You're more likely to find best friends Naomi Newirth and Lyndie Irons in bikinis than business suits. Still, the designers have managed to grow their obsession with swimwear into a flourishing business venture with ACACIA Swimwear. Here, we chat with Maui-born Naomi about (practically) being born in a bathing suite and island living.
What sparked the creation of your line?
I love bathing suits and grew up living in them. I could never find the perfect one so I began sewing them myself and that is how ACACIA started.
What kind of girl wears ACACIA?
Any girl that is confident enough to get in a bikini. She is a “gypsetter." She is adventurous, likes off-the-beaten-path places and enjoys the culture of beautiful destinations such as Bali, Maui, Montauk, Fiji, Australia, France, Morocco, India– the list goes on. She leads a healthy and active lifestyle.
What is your favorite piece from your current collection?
I alternate wearing them all but I find myself throwing on the Quinn top and Missy bottom often, or Mila in Cantik.
Who is your favorite swimwear icon?
There are definitely some designers I admire but I dont have a swimwear icon. I grew up on the islands wearing suits that were all hand made.
What song best represents your line?
Loving this song right now: "Crave you Feat. Giselle" by Flight Facilities.
What’s in your beach bag right now?
Multiple ACACIA suits for options, fins for working the booty. La Roche Posay sunscreen. My glass bottle filled with water and my picnic knife– I always grab a green apple and almond butter from the health food store.
What’s the most fun you’ve had while wearing a swimsuit?
Surfing at Ho'okipa or running through the bamboo forest in mud to jump into a waterfall.
See more of our favorite bathing suits from the Summer Swim Series