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Tuesday, December 21st 2010

Swimwear Lines New to Shopbop: Meet Despi, Cali Dreaming & Mikoh

Though it feels strange to be looking for the perfect bikini in the depths of December, the coming holidays mean vacations are just around the corner, and the sooner I start my search the better. These three brands new to Shopbop are making my task a whole lot easier:

If anyone knows how to make (and wear) a sexy bikini, it’s the Brazilians, and Despi is one of the top swimwear brands on its sun-filled shores. Based in Rio de Janeiro and designed by Despina Filios, Despi swimwear is known for come-hither cuts and luxurious touches like 18k gold-plated hardware. It’s no wonder the brand’s bikinis have appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for three years running, modeled by Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Marissa Miller.

Cali Dreaming
More of a minimalist than a bombshell? Look to Cali Dreaming swimwear. Founded by Lisa Priolo, a former trend forecaster, and Carrie Jardine, an artist and former model, Cali Dreaming bikinis are inspired by natural pigments and sun-kissed skin. The line’s signature shades of nude and blush pink are perfectly in line with the season’s trends, and let each bikini blend in with the wearer’s own skin tone, taking emphasis away from the suit and putting it on her own natural curves.

Founded by sisters and Orange County natives Oleema and Kalani Miller, Mikoh swimwear has been getting lots of blogger love for its effortless California sensibility and seamless, hardware-free construction. The duo grew up in a household that fostered creativity, and their line encourages you to tap into your own: mix-and-match separates in bright colors and statement prints allow for customized bikinis, ensuring no one else in the surf is wearing the same suit.


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