Originally envisioned by Stefania Di Simone, Chio di Stefania D came into being in the spring of 1999. Currently the line is designed by two sisters, Stefania and Maria Cristina Di Simone, who create and manufacture the line exclusively in Italy. The goal was to create a collection of swimwear that contained a strong measure of high fashion and introduced the concept of ‘haute couture’ to beachwear. Chio beachwear is sold around the world. Italian glamour is combined with American style creating refined pieces. Chio’s collection is versatile enough to be worn while sun tanning on a pool deck, yet remains sophisticated enough to wear to an evening cocktail party on the beach.