Vitamin A

Founded in 2000 by California native Amahlia Stevens, Vitamin A combines chic, feminine design with sustainable innovation. Inspired by travel, art, and ‘70s beach glamour, this is no ordinary bikini. The seams lie flat on the skin. The quality is meticulous. The fit is hip-slimming, bust-boosting, figure-flattering perfection. We believe style and substance can coexist, so we created sustainable fabrics like our signature EcoLux, made with recycled nylon to keep our impact as low as possible, on the beach and beyond. We’re all about effortless, natural sexiness and craft all of our designs ethically right here in sunny California, where we live, work and swim.

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Founded in 2000 by California native Amahlia Stevens, Vitamin A combines feminine design with sustainable innovation. Vitamin A bikinis and bodysuits are designed and produced locally in California with exceptional attention to detail, in our signature EcoLux fabric- a technically and environmentally superior luxe fabric, made from recycled nylon. Amahlia is inspired by ‘70s beach glamour and the modern muses who collect her designs. We’re all about effortless, natural sexiness and that laid-back West Coast vibe that is in our DNA. Vitamin A gives back a portion of proceeds directly to environmental organizations who help to protect our oceans. Vitamin A Designer and Founder Amahlia Stevens grew up on the beaches of Southern California, living in a bikini for as long as she can remember. She got her degree in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and designed for top brands around the world before launching Vitamin A in 2000, combining her passion for the ocean with modern design and sustainable innovation to pioneer the perfect bikini: simple, clean, sophisticated and sexy. The first to elevate swimwear with neutral color palettes and chic day-to-night pieces, Amahlia understands a woman’s body, and fit is always the most important element in her designs. After all, she is the originator of the ultra flattering LBB - Little Black Bikini, as well as the now-iconic “California cut”. And if that wasn’t enough, all of her suits are made sustainably and locally, to keep you and the earth looking sexy. Basically who better to design your dream bikini? She just gets it. Amahlia lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Julius, and twin girls, Gemma and Ruby.

Sustainability:

Before Vitamin A, Amahlia worked on a design project with Patagonia founder and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard whose company’s use of recycled plastic bottles in their technical fabrics inspired her to attempt something similar in the swimwear space. However, when Amahlia began to research the options, she was told by fabric suppliers that there was “no market” for swimwear made from recycled fibers — so she decided to design the fabric herself, working with the top mills in Italy, Canada and California to create EcoLux™ — the first premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon fibers. Since then, the company has incorporated several more sustainable high-performance fabrics along with eco-conscious textiles like organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton and Tencel®. All materials are certified to meet the global Oeko-Tex standard for safe textiles. EcoLux A superfine matte jersey with a silken texture that fits like a second skin, EcoLux is made from recycled nylon fibers. Compared with conventional fibers, its production emits fewer greenhouse gases and conserves water and energy in the process. EcoRib A sexy, stretch-ribbed swim fabric made from nylon fiber scraps (knitted as standard polyamide from oil), otherwise destined for the landfill, this lightweight and breathable textile is crafted by a mechanical regeneration system that uses no chemical materials. Its production saves .63 liters of oil and 33 liters of water per meter of fabric. Made locally in California. EcoTex Our superfine, scrunchie texture made from recycled nylon. EcoTex emits fewer greenhouse gases and conserves water + energy in the production process. In other words, it's a winner. BioSculpt Our plant-based raw material sourced from the castor bean. BioSculpt provides an organic alternative to fossil fuel based nylon fabrics. EcoCotton A super-soft, lightweight knit that blends recycled cotton and Tencel®, a wood pulp textile made in a non-polluting closed-loop manufacturing process. Made locally in California. EcoLinen Considered one of the most eco-friendly natural fabrics, linen is biodegradable, recyclable and typically requires less water and energy in its production. Our linen is made from the whole flax plant, leaving no waste. It is richly-textured and cooling to the skin.