KILIM PATTERNS + BIKINIS
In Collaboration with bikini empire Swim Inc. (2016)
Bikini Empire Swim Inc. is a new bikini company based out of Gabriola Island in BC Canada. The owners of Bikini Empire, Kelsey and Monica Rush, have known Totem's co-founder, Robyn Waffle, for about twelve years. They all met when they were traveling through Australia where they learned how to surf together.
After years of separation the group re-aligned in the summer of 2014 when YVAN + ROBYN took a trip out to visit Kelsey and Monica at their gorgeous Cob House on Gabriola Island. Since their reunion the group has remained close, and in February 2016 they decided to join forces and collaborate on a print design for Bikini Empire's 2017 collection. Totem designed a gorgeous kilim pattern that will be released on Bikini Empire's bathing suits in January 2017. After designing the bikini print Totem applied a simplified version of it to a couple of their new Flat-weave pieces; The Empire Rug and The Empire Pillow.