Sarah Garden28 Jul 2015 AT 10:24 AM

INTERVIEW: The sister act behind Mikoh swimwear

The jet setters reveal their travel essentials
Sarah Garden28 Jul 2015 AT 10:24 AM
INTERVIEW: The sister act behind Mikoh swimwear
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Oleema and Kalani Miller grew up on the beach. The California sister act are OC born and bred, so it’s no surprise that they know what makes a good bikini. In their teens they surfed professionally and did a spot of modelling, if there were any further confirmation needed that these Cali girls grew up with sand between their toes.

Their laidback-luxe beachwear line Mikoh is now coveted among designer sunbathers – Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kate Upton are papped in Mikoh two-pieces regularly. It was only a matter of time before it landed on Arabian shores, and with Harvey Nichols Dubai now exclusively stoking the brand, we decided to find out how the jet setters travel.

What can’t you travel without?
Kalani: I always bring a book with me wherever I go. You never know when you will be stuck at an airport and I always love to have a book handy when sitting on the beach. It’s a nice downtime for me. I also love to travel with my Kindle. It’s a great way to have several books available without the weight. Although, I do love a good hardcover book.
Oleema: You can never leave the house without a bikini! Right now I am loving the Waimea top with the Cayman bottom. They are the Mikoh's take on the classic bikini and I love that I can still surf and be active in the Waimea top.

What three things are always in your suitcase?

  •  Kindle
  • Sunscreen. I love Shade Sunscreen. It is tinted and helps me stay protected when I know I am going to be in the sun for extended amounts of time.
  • Hat. My mom has always said "Don't leave the house without a hat," and I have always stayed true to this. Our Mikoh Panama hat is extra wide brimmed and is like a mini umbrella and great sun protection.


  • Polaroid camera. I love traveling with a polaroid camera. At the end of fun trips, I compile all of the photos.
  • Sunglasses. Mikoh just launched a sunglass range, Mikoh X Sun, which I am so proud of. I love the Lax, which are oversized and perfect for a day at the beach.
  • Turkish towel. I love to have my own Turkish towel when traveling. It can double as a beach blanket or a scarf.

What are your in-flight travel essentials?
Kalani: An extra pair of socks, oversized scarf that can double as a blanket, travel pillow, snacks, and an ultra-thick face moisturiser.
Oleema: Hand sanitizer, oversized hoodie, travel pillow, healthy fresh snacks, and lots of water.

What brand of suitcase do you use?
Both: Samsonite

What brand of carry on?
Kalani: Goyard PM Tote that can fit everything from headphones to snacks and a book.
Oleema: Oversized Balenciaga tote that has been my travel companion.

What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
Kalani: For me, it depends on the length of the flight. I love to wear comfortable pants if the plane flight is long or international. I love having a scarf that I can wrap around or use as a blanket. If the flight is short, I will get more dressed up.
Oleema: For me, comfort is key. Comfortable loose clothing is essential and I like to stick to basic black.

What beauty essentials do you travel with?
Kalani: I think that when you are on the road and out of suitcase as often as we are, it is important to keep a good beauty regimen. I love all of my products and go as organic as often as I can. I love the face washes from Derma E and it is always important to moisturize after a flight. I also like to take vitamins daily.
Oleema: Make-up cleansing wipes and Bobbi Brown BB cream are important. I also love Carmex lip balm and La Roche Posay facewash.

From your current collection, what one item will you be wearing this summer?
Kalani: I love all of the woven pieces. Everything from the Tuamotu top to the Moorea one piece.
Oleema: I love the more simple sporty cuts, like the Barbados top or the Puka Puka bottom.

Mikoh Autum/Winter 2015 is now available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Dubai.