Frankie’s Biki­nis

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The back­ground Frankie’s Biki­nis was founded in 2013 by Mal­ibu-based de­signer Francesca Aiello when she was just 17 years old; store. frankies­biki­nis.com

The look An aes­thetic that Aiello de­scribes as cap­tur­ing “Mal­ibu’s beachy lifestyle,” mixed with el­e­ments of Hawaii’s sur­round­ings and cul­ture. It trans­lates to a boho vibe, plenty of skin-bar­ing cutouts and a youth­ful feel­ing in the biki­nis that Aiello has de­signed to work for an ac­tive surf lifestyle.

The hook “I grew up in Mal­ibu, so I ba­si­cally lived in biki­nis,” says Aiello, “I love to surf and felt there weren’t enough suits that were both cute and func­tional for ac­tive girls.” With her mom’s en­cour­age­ment, she be­gan re­search­ing swimwear fab­rics and con­struc­tion while in high school and launched the col­lec­tion of biki­nis that now sells in the U.S. and in­ter­na­tion­ally. The Kar­dashian sis­ters and some Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gels are fans of Aiello’s cre­ations, post­ing photos of them­selves in them on so­cial media.

The goods Aiello’s cur­rent col­lec­tion has about 15 styles, with $88 tops, $84 bot­toms, $181 one-piece suits. It’s man­u­fac­tured in Mal­ibu and sells on her web­site, www.shop­bop.com and lo­cal swimwear shops.

Marc and Paula Kayne Frankie’s Biki­nis

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