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We've had our eye on designer Maria Dobrzanska Reeves since 2009, when the FIDM grad launched her line, Marysia SWIM. Since then, her scalloped bikinis and one-pieces have graced everyone from red carpet style muses (paps-teasing Lupita Nyong'o, Rachel Bilson) and big-name blogstars (Aimee Song, Julie Sariñara) alike.
After getting schooled in SoCal, the Poland-bred designer decamped to South Carolina and later, New York. Given that the surf-loving former ballerina has made a career out of dressing beach-ready bodies, it's no surprise that our land's sun and sand eventually coaxed the designer to return to the West Coast. For her spring resort collection, Reeves gave her signature stylishly-edged pieces a graphic makeover with pop art-esque prints, polka dots, and more poolside-perfect styles.
Now that LA has won back its bragging rights as the star-faved designer's stomping grounds, we caught up with the the Young Guns 2014 contender to find out her inspirations since returning to Cali and more.
What inspired you to move back to LA?
The weather, the palm trees, the surf...it's a better fit for our brand and for our family.
Has moving to California had a major influence on designs?
My husband jokes that I'm becoming more bohemian. I think it's a little true that the environment can influence your style; I don't think the modern aesthetic will ever leave Marysia SWIM, though!
Who are your style muses?
I like to think of women like Lauren Santa Domingo, Lauren Hutton, Shala Monroque, and Miroslava Duma.
What are some of your personal favorite beach getaways?
Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, Maui and Barbados...but there are many more I want to see!
What's your favorite piece that you've designed so far and why?
I love all of the pieces, and the Antibes is really awesome! There is a reason why it's our bestseller. It fits so well and many different shapes and sizes look great in it.