Designer Gina Esposito founded swimwear line Nu Swim in 2015. All garments are manufactured in California, with fabric and trims are sourced in the US, Italy and Japan. Never tied to swimming seasons, the inspiration behind Nu Swim is to create adventure in finding a place to swim, no matter the time of year.
We spoke to Esposito about her background and her inspirations.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?I grew up practicing art my entire life and went straight to art school after high school. I graduated from FIT in New York with a major in Fashion Design in 2006, and immediately started working for various companies. As my career and experience progressed over the course of around 10 years, I was part of a major corporate layoff and took that opportunity in my newfound freedom to take a leap and show the world what my brain has to offer. And that, in a nutshell, is how nu swim was born!
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian? Absolutely, on all accounts. Even though I’m from New York, I always had a Californian soul, and now that I’ve been here almost 8 years, it has really affected my life in an incredible way. Adventure is definitely our thing, in whatever shape or form that means. There is less worry here, which can either make you lazy or free to look at this great advantage you have in your life to do something amazing. I have never seen such a community support like there is in California. It’s also an extremely beautiful place and even when you are busy 24/7, you can still enjoy insane nature on your walk to work, all year round. That is definitely something I’m not sure I can live without
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Snacks: Casa Sanchez Totopos, candy and coconut water, Fennis my lovely assistant who keeps my head on straight, a broom.
Some of Nu Swim’s lovely pieces below…