San Lorenzo was lucky enough to collaborate with model Mai Claire (also known as @theislandfox) & photographer Kailani Jabour (@kailani_jabour) on their trip to the beautiful Indonesian islands of Raja Ampat.
Although the photos may look like a beautiful dream, getting there was a true mission Mai tells us.
Q: How was the journey getting to Raja Ampat?
A: It was easily one of the most extreme adventures I’ve ever been on – we arrived at night in the pitch black with only the stars to guide us!
Q: You shot in so many beautiful spots! How did you travel around while you were there?
A: We Kayaked! The beautiful islands you see in the photos are close enough together to paddle from one to the other – it was risky though! We had all our gear and belongings with us and were always mindful we could tip over!
Q: What was your favorite thing about your time there?
A: All the unique animals we saw, the gorgeous places we hiked, the people we met, and the universal language we all seemed to speak.
N A T I V A is a representation of the original San Lorenzo Bikinis Brazilian roots. We originated in South America, and the Amazon rainforest is one of our first inspirations in building the collection. We wanted to bring these true origins to light by giving you new, bold and wild colors and prints, including animal and exotic floral prints.
Each bikini is hand-made in Peru, all reversible, and all styles are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.
Q: What is the idea behind the shoot?
We wanted to find a location that was very tropical, and included lots of different color palates to bring out the vivid prints and solids from this collection.
After a lot of scouting and research, we found the perfect spot in Hollywood Hills. This home features a tropical garden, unique nooks and finishes, and an overall perfect vibe that matched the mood we wanted.
To find this perfect tropical oasis in city was a dream come true.
Q: Who did you work with on the shoot?
Juliana Herz, our model, was the perfect fit. Her look is exotic and her personality vivacious, captivating our ideal tropical look and the vibes we wanted.
San Lorenzo Bikinis had the amazing opportunity to work with Maui based photographer, Karim Iliya. Karim travels to breath-taking Tonga for 3 months out of each year to capture the humpback whales who migrate there as the weather gets colder.
He was joined by Models Charyse & Brianna who wore bikinis from our newest collection – Island GLOW – click here to shop the collection!
How gorgeous is our NEW Triangle Sport Top & Belt Brief Bottoms in Coconut? Such a fun, sporty cut, perfect for surfing, swimming, and diving! – click here to shop the top & here to shop the bottoms.
Another brand new style from our Island GLOW collection is our Retro Strap top & Retro Short set – shown here in our ‘Mango’ colorway – click here to shop the top & here to shop the bottoms.
Tonga’s calm shallow waters look like something out of a dream!
But it’s the underwater scenes that really blew us away! Can you imagine being this close to one of these majestic animals?
Since Karim has gone out to see the whales so often, (and we’ve only ever seen them from the shore) we understandably had a few questions to ask!
Q: You grew up in the Middle East and Asia, but what brought you to the islands? Why did you begin spending 1/4 of your year shooting whales? Was it a particular experience that drew you to them?
A: My primary work is underwater photography and video with a focus on whales and documenting their lives. To me they are the most interesting subjects to photograph underwater, very rewarding to photograph, and are highly intelligent with dynamic behavior.
Q: What was the overall mood and weather like in Tonga the day you shot San Lorenzo in the water?
A: The weather can vary quite a lot throughout the day when you are on an island in the middle of the ocean! Sunny, cloudy, then stormy – you get the full spectrum.
Q: How did you find the models, and what were they most excited about that day? Did they have any feedback on the bikinis they wore? Were they a little anxious or scared to be around the whales?
A: One of them is my girlfriend, and the other is a friend of ours. Charyse, my girlfriend, has spent over 100 days, and hundreds of hours in the water with the humpbacks so there was no anxiety there. They thought the bikinis were very comfortable!
Q: How many whales did you see that day or was it over 2-3 days?
A: We saw two whales, a mother and her calf. Some days we see more, some days less.
Q: Lastly, what was your favorite shot and part of the day?
A: It’s a shot of Charyse relaxing just beneath the surface (below) the colors were beautiful and the place I enjoy most is being underwater.
& here is the video that Karim and the models got that day! Doesn’t Tonga just look like a dream??
To start the new year, we wanted to introduce you to something a little different. This mini collection is our version of the basic staple bikini. Each piece has its own unique San Lorenzo style, while the colors and textures make it timeless and sophisticated.
NOMADembodies the carefree and relaxed atmosphere for any season. Explore our classic styles and earthy, bohemian hues of this new collection. All handmade in Peru using our distinctive, silky soft, ribbed fabric.
Best way to end the summer is with our yearly SLB party, where our team gets to bond as one Ohana. If you work for SLB you know that our annual celebration is the biggest party of the year! It’s a fun and exciting time for everyone! We plan out which bikini to wear months in advance, so we know we are looking and feeling our best. Our newest collection Sea la vie just came out so we were all over this particular collection as you will notice in pictures.
Planning the party of the year is not easy, so we got to vote this year. We ask our team members to vote 1. Rent a house in Lanikai 2. Rent a boat and sail to Sandbar boat party. Guess which one WON? You got it! Sandbar boat party all the way!!!
Let’s get intimate! SL Intimates combines our endless love for sleep with our classic SL bikini styles. Soft 100% cotton fabric allows you to relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy a good night sleep. Or, wear beneath your favorite outfit for day time comfort. Feel free to mix and match!
Check out the photos below of our beautiful @adisonjustis to find your favorite style.
SPORT BRIEF IN RED
CAGED THONG IN WHITE
This little number gives you maximum comfort with thick banded bottoms and a moderate coverage top. Thin straps allow for minimum visibility under clothing, while rushing and a caged back gives you that extra little something!
SPORT BRIEF IN BLACK
HIPSTER STRAP IN WHITE
CAGED THONG IN BABY BLUE
HIPSTER STRAP IN BLACK
So much love for our team | Model – @adisonjustis & Photographer – @frankiehildebrand
Riding into Spring blooming! Botanica was inspired by Mother Nature.
From the Tropical beaches, wild florals to the open desert…. Botanica takes you on an Adventure through all of its brilliance that this planet has to offer with its brilliant colors & patterns. Take a Scroll through some of our favorites with one of the most exotic babes around @Isabelladerrickk we were so thrilled to have had her bring Botanica to another level.
Explore all 9 new styles, including our first ever surf wetsuit! We made sure to have a wide verity of coverages across the board, from classic thongs to fuller coverages.
Get into the spring of things in our High Spring collection, BOTANICA.
We took inspiration from our worldwide travels and created patterns, prints, and styles that personify the magnificence found in the world around us.
From the beaches of a tropical oasis to the sand dunes of a desert, Botanica takes you on a global journey, exploring all the grandeur nature has to offer.
Read on to find out which Botanica bikini is your perfect vacay-mate, and shop the collection here!