GirlGI | Girl Gone International Issue 8 - Page 116

Nadzirah Hashim, 29 Launched in the summer of 2013, Tanks & Kinis is the brainchild of three summer lovers with distinct personalities, Nadzirah Hashim, Rachel Lai and Diyana Hashim. “As lovers of the sun, sea and beach, the average attire for a wanderlust soul like ours would have to be beachwear and swimwear. And here at Tanks & Kinis, we carefully source and handpick the brands we choose from South East Asia so each of these pieces can showcase an individual’s personal style.” What’s the best thing about being your own boss? I can work at the hours that work best for me. I like working at night but not too much in the mornings. So that really helps! How did you launch your business? It all happened after I left the previous website that I founded, and I had just joined another company, as a Marketing director for Malaysia. The idea had been around for awhile and I was talking about it with my friend now business partner Rachel about how we both loved bikinis and decided to experiment in July 2013 by sourcing for some in Thailand and Philippines and selling to Malaysians only through Facebook. Then eventually we looked into selling it abroad and crowdfunded from some friends to start our website. How do you select the products you stock? We select them based on the fact that they are unique and made in South East Asia. The whole idea is to be recognised as the site to visit for swimwear and beachwear brands from this region. Seeing as there are so many beautiful beaches here, I thought it would be a great reminder that we also have beautiful clothing to go with their beach trips. Fave product from your shop? Anything Bandeau related is my personal fave. Where inspires you? For now, it is definitely Bali. It has so much culture and yet merging modernity. And while some parts are getting a bit commercialised, the Balinese still know that they must keep their tradition strong. What is your colour palette for next season? We are looking at more basic colours but with intricate details.