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Designer: Stefania Frangista

Background: She received her BA in Liberal Arts from Brown University, RI (2006) and in 2008 an AAS Fashion Degree from Parsons New School of Design in (New York).  After graduating, Stefania travelled extensively and worked in the shoe design for Alexander McQueen (London), Michel Vivien (Paris), and Calvin Klein (New York). She then returned to Athens and began designing for her hugely successful swimwear brands ‘Pink Sands’, and her eponymous label ‘Stefania Frangista’.

6 questions with:

1.Did you always want to be a swimwear designer?

My initial dream was to design luxury womens shoes ! I was always passionate for fashion and design. I always knew I wanted to create my own brand.  Back in 2009, I could not believe that Greece, a country surrounded by sea and famous for its fabulous islands did not have a great luxury swimwear brand. So I felt that it was best to start a luxury swimwear label, as it was clearly missing from the Greek market.

2. Name the most stylish woman you know (dead or alive).

Eugenie Niarchos.

3. What are you watching / reading / listening to right now?
I listen to Spotify all day.. ranging from Chill.out.brain. to working focused to mellow beats.  I tend to read 2-3 books at the same time. I finished ‘Truly, Madly, Guilty’ and I am now reading ‘Big Little Lies’. I am also reading Yalom, a famous existential psychiatrist.

3. What are you most proudest achievement for your brand?
When our younger brand Pink Sands was ranged in Harvey Nichols, London.  Lately, I feel proud of our amazing team, seeing how dedicated everyone is.

4. What are your top travel destinations?

All of the islands in the Aegean sea.  I also love San Francisco.

5. What you think of, when you hear the word ‘Australia’ ?

Kangaroos!! haha, sunshine, happy& friendly people, the ocean…. and sharks of course.

6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love walking in nature, reading, and dancing. Oh I love hot baths too with a few drops of mint& lavender scented oil and a glass of red wine in hand.