Hard-work and determination all with the same vision. Two best friends who decided to become business partners while bringing their bikini perception to conception, to now owning one of the top swimwear brands sold globally! Owners of Acacia Swimwear Naomi and Lyndie have made it! A bikini line known for “more skin the better” which we could not agree with more, features infused styles between the low-cut Italian bikini and the classic Brazilian fit. Acacia Swimwear embodies effortless femininity with a side of sophistication. With the launch of Acacia Swimwear in 2008, Naomi and Lyndie took their dreams into reality by embedding their daily lives inspirations such as travel, the beach lifestyle, tribal and tropical motifs, with a spin on Native American heritage and turned it into a collection for each season. Having carried Acacia since the beginning, we have been able to see the growth in Acacia and could not be happier for these two. Meeting them in Miami for Miami Swim Week and having the first appointment of the morning, we knew this season’s 2016 collection would kill it! Catching up with the designer duo as they just headed home from Bali while finalizing the 2017 collection, here are some inspirations for you Vida’s to get to know the kini’ designers themselves!
The 2016 collection is killing it, what was your inspiration with your key print Aloha and the colors chosen?
Naomi: Our Aloha print is a new version of our older Vintage Aloha print. It did so well and everyone wanted it back we thought we would bring it back in a new colorway. It speaks Hawaii and Hawaii is where we are from. Aloha inspired prints are mandatory for us :).
I am also obsessed with neutrals so that is why you can see a lot of neutrals in our collections with pops of bright!
When did you guys decide you wanted to start your own line?
Naomi: Oh gosh. Ages ago. I made my first samples in Indonesia back in 2006. In high school I was sewing my own bikinis then I met my manufacturer and didn’t have to anymore.
Lyndie: Modeling swimwear as far back as I can remember and owning my own line was a huge dream.
What was the first step you took in starting up your own line?
Naomi: Learning how to sew my own suits was very crucial for me. That was the beginning of it all and really the ground work of acacia.
Lyndie: Many years ago modeling Naomis first few suits that she had made led us to teaming up and starting Acacia.
Tips for our Bikini lovers on becoming successful business women?
Naomi: Follow your heart. Sounds cheesy but its so true. Don’t let people tell you anything otherwise. If you believe in something stick by it! Everyone put us down for our small cut bottoms during the early stages of ACACIA but I stuck by what I loved and believed in and look at the success of the minimum coverage bottoms today
Lyndie: Making your dreams your reality! Set goals and stick to them and love what you do. We stuck to our smaller cuts and what we love and it all worked out.
We know you have been in Bali lately besides the whole design process what is the best part about being there?
Naomi: The beautiful kind people, the culture, our Bali family, the food and the beauty. It’s our second home!
Lyndie: Love Bali! Love the yummy restaurants, beautiful people and the warm ocean waters. We are so fortunate to be able to go to Bali and work because the energy there is so inspiring and uplifting.
Aside from having such crazy schedules with traveling and working so much what are some of your favorite things to do in your spare time?
Naomi: Swim, Surf (when not pregnant), play with my fur baby Bronx and just lay low with family and friends. I love being home! Beautiful beaches and waterfalls are basically in our back yard. We are very fortunate.
Lyndie: Living in Hawaii is truly a blessing and I find that we tend to enjoy the more simple things in life. I enjoy running, bike rides, bikram yoga, hikes and the beach to surf. I love being outdoors and getting some sort of exercise. I enjoy having my friends and kids over for BBQs and a swim at my house on the weekends.
So you guys were just designing for your 2017 collection can you give us any inside details about the new collection
Naomi: Hm that’s hard. We never like to leek any info but we know you will love it! Stay tuned as we get closer to launch for sneak peeks towards the end of the year and during Fashion Week in Miami!
Lyndie what are your favorite times with you and Axel?
Lyndie: We have so much fun together. I would have to say just spending quality time with him is my favorite . We love to skate, surf, hike and camp together. We love any sort of adventure but we also love just snuggling up on the couch and watching movies.
Naomi, how did you feel when you found out you were going to become a Mom? (Naomi is expecting)
Naomi: Oh man. I wanted it so badly and then it happened and to be honest I didn’t feel very excited. But in my defense I have had a very difficult pregnancy….every lame pregnancy symptom in the books I have had. I still don’t understand how some woman love pregnancy. But despite the tough times I am very excited to meet baby boy. I will be surrounded by all boys
Naomi and Lyndie Themselves
Favorite spot in Bali:
Naomi: Too many to list. Fun and beautiful beaches are endless. Yummy café’s are endless.
Lyndie: I love being in the ocean so I would have to say the beaches.
Naomi: I’m a pie lover. Blackberry pie is my weakness. I could eat a whole one to myself in one sitting!
Lyndie: Spa treatments and Mexican food!
Song that best describes you Lyndie?
Lyndie: Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole – Hele on to Kauai . It’s a song about the beautiful island of Kauai that I live on and it truly makes my soul happy
Your go-to Acacia Piece:
Naomi: Kanaio top / Hookipa bottom + Napali mesh top / Ho’okipa mesh bottom
Lyndie: Manhattan Top / Ho’okipia Bottom. Locals top / Axel Bottom. Ehukai
Acacia continues to be one of the strongest collections on our site, we hope you enjoyed getting to meet the designers as we love sharing their collection with you season after season :)! Shop all Acacia through our link directly below!
XX Vida Soleil