If there's anyone you can trust to put out a swimwear collection that's as beach-ready as it is fashionable it's Layla Pakzad of Salt Swimwear. Her line, started just a few years back, offers one and two-piece swimsuits in solid colors with dual functionality. The two-piece we're particularly found of is the Ruffle Triangle Top with removable neck straps for tanning. The first tanning lesson we learned, back in the 9th grade, was to get those headphones chords and bathing suit straps out of the way, and Pakzad has made it possible to do so with out looking like a fish out of water (squirming to to get them off). As for one-pieces, the Sienna Ruffle One Piece (left) proves that Salt knows a thing or two about being sweet as it's just about the only time we've seen an exposed belly button without thinking it looks kind of tacky. Check out our interview with Pakzad, the designer of Salt Swimwear, and our spread of her collection below.
What separates Salt from other swimwear lines?
Salt is unique because it fits the needs of many women. Our cuts are created to compliment all body types and our colors are chosen to match all skin tones. We design for the people.
With a background in fashion (everything from studying design to being a rep) do you think you'll ever expand the line to include more than swimwear?
Yes, Salt is soon to include beachwear. We have been cooking up some sexy day to night numbers. I love the idea of having pieces that you can effortlessly wear off the beach and into the sultry night..
What is the most challenging aspect of designing swimwear?
The fit! Especially for the one-piece. Everyone has a torso with a different length, so it is hard to gauge what would be best for all.
I know you are based on the West Coast, where swimwear is always in season, however, is there still a strong discrepancy between the winter and summer months? How do you prepare for these shifts in demand?
Salt is based in Venice Beach, California where swim is always in. There is definitely a proper swim season, but we are busy year round. During our slower months of August and September we turn our focus on promoting the brand.
What is something that most people don't know about having your own line (specifically swimwear)?
I think one big misconception about having your own line is the amount of time you actually get to spend designing. I design about 10% of the time and the other 90%, everything from A to Z...
Finally, one piece or two? Your preference on the beach.
That is a tough one. On the beach I would have to say, bikini. You just feel so youthful and free in a bikini. I do have to admit, I am a huge fan of wearing a one-piece out at night coupled with a great pair of high-waisted jeans.