SEA CHANGE Venice-Based Swimwear Brand Marysia Broadens Its Horizons

Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves’ sun-kissed skin and tresses hint at a life spent shore- side, so it’s not surprising to find her behind a desk in Venice, designing the scal- loped bathing suits and diaphanous smock dresses of her line, Marysia, inside a split- level studio bathed in natural light.

Yet the path that led Dobrzanska Reeves from a childhood in Poland to a 2,000-square-foot perch just behind Abbot Kin- ney has been anything but predictable. Early ballet classes in Europe and teen years spent lifeguarding in Delaware inspired Dobrzanska Reeves—who studied at Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising—to launch a neutral-hued swim collection that is delicate and pretty, yet also body conscious.

She got her start while living in Charleston, S.C.: “For swimwear, you only need one type of fabric to make a collection,” she points out. Next, a loft in New York’s Little Italy served as the line’s headquarters and home for Dobrzanska Reeves and her husband (the brand’s chief financial officer), Nathan- iel, before their second daughter’s bout with pneumonia brought the family out West in search of “clean air and the sea breeze.”

The eight-year-old company’s latest collec- tion, hanging in Dobrzanska Reeves’ Venice studio, completes Marysia’s progression from a swimwear line to a resortwear label. The offices—dreamed up with interior designer Martha Mulholland—evoke the elements of sand and surf without being literal. A rack of filmy jumpsuits covered in delicate Swiss dots have a distinctly European sensibility, and polka-dotted bathing suits nod to the leo- tards of the designer’s youth. The showroom floor’s scallop-edged woven rattan rugs from Barcelona mirror the curves of the brand’s suits. Mulholland says Dobrzanska Reeves’ keen design eye, even for office supplies, makes the workspace feel creative: “Every pin on every board has a pretty white knob.”

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