It may be winter, but for those who have salt water coursing through their veins, it is always summer. A bikini is just as important as a leather moto jacket and Malibu-native, Francesca Aiello is one of those year round sun-drenched babes. At only 21 years of age, Francesca already has three Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway shows, just launched her fourth collection and will soon be releasing two capsule collections and a festival-ready clothing capsule just in time for Coachella –and let’s face it, Stagecoach too! We’ve had the pleasure of gabbing with Francesca of Frankies Bikinis, who has us smitten by her good looks and boss-babe allure.
Festival 2017 collection
FOAM: First and foremost, how did you start designing and making swimwear and how old were you when you started?
Francesca Aiello: Everything happened very organically for Frankies Bikinis. I started designing my own bikinis in my early teens because at the time, the swimwear world was lacking tiny bottoms. By the time I reached 17, all my girlfriends were stealing my custom bikinis so I decided to pursue Frankies Bikinis to see where is takes me.
F: Did you grow up wanting to be a designer? Was this way of life on your radar?
FA: I’ve always had a love for fashion. I remember in the first grade being asked to sketch my dream career and I would draw myself as a fashion designer! Even my first email address that I created in Elementary School was fashiondiva2000, so I guess it was all bound to happen!
F: Why swimwear?
FA: I grew up on the beach and which bikini you wore was more important than anything! I’ve had an obsession with bathing suits since the beginning!
Festival 2017 Collection
F: What was is it like being as young as you are and being able to feature your looks on celebrities and models?
FA: I feel so lucky to have a successful company that is popular not only in the US, but worldwide! Seeing Frankie’s on celebs and models is always exciting.
F: It is no secret that you are drop dead gorgeous and are absolutely stunning in your own designs. Do you prefer being in front or behind the camera?
FA: As much fun as it is to model my own designs, I do prefer being behind the scenes and seeing my suits come to life in a shoot.
F: What have been some of the biggest obstacles when creating Frankies?
FA: The biggest obstacle to overcome with Frankies was going through the trial and error of creating the perfect swimsuit in my eyes, it took some time to get it right.
Frankies SS 2017 Collection
F: What have been some of the biggest blessings?
FA: The biggest blessing is being able to create a company from scratch with my Mom, who is also my best friend. I am constantly proud of our hard work as a team.
F: From social media, we can tell that you work hard but also play hard. What has been the greatest life event to have happened since starting Frankies?
FA: My greatest life event with Frankies is always our runway shows, we work so hard all year to make an amazing collection and sharing it for the first time with the world is always the best feeling.
F: What advice do you have for females who are younger than you that wish to be as successful as you are?
FA: Never quit on your dreams, success will never come easy.
Frankies SS 2017 Collection
F: What is your favorite swimsuit that you have designed, it can absolutely be mismatched.
FA: The Poppy One-Piece is my favorite swimsuit. It is completely original and I’ve never seen anything like it in the market before.
F: We have to ask, what are some of your beauty secrets? You seem to always be glowing!
FA: A good sunscreen and a good sunless tanner are the key to a healthy glow! I love Etla MD and St. Tropez.
Designer Francesca Aiello by photographer Trevor Flores
F: What is your mantra for this year?
FA: Growth, independence and strength.
F: It is a brand new year, what’s up your sleeve for 2017?
FA: Lots of mini collections will be released and I’m so exciting to share with everyone!
The two capsule collections and the festival clothing collection will both be available for pre-order March 15th and available for purchase on April 1st. Frankies Bikinis SS 2017 is available now, be sure to get your next swimsuit at frankiesbikinis.com