Two super cute, young entrepreneurs stopped by our office a few months back talking about a swimwear line they were launching- the general premise being a stylish, affordable, “all day at the beach,” line of suits. What sets them apart from the pack? They are a direct-to-consumer brand striving to be as eco-friendly as possible sold only through their company website. Sounded very intriguing but we didn’t hear back from them until just today when we received a press release in our inbox celebrating an upcoming launch date.
We decided to have them stop by for a quick Q&A on what they have been up to and perhaps even see a few of the suits!
Hi girls, why don’t you introduce yourselves and we can go from there?
Morgan: My name is Morgan Murray and this is my partner Elise Brigandi.
Great, I think you both mentioned you were from the area.
Elise: Yes, we both grew up here in Newport, went to school together, all that.
Sweet. Local girls. So how did the idea of bikini line come to mind?
Elise: We both spent a lot of summers together on the beach and girls are always talking about their suits. We noticed there was a recurring issue in the swimwear market, so we just looked at each other one day and said we can do that.
Morgan: We both like to swim, body surf, ride our bikes around, so we needed a suit that is durable yet stylish and one that will actually stay on.
What’s usually in your beach bag?
Morgan: Usually just my HydroFlask and whatever book I’m reading. I keep it pretty simple.”
Elise: Yeah simple is key, you don’t want to be carrying around a bunch of stuff. I usually keep some sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses in my bag.
Tell us about the name, NUKU.
Morgan: We are both fortunate enough to have been to Tavarua a couple times and NUKU means sand in Fijian.
Elise: We wanted something easy to remember but also had a meaning to us. We will always cherish those trips to Fiji and this is kind of a fun way to keep that memory alive”.
What’s your best memory wearing a bikini?
Morgan: Wow, that’s a tough question. So much of my life has been spent in a bikini, it’s hard to chose one memory. But if I had to pick, it would probably be an epic beach day with my close friends.
Elise: “Ohhh I would have to say the days when I was younger, spending all day down at Wedge and finally riding my bike home at sunset.”
Can you walk us through the line real quick and show us what you girls are doing?
Elise: Sure. This first style is The Cloudbreak
Morgan: We will be selling these as separates and they are designed to mix and match.
Elise: We looked at a million fabric swatches to find one that felt durable to us. We also both care deeply about the ocean so we were stoked that this one is made from 98% recycled materials.
Elise: This is the second style, The Sunset
Morgan: Again, super stylish but also very functional
Elise: Our third style is called the Malibu Point. We are launching with 3 different styles in 3 different colors. We have red, grey, and a black and white stripe.
Where can you buy a piece of your collection?
Morgan: We are selling directly off of our website. We believe in forming relationships with our customers, and this helps keep our prices reasonable. Each suit is priced differently.