Blue Life can take the PB girl from the beach to the street and everywhere in between.
FOR LOVE & LEMONS
Derived from the sun-soaked “Lemonade Stand Days”, designers, owners, and BFF’s Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall are the creative minds behind For Love & Lemons. The first ready-to-wear collection was designed in their hometown of Jackson, WY and has since evolved into a true lifestyle brand with the additions of their lingerie and knitwear collections.
With a unique eye for design, For Love & Lemons has created styles that are recognized instantly. They are consistently raising the bar with custom made lace and engineered placement embroidery – For Love & Lemons designs stand out in the crowd.
Now based in Los Angeles, everything is designed right here in the Arts District with the customers in mind. Enjoy!
Mermaids By LILIANA MONTOYA swim is an exclusive bathing suit brand designed by Colombian Liliana Montoya.
LILIANA MONTOYA swim has captured the essence of an enchanting mermaid line, bringing summer to romance our senses. The designer understands no woman is alike, but all women want to feel sexy and comfy. This special collection draws inspiration from the ocean, color, coral, fish, seaweed, landscapes and scale patterns; breathing life into helping every woman feel beautiful and transforming them into a mermaid.
Rethink boundaries of your imagination as to what you believe a one piece and bikini should look like, because Mermaids by LILIANA MONTOYA swim has done so. You’ll find yourself dancing at the water’s edge in this fun, beautiful, and individually handcrafted multicolored and textured line. The collection is focused on realizing the feminine beauty with luxurious detail in its shapes, textures, prints, colors, sequined borders, stones and bright embroidered.
Get ready to wear the beaches must have flirty cheeky ruched bikinis for the season featuring our signature Montoya Gold Heart. Every time you get our product, you are carrying a piece of our Love. Whether wearing Mermaid’s by Montoya swimwear beach or poolside, you can fully expect all eyes to be on you.
Living life through heart shaped sunnies and pockets full of sugary dreams is Lolli Swim. A collection of swimmies packed full of flirty details in bright fun colors designed by California born, Vy Nguyen. From sprinkle covered cupcakes to the original cheeky bOw bottom, these swimmies satisfy everyone’s appetite for sweetness!!!
Born in Cuba and bred in Miami, it is not surprising that Lourdes “Luli” Hanimian developed a keen interest in swimwear. Luli and her brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian are the creative forces behind Luli Fama. The designer duo met in 1990 while both working for Augusto’s aunt, a well-known swimsuit designer. Together they gained practical experience in the fashion and swimwear industry. Luli and Augusto first launched a company called Cover Style, a junior swim line. Then in 2003, Luli Fama was born.
Luli Fama has become known for its universally flattering fit and immaculate designs. Luli Fama incorporates an eclectic mix of vibrant hues and bold prints resulting in a unique signature that is festive yet sophisticated. Luli and Augusto are inspired by a variety of factors, including Luli’s Cuban finesse and Miami upbringing. The cosmopolitan culture and Latin influence in Luli Fama are apparent in the contemporary silhouettes and intense motifs. Luli and Augusto work with artists to create custom designs for all of their prints, making sure that each piece tells a story.
LYBETHRAS Swimwear was founded in 2007 by Luciana Martinez. Luciana whom most of us call, Lu, is the designer, founder, and CEO of the Lybethras swimwear based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Lu’s passion for designing clothing started at an early age of six years old when she began sewing clothing for her dolls. As you grew, she continued this passion by making clothing for her friends and family.
By the time Lu was 19, she knew that designing clothing was her calling, so she decided to hire her seamstress and open up shop! Having lived in Brasil, Lu was exposed to the swimwear industry, but she felt that many of the bikinis were too simple for her liking. Her next goal then became to make bikinis that emphasized a point of unique difference. Luciana had the sincere desired then, and still does today, to craft beautiful, unique, and high-quality Brazilian swimwear that will set her customers apart from the mass marketed and over produced bikinis within the industry. Thus, Lybethras was founded.
Lybethras means ‘source of muses’ in Latin. Our muses are looking for comfort, functionality, innovation, and style. Lybethras bikinis and one piece swimsuits are made from high quality and sustainable materials to increase the longevity of your swimwear. However, the fabric is incredibly soft to the touch, allowing for a flawless, luxurious and refined fit of each piece.
They often feature distinctive detailing in the top straps or center bust that makes them stand out among other fashion swimsuits. Exclusive accessories designed by Luciana make the difference in each piece. Whether it be elaborate embroidery, glamorous gems, or simple gold rings, the handmade feel of each detail adds the perfect finishing touch to each swimsuit.
