September 08, 2014

Before I started Nicolita in 2003, I was on a personal quest to learn what Cuba was like when my parents were living there. Because we were not allowed to visit Cuba before 2009 legally, it became a burning desire for me to get to know the Cuba that my parents left behind.

I had grown up looking at their vintage black and white photos and fell in love with that era and nostalgia in Cuba. As I was researching more about Cuba, I came across some vintage magazines and newspaper clippings that my parents had. The magazines and newspaper clippings had a few fashion and travel advertisements that were so cool.  Before I knew it I was hooked on all things Vintage Cuba and I was on a hunt to find more of these advertisements and posters.


It was during a trip in Miami one summer, I was walking down Calle 8 Little Havana and found this great store called, SENTIR CUBANO. I came across this book:




Cuba Style: Graphics from the Golden Age of Design


It’s a historical collection of Cuban designs from the 1920s to the revolution in 1959. Primarily vintage posters that promoted travel to Cuba, music album covers, and magazine covers.

I was OBSESSED to say the least. I felt like I hit the JACKPOT of  Cuban vintage posters!


This book became a NICOLITA road map to our initial logo design, catalog layouts, website and overall brand feeling. I loved looking at these posters so much that I made color copies of every single page and created a decoupaged wallpaper of all of the posters on one of our office walls.

It truly was a source of inspiration for me and officially turned my little office and factory into NICOLITA’s design studio. Whenever I needed a little spark of creativity, I would stare at that wall and notice a trim detail or cool font that helped create one of our famous NICOLITA designs.

This year for our trade show booth at the Miami Swim Show, I wanted to recaptured that original collage wall design and reconnect with NICOLITA’s humbled beginnings.  I set forth on this lengthy task of designing printed wallpaper that looked just like my original office walls. (I was NOT going to decoupaged it again. That was fun, but this was the less messier option option.

First, I scanned EVERY single page in the book, cropped each image so it was just the poster without the text and then layered the images in Photoshop. I created a 4 ft x 8 ft panel image size in order to fit the back wall of the booth. Each panel had a little different layout of the images so the repeat on the wallpaper would not be noticed. I sent 3 panels to get printed.

So in the above picture of the booth, you can see the vintage poster collage on the back wall. (8 ft high x 12 ft wide) Putting up this collage brought back so many memories of starting NICOLITA over 11 years ago! Wow time flies!

The reaction to the booth design was so AMAZING! Everyone would stop and either comment on the wallpaper or my PINTEREST inspired Vintage Marquee Letter Lights. (I’ll post about making those too.) Overall, I am so happy with how the booth came out and also being able to bring back a little piece of what inspired me to start NICOLITA in the first place over 11 years ago.

Sometimes you forget why you started something and need a fire to reignite your passion. That photo collage was EXACTLY what I needed to get my fire burning again for me to create the NICOLITA 2015 collection!

Here are some of my favorite Cuban Vintage Posters from the wallpaper.

Cuba – Holiday Isle of the Tropics” Vintage Travel Poster Reproduction 16.9 x 25.5″ Appr.


 ”Carnival Havana, Cuba 1952″ Vintage Cuban Travel Poster

Visit Cuba – Native Cuban Dancer with Maracas – Vintage World Travel Poster by Conrado Walter Massaguer c.1935 – Fine Art Print – 11in x 14in

Varadero, Cuba Art Poster Print, 9×13

So, I would LOVE any feedback on what you think about my collage wall.

Also, are you feeling the need to reignite your PASSION again? Have you lost the fire of why you started a project a couple months ago and just stopped?

Maybe this will help you:

*Make a VISION board of something that inspires you or a bunch a inspiration images. PINTEREST is a great way to get this started.

Check out my personal profile NICOLE DI ROCCO OR NICOLITA SWIMWEAR
to get inspired.



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Fit Guide and Suggested Styles

Do you hate when your bikini bottoms dig into your hips? Have no fear, Nicolita NO PINCH FIT Cuban Style Bottoms are here!!

Hola! I'm Nicolita owner & designer Nicole Di Rocco. In this video I'll show you why and how we created our signature Nicolita Bottom fit.

Nicolita has one-of-kind swimwear styles that are carefully designed to flatter your figure. Say goodbye to those ill-fitting bikini bottoms and say hello to comfort and fit!

Below are a few of our most popular styles that were designed with YOUR hips in mind.

Welcome to the Nicolita Fitting Room!

I want to help you find the Perfect Fit Nicolita Style. Below I have created a Nicolita Swimwear Fit guide to match your curves with our swimwear options and styles. If you still have questions of which bikini or one piece style would look best with your body shape just Call 866-NICOLITA (866-642-6548)  Email hola@mynicolita, or Skype me @mynicolita.     

Over the last 13 years since I started Nicolita in 2003, I have worked with a lot of Nicolita clients on selecting the perfect swimsuit for them. I'm the first to admit that wearing a bikini or one piece swimsuit can be challenging for the majority of us. Even if you have a rockin' body, there are certain styles that work better on certain body shapes.

But I am a strong believer that there is the perfect swimsuit out there for you. And we have gone ahead and picked out some styles that are flattering for you!

Larger cup sizes (D cup and up)

Women with larger cup sizes are primarily looking for 2 things when trying on swimwear: coverage and support. While going up a size in the top can provide more coverage, some styles just won’t provide the coverage and support you may be looking for. Look for styles with side boning and molded cups to give you the support and coverage you desire, without the pinching of an underwire!

For support and coverage, check out:
Maria Knotty Wrap Twist Top

Molded Push Up Bikini Top


Smaller Bust

Have a smaller bust and want to create the illusion of a bigger chest? Styles with details like ruffles and molded cups will add volume and create cleavage!

For adding volume to a smaller chest, check out:

Haute Dot Bow Tie Bikini Tube Top

Rumba Ruffles Triangle Halter


Broad Shoulders

If you’re looking to tone down the appearance of broad shoulders, look for one-shoulder and detailed tops which will draw attention away from wide set shoulders. Deep V necklines will keep the attention focused on your chest and the low cut back will make your shoulders appear more narrow.

To elongate the torso, check out:

Rumba Ruffles One Shoulder Top

Neon Bloom Deep V One Piece


Not So Curvy

Looking to add more curve to that backside? Look for bottoms with backside details like ruffles, shirring, or our signature knotty bottom. These details add more curve to your bottom and create a more shapely bum. 

To add curves to a not so curvy bottom, check out:

Rumba Ruffles Forgiven Bottom

Signature Knotty Bottom


Tummy Control

We all have those days we would rather cover our midsection. To conceal your midriff while flattering your other assets, look for styles that have shirring throughout the midsection to camouflage any insecurities.

For tummy control, check out:

Deep V One Piece With Shirring

Noche Cha Cha High-Waisted Bottoms


More Coverage Overall

Trying to keep your skin out of the sun, or just desire to be more covered? Look for styles that provide more coverage without sacrificing style, like high-neck tops, high-waist bottoms, and one pieces!

For more coverage, check out:

Gina High Neck One Piece

Retro High Waist Bottom