Natalia Garcia Biography
Natalia Garcia is the mother of two girls and the designer of KK Swimwear, a Miami-based swimwear brand for young girls between the sizes of 2 and 16. Natalia’s inspiration for KK Swimwear came from her youngest daughter, Kassandra, who is now 5 years old. Natalia began creating KK Swimwear in 2012 by creating swimsuits for Kassandra, making all of the samples in her size, and selling swimsuits locally to family and friends. By 2013, Natalia expanded her market by selling her swimwear on EBay, Etsy, KKSwimwear.com, and to two boutiques in New York. She opened her first KK Swimwear boutique in Miami in the spring of 2014. The grand opening of her second store will be Sunday, April 3, in Hollywood, Florida.
Natalia has always loved fashion and chose to design swimwear because of her location in sunny Miami, where people can enjoy the benefits of summer year-round. “[My daughters and I] live in Miami, so we’re always by the beach or the pool.” She wanted to create swimwear that would be fashionable and unique, instead of dressing her daughter in the same swimwear that everybody else has. She also wanted to create entire sets, so young girls could have a swim cover-up to match their swimsuit. Because of this, Natalia designs one pieces, bikinis, tankinis, boyshorts, and cover-ups to match the swimsuits. In her fashion shows, she goes above and beyond, creating high fashion designs and matching beach hats and other accessories with the fabric of her runway pieces to pull all the looks together. Although the swimwear she sells in her stores and online are more ready-to-wear than runway, they are still far from basic. There are currently 7 collections sold on KKSwimwear.com. “The princess collection is all really cute! They’re great for birthday parties and photo shoots. I have too many favorites, I love all of them.” Her daughter, Kassandra, personally loves anything that is bikini-style.
In addition to the swimwear you can find online and in her stores, Natalia also makes custom swimwear upon request. She also makes custom swimsuits to give away for charity and raffles benefiting charities that support children fighting cancer. She strives to cater to little girls’ needs and desires to make them happy. “When girls are wearing my swimsuits they’re supposed to have fun in it and feel beautiful. I choose all types of models because little girls are little girls, all of them are beautiful.”
Natalia got acquainted with Fashion Entertainment when she went to a fashion show for Tina Marie Models, a modeling school in Orlando. She has showcased during Orlando International Fashion Week’s Youth Fashion Show the past two years and is excited to be showing her designs again on Sunday, April 10. So far, Natalia has loved her experience working in Orlando International Fashion Week, among all of her other fashion shows nationwide.
Natalia is currently looking at a busy year with twelve to thirteen upcoming fashion
n shows on her calendar and her magazine, Miami Fashion Kids, launching this April. The magazine will of course feature KK Swimwear, but it will be a general magazine for children’s fashion. She also just completed several fashion shows in Puerto Rico and for New York fashion week. She is happy to say that all of the goals she had just last year she has already accomplished, from opening her second store to doing fashion shows all around the country. If time permits, Natalia would love to venture into other areas in fashion in her career in the future. However, she intends to stick to designing in the kids department, helping young girls to always feel beautiful and confident.
Junior at Rollins College studying Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. I’m an Intern for Fierce Entertainment Management, working with the Orlando International Fashion Week and Orlando Fashion Magazine. I have always loved everything about fashion and am excited to be working in the field!