Build your own bikini online courtesy of one beach-loving Bridgeport native.
Bridgeport native Christina Iaquinta and her fiancé, Sean Stuber, launched Mikini Bikini in 2011 on one simple idea—everyone should be able to wear a bikini they love. The web-based, build-your-own-swimwear experience takes purchasing your summer staple out of the department store, offering modern, vibrant colors and prints as well as classic, flattering cuts. And with the site’s mix and match capabilities, customers get to be their own designers—the combinations of bottoms and tops are virtually endless. We sat down with Christina and Sean to get the skinny on their growing business.
WV LIVING – What is Mikini?
Christina – We came up with the name and concept back in 2008 while daydreaming about our future together on a road trip from New York City to our home in Boston. But because of the uniqueness and individuality our products offer, it literally translates to “my bikini.”
Sean – a Mikini Girl is ambitious, fashionable, social, and a little indulgent. She values her style, individuality, and personal taste.
WVL – Explain the Mikini experience versus shopping for a swimsuit at a boutique or department store.
Sean – Our customer places significant value on uniqueness and individuality. They love the fact that they are buying something made specifically for them—not the masses. Also, the quality of our bikinis is beyond what you’ll find with many mass-produced bikinis. We personally package every Mikini, and the feeling is the best! We know it was created for just one special person.
WVL – Who do you want to see on the pages of People magazine wearing a Mikini? How about at a random beach or lake?
Christina – Jennifer Garner! I’d love to see her wearing her WVU baseball cap and a Mikini she designed. Also, all of our styles would look stellar on Carrie Underwood. We want to see a crew of sorority girls or a bachelorette party with coordinating suits drawing all sorts of attention.
WVL – The fabric choices are great—a little retro, a little animalistic—and they would look good on anything from Band-Aids to beach towels. What are Mikini’s plans for the future?
Christina – See something you like? Fabric and lining quantities are limited, and we will be retiring some styles from the site after they are sold through, so get the Mikini you’re in love with now.
Sean – As for the future, we have tons of ideas, and without giving too much away, customers can expect new fabrics, new styles, and more linings.
Christina – It’s so much more than just purchasing a swimsuit and taking it home. We encourage customers and supporters to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MikiniBikini) to stay up to date on our new developments.
Mikini Bikini; 1.855.4MIKINI; firstname.lastname@example.org