Designer Interview: L*SPACE Swimwears’s Monica Wise


Years Designing: More than 10 amazing years
Weekend getaway vacation: Palm Springs. Lots of great shops and fabulous people watching
​Song at the moment: "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers
​Sunscreen: Shady Lady by LSpace. I love how the prints match the tubes and the almond fragrance is amazing!
​2013 Swim trends: Color block, fringe and reversible pieces
​iPhone App: Instagram
​Beach: Love the beaches in the South of France. Talk about inspiration
Website: L*SPACE

What's your perfect bikini?
Monica Wise: I think the perfect bikini depends on the day. An afternoon at the beach might be perfect for our strap back active top with a string bottom, while a poolside day might be something a bit more glamorous with hardware.

What are the main influences behind your brand and its designs?
A positive, colorful view on life combined with hints of inspirational trips all appear in my collections one way or another. I like keeping the brand fun, light and airy.

What inspires you as a designer?
I get inspiration anywhere and everywhere, from a wallet's detail to the colors of my new favorite cocktail, you never know when a spark might hit. Constant road trips and trunk shows keep me in the loop with my customers, and seeing their excitement over my collection gives me more inspiration than anything.

What is one trend that won't make it to 2014?
Faux leathers, pleather and coated thick fabrications were forecasted, but I don't see that taking off.

What would your dream vacation be?
Believe it or not, I'd love to take a safari trip in Africa. Seeing such a different setting than the beachy coastal trips I normally take would be an amazing experience.