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Monica Wise of L✩Space

Making the beaches more beautiful, one bikini at a time.

monica-wise-lspace-1Best known for their flirty yet functional silhouettes, L*Space is a popular fashion-forward swim and resort wear line launched in 2000 by Monica Wise to provide women with stylish, high-quality designs.

With 16 wildly successful seasons under her belt and having recently expanded into lifestyle pieces including ready-to-wear apparel and a sandal collaboration with Cocobelle, Wise sat down with RL to discuss her journey from the snowy plains of the Midwest to the sandy shores of sunny California.

RL: How did you get started in designing bathing suits?

MW: Coming from the Midwest, I was all about the warm getaways. Once I turned 18 and relocated to Florida, that’s where I fell in love with the inspiring local culture of sun-soaked beaches and tanned, toned bodies.

RL: What’s the most important element when designing?

MW: My focus has been on quality fabrics and fit. Without quality you have nothing.

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RL: You are famously devoted to manufacturing in Orange County, California. Why?

MW: At the onset of my business, it just made sense. I wanted to be able to touch and feel the product on a daily basis. It’s a very critical part of the process (especially when you’re just starting out) and it continues to be critical to ensure the quality and integrity of my brand.

RL: When L*Space launched you offered mix-and-match separates. This is now a trend in the industry. What made you think to do this?

MW: There was a need for mixing and matching sizes (which wasn’t readily done back then) so I decided why not also mix and match prints with solids? I felt our girls wanted options so it seemed like the natural thing to do. It’s now become the DNA of our brand with colourful solids, playful prints and reversible styles.

RL: What are the new trends in swimwear? Do you find the Caribbean differs in their taste from other regions?

MW: The latest trends in swimwear include strappy details, cut-outs, unexpected colour mixing and extreme back detail. The Caribbean seems to follow along with the same trends as their customers want what’s most current.

WIN A L*SPACE BIKINI OF YOUR CHOICE FROM SAND ANGELS, LOCATED IN CAMANA BAY, GRAND CAYMAN - CLICK HERE!


monica-wise-lspace-2FIRE ROUND

Celebrity you’d most like to dress?
Kendall Jenner – I’d love to bring beach chic into her fashion-forward style.

Favourite place for a meal:
Javier’s Cantina in Newport Beach. I’m all about the salsa, chips and a few margaritas!

Never leave home without?
My iPad – have to keep a pulse on the industry and I’m definitely a victim to the social media obsession!

Favourite beach?
Juan-les-Pins on the Cote d’Azur in France always tops the list for me. The local culture is so unique to anywhere else.

Favourite cocktail?

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Love the freshness of Moscow Mules.

Inexpensive indulgence?
Lemon cake with buttercream icing.

Extravagant indulgence?
A pair of stellar shoes—a girl can never have too many!

Can’t live without?
I wouldn’t be here without the support and passion of my amazing team and partners.

Best piece of advice?
Stay passionate. The moment you lose your passion you might as well throw in the towel (beach towel that is!).

L✩Space swim and resortwear is available on Grand Cayman at www.sandangels.com

WIN A L*SPACE BIKINI OF YOUR CHOICE FROM SAND ANGELS, LOCATED IN CAMANA BAY, GRAND CAYMAN - CLICK HERE!


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