If someone mentions the beach, I immediately associate it with summer - like many others around the world. The beach is no longer a simple place to cool down and nibble on dripping ice-cream cones, it is the place to socialise, be seen and although you may not be wearing much fabric, the bathing suit you wear along with your beach accessories definitely showcase a different kind of fashion - consider it your coastline catwalk!
For a while clothing companies like Zara and Topshop have gotten onboard with displaying more 'fashion concious' beach towels, which is great - but there is one element that makes them all generic... their undeniably rectangular shape! That's where Kikoi comes in. Kikoi thinks out the box - quite literally - by bringing you round beach towels! With the mandala trend rocking the runway at the moment, these innovative creations will really make you stand out at the beach, and if you don't mind sharing, they're definitly big enough to fit two beachgoers comfortably.
The fabrics are inspired by South Africa's historical tribal paintings and patterns and of course, are locally designed, and all though the inspiration comes from ancient art, Kikoi Cape Town puts a totally modern twist on their products. Another great thing about Kikoi's towels is that the manufacturing is local as well, and everything down to the fringe on the ends of their towels and blankets is locally produced, which means there is less of a strain on the environment. Many of their products are made of hemp (which is very sustainable)and the rest are made of cotton.
I was sent a beautiful round towel from Kikoi's new 'Ready to Wear' range. It came in beautiful packaging - a natural fabric bag, with Kikoi's logo on the front and a definition of the word Kikoi written on the back. The towel I was sent was monochromatic black and white and had a beautiful tribal-inspired print with gorgeous, thick white fringing around the edges. It will definitely be matching all of my equally neutral black-and-white bikinis and I'll definitely be the best dressed on the beach with this accessory!
The towel is so lightweight, which is perfect as I plan to take it on my Australian holiday in December- and as all heavy packers (like me) know, sticking to the weight limit on your baggage is a struggle! I also love that the towel is so big, it could comfortably fit two people and this solves the problem of the beach towel being too small when you want to wrap it around you to keep dry and warm! I can definitely see myself using this as a throw on my couch or bed during winter because it is just too beautiful to store at the back of the cupboard all winter long!
If you're planning to stand out at the beach or your favourite summer hang out spot this sunny season, check out Kikoi's online store and order yourself one of their beautiful towels or picnic blankets, or even a pair or their gorgeous wrap sandals:
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xxx
P.S. Thanks to Kikoi for taking on this amazing collaboration with me!