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Miakalani tied to swim, but expanding with resort wear

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:05 AMShantay East/Gleaner Writer
Miakalani Swim’s trendy leopard print two-piece swimsuit.
Miakalani Swim’s trendy leopard print two-piece swimsuit.
The Bri monokini, a halter back monokini with an open criss-cross back and ruched bottom.
The Bri monokini, a halter back monokini with an open criss-cross back and ruched bottom.
The Astra monokini is reversable and gives two pieces in one – a beautiful peacock print on one side and a beautiful shade of royal blue on the inside.
The Astra monokini is reversable and gives two pieces in one – a beautiful peacock print on one side and a beautiful shade of royal blue on the inside.
This bold red bikini is paired with a long matching red and white print cover-up.
This bold red bikini is paired with a long matching red and white print cover-up.
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Brittany Johnson, the talented entrepreneur behind Miakalani Swim, has always been artistic, having developed her talent as a fashion designer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

The Jamaican proverb – tun yuh han mek fashion – epitomises the start of Johnson’s career 10 years ago. The 31-year-old told Living that her mother had a sewing machine before she was born, but had never used it. “One day, I became privy to the fact that my mother had this sewing machine, and I woke up with the idea that I was going to try and make a dress, and it came out pretty well,” Johnson shared, adding that the dress got rave reviews. It was the seed that eventually led to the creation of her luxurious handmade swimwear brand – and its fitting moniker. ‘Miakalani’ is derived from Johnson’s cousin’s name and means ‘a mine from the heavens’.

While she started with a dress, the fashion designer shared that she had a clear preference for swimwear. “We live on an island; most times, we are at the beach, river or the pool, so I thought it was pretty fitting,” she said.

Inclusivity and attending to the customer’s needs is a mandate Miakalani stands by. This inclusive Jamaican swimwear brand, woven by the extraordinary hands of women, has all your swimwear needs. Johnson told Living, “If someone sees a piece on the website that they like, they can contact me, and I will make it to their liking and size”.

Whether you are a flashy babe or looking for trendy swimwear with a little coverage, Miakalani Swim offers a variety of stylish and scintillating designs pieces ranging from colourful, exuberant monokinis to bold cut two-piece bikinis, woven with high-quality swimwear spandex and lining, and for some designs, a mesh overlay. Some of Miakalani’s bestsellers include the Demi bikini, Charlie monokini and Nikita bikini, which are sure to make a fashion statement.

Johnson’s inspiration for the versatile swimwear designs come from many different places. “My inspirations for the designs of the bikinis are taken from anything. It could be the colour of a plant, the fabric, or the bikini I make for myself, and once I get good reviews from it, I would make more.”

BACK TO HER ROOTS

Recently, the self-taught entrepreneur went back to her roots. “I have recently launched a resort wear line which will include cover-ups.” These items are available at the Miakalani showroom. As for the future, Johnson hopes to expand her showroom and offer men’s resort wear with items such as shorts and button-up shirts. “I’d like to be in the premium hotels and boutiques across the island and also have a store for myself,” said Johnson, adding that she wants to extend her brand internationally.

Find Miakalani Swim on Instagram, @MiakalaniSwim; www.miakalaniswim.com or email miakalani.ja@gmail.com.