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BEAUTY & FASHION

Sunkissed in Solkissed

Mable Yiu

Celeste Top (White) and Cusco Bottom (Olive)

Celeste Top (White) and Cusco Bottom (Olive)

Solkissed, the up-and-coming brand for all things beachy, finds its roots in both Latin and Californian influences. Its founder and designer, Alejandra Boggiano, was born in Peru and raised in Chile and California. Her sunny upbringing undoubtedly inspired her love of swimwear and her commitment to beach style. She took a brief hiatus from the ocean lifestyle after graduating college, but only to pursue fashion design in the concrete landscape of New York City. 

Along with her mother, Ana Maria Quintana-Gurt, she began Solkissed. Aside from the fabulous designs and cultural influences of the brand, they uphold a unique business model. Solkissed swimsuits are produced in Lima, Peru by a team of women micro-entrepreneurs. These women hand-sew each Solkissed piece in their own homes so that they are able to maintain the household and take care of their families. 

The hand-sewn pieces look as original in design as they are in creation. The pieces feature a range of colors and patterns, as well as fun silhouettes. The line has an array of bikinis and one-pieces, including string designs and off-the-shoulder designs. Other unique designs feature high-waisted bikini bottoms and fabric designs reminiscent of South America. Each piece is fully functional for the beach, but Solkissed’s commitment to fashion design allows for multiple-purpose use. With festivals like Coachella and other summer parties on the horizon, we are looking no further than Solkissed for our sunny wardrobe needs. 

By Emily Allen

Photo courtesy of Solkissed.