Finding your favourite beachside attire is about to get a lot easier with the new luxury swimwear destination Cocobum.
Founded by Dubai-based Belgian sisters Charlotte and Cyrielle Verstuyft in October this year, the online platform showcases more than forty internationally labels including Australia’s Bond Eye and Peony Swimwear, USA’s For Love & Lemons and Germany’s Sommer Swim and they offer same-day delivery – perfect for those last minute boat party invites.
We grab a matcha latte with the co-founder Charlotte to learn a little more about what inspires her.
What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Since Cocobum came into our lives, I can’t help it but to check my phone when I wake up, a very bad habit actually.
Three items you can’t live without?
Belgian chocolate of course. Great food in general, I love to eat. A blanket, I love it warm and cosy in the evening. And my teddy bear Nicholas that I have since my birth. I would cry if I would lose that one. I used to take Nicholas with me on my travels, but now I leave him at home because I am so afraid to lose him.
Complete the sentence: I’m happy when…
I’m happy when I am sipping a glass of red on the sofa. Little things in life that I enjoy just make me happy.
What do you love the most about your job?
The independency and challenge, I guess. Every day is different, and you learn so much starting a business. I learned a lot and continue learning every single day, which is what I love.
Where do you love to hang out in Dubai?
Anywhere on the beach with a nice refreshing drink in my hand.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
I used to do yoga. Because we were so focused on Cocobum, I forgot to make time for relaxation. Recently, I just started doing yoga again and after every session, I feel like a completely new person.
What really annoys you?
People with a narrow view. Living in Dubai made me open my eyes and appreciate different people from all around the world. Don’t just judge somebody, everybody has a different background and life story.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
I think that would be “to let it go”. Sometimes I overthink too much. However, I think your path makes you who you are, and I am proud of who I am.
Did you have a plan B career path?
My plan B is just to start a different business in a different branch. That’s also my plan C, D…
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
My boyfriend (I am a romantic person).
What book are you reading at the moment?
Do business books count?
What is your happy place?
My happy place is where I feel at ease, and that can be anywhere.
What’s your personal motto?
Be happy with who you are, you are beautiful.
How do you want the world to remember you?
I would love to be remembered as the one you can count one, that is there for you and you can have always fun with. I will need to make more time for my family and friends.