Letarte Swimwear is led by two sisters, Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross. Lisa designs the line from her island-based studio on Maui, Hawaii and Michele runs the sales and marketing operations from her showrooms in Fairfield, CT and New York City.
Lisa, a pro-windsurfer, founded the company in 2000 when she recognized the need for functional, yet fashionable swimwear. The two sisters, native to New Hampshire, have grown the company significantly from that original concept expanding the line to include a unique signature series of swimwear, cover-ups, dresses, novelty shirts and beach towels. Despite their success and global appeal, the two sisters live their dream of running a family business together, sourcing luxury fabrics and details from across the world, while paying special attention to make each design piece unique and special.
For 2005, Letarte made the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, featuring their candy red bikini worn by Carolyn Murphy. Letarte is the first United States Company to be featured on the cover of SI in more than a decade. Read more...
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