Emerging designer Hope Reiners first debuted her swimwear line ‘Culture Swimwear’ during the Los Angeles Fashion Week this past March. Culture, Hope’s first venture as a designer, has already received high remarks from viewers for its originality in the swimwear category. The most recent appearance for this line was featured during Fashion Splash held at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood last month. Hope brings a fresh taste to the swimwear industry with unique crocheted embellishings and a boho chic standard of design. She also provides a positive impact on the environment and women in Cambodia.
The pieces for Culture Swimwear are made through an organization called Keok’ jay that works to create jobs and benefit Cambodian women suffering from HIV/AIDS. Keok’ jay provides these women with salaries, job skills, and allows them to not only provide for their children, but also educate them as well.
“It is my hope to not only empower the women we work with in Cambodia, but to educate and empower all the women who wear our suits.” –Hope
Along with using entirely recycled and vintage fabrics, the process to make the designs also uses a non-toxic dyeing process. These steps help make this line not only ethically responsible, but environmentally friendly as well.
Culture swimwear includes exotic bikini’s, unique one-pieces and solid colored cover ups. A fan of one piece bathing suits, Hope incorporates a sexy insight on the usually covered look.
The one-pieces feature low fronts and open backs making one awe at the possibility of covering more skin than a bikini, but still managing to show off curves in all the right places. If the revealing cutouts of the swimsuits do not grab one’s attention, then the colors and patterns definitely will. Bold colors are perfectly incorporated with the trendy tribal and animal prints of this season.
Some of the swimsuits also include natural toned patterns that blend right into the body. This swimwear line features a fresh look with crocheted backs and earthy colors all the more describing that Hope has perfected the Bohemian take on swimwear.
These boho chic pieces can easily be dressed up for a pool party or worn to a casual day at the beach. The swimsuits are also perfect for a tropical getaway in paradise or lounging on a yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Hope’s designs celebrated the beauty of women with a free spirit in mind. We look forward to her expanding her talents as a designer into all forms of fashion.
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