Putting a minimalist, luxe aesthetic and impeccable fit at the forefront of her designs, Polish-born designer Maria Dobrzanska Reeves has created a boutique swimwear brand that epitomizes poolside style.
Maria Reeves, along with her husband Nathaniel, runs Marysia Swim; she does all the gorgeous designs and he handles the behind the scenes business. This #glow power-couple loves to surf and practice yoga, spending most of their free time at the beach with their two beautiful daughters. Nathaniel (a trained sushi chef!) has the role of personal chef in their family, and with a healthful approach to everything he whips up, he keeps Maria and the kids healthy and happy! They were both brought up surrounded by beautiful environments, so it’s no surprise they found themselves migrating to Los Angeles from New York. These two love birds view Marysia Swim as an extension of their dream beachy lifestyle– being close to the ocean makes them happiest and glowing!
The Marysia Swim line launched in 2009 and is revered for their trendy prints and simple cuts. Their designs create the perfect silhouettes on the body and everything is manufactured using only premium fabrics. Maria has created a totally modern style that’s always fresh and effortless. Her bikinis, cover-ups, and maillots can be seen on the beaches of Montauk to Biarritz.
Marysia attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and later landed an internship with Milly. Between school, her work with a successful design house, and the eclectic vibe of her downtown neighborhood, she logged plenty of time sketching, designing and honing her signature style. A brand of international critical acclaim, the New York-based label has been featured by the likes of American Vogue and Style.com and is currently stocked in leading international boutiques including Moda Operandi and shopbop.com.
HOW THEY GLOW QUESTIONNAIRE
NAME: Maria Dobrzanska Reeves
WHERE’D YOU GROW UP? Radom, Poland
WHEN YOU’RE EATING HEALTHY, WHAT IS A TYPICAL…
BREAKFAST: Whey protein smoothie with almonds milk and blueberries
LUNCH: Salmon with steamed greens
DINNER: Asparagus and Broccoli soup
SNACK: Raw cashews
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS/ RESTAURANTS TO EAT HEALTHY?
Kreation…I love their smoothies
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO INDULGE?
Locanda Portefino in SM
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
Pierogi with Barszcz
WHAT IS THE BEST DISH YOU COOK/ YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE?
I love making vegetable stir-fry, waffles, and penne vodka with pink sauce.
WHERE DO YOU GROCERY SHOP IN LA?
Wholefoods in Venice and Santa Monica farmers market on Sundays
WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN?
Mondays and Fridays I go to Myrna’s class at YAS in Venice
Wednesdays and sometimes Thursdays too I do a circuit workout with a trainer Julie Diamond
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
WHAT PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY/FITNESS/HEALTH GURUS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I had a guru in NYC..Tara Styles but haven’t found one yet in Los Angeles
I read Into The Gloss and take what I want/need from each interview of interesting women in the fashion industry
My dear friend Jessica writes a clean beauty blog called Bare Beauty…I learn a lot from her.
TOP FAVORITE SONGS?
1. Norah Jones- ‘Come Away With Me’
2. Queen’s- ;Bohemian Rapsody;
3. Jack Johnson- ‘Better together’
MOST LIFE-CHANGING BOOK?
Don’t have one yet
WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My two girls.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
At the beach with my family in a tropical location, surfing and playing on the beach.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE BEAUTY TIP/SECRET?
My friend Jane Pope Cooper tough me how to curl my hair the beachy/not too done way while we went of a southern tour together for a week. I value that skill the most!
WHAT MAKES YOU GLOW?
Photography by: Sasha Young
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