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KIINI launched in the summer of 2013 by Turkish born, New York based designer Ipek Irgit. 

The original KIINI swimsuit design which has become eponymous with its name, was created by Irgit; using techniques she adopted through her creative upbringing and years working in the fashion industry. 

Since its launch, KIINI has made a prominent name in the swim and resort-wear industry with its unique design approach and brand voice. KIINI quickly gained the attention of fashion insiders and a cult-like social media following. It has been worn by countless celebrities, leading fashion personalities, and social media influencers. Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Bella Haddid,  Margot Robbie, Cara and Poppy Delevinge, Leandra Medine, Dree Hemingway, Anna Della Russo, Cassie Ventura, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Nina Agdal, Bar Refaeli, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley are a few of KIINI fans. 

KIINI has been featured in leading fashion and lifestyle publications from Vogue to Garancedore.com and is globally sold in over 200 doors including Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion, Lane Crawford. You can find the complete list of retailers here.

Here is a little Q&A with the founder and Creative Director Ipek Irgit: 

What is your biggest inspiration?

Creatively I definitely draw from travel and culture. I am hugely inspired by the craftsmanship of artisans who have perfected their skills, where integrity is visible in every detail of their work. 

What drives you? 

Independence and endless curiosity! 

What moves you?

Nature, kindness, and the KIINI spirit. 

Favorite moments in life?

Big delicious summer dinners with loved ones. 

Favorite part of the world?

The Aegean Coast will always be home and I dream of it day and night. Nothing beats an Aegean summer :)  

What makes KIINI swimwear unique? 

It embodies different elements in its design. It is bohemian, sporty, chic, and sexy at the same time- which is kind of a reflection of my personality. The color combinations are fun, and most importantly to me the bikinis give amazing support without wire or padding. 

What is in the future of KIINI?

I am working on Ready-to-Wear pieces that will slowly rollout beginning with Resort '19.

What does KIINI mean?

It's a play on the word 'bikini' and feels like an extension of my name - 'Ipekiini' which is what some of my friends like to call me. It also means 'depth' in Swahili which I thought philosophically and literally matches the brand. 

You give each of the KIINI colors a name. Where do the cute names for the KIINIs like 'ChaCha,' 'Tasmin,' 'Lolo,' and 'Kaia' come from?  

They are all named after my friends' daughters. Whenever a new one is born I try to make a new color combination but it can be hard keep up with! There is a long waiting list I need to get to.  

You rarely gift KIINI to celebrities and social media influencers like many other brands. Is there a reason behind your decision not to? 

I believe that if a product is good, it sells itself and doesn’t need to be pushed onto people by gifting. I love to give KIINI to my friends who I know will appreciate the gesture, and other women whose work I admire and gives me inspiration. 

Do KIINIs really have superpowers?

Absolutely! You’ve got to believe it to see it ;)

 

-For any other questions and press inquiries please contact press@kiini.com

 

All KIINI designs and the contents of this site are copyright protected. As much as we are proud to be an inspiration, KIINI design is owned and registered by KIINI and Ipek Irgit, and copying these designs under the pretense of inspiration is immoral and illegal and legal action may be taken against infringers.