New textile graduate Roseanna O’Connor is set to re-launch Kinis, Intimates and Textiles (KIAB) for the SS13 season.
The business has been divided into two, distinct parts, KIAB Boutique and KIAB Textiles.
KIAB Boutique will create art bikinis, bloomers and boudoir wear. All items will be designed and made in the UK and O’Connor will eventually seek to employ locals as the business grows. Any overseas business will, according to the designer, adhere to ethical values.
KIAB Textiles will supply printed natural and ethical fabrics to the swimwear and lingerie markets. The fabrics look to the British coastline, ‘florals with meanings’ and the 1920s for inspiration.
As an avid collector of vintage and unusual fabrics, O’Connor started out by making bags out of old kimonos, which she sold in a small store at Spitalfields market.
From there, she began making bespoke knickers and practicing other art fashion and crafts, founding the original KIAB and using her DTP skills to create an online site.
With a desire to produce her own fabrics, as well, O’Connor chose to go back to college to study a BA (hons) in Contemporary Textiles, from which she recently graduated with a first class degree.
Her final project looked at the history of Ornament through Paisley and William Morris. O’Connor created a set of fabrics, aimed at the beachwear and boudoir markets, incorporating knit, stitch, weave, hand drawings and digital print.