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Meet Hannah Patten and Christina Firestone of Hulya Swim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Patten and Christina Firestone.

Hulya Swim stands for a new, innovative and eco-friendly swimwear brand, which uses a high tech recycled fabric made out of recycled ghost nets and other ocean debris. Hannah Patten and Christina Firestone, the founders, have produced a high-quality swim product in an eco-friendly manner.

The dream is a cleaner ocean, which derives directly from the name- Hülya meaning daydream. The company was developed for the explorer, the lover, the sophisticated, the confident, and the bold. They prefer saltwater, sand, and adventures.

Hannah and Christina believe that there is still time to make a difference, but we have to act now to make a difference. They believe in a cleaner and more stable ocean.

Through the Hülya Swim platform, they plan to reinvent the wheel, they don’t want Hülya to be just another brand, but they want to be a movement. Through carefully planned initiatives, they plan to launch a platform that will allow their consumers to educate themselves, better themselves in an eco-friendly manner and the environment all in one platform.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
With any new venture the road isn’t smooth, for me (Hannah) it’s been hard living in a different county than Christina and still being in school has made it hard for me to dedicate as much time as I want too Hülya, it’s a dream of mine to get a degree- they are both incredibly important to me.

As for me (Christina) I have struggled with the support I felt. For example, when we first started a lot of older people didn’t believe in it because this is more of a movement of our generation.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hulya Swim story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a 100% eco-friendly, sustainable, and recycled company. With every decision we make we insure that we have the environment in mind.

Christina and I grew up riding horses so I would say that’s what we are both most known for. We were both incredibly competitive and both had high rankings. I would say that now we are known for our love for the ocean and passion for the environment.

I think it’s also safe to say Christina and I are total goofballs together. Working alongside my best friend is a dream come true. She makes every day we work on this company such an incredible adventure.

We are both so incredibly proud of ourselves and what we have created. It by far wasn’t an easy process or a quick one. It is incredible to see what we built and dreamed of become such a reality.

I think we set ourselves apart from everyone else because we are more than a company. We are a family, one big loving family where everyone has one collective goal. I also think Christina and I set ourselves apart from other companies because we have tried (and succeeded) at making our company as personable as us, we wanted Hülya to be a direct reflection of who we are as people and as leaders.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Hannah and I are both incredibly blessed to come from financially stable background and we are both so lucky and blessed to be able to say that.

We both worked so hard on this company and turning our dream into a reality but we couldn’t have done it without the financial help we have received.

We are also so incredibly lucky that we have such a good relationship with each other. Starting a company is really hard, it’s even harder being so young (21 and 23). It seems that a lot of people didn’t believe in what we were doing and we had to lean and motivate each other a lot. Our relationship with one another is one of the greatest tools to our business ventures.

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