By Land or By Sea

If all of our clothes were thrown into a fashion showdown, it’s safe to say that the bodysuit would take the crown for versatility. Sexy yet understated, this body-hugging piece has persisted throughout the eras—from the Donna Karan creations of the 80s to the modernized styles worn by Beyonce in her most iconic music videos. If you’re searching for bodysuits that will become the bona fide MVPs in your closet, check out OYE Swimwear, a brand that counts J Lo and Jessica Alba as fans. Identical twin sisters Ayca and Zeynep Sadikoglu founded the Istanbul-based brand to explore an elevated approach to swimwear. We spoke with Ayca to get the scoop on these travel-inspired designs.

By Breana Powell

Tastevin Magazine: How do your bodysuits stand out from other brands?

Ayca Sadikoglu: Our approach has always been to consistently create wearable yet bold statement pieces. Every piece is handmade with the highest quality fabrics in our atelier in the heart of Istanbul. Additionally, with both of our backgrounds, there’s a level of duality that’s inherent in each collection, merging clean lines and concealed silhouette with edgy cutouts and lace.

TM: What are different ways that you can style a bodysuit? Which items do you love pairing them with?

AS: There are so many ways to style our bodysuits that can take you from day to night. We love styling them with wide-leg trousers or a flared skirt. They also look great layered with a blazer for a classic evening look.

TM: What is the inspiration behind the line—how did you get your start?
AS: Both of us were living in New York City pursuing different careers in film production and public relations. During a holiday in India, we happened across a beautiful stone in Jaipur which was used in one of our first designs. The style became such a hit between our friends and passerby alike, that it prompted us to start our own line. Now we can say we’re blessed to be carried by retailers around the globe.

TM: Do you have any celebrity fans?
AS: Yes! Both Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba have both been seen wearing our designs, as well as worked with Shay Mitchell, Jennifer Lawrence, and Joan Smalls.

TM: What is your favorite part about designing?
AS: I love seeing the inspiration we take from our travels come to life through our collections.

TM: What are the major roadblocks, if any, when designing and manufacturing your pieces?
AS: The biggest roadblock used to be the manufacturing process in the beginning but now that we have our own atelier, we can control the whole process ensuring the top-notch quality.

TM: Which iconic starlet from the past would rock your pieces?
AS: Catherine Deneuve!

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