Akoia Swim started in 2014, by 3 teenage girls, Reo Palmer, Inka williams, and Frances Elliott. 3 girl raised on the island of Bali. The brand started from a love of the beach and having limited bikini choices on the island of bali that was designed intergrated local talent of crochet. The girls were all 14 years old when we started the brand and would save all there lunch money and put it towards getting samples. Reo was a passionate photographer who did the creative side of the brand, Inka was a upcoming top model and would model and promote the brand, and fran was a creative designer and did a lot of modeling. we all were so passionate about the brand and it growed fast. We edventually had to carry on with high school and could not maintain the buisness. and we all fell apart.
3 years later,
Inka became a top model and was working with big labels, living her life in Euorpe.
Frances, was dedicating her time into her international bacarloertte and Reo was busy being a green activist.
The buisnes was then asleep for a while.
3 year Later, Reo and her mum brang it back to life. with the help of the girls still as akoia will always still be in our hearts.
Currently the swim wear is designed by Reo Palmer.
our label is designed for effortless fashion, for the beach lover, for a travel gypsy, to bring each akoia piece on thr travels, deisgned for the colours of the ocean and love for comfterable fashion.
Reo has spent the past year searching the corners of the world to create the Vintage Swim Range. Emphasising the importance of recycled clothing and long lasting designs. and making akoia as sustainable as possible.
After watching the movie, the true cost on netflix, i thought as a fashion label there is no more excuses anymore. the hope in saving our planet is real. and we wanted to set an example, and align with our values. it is our top importance for Akoia to have high ethical standards and be a leader in the fashion industry. And we proved oursleves correct, we can provide best quality working in align with a eco-frienly movement supporting ethical rights, working with home-based tailors in Bali, Indonesia, the tailors are able to work in the environment they feel most comfortable in and at the pace that works for them. From years of forming deep relationships, they have become a part of the Akoia family. Our pieces are all limited quantities as we support low production runs and quality pieces.
Our story doesent end here, we are still traveling the world, getting inspired by designs and ways which we can help more in the world.