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An Interview with Minnow Bathers









I haven’t come across a single girl yet who will strongly stand there and say she’s a 100% comfortable when it comes to swimwear. Summer is supposed to the full of joy, and when you’re on holiday all you want to do is enjoy yourself and feel just as comfortable in a bathing suit as you would in anything else.
Minnow Bathers is a Toronto-based swimwear line, with designers and best friends, Karen Donaldson and Vanessa Warrack. Their S/S 11 collection features wild, vibrant prints and flattering cuts, Minnow Bathers is all about the unexpected.




Tell us about yourself?
We are Karen Donaldson and Vanessa Warrack. We design and construct a Toronto based clothing line called Minnow Bathers.



What inspired you to make swimwear?
The fact that we couldn’t find what we wanted in stores. Summer is the funnest time of the year and it should be portrayed in swimwear but nothing out there really does that. We wanted to capture the youthful essence of summertime with something women would be genuinely excited to put on. Making suits that are fun, vibrant and vintage inspired just made sense to us.





What are some of your favourite pieces?
We both really look the floral one piece and the crossback bather.




Who is your customer?
A woman who wants to feel confident and comfortable in a suit they can have fun in.




Who are your fashion influences? Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Vanessa loves the work of Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and the 90s while I love costume history. I love spending hours in the archives studying swimwear spanning many eras. In the end we come together to design pieces that are very modern but in many cases have a slight vintage feel. We are also heavily inspired by traveling with friends, art, music, and teenage hood.




What is your favourite thing about what you are doing?
Testing out our designs. Going to the beach with our friends to swim in our bathers!




Describe your collection in 3 words
Vibrant, Playful, rebellious.



Are you planning a collection just as good as this one?

We are really excited about our 2012 collection. We are experimenting a lot more with cuts and using more even more vibrant fabrics.








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