1. HATCH x MARYSIA
The Hatch collaboration happened after I gave birth to my second child Antonia….the founder of Hatch reached out to meet. I already had a couple of styles I designed with my belly in mind that I offered to her in all black. We even made special pouches with our co-branded logo and it lived on their website for a few seasons.
2. SALLY KING BENEDICT x MARYSIA
Now my favorite was a collaboration with my good friend Sally King Benedict. She is an amazing artist/painter who I became friends with in my Charleston days. I think it’s fair to say we have quite the admiration for one another and this was my favorite end-product.
3. JONATHAN COHEN x MARYSIA
I met Jonathan Cohen and his partner Sarah through our mutual friend Moldy when I first lived in New York. Sarah loved wearing my suits and wanted to do something together. I was excited to work with Jonathan’s print -he does all his prints himself and is an amazing womenswear designer. He was a runner-up in this year’s CFDA Fashion Fund competition and is just the nicest guy! I loved working with the two of them!!!
4. JENNI KAYNE x MARYSIA
Jenni Kayne is a born-and-raised California girl with the coolest laidback luxury vibe. She has the most beautiful boutiques, so when she agreed to collaborate (this was initiated by a PR girl I worked with) I was so honored and beyond excited. She wasn’t all about the scallop (as people who want to collaborate with me usually are) which made this even more fun for me. We co-created the coolest line of sleek bikinis and maillots with cutouts in all the right places. We had the most beautiful event and I was able to connect with many of Jenni’s good friends who I’ve stayed in touch with ever since. This was one of my favs!
5. FWRD x MARYSIA
The Forward collaboration came out of their buyer wanting something exclusive….my 5 pieces were a part of a bigger collaboration with other designers who make hats, sunglasses, bags – all inspired by the same theme. This is where I used a special metallic finish on my fabric to give it a glistening sheen. There was a lot more to it when we first agreed (like a trip to Mexico to the owner’s house with top influencers in attendance). That all disappeared as the time went on and it was left as designs only without an event. This collaboration taught me to not get your hopes up, and to do something solely because you want to make the special product, not for any outside perks. I was very happy with how the product turned out…it all sold out quickly.
6. J CREW x MARYSIA
J Crew was a very exciting but simple collaboration driven by the buyers, mostly. Our family was featured on the J Crew blog in the Jenna Lyons days and I got to connect with Nandita Khanna who has since become a friend and also moved to LA. That was a highlight, plus we’ve done a few more with them since!
7. MATCHES x JCREW
The Matches Fashion collaboration is something I really wanted as they are probably my favorite online retailer at this point. The collaboration was similarly driven by the saleperson and not as personal as some of the others but still I was honored to have an exclusive for Matches.