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line is of quality and detail,” explains Vivian. “It’s about the little things and going the extra mile to cater to the taste of our consumers and the wellbeing of our planet.” With color options in orange, pink, blue, nude, white and gray, some crowd favorites are the two-piece Santorini bikini—a wide-deep V plunge top with adjustable straps— and the Positano two-piece bikini—a low rounded scoop with skinny modifiable straps—both accompanied with several chic choices of cheeky bottoms. Their multifaceted Capri One Piece in black can go from lounging poolside to throwing a pair of ripped jeans over in preparation for a fun night out. Whether you’re splashing in the water or exploring the city, the exceptional quality of the nylon fabric molds to your body, accentuating all the right places. “We’re not your average bathing suit line,” Pauline shares. “We wanted to create pieces that you can also wear as part of your outfit.” The battle for the greater good doesn’t stop at sustainability for Salt + Coco. Along with being aware of the type of quality and fabric used to create their swim line, the Asian-American duo also cares about what goes on behind the scenes of their production and how the workers creating their products are being treated. On their excursion to Asia, the pair visited factories located in China, the Philippines and Vietnam. Many of these factories focused on creating large production of cheap products for a fast market which contributes to additional waste. “We didn’t understand the severity of how fast fashion played a negative impact on working environments until we physically witnessed some of the working conditions in factories throughout Asia,” recounts Pauline. “We want to use Salt + Coco as a platform to educate people on the realities of fast fashion.” Through research, the partners found that factories in Bali promoted ethical manufacturing and used sustainable fabric to create quality products. “Our goal was to find a factory that shared our beliefs and that also met our needs and standards for quality,” she adds. The self-funded company hopes to eventually expand Salt + Coco’s outreach worldwide. Their goal has always been to help make the world a better place to live in through the simplicity of a bathing suit: look good, feel good and spread the message to do good. In the near future, they want to develop a system that encourages their customers to recycle and repurpose their swimsuits. “We’re not just a brand,” says Vivian. “We want to help our environment and be conscious of what’s going on and see where we can help.”

WEEKEND VIBES • During the weekends, you’ll find Vivian at home playing Kingdom Hearts while Pauline helps book and promote shows in OC with many artists like Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign. They both enjoy spoiling their dogs with love, cuddles and snacks.

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN • Possessing skills and attributes that the other may lack, the pair creates the perfect business partnership. Pauline is great at networking and understands the nuances of marketing, and Vivian handles the backend logistics and creates incredible swim designs. DOG LOVERS • On Pauline’s most recent trip to Bali, she raised $2000 with the Salt + Coco x Bali Pet Project on GoFundMe to provide food for orphaned dogs who lost touch with their owners during an unfortunate volcano eruption. You Gotta Be FIDM Me • In 2015, Vivan attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for fashion design and Pauline worked there as a front desk receptionist. They both wanted to start their own brand, and a mutual friend, Anika Corpus, connected them. SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT • Although very different from one another, they’re “both very honest with each other and have thick skin.” Vivian shares, “We are so different in terms of what we like to do, but our work ethics are very similar.”

“With Salt + Coco, you can be part of fighting for the greater good all while looking cute and feeling comfortable. It shouldn’t have to be a sacrifice.” —VIVIAN LE

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Los Angeles August 2019  

Alive Edition

Los Angeles August 2019  

Alive Edition