My Universe: Bonita Kye

We love to get in the mind of those who inspire, and it's this curiosity that served as the impetus to create one of our most loved columns on The Thinking CAP, My Universe. This feature gives us a peek behind the curtain and into the world of our crushes; from the jeans they wear, to the music they listen to, to the first person they'd call if they were in a tricky situation. Today we're sharing the minimal yet abundant world of Bonita Kye, founder and creator of one of our favorite lingerie lines, Kye Intimates. Her brand is not only simple and elegant, it's deeply committed to sustainability and the environment. This is true intimacy.


Jeans Vintage Levi’s 

T-shirt Filippa K

Heels By Far

Sneakers Veja

Boots LoQ

Sunglasses Saint Laurent Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

Sheets: Tekla

Jewelry J. Hannah Demi Signet Pinky Ring, Tiana Marie Combes Equestrian Chain Bracelet 

Workout wear Girlfriend

Designers My friends Maria Dora and Chelsea Mak. LEMAIRE, Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Lingerie / underwear KYE ;)

Online shopping site SSENSE

Swimwear Nu Swim

Style Icon Sarah-Linh Tran



Astrological sign Capricorn (sun & rising), Libra (moon)

Workout: Hiking, hot yoga, pilates

Morning rituals I tend to wake up quite early to enjoy a slow morning. Take my pup down to the beach, ocean dip if it’s warm or hot yoga, make a cup of the 8AM O'clock + warm water, brew coffee.

Evening rituals Catch the sunset, cook dinner with my love, read or watch a show, take a bath, meditate

Human Design Manifestor

Shower or bath: I dream of having an outdoor shower one day

Stress management techniques A dip in the sea

Get out of jail call My mom


Coffee or tea Coffee 

What’s always in your fridge Pickled vegetables

What’s always in your pantry Tinned fish

Go-to dinner recipe (whatever herbs/greens on hand) Pesto pici pasta 

Go-to dinner party recipe Grilled whole fish

Snack Fruit, vegetables + sprouted hummus

Drink Lemon water, Skin contact wine

Grocery store Santa Monica farmer’s market, Andrew’s Cheese Shop

Herb Shiso, basil

Vegetable Fennel, wild arugula

Fruit Papaya, mango, melon, kumquat, lychee

Cookbook Gjelina


Toothpaste David’s 

Lip F.Miller 

Perfume or Cologne Sigil Anima Mundi

Shampoo/ Conditioner Aesop

Serum LESSE, Pai Rosehip Oil


Beauty tool Gua sha stone

Makeup I don’t wear makeup often but when I do, ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint, Kjaer Weis mascara and brow gel


Home Santa Monica

Piece of art in your home Simone Bodmer-Turner Petite Bridge Handled Vessel

Museum Guggenheim, Noguchi

Pets My angel, mini-husky, Kobe

Sheets Tekla

Restaurant So many in LA but on the westside—Felix

Cafe Gjusta

Furniture designer Eileen Gray, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Minimalist or maximalist Minimalist

Dream dinner party guests All of my favorite humans on one giant blanket at the beach

Most used kitchen gadget Blender

Favorite aisle in the grocery store Cheese

What do you collect Shells



Inspiration My incredibly talented friends, nature

Crush Massimo Bottura

Beach Anini Beach on Kauai

Charity I Support The Girls

Favorite place in the world The Sea

Favorite vacation Anywhere in Italy, looking forward to visiting Oaxaca soon

Films Before Sunrise, Call Me By Your Name. 

Albums Been listening to a ton of piano lately so currently Ethiopiques, vol.21: Emahoy but also good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kenrick Lamar. 

Books Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson. The Year Of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion. The Overstory, Richard Powers. 

Artist Donald Judd, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi 

Inner age 55

Song in your head at the moment Champagne Poetry - Drake

Magazine The New Yorker, Apartamento


Apps Google Maps, Spotify, Instagram

Phone iPhone

Podcasts Hysteria, The Daily, Poog 

Favorite Instagram Pastagrannies

News source nytimes

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