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Hidden Gems: Meet Lulie Mayo of Arcane Swim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lulie Mayo.

Hi Lulie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Of course! My name is Kirsten Mayo, but mostly people know me by my nickname Lulie. I am pansexual and my pronouns are she/they. I’m a 23 year old Chamorro capricorn born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Growing up in a beach town like Jax I spent more than enough days under the sun, enjoying life as a little teenage beach rat. Around 16 or 17 I got a job at a popular surf shop where I really started to fall in love with all things apparel but especially swimwear. Having to process so many different suits all the time, I would always find certain aspects that I liked about one or two suits that I wished I saw in another style or brand. After a while of waiting for the perfect suit to come my way, I decided to take matters into my own hands by sort of Frankenstein-together bikinis that fit my own individual style and body type. I then realized that everybody is different, so I knew creating something more inclusive would be beneficial to a lot more people.

When I first started Arcane, I wanted things to be different from your average swim company. By that, I mean, at Arcane, we care more about you, and about the planet, than just making a sale and that’s the end of it. It’s not the suit that makes you sexy. YOU make the suit sexy! And I put my life on that. We are huge advocates of mental health awareness, spreading body positivity, and are always striving and fighting for the inclusiveness of all. Sustainability is huge at Arcane too. The textile industry needs change and the more I learn, the more motivated I am to use Arcane to help educate and encourage others to lessen their carbon footprints.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As much as I’d like to say the road has been super smooth, that hasn’t always been the case. In the beginning, working full time while trying to get your startup off the ground, working markets, and just getting the hang of everything is exhausting. Burn out really creeps up on you. But, for me, all of that excites me just the same. When you run a small business, everyday is something new. You either learn something new that turns your whole world around in a fit of inspiration or in frustration that you have to overcome. Some days you meet a new person to share something with, even if they don’t become a customer that day, the moment and connection you get to have with them is so worth it and so rewarding. I love every moment of it and I’m so happy that I can turn the challenges I face into lessons for a better future.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Arcane Swim?
I was hoping you’d ask! Our suits are made from the world’s first recyclable and biodegradable polyamide fabric. Biodegradable might sound kind of funny but it’s crazy to think that the average American throws away 81lbs of clothes a year. Although we strive to create products you’ll love for years to come, things happen, and if your suit does get thrown out, it won’t contribute to the already mass build-up of textile waste in landfills today. It doesn’t stop there: We ship in at-home compostable packaging, are tag free and have teamed up with One Tree Planted as a reforestation partner to plant a tree for each item purchased at Arcane. We are supporters of BLM, the LGBTQ+ community, and the fight for women’s rights. You can find resources on our website or in the menu of your orders tracking page.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
It’s always collaboration > competition. We would love to work with you, hear your ideas, and help bring them to life. Reach out to us via email or Instagram!

Pricing:

  • OG – $28
  • Bermuda -$40
  • Luffy – $45
  • Tees – $18-$25

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Image Credits
Lulie Mayo, Argie Mitra, Michelle Calloway, WK Creative, Hakeem Summers

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