Our line of hand-crocheted swimwear and cover-ups is designed by Anna Kosturova in her Vancouver, Canada studio and produced in the Philippines by a family of generations of crochet artisans whom Anna has known personally for many years.
About the collection…
Anna’s designs inhabit the fantasies of sun-soaked glamour that outlast trends and celebrate fun.
Each year her collection offers new interpretations of a variety of themes, including nautical styles; daintier, more girly styles and drop-dead goddess looks. The emphasis is always on color, shape and details, whether she is inventing elaborate new crochet stitches or embroidery, beadwork and appliqués. As a mechanical engineering graduate specializing in textiles, Anna loves pushing the boundaries of crochet and the challenge of recreating patterns and textures found in the world around her.
In addition to the crocheted swimwear that she began with, she has also expanded her range of cover-ups, with dance-inspired pieces in high voltage colors like fuchsia, teal, emerald and yellow, including the world’s first crocheted yoga pants.
Our Manufacturing Process…
The swimwear is made of 100% cotton yarn (thread), mercerized for added luster, elasticity and tensile strength, available in a huge variety of vibrant colors as well as basic neutrals. High quality cotton makes the swimwear durable and the color stable. The tops and front panel of the bottoms are always lined, which also helps to preserve each suit’s shape and stability. Anna has personally tested her designs in salt, fresh and chlorinated water, and although not intended for high-performance use, they are safe to swim in, the colors do not run and the pieces don’t lose their appeal, even after a season of regular wear.
To her design portfolio she also added two new lines:
v a collection of resort wear in diaphanous silk and silk chiffon (also hand-beaded and sequined) focused around the idea of an elegant, modern hostess in a fluid Ginger Rogers silhouette
v a collection of crocheted swimwear and cover-ups for little girls; age-appropriate versions of some of our most popular and glamorous ladies’ styles
So far, the market is responding tremendously well, and there is growing interest and feedback from high-end retailers. Anna Kosturova/Lucid Design Inc. is pleased to maintain accounts with Barneys, Fred Segal, and Harvey Nichols, as well as swimwear giants and Victoria’s Secret. The same enthusiastic response has come from chic beach boutiques in resorts all over the world, and we can now add Australia to the list of countries where our unique hand-made swimwear and cover-ups will be available.
The collection is also receiving a great amount of interest from celebrities and the press – details can be found on our website, http://www.annakosturova.com/.