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 scalloped 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 Kinney 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), Nathaniel, 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 collection, 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 leotards 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.” marysia.com.
Written by ELIZABETH VARNELL.
Photography by MONICA WANG.