The founders of Kulani Kinis are two beach loving, wanderlust spirits named Dani & Alex from the East Coast of Australia. They share a love of colour, Hawaii and design. Since the Kulani Kinis launched in February 2015, the new label has taken ‘bikini land’ by storm.
‘Kulani Kinis is an opportunity to combine our passions – a love of colour, the tropics, the surf and keeping active. The result is the creation of an affordable, 'queen bee' quality swimwear line we can share with all women around the world. Why should price trump style or vice versa? You can have both!’- Dani
We both share a love of Hawaii and the name was inspired from our many travels there. Kulani is a Hawaiian word which means 'like paradise'. It comes from the Hawaiian words 'ku' which means 'to be like' and 'lani' which means paradise.
We want to invoke feelings of long blissful summer days, crystal clear aqua waters, the smell of sea salt and coconut scented sunscreen...and the fanning of a warm breeze through sun streaked hair!
The whole idea of Kulani Kinis came about from the two of us while we were away on Oahu. We were listening to our Ipod whilst riding the bus as it bumbled down the coast on our way back to Waikiki from the North Shore. We were sharing a set of headphones and sitting next to each other enjoying the late afternoon sun as it beat down on our faces. It is one of those moments you remember so vividly when you close your eyes. We had just spent a day at the beach and had that sunkissed feel on our skin. We didn't want to lose what we were feeling and were talking about what else we wanted out of our lives. We began thinking...why not create something that captures this experience?? The rest is history!
How do we design?
We design all of our pieces together as a pair. It is a complicated and fun process; we both have different tastes and that means we bring different ideas and inspiration to our designs which we believe gives us a superior product. Nothing makes it to production unless we both love it!
Our first consideration is always our customers. What is comfortable and what is flattering. For our designs we look at anything and everything. Our love of colour and vibrant prints is our signature. Combing neons, pastels through to vivid prints...nothing is off limits!!
Super-comfy. Soft. Seamless. Functional.
We offer superior quality and affordable swimwear. The consistent feedback we get from our customers is that the swimwear is super comfortable and feels like a second skin. We have a timeless vision of what we want every girl who wears Kulani Kinis to feel…
Summer. Sunkissed. Salty.
We have designed our entire collection on the basis that you can, if you want to, mix and match different tops and bottoms. But we absolutely love it if you decide to wear one of our matching sets too!
We want you to feel fun and have a great sense of self. Every girl should feel like a goddess and enjoy all the vibrant colour combinations of life!! Always stay colourful but don't be afraid to mix your favourite colour block with a print.
Our advice for other aspiring individuals?
Don't be afraid to take risks and work hard! Starting any new adventure can be hard but don’t listen to other people when they tell you that you are crazy! Cinderella would never have left the house if her sisters had their way. And if we hadn't started Kulani Kinis, we wouldn’t have found our glass slipper. Be consistent with your vision, pool your pennies and support yourself even when no one else will. Everyone says hard work pays off and it does. We have never slept so little and been so happy. We treat Kulani Kinis like our baby!
We want to thank you for stopping by and taking your time to read about our adventure. If there is anything we can ever help you with, please shoot us an email at email@example.com.
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