Career Code: Meet the Woman Who Made Marysia a Cult Swimwear Brand

In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($22), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Pip EdwardsRebecca MinkoffSally SingerRachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Swimwear designer Marysia Reeves.

That scalloped-edge bikini you've seen all over Instagram? You can thank Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves for that. The former ballet dancer and surfing enthusiast launched luxury swimwear and lifestyle label Marysia in 2009.

With its unique cuts, shapes, and fabrics, Marysia has become a go-to for celebrities, fashion bloggers, and It-girls around the world. The label is quickly expanding, branching out into bigger apparel collections than ever before. World domination is imminent.

Keep scrolling to read our latest installment of Career Code. 

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Cibelle Levi for Coveteur

Fun, challenging, and always crazy busy. But I love it.

The most surprising part is that having employees doesn’t make things easier… It’s great but challenging at the same time.

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@MarysiaSwim

I remember like it was yesterday!  I had an interview at an architect firm in Charleston, SC. I woke a black suit with new Manolo Blahnik navy pumps my mother-in-law bought me for the occasion.

Phoebe Philo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Wintour… I could go on.

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@MarysiaSwim

Vogue Magazine, Instagram, travel, and shopping.

I don’t have too many regrets… I try to learn from my mistakes and do better next time.

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@MarysiaSwim

Friendly, well-educated and or experienced, organised, punctual, respectful.

I don’t try to look powerful, but a sharp outfit could make you feel more prepared to take on the day.

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@MarysiaSwim

Nuts! Heheh I don’t know… Driven, funny, deliberate.

Travel. Even a weekend away can help you see things differently.

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@MarysiaSwim

Talk to your boss and give your notice period.

A Kreation salad (a salad bar in Los Angeles).

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@MarysiaSwim

The most common mistake I see from entry-level employees, is they don’t know how to communicate.

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@MarysiaSwim

Morning:

Wash face, put on face, and take vitamins.

Evening:

Take a steam shower, put on a luxurious face oil, take vitamins, watch The Americans, and then sleep.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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@MarysiaSwim

I can’t reveal just yet :). 

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