Holiday Gift Guide: What 7 Swim Designers Are Wishing For This Season

Custom painted long boards, a fringed wetsuit, colorful oversized beach bags, and escapes to Tahiti, the British Virgin Islands and the French coast, among others, are just some of the coveted items topping the wish lists of 7 designers who know a thing or two about gifting to the swim-savvy. Holiday picks from the beach babes behind MIKOH, Abysse, ViX and more below to gift to a lucky recipient, or to add to your own list. Dive in:

Oleema + Kalani Miller I MIKOH

Oleema + Kalani Miller I MIKOH

Growing up living swimsuit to swimsuit amongst a family of surfers, designers and lovers of the sea, a serendipitous route brought San Clemente, CA born & bred sister duo Oleema and Kalani Miller back together after becoming a sponsored pro surfer (Oleema) and attending University (Kalani). Now Co-Founders of MIKOH, the complementary pair strike a perfect balance with Oleema heading up Creative Direction; Kalani overseeing the business side. Inspired by the beauty of foreign beaches and customs of distant cultures, you can find the two wanderlust-ing the globe in search of endless inspiration for a brand dedicated to the ocean lover, surfer, traveler and dreamer. Oleema & Kalani’s picks:

1. MIKOH Barbados Top in Hawaiian Coastal Blue ($112.00). “The Barbados Top is one of my favorites as it’s great for being active in the ocean, and I even wear it to yoga.” – Kalani

2. Dead Kooks Long Board with custom paint job (inquire for pricing). “This Australian shaper is one of my favorites, and I love his colorful boards.” – Oleema

3. Diptyque for Tomas Maier: Palm Beach Candle ($65.00). “I love the palm tree detail on this candle, and we like to reuse them afterwards to hold our makeup brushes.” – Kalani

4. MIKOH Copacabana One Piece in Army ($220.00). “Army green is one of my favorite new neutral colors from the 2016 ALOHA collection, and it’s always fun to mix it up and wear a one piece.” – Oleema

5. Shade SPF 30+ for Body ($26.00). “It’s so important to always stay protected in the sun, and this is our go-to!” – Kalani

6. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($11.99). “Coconut oil is always on my wish list as I use it so frequently! It has so many uses and is an essential in my home. I use it for everything from a hair mask to a makeup remover and to hydrate my skin.” – Oleema

Stay connected with Oleema + Kalani: I IG @mikoh I Twitter @mikohswimwear I FB Mikoh 

Related: read “12 One-Piece Swimsuits For In, and Out of the Water” here

Alexandra Alvarez I ALIX

Alexandra Alvarez I Alix

Having already generated a cult following to her sleek, minimalist bodysuits (Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner are fans, to name a few), ALIX designer & Parsons grad Alexandra Alvarez is following suit (literally) with a debut swim range this Spring. With an emphasis on the perfect fit, the made-in-NYC collection includes one-pieces and bikinis marked by neutral hues, pops of burnt orange, and cut-outs for days – equally wearable from the Hamptons to South Beach to St. Tropez. Alexandra’s picks:

1. “I can’t wait for the ALIX Swim Collection to launch in the Spring. The Shelborne One-Piece (coming soon) is my favorite style – I made it with removable straps so it can also be a simple strapless which helps with tan lines.”

2. “Sensi Studio’s Beach Bags ($195.00 – $360.00) are the best. They’re the perfect accessory for summer and always come out with so many fun options.”

3. Missoni Two Toned Pleated Maxi Skirt ($1,715.00). “This skirt is so dreamy and perfect as a cover up over an ALIX swimsuit! I can also wear this for a night out in the summer or on vacation with the ALIX Astor bodysuit.”

4. “The ALIX Mercer Button Down Bodysuit ($325.00) is a great go-to piece to have. I always roll up the sleeves to give it more of a casual, effortless vibe. It would totally work with the Missoni maxi or some high waisted denim too!”

5. “Cuba is definitely next on my destination list. My parents are first generation and I grew up in Miami surrounded by Cuban culture. The vibrant palette of both places was super influential as I designed my swim collection.”

