Designer Interviews | Oct 31, 2015

Made and designed in the sunny Australian shores of Sydney, Cleonie is a label of original design with a modern aesthetic. We caught up with Kitty to find out about the label, her inspiration and what is so important to remember when buying swim!


Where did you come up with the name CLEONIE?
CLEONIE- “Goddess of the Water” is a family name which has been around for 8 generations and actually means “Goddess of the water” in Greek.

What led you to the decision to launch your swimwear brand CLEONIE?
I have always loved the ocean and dreamt of being a mermaid.. not to mention a slight addiction to vintage fashion and well made clothing; CLEONIE came about by combining these three loves.

What is the inspiration behind your Summer 2015/16 collection?
COAST by CLEONIE is driven from the Art Deco period’s architectural shapes and colouring- think Miami Beach.

If you could dress anyone in CLEONIE who would it be?
Grace Kelly; a style icon in her own right and a down to earth beauty.

What is your favorite summer style?
Being able to wear nothing but a cossie; and that being the only item of clothing that matters for the day.

How would you describe CLEONIE in five words?
Classic, vintage, inspired, loveable and colourful.

What do you think the most important thing is to remember when buying swimwear?
To make sure you feel comfortable in it- no matter how skimpy or covered it is; you have to feel confident within yourself.. then you will look the best you ever have.

Do you have any exciting future plans for CLEONIE?
We are hoping to expand our sights and hit the European and US markets in the coming seasons.

What is a quote or piece of advice you live by?
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” Benjamin Franklin

Summer is all about… making memories with your friends and family!! And spending as much time as you can by the beachside.