Our Story


We’re Nil and Allan, the founders of Kalite (pronounced ‘kah-lee-teh’). Originally from Australia, but with close family bonds in Istanbul, we would spend holidays with the kids immersed in the beach culture of southern Turkey.

Family get togethers, mornings spent by the ocean and evenings dining alfresco made us fall in love with the versatility of the pestemal. Everyday we would lie on them, wear them, dry ourselves with them and eat off them! We quickly realised that this tradition of Turkey was perfectly suited to the Australian way of life.

It’s our pleasure to share our passion for the pestemal with Australia. We’ve relocated to Turkey for a little while to source new fabrics and designs, but we’ll be back in Bondi soon!