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24 Oct

Indah's Tropical Swim Story

Posted by Bikini Owner

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It's pretty easy to see that Indah designer Libby De Santis is heavily influenced by the lush Indonesian island of Bali, her homebase for the past 15 years. Island living comes naturally to the Tahiti-born and Kauai-raised designer, who spends her days jaunting to and from the workshop on her scooter or bike, streaked with batik dye. Indah's suits (check out our flash sale right now!) have a signature sexy style that is truly unique — colorful and textured; much like the island of Bali, the teeny bikinis have a sensual, liberated quality that De Santis says is directly related to the heart of the brand. "The spirit of Indah lies in the freedom we have created to move in any and all directions season to season,"  she says. "I think growing up in swimwear and living a tropical island life has shaped the way I design. It's real swim — easy, simple and sexy." The skimpy (but easy-wearing) separates and one-pieces are favorites of sun worshippers and surfers alike, crafted to live up to athletic days in the surf with simple, comfortable design features that never skimp on style. 

The ever-shifting aesthetic of the collection remains bohemian and rooted in a worldly vision while morphing from season to season—it might seem surprising that  a dreamy, island-centric collection might feature a moto jacket, but De Santis put her stamp on the classic, crafting it in a stonewashed modal a few seasons ago. This unique approach to design is super evident in the swim collection, which was born from hand-crafted suits De Santis would cut and tie herself, creating silhouettes without patterns—just her intuition.That hand-crafted quality continues to be at the foundation of the collection. "As far as fabrics go, I think ours are the softest and sleekest. We hand-screen the majority of our prints, which adds a layer to the fabric that you can feel." Unique one-pieces like the Margaux and the color-blocked Veruskha bring superior style to the shore, though what De Santis is most emphatic about with her designs is that when you wear Indah, "it's still you that people will notice, not your suit."