PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 12:00am

Who started it? Thirty-year-old British designer Bridget Randolph - who is based in Hong Kong - grew up in Oxfordshire, England. After graduating from Newcastle University and working in the finance industry for four years, she made a drastic career change, moving into swimwear design. Her aim is to create a luxury swimwear brand that will rival the likes of French label Eres. Since its launch this year, Kiribati has been seen on celebrities such as Rihanna and Geri Halliwell and is available at high-end retailers such as Heidi Klein, in London.

Why we love it: Randolph's designs are classic and elegant and are intended to make women feel attractive and comfortable. She incorporates figure-flattering hidden details such as support straps, removable padding and adjustable neck and side ties in each suit. Other tricks include layers of powermesh, to provide extra support, and more modest cutaways at the back rather than at the front. The swimwear is made in Portugal from Italian fabrics with sizes ranging from a British eight to a 14.

What we'd pick: the colourful Chiara bandeau bikini (above left; GBP175/HK$2,200), which comes in an exclusive print and with a diamante buckle. For a more conservative but equally glamorous look, try the one-shouldered Clemency swimsuit (above right; GBP135).

Where can you get it: Kiribati swimwear can be purchased online at