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Prêt-À-Poundo: Top 5 Women's & Men's Swimwear S/S 13

This is a Top 5 Beachwear Spring Summer 13 collections featuring African prints and African-inspired style.

Mid-July  is the perfect moment to add a new swimsuit to your repertoire. Here at OKA headquarters, we made a selection of African-inspired and African-printed beachwear for men and women. If you want a piece of swimwear fashion and unique design, this selection will be the best option to stay in fashion. Colorful, bold and trendy, we love the prints and the vintage feel that we can find in many pieces. The mix of fringes, prints, and high-waisted bottoms remind us decades like the 60s and 90s, when a desire to look bold and different influenced more personality and individuality in style. Once more, there is no order and every collection speaks for itself.


Designer Stella Jean – Stella Jean (Italy and Haiti)

"Her style reflects and evokes her Creole heritage: blending old continent cultures with the verve of the new continent, marrying the opposites in a femininity well aware of its precious uniqueness. Through the lines of Italian haute couture craftsmanship beats a sensual elegance, proud and aware but never ostentatious."

OKA loves the vintage inspiration and the strength of many prints + accessorizes.

Designer Helena Aya Aidoo-Morison - Aya Morisson

"Aya Morrison is a bespoke fashion design house known for its unique african print inspired Beachwear/Resort wear, Custom Tailoring/Couture and off the peg Fashion Purses and Accessories."

OKA loves the prints and the worked style. Not ideal for a tanning day but perfect for a beach party.

Designer Tenille Mc Millan - Nakimuli

"We at Nakimuli want to create a fashion revolution: replace the cookie cutter model with one that embraces individuality, comfort, and fun. Become your own trendsetter. Dream. Explore. Dare."

OKA loves the side netting inserts and the high waisted bottom. Little extra: the plus sizes can find the same cut.

Designer Harmony Rutland - A Beautiful Piece By Harmony

"With an eye particularly focused on the continent of Africa, it's people, art and textiles, the merger of modern sewing techniques and design silhouettes define this designer's multicultural aesthetic. 'Adornment is a random act of kindness so dress like you mean it'" — Harmony

OKA loves the fringes, reminding us the 90s and its style.

Okun Beachwear

"ÒKUN is an excitingly fresh African-inspired luxury men beachwear brand committed to communicating a positive vibe through the use of bold colours and the language of African print.

OKA loves the lookbook with floating models and clothing. Little extra: the summer shoes collection is a must-have.

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