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From crazy caftans to far-out frocks, we can't get enough of Mara Hoffman's blindingly-bright collections. We covet her ability to pair prints upon prints, and the designer's beachside style is one for the books!
Well, when it comes to Hoffman's lookbooks, we can't think of better inspo than the layers of notice-me garments with equally attention-grabbing accessories. The jewels that adorned her Swim Week presentation were courtesy of none other than Mikuti, a sustainable and eco-friendly line that boasts bold colors and lightweight fabrics (and at prices that encourage the wildest of arm parties). While we're already smitten with the summer-ready wares, we also adore that Mikuti's designer, young entrepreneur Erika Freund, works with various artisans in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda to support small, local workshops while sourcing unique materials. Doing good while looking good — it's the best of both worlds!
Photos: Courtesy of Mikuti
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