Her focus is to create swimwear for all body types to allow everyone to feel beautiful and confident. All of her bikini tops and bottoms are also sold separately to let you create your ideal combination. The Lybethras collection offers plunging necklines, nature-inspired prints, perfect construction, and bold colors. Miracle one piece and tops and one piece that don’t tie on the neck with an exclusive accessory that makes a difference and supports your all bust sizes. Full range of cover-ups for all the women and girls in your family, with beautiful dresses, rompers, cover-ups that compliment the bikinis collections.
Since its inception, Lybethras has made a splash in the swimsuit industry, we have even appeared within the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for eight consecutive years showcasing our innovative, beach couture.
Today, Lybethras produces bikinis for women in 26 countries and has been worn by many celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriguez, Jodie Foster and many others. All of our swimwear is proudly hand made in Brasil with all Brazilian made materials.
The 2017 collection has just been released! This collection exemplifies the luxury detailing and sophisticated designs. Check back soon to see our new product line.
Maaji, always full of surprises, each collection is inspired by a magical surreal story, the result of a long creative process. A fascinating team of designers, garment manufacturers and pattern developers blend together all their ideas to create these little art pieces. Innovation is the hub of this whimsical world full of eclecticism and attitude. The Maaji team is constantly working to achieve the perfect fit the Maaji girl has come to love and trust.
The Maaji signature is built upon the unexpected mixture of prints, textures, cutting-edge silhouettes and the sweet, ubiquitous presence of details. This combination defines the Maaji philosophy. The result: a one of a kind product, a real piece of art.
Growing up in South Florida and regularly travelling to Central America, Alexandra Grief was inspired by the vibrant beach culture she experienced and eventually founded Montce in 2009. Alexandra set out to create a fit-focused swim line that would inspire confidence and compliments.
Initially debuting out of the designer’s apartment in Ft. Lauderdale, today Montce Swim has more than 40 stockists around the world, its own Ft. Lauderdale flagship store, a Hermosa Beach store, and montce.com. Montce Swim has quickly become a new favorite swim brand. Season to season, through attention to detail and shifts in the swim world, Montce continues to improve their existing styles and create completely original designs. All bikinis are handmade in the USA using the highest-quality materials hand-picked from sources all over the world. Worn by celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, and Emily Ratajkowski, Montce is known for their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it details, sexy cuts, and ability to accentuate all body types.
You can follow us on Instagram @montce_swim to check out new collections, upcoming sales events, and our ongoing mood board.
Since 1975, Seafolly has been at the epicentre of Australian beach lifestyle and has quickly become one of the most recognized swimwear and beach lifestyle brands world-wide. Spanning the international market, Seafolly is currently stocked in major fashion department stores and swimwear boutiques around the world.
TO SHARE THE SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIAN SUMMER WITH WOMEN EVERYWHERE
TO BE THE WORLDS MOST ICONIC SWIMWEAR AND BEACH LIFESTYLE BRAND BY 2020
WE ARE SUPER PASSIONATE. WE ARE POSITIVE. FREEDOM TO SHINE. WE ARE SUPPORTIVE. QUALITY IS EVERYTHING.
Sinesia Karol was born in the island beach town of Vitória, Brazil, just north of Rio de Janeiro. Sinesia currently resides in both Boston and Brazil, with her husband and four children. Karol decided to launch her self-entitled collection when focusing on both the couture design and exquisite execution of product. Enlisting in prominent Brazilian artist Ana Paula Castro to design all of her fabric art and paying close attention to only the finest qualities of lycra, silks and chiffons, she debuted a beach and swimwear line that celebrated women, their bodies and impeccable taste in couture fashion.
Upon her schooling and relocation to Boston, Massachusetts in adulthood, the designer quickly learned that women and their swimwear had a quite different culture in the United States than in Brazil. After becoming philanthropically involved in the art and fashion communities of both Boston and Brazil, she quickly learned of the market demand for a swimwear line that caters to these women: something that they feel comfortable in, while remaining high fashion yet sophisticated.
Style Saves raises funds through fashion and social events in order to provide underprivileged students with school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school supplies and accessories.
By using the collective industry backgrounds to generate this project, Style Saves seeks donations from fashion aficionados, patrons and philanthropists within the community. Fundraising activities include various events, which help garner funds and raise awareness for our cause and most importantly—the children.
Founded by Ford fashion stylist Rachael Russell, Style Saves started with a small idea: build confidence through clothes. Recognizing that there was a community of “mover and shakers” with a love for style and desire to give back, Rachael hoped to inspire a new generation of philanthropists. As a young entrepreneur, her focus was on youth, knowing that by instilling confidence from an early age, the opportunities for success are endless.
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