My love for bikinis started early. My love for knitting came later but, once the two passions collided, my life took a new direction.
The summer of 2005 I knit myself a gold lamé, barely-there string bikini that made me feel like a Bond girl. The construction needed improvement for me to feel confident in water, though, which prompted a string of what if’s — what if the knit fabric clung to the body better? What if quick-drying yarns were used instead of water-retaining ones? What if the hardware was as decorative as jewelry? What if it was machine-made instead of by hand? What if it was packaged in a smart, travel-friendly pouch? My pursuit to reinvent the knit bikini began and — thanks to modern technology, innovative materials and 3 rigorous years of research and development — I launched Elizabeth Kosich New York in 2008. Mission accomplished — the classic knit bikini, modernized.
My designs have since been featured in print, film and online, which includes 8 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit features to date. One of 35 fashion designers chosen by the Bloomberg Administration for FIT’s Design Entrepreneurs NYC program, I’m a graduate of DENYC’s Class of 2013.
My creative journey continued in 2018 with the launch of The EveryBody Wrap® — a simple dressing system that flatters every body shape, size and age. In 2019 I will complete my Image Consulting degree from FIT, solidifying my expertise in body shape, fit, balance, proportion, color and personal styling. Both endeavors are fueled by my ongoing commitment to help women everywhere feel beautiful and confident.
The beginning — me in my native Northern California, circa 1973.