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Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross are the sisters behind the Letarte label and lead the company from opposite sides of the continent. It all began when Lisa, a professional windsurfer living on the islands of Hawaii, longed to find flirty swimwear that matched her lifestyle. The swimwear collection, which started as a single bathing suit sold in a Hawaiian beachside shop, has grown to include gorgeous cover-ups, caftans, dresses and sportswear that can be found all over the world. The intricately detailed swim and resort wear adorn Hollywood’s elite and have graced the covers of international fashion magazines, including the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
With the sultry sunsets as her backdrop and her bohemian lifestyle as her inspiration, Lisa creates each piece by combining eclecticism, romance, luxury and practicality. Not only does she target and develop chic fashion trends, she creates them from her tropical surroundings and worldly experiences. An exotic trip to Tahiti, a vintage dress, an elephant charm, or a peacock’s feather may all find their way into the season’s line, along with hot tie dyes and lush florals.
While Lisa is designing Letarte’s signature designs in the Pacific office, Michele continues to expand the label from the Atlantic office by increasing distribution globally, most recently broadening Letarte’s exposure in Asia and Europe. Thanks to Michele’s industry experience, Letarte Swimwear’s striking designs and silhouettes are sold worldwide.