Stay connected with Alexandra & Alix: I IG @alixnyc I Twitter @_alixnyc I FB Alix

Related: read “Heat Rising: 5 Swim & Beachwear Launches For Your Next Warm Weather Escape” here

Lyn Rosmarin I K.BLU 

Lyn Rosmarin I K.BLU

Avid sailor and sea sports enthusiast Lyn Rosmarin left behind a successful 12-year career in finance after a two year sabbatical in the south of France, stretchign from St. Tropez to the famed Cote D’azur, inspired her to enter the world of luxury swimwear. The Singapore based designer pays special attention to create pieces that are both fashionable and functional, utilizing soft and light fabrications to create graceful and flattering silhouettes specifically designed for the petite-framed woman. Marked by fuller coverage and increased support, K.BLU pieces come in an array of vivid hues and elegant prints evoking luxurious, sun-soaked experiences. Lyn’s picks:

1. K.BLU’s limited edition Coral Porcelain Bomber Jacket ($250.00). “It goes with anything and is lightweight enough to be carried around in any climate zone. Plus – a matching print gym bag is in the works.”

2. K.BLU’s limited edition Coral Porcelain Corset 1-Piece ($250.00). “To go with the jacket on your next seaside escape, naturally.”

3. “A pair of Fendi’s Monster Ballerina Flats ($600.00). Not only do I love them, but my daughter simply goes gaga with anything monster at this stage!”

4. “I would love to go back with my family to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc (pricing varies) in Cap d’Antibes, France. This famous resort has been photographed numerous times by Slim Aarons (famous for his jet-set pictures in the 70s) and moreover brings back great memories when my husband and I vacationed there just after marriage.”

5. “Lastly, a well-deserved photo shoot with my family!”

Stay connected with Lyn & K.BLU: I IG @kbluswim I Twitter @kbluswim I FB K.BLU Swim 

Related: read “14 Epic Pools Around the World & What to Wear to Each” here

Kristin Frazer I Tréfle

Kristin Frazer I Tréfle

Born and raised on the stunning island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Kristin Frazer developed a keen eye for style early on hailing from three generations of women rooted in design and apparel. Following internships with Carolina Herrera and BCBG Max Azria, Kristin fused her Caribbean roots with inspiration pulled from globe-trotting travels to debut Tréfle Swimwear in 2008. And with the likes of Beyoncé and Blu Ivy sporting her wares, we’d say she’s safely doing the family name justice. Kristin’s picks:

1. Tréfle Sunbeam Ashley One-Piece Swimsuit (from $150.00). “What’s better than soaking up the sun by the beach than in a sunbeam-inspired One-Piece?”

2. Sageroots Virgin Butter Blend. “Just before hitting the beach or the pool, rubbing this British Virgin Islands homemade product is a delight for my skin while getting a tan. It’s also a great leave-in hair moisturizer after a day at the beach!”

3. Tréfle284 Kid Naliny One-Piece for Girls (from $50.00). “Okay so it’s not for me, but this beautiful One-Piece is just perfect for my niece!”

4. Retro City Oversized Cut-Off Cat Eyes in Brown Marble ($11.99). “The perfect pair of oversized sunglasses for the beach or the pool.”

5. Surfsong Villa Resort in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (rooms from $400, depending on season). “I’ve had the pleasure of laying out and lounging at this beautiful, exclusive resort nestled in between beautiful boulders on the small island of Beef Island, BVI. It’s the ultimate description of paradise.”

Stay connected with Kristin & Tréfle: I IG @trefledesigns I Twitter @trefleswimwear I FB Trefle Designs

Hanalei Reponty I Abysse

Hanalei Reponty I Abysse

Not your average triple threat, surfer / model / designer Hanalei Reponty learned how to swim before she could walk in the Pacific waters of Tahiti – developing a deep bond and respect for the ocean and its inhabitants early on. Having since devoted her life to not only enjoying the world’s oceans but protecting them as well, the launch of Hanalei’s Abysse earlier this year further aids in this mission. The collection of function-meets-fashion wetsuits and bikinis are fabricated from eco-friendly Japanese Geoprene, rooted in a socially responsible footprint including a partnership with ocean conservation group Sirens for the Sea. Hanalei’s picks:

1.  Abysse Wynona Fringed Wetsuit ($500.00).This is the wetsuit of my dreams! Brand new and limited edition, the Wynona is cowboy inspired with major fringe detail on the sleeves and back—I’m obsessed.”

2. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ($35.95) and Reve de Miel Lip Balm ($19.95). “I feel like I have very dry and sensitive skin — I’m allergic to dust and a lot of environmental things. I find that Nuxe is extra nourishing, especially after being out in the sun and salt water all day. Nuxe Lip Balm and Oil are my absolute favorites—the smell reminds me of Tahiti.”

3. Channel Island Surfboards ($650.00 – $831.00). “Nothing like starting your day on the right board! Dane Gudauskas’ experimental Rocket #9 is my magic sled.”

4. Abysse x Alterior Motif Dive in T-Shirt ($55.00). “I love the “Dive In” collaboration T-Shirt we did with Alterior Motif. It’s incredibly soft and semi sheer— the perfect tee to throw over a bathing suit or lounge around in.”

5. “A trip to my home island of Tahiti! I love being back on the beaches where I grew up surrounded by beauty.”

Stay connected with Hanalei & Abysse: I IG @abysseofficial I Twitter @abysseofficial I FB Abysse Official

Related: read “Into the Abysse: 21 Questions with Surfer-Model-Designer Hanalei Reponty” here

Paula Hermanny I ViX

Paula Hermanny I ViX

Born and raised in Brazil and now residing in La Jolla, CA, Paula Hermanny credits her globe-trotting and seamstress grandmothers as the primary influences that led her into the world of design. At age 21 Paula moved from Brazil to the States to attend college, where she developed an interest in swimwear further kick-started by selling her creations to friends out of a suitcase. Now at the helm of her own international brand blending the bold sexiness of Brazil with the coastal allure of California, Paula’s own globe-trotting travels keep her sense of style sharp, her eye for detail focused and her soul constantly inspired. Paula’s picks:

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1. ViX Paula Hermanny Black ‘Paula’ Bikini (Top $102.00; Bottom $108.00). “My favorite silhouette is our detailed triangle bikini. It’s classic and clean, and is decorated with delicate knot and beaded details.”

2. ViX Paula Hermanny Zerba Maude Cover-up ($178.00). “I love coverups that can double as a casual dress to lunch in!”

3. An escape with my family to the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA (pricing varies). “The holidays are always so busy and overwhelming, I would love to take a few peaceful days to enjoy nature, hiking and the great food offered here.”

4. “Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel ($15.00) is a book I would love to receive this holiday. I love to read and there is no better time to get into a book than on a cold winter day, or poolside on a holiday escape. His previous book The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel really influenced me both in my personal life and in my work.”

5. “Being a working mom, it’s hard to find time to spend with my friends. The best gift to give and receive is time, so this year I would love to spend a day surrounded by my good girlfriends! A spa day at Rancho Valencia (pricing varies) would be the perfect place to rejuvenate and catch-up.”

Stay connected with Paula & ViX: I IG @vixswim I Twitter @ViXPHermanny I FB ViX Paula Hermanny

Related: read “11 Versatile Cover-ups for Beach to Bar” here

Melinda Huff I MIRAME

Melinda Huff l MIRAME

What happens when the daughter of a Central American mother and European father, (not to mention granddaughter to a seamstress who used to create custom dresses for Zsa Zsa Gabor), sets out to create a swimwear line? She blends vibrancy and subtlety alike to both reveal and conceal strategically, resulting in MIRAME: aptly translating (from Spanish) to “look at me.” With a mission to empower women one suit at a time, designer and New York City native Melinda Huff successfully offers silhouettes exuding a powerful confidence that can’t help but be noticed, not to mention offer a versatile beach-to-bar sensibility. Melinda’s picks:

1. MIRAME Geraldine Bra ($89.00). “This style is great for either the beach or the gym – you know we need to hit both on our holiday!”

2. Round Towel Company ($54.95 – $59.95) makes these cool circular towels. I always have a problem spotting my towel when I come out of the water, and this is the perfect solution.”

3. COOLA Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer ($32.00). “Light and non-greasy, this sunscreen is perfect for the beach or any day in the sun.”

4. MIRAME Triangle Top ($49.00). “This style can be worn three different ways, perfect for maximizing your looks when packing for vacation!”

5. Rise Sport Eyewear Sunglasses ($50.00 – $159.00). “This Brooklyn-based company collaborates with different artists to offer one of a kind prints in a variety of designs.”

Stay connected with Melinda & MIRAME: I IG @mirameswim I Twitter @mirameswim I FB MIRAME

Related: read “Designer Dossier: {un}covering MIRAME” here