Laguna Beach local Amahlia Stevens inspires a cult-like following of A-listers and bi-coastal beauties who are hooked on the designer’s effortlessly chic bikinis and “après beach” separates. It’s that curve-friendly flawless fit, with all the right details, that sets the label above the rest. Vitamin A bikinis radiate natural sexiness like no other bikini on the beach. You have a recipe for Chic simplicity: a little bit 70’s, a little bit minimalist, a lot California.
That California ease and effortless sex appeal are in Stevens’ DNA. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, and “It-Girl” of the OC surf industry, Stevens first began designing bikinis for herself in an old-school Laguna custom swim shop, then for friends, and now for a loyal base of jet-setting clientele. What started as a desire to create the ultimate shape, her ubiquitous “California Cut,” has evolved into a full resort wardrobe of sexy separates and laid back luxe, “après beach” pieces that really travel.
Equal parts chic and functional, the label is often referred to as the LBD of swimwear. These LBBs—little black bikinis—come in more than just black, though.
The Bright Idea: High-octane hues and subtly sexy earth tones are designed to mix and match with her “global glam” print designs.
A jet-setter’s delight: unique, chic, and made for movement, It’s easy to tell why A-Listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, Leighton Meester and Jessica Alba are all addicted to Vitamin A.
The designer has also hooked eco-chicks with a new incarnation of chic and sleek, “green bikinis,” using fiber made of would-be waste diverted from landfills, and Stevens is proud of the fact that every Vitamin A bikini is produced in California.
Amahlia lives and loves the lifestyle she purveys. Between inspirational jaunts to exotic shores, she comes home to Laguna, where she shares a mid-century beach bungalow with her partner, Norwegian film producer Julius Mørck, and their puppy, Jasper Jones.