Mathilde and Pauline have their heads in the clouds. And don’t expect them to come down anytime soon. Or ever. The girls shared a vision of starting their own brand—one that reflected their minimal styles and love for all things that have been touched by salt water and sprinkled with sand. So they dreamed up Khassani Swimwear. The pieces are solid and simple —meaning you can wear them virtually anywhere and with anything. Meet the twin sisters behind Khassani and snatch the perfect suit just in time for summer.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Mathilde: Not easy to answer…but maybe intense, ambitious, curious, honest, and
Pauline : Hmmm..generous, sociable, strong, endearing and I guess a bit headstrong!
Describe your sister in 5 words.
Mathilde : This one’s easier! I would say she’s generous, sensible, courageous, and
ambitious. And for sure temperamental.
Pauline : I’ll say it again but temperamental, honest and courageous too, obstinate and for sure endearing!!!
What inspired you to start Khassani?
We wanted to create a brand that reflected our lives and share our passion, creation, inspiration and everything we liked! It’s really amazing to see how many other girls share the same interests as us. It was never a question that we would design bikinis because we love summer, sand, and saltwater in our hair. If it were up to us, we’d sleep all winter and just live in the summer.
Where does the name ‘Khassani’ come from?
Khassani is the name of our grand father. He’s not here anymore so it was important
for us to have him with us in our best project!
We noticed that the different styles are named after different locations (Honolulu, San Diego, Paris, etc.) Why is that?
We love traveling. I mean, it’s always summer somewhere! And all those places inspired so many of our creations! The names came from our favorite beach or destinations where we had the best memories! We want to make people travel through our creation too! And as a minimalist style bikini it’s not just island style, you can wear it many different ways in the cities as well 😉
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to?
Hawaii! It’s magical, we love everything about it! If we had to pick a destination to stay forever it would be Hawaii for sure! The colors are amazing, the people are gorgeous. There’s so many scenic places there too—the mountains, waves, crystal clear water…and also a lot of shopping places…Hawaii is a dream for us!
Why did you choose to make Khassani more minimalistic?
Because it’s totally us! We love simple things—basic style, bare feet, mini dresses, short shorts—all that sort of stuff. We’d be able to live in those clothes all year (in Hawaii hahaha). When you’re building a brand it’s more relevant and authentic to others if it’s the image of the creators, so for us Khassani needed to be simple—but the right kind of simple—the right shape and cuts at all the right places! Khassani will never sleep during the winter, we have so many ideas to keep it alive all year long. Can’t wait to share them with you girls!
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
Depends on the season. In the winter we’re more cozy, cocooning, we’ll go to restaurants with friends, or go to the cinema…but the cold isn’t really our thing haha. But in June, count on us to be out, taking few drinks to the beach and partying hard after 😉 Summer really helps us haha.
What’s it like to work with your sister?
It’s really amazing, though sometimes it’s definitely not that easy haha. We are twins, so we’ve been together every day for 21 years. Spending two weeks away from each other is the max that we can do—and even that is really hard! But working together is really a choice, and if we are able to do this our whole lives, it’d be a dream! But we both have such strong personalities so we argue sometimes haha but we have so many great moments together that outweigh our little fights.
Walk us through your beauty routine!
Winter and summer it’s the same—natural. We spend no more than 5 minutes in the
bathroom getting ready! A bit of BB cream, some mascara and we’re ready!
How do you stay in shape?
Running at 4am, coaching, training hard all night, healthy food all day… haha just kidding we some need time to run the brand! We live as healthy as we can— I mean it’s all you need to stay like that. We are lucky enough to have great bodies from training that hard. But ultimately we are just 21 and we have lives that make us happy! 😉 So maybe that’s how!!
Best advice you’ve ever received? Worst?
Best advice comes from our parents. Yes, girls listen to your parents! They are the best—they trust in us and tell us to trust in our dreams and never give up if you’re facing difficulties!
The worst advice is to stay out of the clouds! HATE THAT! Keep dreaming girls!
Easy : Keep growing Khassani, it’s our baby now!
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