You might not imagine sexy, sophisticated swimwear having family roots in the Old World, but that’s the case with Katya Leoncio’s My Dolcessa line. When she was growing up in her native Bulgaria, her two grandmothers taught her to sew and knit. Her parents helped too — with a gift of two giant professional sewing machines. It wasn't long before Leoncio’s creations were catching the eye of the style-savvy
“I was making my own outfits, and people around me were asking where they could buy my designs,” she says. “That’s when I was inspired to turn my hobby into a career.” After a lot of classes — and a lot of sewing — she released her first collection in 2008.
Today, her increasingly popular luxury swimwear line (mydolcessa.com) is a bit more at home at its headquarters in Las Vegas, where Leoncio is hoping to capitalize on the city’s nightlife, glamorous image and world-class shopping that attracts globe-trotting fashionistas. Her angle: making lounging by the pool as stylish an affair as painting the town.
How? Leoncio says she designs to accentuate a lady’s best assets, with push-up or padded tops, ruched bottoms and close-fitting fabrics. Her swimwear aims to be elaborate and intricate, but functional and versatile.
“Our designs can change the way you see your body by hugging it in the right places and covering just the right amount of skin,” she says.
She must be doing something right: In 2010, her designs were featured Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. 2013 will be her third year in the magazine. Her next move will no doubt make a splash as well: expanding into beachwear and silk dresses.
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