Bathing Beauty

Local swimwear designer and philanthropist Sinesia Karol’s essentials for a fashionable summer.

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Photograph courtesy of Sinesia Karol

Sinesia Karol’s talent for bathing-suit design is all in the family: The native ­Brazilian learned to cut and sew while watching her mother craft swimwear (and all of her ­family’s clothing as well). Raised just north of Rio de Janeiro, Karol was brought up in a ­vibrant community filled with art, music, and ­impressive architecture—all of which, she says, have inspired her interest in ­design. Now Karol, an alum of Boston’s School of Fashion Design, has her own chic collection featuring simple, sexy pieces like high-waisted bottoms paired with strappy bandeau tops, and one-pieces with seductive mesh-covered cutouts—an aesthetic she created by combining the more-revealing cuts of swimwear often seen in South America with a very New England emphasis on comfort and sophistication. There’s no doubt this fashion-forward designer’s season of choice is summer, so we asked her to share a few cool things for the dog days.


photograph by bill damon/flickr (chihuly); heydrienne/flickr (capri); Roger Vivier (bag); cartier (necklace); republic records (lorde); Estudio Campana/Calazans Estúdio (chair); chanel (lip gloss)