Meet 2018 TCFStyle Vendor, Curvykini
Hey Boo!! The expo is only months away! That’s right the 2018 TCFStyle Expo is coming August 11&12th to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Are you ready? Becuase we are making sure we have something for everyone. That why today we are so excited to share our newest vendor spotlight on plus size swimwear brand, CURVYKINI! Featured on The Curvy Fashionista, CURVYKINI brings a whole new vibe to the scene, and we can’t wait for you to see what they are bringing to the expo!
Let get to know more about the beach babe brand, CURVYKINI!
Years In Business
What type of business?
What is the story behind your brand?
CURVYKINI is re-defining the plus sized swimwear industry by offering high quality, uniquely designed pieces that adorn the plus-sized woman’s curves beautifully. We use luxury fabrication engineered to smooth and float over your gorgeous curves. Formally trained at Parsons, Creative Director Khaaliqa Squire-Levy brings a sense of sexiness, glamour, self-love & freedom to the curvy woman. She aims to design daring, stunning styles often only found in the straight size section. All designs are created specifically with the curvy woman in mind, accentuating all of her beautiful curves & catering to her high sense of fashion & adventurous personal style. Glamorous. Sexy. Curves MADE IN NEW YORK CITY
Why this focus?
CURVYKINI is designed & created by a formally trained (Parsons) plus sized woman with over 14 years of design experience in NYC. As a lingerie & swimwear designer, I created CURVYKINI because I was constantly getting pushback on sexy plus size lingerie & swimwear from biased buyers. I knew I had to create my own lane & follow my dream. I promote body positivity and self-love as I worked for many years in an industry constantly telling me that I should hate my body.
What inspired you to get into fashion?
I want plus size women to have options! Gorgeous, beautiful, luxurious options! I realized that swimsuits got boring & ugly over a size 12. If it doesn’t exist, you gotta create your own lane…and so I did!
Are you self-taught/passion driven or did you go to school for this?
I’m passion driven and also formally trained at Parsons in NYC.
What or Who is your style/design inspiration?
Some of my style/design inspirations include Chromat, Robin Picone, and Beyonce.
What has been the biggest success of your brand, to date?
The biggest success of my brand, to date, would have to be selling out of our Sienna almost immediately!
What would be one of the biggest style myths in Plus Size or Big & Tall Fashion?
One of the biggest style myths in Plus Fashion is that you should cover up! FLAUNT those curves!
How do you think the plus size industry has grown over the years?
I’m very proud of the growth within the plus size industry over the years. I WISH I had access to the fashion, which today’s plus size teen has access to. No one would’ve been able to tell me I wasn’t cute! LOL. We didn’t have a lot of options, Ashley Stewart & Lane Bryant was all that a 14-year-old curvy teen had! That’s insane! There are much moe Junior Plus options available these days for the young teen, and I think that’s really awesome.
Have you attended or vended at the expo before? If not, tell us your past experiences, if so, let us know what you are looking forward to!
This will be my first time attending TCFStyle Expo!
What can the attendees of the TCFStyle Expo look forward to seeing from you?
Gorgeous plus size swim that literally looks good on EVERYBODY, sized 10-24!
You can learn more about and shop CURVYKINI online at www.curvykini.com
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