Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coasts and Ties

Fluro Swimwear launches Etsy shop

Lei Chic Just three more days until Fall. Leaves start to turn. The air gets crisp. Birds flock south.

Oh, wait. Nope, none of that happens here. Let's try this again.

Just three more days until Fall. Warm, sunny days continue. The air stays humid. Surfers flock to the beach.

Which means it's the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe... with some new swimsuits. Good thing Fluro Swimwear, an Art & Flea regular, just opened a brand-new Etsy shop this week.

Fluro, a play on the word fluorescent, reflects designer Lauren Kagimoto's love of color. The fine arts and digital design graduate searches far and wide for bold, eye-catching fabrics and prints, then transforms them into comfortable, hardware-free swimwear with fun twists. Our favorite of the bunch: a quad-string coral zebra print bikini top that can be knotted into intricate straps.

Lei Chic Kagimoto encourages mixing and matching, so feel free to pair a striped top with an eggplant or olive bottom. Most bottoms are also reversible, so you can switch up your look whenever the mood strikes - or, say, if you have an awkward Brenda and Kelly prom moment on the beach. Which probably won't happen since Kagimoto buys very limited quantities of each fabric.

Keep an eye on Fluro's Etsy shop; Kagimoto plans to add more styles soon and, eventually, men's board shorts.

Which may or may not be reversible.

You know how picky men can be.

$45 each, bikini tops and bottoms. Click here to visit Fluro Swimwear on Etsy or shop in person at Art & Flea, Thursday, September 27, 5-10 p.m. at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St., $3 entry fee.

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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