When you pair the Ocean and an exquisitely crafted bikini together, something enchanting happens and that magic is called KaiKini. Manifesting out of the visionary mind of Designer and Founder, Taryn Rodighiero, KaiKini was born from a sense the bikini world was missing a certain factor of integrity, sustainability, and quality.
Styled for adventure, KaiKini Bikinis are made to live life with you! Utilizing only the highest quality materials and sewing practices, our ‘Kinis are durable, withstanding malfunction and color fading. A fast drying, anti-microbial liner is sewn into each ‘Kini guaranteeing comfort all day, every day.
Every ‘Kini is designed with the essence of Kauai’s free spirited and liberating nature in mind, offering bright, bold prints coupled with sexy, flirty silhouettes. Expertly tailored, our traditional Brazilian fits are flattering for any figure comprising the souls of beach addicts everywhere. Because each ‘Kini is hand cut and handmade, we assure you’ll be one-of-a-kind on your surfing, sunning, diving, yoga-ing and hiking excursions!
EARTH FIRST MANUFACTURING
At KaiKini, our constant pursuit to bring fashionable ‘Kinis to wanderlust dreamers everywhere differentiates us from the rest. But, it takes more than that to separate ourselves from the herd. Looking good is not our only prerogative. Feeling good. Now, that’s the true heartbeat of our company.
Did you know, only 2% of the apparel sold in the United States is actually made on her soil? KaiKini strives to preserve this dying industry through many avenues. We purchase all of our fabrics and thread from U.S. manufacturers and participate in the Fair Trade system, selling directly to our wholesalers and retailers. Each ‘Kini is quite literally hand cut and hand made right here on Kauai, U.S.A. Manufactured with love and passion in small batches by Kauai’s very own women. These Wahines form our KaiKini family, earning competitive wages working in a sweatshop-free and eco friendly environment. Yep, that’s right, we’re ‘Green’ too!
Here at KaiKini, we believe everyone can play a role in preserving this gorgeous home we call Earth. We promise not to shy away just to save a buck. At our facility, we conserve energy working by the natural light of Kauai’s sun and keep cool by the kisses of her Ocean breeze. We resort to utilizing our Energy Star A/C and eco lights only when absolutely necessary. Our copy paper is made from sugar cane, never the miraculous oxygen producing entities we call trees. Soy based ink grace our hangtags made only of recycled paper. Even our packaging for shipments are reusable, biodegradable and constructed of recycled material!
So go ahead and delight in dose of “good vibes”. Treat yourself to a KaiKini Bikini to not only feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, but the warmth of Aloha deep in your heart. We thank you for taking a small step toward the preservation of products “Made in the USA” and more importantly the natural beauty of this majestic Earth.
MEET OUR FOUNDER:
After seven years of of living on Kauai, I realized my obsession with bikinis and beaches was never going to end. I bought a new kini almost every week...but was constantly disappointed by the quality. No matter how much the bikini cost they all had the same 2 things in common: they'd start to fall apart after only a few wears and wouldn't stay put in the waves. So after months of listening to me describe every little thing I loved and hated about the Kinis I wore, my husband suggested I start making my own. I believe his exact words were,
"If you think you can make a better bikini, the only way to find out is to do it."
And he was right! The only problem was, I had never sewn a day in my life. Never sat down at a sewing machine, never even picked up a needle and thread. We're talking zero sewing experience...but I wasn't going to let that stop me. I was determined to figure out a way to manufacture bikinis despite the fact I wouldn’t have anyone to teach me how.
I decided take a leap of faith and believe in myself: I spent my life savings on five industrial sewing machines, materials and thread and taught myself how to sew. After eight incredibly frustrating months of trial and error I finally started to make bikinis I could be proud of. Four months later, my KaiKini’s were in multiple stores all over Kauai and they were being sold faster than I could sew them. Now in our 5th year of business, KaiKini is Hawaii's largest swimwear manufacturer and we sell bikinis all over the world!
So I encourage you to follow your dreams and never, ever give up on yourself or something you're passionate about.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Wife/ Mother/ Designer/ Entrepreneur
MEET THE KAIKINI TEAM:
We're a close-knit group of girls who love what we do and do it well!
Clockwise from left: Taryn (Founder/Designer), Luvie (Seamstress), Cambria (Seamstress), Kona-Kai (Seamstress/ Blog Writer),
Courtney (Apparel Designer) Marina (Technical Designer/ Seamstress), Desirea