Daniela Schiliro & Heather Kamback
Q: Walk us through your story!
A: We are two best friends that graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Daniela graduated from the design school and Heather graduated from the business school.
Together with our two different but extremely complementary skill sets, we created the sustainable, luxe, and ethical swimwear brand known as inBodi Swim. Each collection is created, curated, and designed off of different places around the world that we've been fortunate enough to see and experience. Along with our swimwear, we also created a special *OPTIONAL* add on (unique to inBodi Swim) known as 'Up Your Cup'. These cups are custom made for almost all our swim tops. inBodi Swim promotes body positivity and empowers women to wear whatever they choose to wear.
We believe in this so wholeheartedly that we created a unique space for women within our brand known as the 'Babes of inBodi'. We share their stories, their voices and shed light on who they are beyond our swimwear on all our social platforms. Lastly, we are a sustainable and ethical brand that offers swimwear in a range of fabrics including recycled and sustainable ECONYL® and we always ensure our manufacturing is ethical.
Q: What has been the most rewarding phase of your career?
A: We launched our brand prior to the pandemic and have dealt with many curveballs. Every launch and our happy customers are what keeps us going. We love encouraging women to wear what they want to wear and most importantly making them feel beautiful in their own skin.
Q: What do you do for inspiration? Do you ever hit creative roadblocks and how do you overcome them?
A: Every collection of inBodi Swim has been created off of different places around the world. We're inspired by the colors, textures, cultures, and women of all these beautiful places that we are constantly leaving inspired and know exactly how to proceed with our designs for that very collection. We never know what we're going to take from each place and that's what make every design unique and beautiful in their own way.
When we hit any creative roadblocks, we always turn off our phones and walk outside. Being in the outdoors, people watching are one of the best ways to feel inspired again.
Q: Who has been the most inspirational person in my life and at what stage?
A: Our Moms!
Daniela: My mom's perseverance, work ethnic, and selflessness is something I admire to this day. She came to the US not knowing one ounce of English and created a beautiful life for her family. She has taught me to never give up on my dreams and that nothing is too far out of reach with hard work. She always has and continues to believe in me and pushes me to be the best version of myself.
Heather: The most inspirational person in my life is my mom. She built a successful business from the ground up and 25 years later, she still works hard every single day to grow it. Both my parents are successful entrepreneurs and have been amazing role models throughout my entire life!
Q: What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
A: It's normal to be hesitant but just do it. Even if a market is saturated, if you really believe in something - it will happen. Never give up on your dreams especially if you're trying to make a difference and impact lives in a positive way.
Q: What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?
A: We graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and both have established full time careers in our industries. The network we built and the skillsets we learned, we are forever grateful for.
Q: What are your top self care routines? A: 1.Sleep! This is so important especially when you feel like your battery is drained.
2. Down time = no technology.
We're constantly using computers, on social medias, and answering emails for work. To really decompress - we unplug, literally.
Q: What is the most challenging part about what you do?
A: We both have full time gigs on top of inBodi Swim. So, our inBodi Swim workday starts after work. It's really important to time manage and plan ahead. We need to think 3-5 months ahead of every single day.
Q: How do you stay motivated? A: Each other! Beyond being best friends, past college roommates, we're really lucky and fortunate to have such a wonderful working business partnership. We empower and cheer each other on in all aspects of life and that's what inBodi Swim has been built upon. Women empowering women.
We believe 'Each and Every Woman's Beauty is her Own'. We empower her to wear whatever she chooses to wear and feel beautiful in her own skin.