| Kunti Benson

MEET THE LAHANA TEAM

 

The team at Lahana is our backbone; they are stars that make Lahana what it is. Each member is an integral part of the business, and we love and appreciate each member. If you're thinking about a career in design, marketing or even dream of starting your brand, then you will want to hear the insider tips and insights of this dream team.

 

General Manager, Head Designer & Co- Founder / Ramana Benson

 

Ramana is the zen side of the sister duo who founded Lahana. She is the calm soul that confidently managers the office and holds the pivotal role of Head Designer. All those unique cuts, tones, prints and designs come from one half of the creative mind that is Lahana.

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I am the General Manager, Head Designer and Co founder.

What do you love most about your job?

I love creating pieces that empower women around the world and of course working with an amazing creative team to create what lahana is today.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Never stop believing in yourself, your mind is a powerful thing and can get you anywhere in life! Take the risk and start your dream job because you never know what can happen.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?
Piper and luna because they hug your body in all the right places.

Size

8-10, 10C

CEO & Co-Founder / Vrindy Benson

 

Vrindy is the fire to Ramana's zen; she is the fighter starter and motivator. This lady is a serious girl boss, juggling three businesses and a baby. Nobody will ever get a flat lay as crisp as this woman or get an Instagram feed looking so fresh. Her vision is strong, and so is her determination to see it executed to the highest standard.

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

CEO & Co founder

What do you love most about your job?

I loveee the creative content creation and design side of the business. I love taking things to the NEXT level always and forever! I love seeing a vision come to life through strong attention to detail and creative expression.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Only advice is, JUST DO IT! Don't over think it. If you have an idea, it has come to YOU for a reason. You gotta jump in and run with it. Go with the flow baby!

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Blossy top in Sari is perfect for those Mumma boobies and Reign Bottoms in White and Black is the perfect cut to elongate the legs and fits you like a glove.

Size

8-10, 10D

Co-Founder and Managing Director / Tyler Blair

 

Tyler is a humble man that wanted to be excluded from this blog, but how can we leave out such an integral part of Lahana? Tyler and Vrindy together our the power couple within three people that started Lahana together. He is the CEO, managing director and man of the office!

 

 

What is your role at Lahana? 

Co-Founder and Managing director

What do you love most about your job?

I love how amazing our team are, I am so confident in their work, and I am all about the creative flow, from the very start of the idea we had for our amazing business and seeing it continually coming to life and expanding every day before us.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Just start it and stop talking about it. Creating a business from an idea is easy - do one thing to move it forward a day until you see momentum!

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Our Luxe range are always really cool and with unique designs!

 

Customer Relations Manager and Stock Co-Ordinator / Marina Boumbis

 

Marina has been with lahana from the very early days and is invaluable member of the team. She is not only our customer care wizard, but she also doubles as one of our in-house body models! Nobody knows the in's and out's of Lahana better than this girl!

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I’m the Customer Relations Manager and Stock Co-Ordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to talk to the Lahana girls every day and have a friendly conversation, helping out with all inquiries in an honest and real way. It’s also exciting when I get to re-order highly requested styles! Stock drops are low key my favourite, it is beyond satisfying!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

The best advice I could give for my role is to not overcomplicate things and just have a positive and calm attitude always! Your communication skills will flow, and your problem-solving abilities will surprise you.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Amara bottoms and Luna top in all black baby!! Super flattering on all body shapes. I was always scared of cheeky cuts but since working at Lahana I have learnt to embrace it all.

My size

I’m a size 14C for the top and 14 for the bottoms and wear an XL in all Lahana Swim styles.

 

Marketing Manager & Co-founder of Lahana Active / Kunti Benson

Kunti is the beautiful soul behind all things relating to Lahana's creative marketing. All the blogs you read, and the Instagram stories/posts and emails you see are all done by her. She not only holds a huge title here at Lahana but also somehow finds the time to teach 5 classes of yoga a week . Her creative mind and gentle nature keeps the Lahana team motivated and humble.

 


What is your role at Lahana?

I am the Marketing Manager for Swim & Co-founder and Brand Manager of Active

What do you love most about your job?

Oh gosh, there is so much I love about my job. The fact I get to work alongside my sisters and the amazing team of women and man is a huge win!

I love coming up with creative idea's, working with the team to give it body and depth and then seeing it roll out across our different platforms. I am a highly visual person, so I love working on getting the feed looking super crisp and on campaign shoots; creating moods, choosing models to suit the vibe and seeing it all in action!

I have so much gratitude for how much I have learnt and continue to learn daily. Love our team!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Get to know what your strengths are and be confident in yourself and your abilities. If you're not sure of something, ask or do your research and learn to your best of your ability. Never let what you don't know stop you! If you're looking into getting into marketing know your social platforms inside out, they are a crucial part of developing a business.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

I am currently loving the Narlu in Brown and the Charlie Leopard from the Jagger and Stone Collection. These two are great to mix and match!

Size

I am a size 10 and wear a size medium in top and bottoms. I will sometimes size up to large in the bottoms if I feel they cut in at the sides.

