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Going to the Beach? Grab Some Candy!
We know it seems counterintuitive that the most beach-worthy bodies in SoCal will be indulging in lots of “Candy” this season – but trust us, it’s true. Thanks to homegrown OC designer BritB. (Brittany Barber), the search for the perfect swimsuit may just begin – and end – at BeachCandy Swimwear, just opened on PCH in Corona del Mar. Trained in fashion design at New York’s Pratt Institute, Brit brings a lingerie and ready-to-wear sensibility to swimsuits, creating prêt-a-pool looks in luxe fabrics with au courant cuts and figure-flattering fits. And then there’s the “Candy” – up to 500 sparkling Swarovski crystals that adorn each BeachCandy suit, adding Brit’s signature touch of shimmer and shine. But what we’re most looking forward to is the store’s promise of personalized service and – in our dreams – ordering up some BeachCandy couture: a one-of-a-kind swimsuit designed just for us, by Brit herself! From $150 to $1,500 for the most extravagant custom suit.
How has being an OC native influenced your designs?
In Orange County, we are a culture that prizes quality, whether that is in the cars we drive, the homes we live in, or the apparel we choose to wear…and we prefer if there is some “sparkle” added. My swimwear designs are clean and streamlined, keeping the woman’s body the central focus, with just the right amount of Swarovski crystal “Candy” to highlight her sexiest features.
What’s your favorite piece of BeachCandy?
That’s such a difficult question! The truth is, every swimsuit is my favorite. But if I were to slip one on right now, it would have to be our Lemon Drop Classic String Bikini with the ‘lil scrunch in the booty. At the end of the day, the classic look of the bikini, with the strings punctuated with Candy, is simply perfect.
What’s the most figure-flattering suit in your collection?
Each suit in our line is specially designed, cut and sewn to compliment different body types. We have underwire tops for those women who need more support; high-waisted bottoms with the option of a fold-over waistband while tanning; double halter straps and under-bust straps, so that our bustier clients can still wear a classic “triangle” top; and last, but definitely not least, our Signature BeachCandy Bandeau, with a metal “V” inserted into the center front, that keeps your top up and your cleavage out!
How does the Custom Candy service work?
The Custom Candy service is the individualized process of creating the perfect swimsuit for each customer. We essentially ask our clients to tell us what they are looking for and what frustrates them in finding the perfect fit. We ask them to bring in their favorite ratty old swimsuits, so we can get an idea of exactly what they like. I have had clients bring in jewelry, lingerie, and even their favorite lipsticks color to begin the journey of designing the perfect swimsuit together. Once I have a customer’s measurements, her chosen style and color of fabric (we have 150 to choose from), and of course, her Candy (Swarovski crystals) of choice, we roll up our sleeves and create a personal Custom Candy swimsuit in about three weeks’ time. A custom BeachCandy begins at about $350 and can go up to $1500, for those who choose the extravagant Swarovski crystallized BeachCandies.[article written by Carrie Stork Williams: Bask Q&A with BeachCandy Swimwear Designer BritB.]