Team Up for SWIM MIAMI 2017

My Beachy Side, the brand behind the chicest new beachwear accessory, made its runway debut at the Casa Indah Swim 2017 show as a part of SWIM MIAMI at the W South Beach hotel.

Models walked the runway wearing Indah’s sultry swimwear complimented by My Beachy Sides’ BoHo chic barefoot sandals including the edgy Gladiator and Double Gladiator styles, inspired by the iconic Roman footwear as well as the Cleopatra which draws inspiration from the Egyptian Queen.  Libby Desantis of Indah saw the potential of My Beachy Side’s unique hand knit designs as an alternative to traditional footwear, showcasing some of the brand’s most popular styles in a color palette of black and white.

Desantis and Gamze Ates, of My Beachy Side came together over a shared loved of international artisan crafted fashion, their humanitarian efforts as well as an appreciation for cultures around the world.  They built their socially conscious companies rooted in a lifestyle of adventure, feminine and free-spirit as well as a commitment to giving back.

Fans of the trend-setting brand’s sophisticated ornamental ankle and foot accessories include Kelly Rutherford and Gina Rodriguez. My Beachy Side is sold in Free People stores nationwide, on as well as local boutiques in the most luxurious beachside destinations including St. Barts, Southampton, Parrot Cay, the Bahamas and on Price points range from $28- $125.

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Founded in April 2016, My Beachy Side gears up for Summer 2016 with the launch of its signature barefoot sandal designs. My Beachy Side is a fashion label conceived of by entrepreneur Gamze Ates. It offers bold, outspoken, and free spirited women a novel style option for seaside summers, special occasions and resort vacations. 

“My Beachy girl keeps her Chakra’s healthy, embraces the big waves, and loves BoHo style.  She is in tune with current events and understands what affects one affects all.”

While searching for unique accessories for her beachside wedding, Ates dreamed up the idea for My Beachy Side’s first product, an accessory that adorns the legs and feet.  In a moment of creative clarity, she commissioned a jeweled knit “barefoot sandal” to complete her bridal look.  After a stream of compliments and inquiries, Ates realized she had stumbled upon her aha moment and soon launched My Beachy Side with a selection of unique hand knit designs. 

My Beachy Side’s social consciousness element gives Syrian refugees and Turkish women opportunities to better their lives.  Ates works with established NGO’s to reach women in difficult situations, and partners with them as vendors to craft her products.  Each is given the opportunity to name her cost for their labor, which, in the spirit of altruism, is not negotiated and paid upon product delivery, providing financial support and building self-esteem. This non-charitable model has proven mutually beneficial in Ates’ native Turkey, where only about 30% of the female population is employed outside the home. 

Design inspiration is taken from Ates’ Turkish heritage and cultures around the world where women embrace adornments and the symbolism, including Africa, India, and the Mediterranean. The label boasts a full catalog of accessories, which are available in a spectrum of colors, embellishments and convertible styles from ankle length to knee-high, which can also be worn on the hands and as chokers. The collection recently launched in Free People stores nationwide and on and is sold in local boutiques worldwide as well as on the brand’s website. Price points range from $28- $125. You can view the website at


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