 

Socials Coordinator & Wholesale Coordinator / Saige Todd

 

Saige is the personality of the office, there is no such thing as Monday blues with this fierce chick. Not only does she fill two roles, but she does it with fierce confidence , unfaltering strength and attention to detail. She is our networking queen and pocket rocket we can't get enough of!

 

 

What is your role at Lahana Swim?

PR & Socials Coordinator and Wholesale Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I loveeee my Lahana team, we work together so well, the creative juices are always flowing, and vibes are always high in the LS HQ. Not only that but I love that I am able to connect and collaborate with so many amazing people all over the world, from social media influencers, models, celebrities, photographers and other incredible brands.

I was recently given the title of Wholesale Coordinator due to the fact that I loveee networking, organising and people. I am one busy lady, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The thing I love most about this role is organising and attending fashion shows such as Miami Swim week, trade shows, influencer events and visiting suppliers to showcase Lahana Swim both domestically and internationally.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

My advice would be to study everyone on social media, across all platforms, analyse their data and understand the difference between someone who has a big following and someone who is influential. Start networking and building connections in the industry you want to work in, research and understand social trends and stay ahead of the game!

And for my wholesale role...network, network, network, it is important that you possess an outgoing and confident personality with excellent personal presentation. Having strong knowledge in the fashion industry is a bonus and being able to effectively communicate with clients is a must.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

The Amara top because it makes my chest area look phenomenal and the Amara bottoms because I am all about that tie side life.

Size

12C or 10D
Large top and medium bottoms

Stylist and Store Coordinator / Blossom Grimshaw

 

Blossom is one of our wonder women staff that fills two roles in the office. She is your first point of contact in the HQ brick and mortar shop on the Gold Coast and she is also our in house stylist.

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I am the Stylist and Store Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to be expressive and creative every day at work. I am so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing team. It is an ecstatic feeling being on shoots, creating magic and showing the world what the Lahana lifestyle can be.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Some advice to become a stylist is to tap into your creative side, take risks and follow your heart. Jump right in there and make it happen.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

My favourite Lahana style is VERY hard to choose but if I had to pick one it would be the Azarha bottoms as they are a little cheeky but offer a bit more coverage paired with my all time fave Piper top!

Size

I am a 10D.

I wear a medium bottom and large top in most styles.

 

Marketing Coordinator / Sophie Komadina  

 

Sophie is our digital marketing genius. Your shopping experience on the front end of the website is journey continually optimised by Sophie's attention to detail.

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

I am the Marketing Coordinator

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to work in a super fun, creative team and that my role includes both a creative and analytical, planning approach. Every day is different and it keeps it interesting!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Build up as many skills as possible in whatever you enjoy. Especially in this time of the evolving digital marketing world, having a variety of skills will be super beneficial.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

The matte black Luna top with the Amara bottoms is my summer staple, but loving the Florence set from the latest collection with Josefine HJ - so luxe and comfy.

Size

10, 10DD
Large tops & medium bottoms

 

Social Media and Customer Relations / Brooke

 

Brooke is packing, customer support and socials superstar. This girl is all heart in the office, her bubbly personality is infectious, and her work ethic will take this girl places.

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?

Social Media and Customer Relations

What do you love most about your job?

I love getting to interact with our Lahana girl gang on social media every day, seeing amaze pics of them wearing LS and connecting with them through comments and DM’S. What I love most about my job is getting to work with an amazing and creative team everyday who constantly inspire me!

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to have a go! Use all social platforms to network and create relationships with not only influencers but customers. Leave every person you have a conversation with feeling like a Q U E E N.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?
My fave Lahana style is the “Piper”- It is the perf cut and is a minimal staple every girl must have in their swim collection! It also comes in so many colours and patterns which makes it easy to mix and match.

Size

10C and 8-10

I wear mediums in all styles!

Lahana Active Brand Coordinator & Head of Operations / Elke Critchley

 

Last but not least, our newest staff member of our latest project Lahana Active. We are so happy to be able to share this growing part of Lahana. Introducing the first of our new team, Elke!

 

 

What is your role at Lahana?  

I am the Brand Coordinator & Head of Operations for Lahana Active

What do you love most about your job?

The thing I love most about my job is the fact that it involves combining two things I love the most – being creative and keeping active; I mean getting paid to market activewear is pretty damn cool.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a role like yours?

My biggest piece of advice I could give to someone starting out in the Marketing world is to take risks, lots of them – because no one ever remembers predictable marketing. Don’t be afraid to take an out-of-the-box idea and run with it! Oh, and also, keep educated. Marketing is always evolving and it is now heavily digitally focused, so keeping up to date with articles, apps, and so forth, will keep you ahead or at least on top of everything! I am a big believer in that you should never stop learning.

What is your favourite Lahana Style and why?

Oh this is a tough question. I think I have to go with the Leopard Charlie set. Love a good animal print and high cut piece, and the gold ring detailing just tops it off.

Size

I am a 10B and size 8-10

I wear a small in Lahana swim.