Interview with Patreece Bothera
Intro by Pablo Starr
One of our favorite shows this Miami Swim Week was Duskii: a very on-point collection produced by SwimMiami. Duskii has carved out a niche for itself as a high-fashion brand that’s also water sports-ready.
Inspired by a love of fitness and fashion, founder Patreece Botheras set out to create activewear collections that are as functional as they are chic.
Crafted using the highest quality neoprene, Duskii offers the seasoned paddler, swimmer, surfer, diver, sailor or lounger mix-and-match suits and separates that are simultaneously light, warm, thin, supple and stretchy. Built to be loved and to last, each Duskii piece provides varying levels of thermal comfort while flattering and sculpting all body shapes. Duskii takes the ocean-loving girl to previously unmet levels of “Bond girl” status. Our prediction is she’ll like it there.
Interview by Kyleigh McCollam
(C’est Le Style)
Q: What made you want to design swimwear?
My love and passion for the ocean. I love to surf; I love to paddleboard. And at the time I decided to create Duskii I couldn’t find anything that was fashionable yet functional, and so the journey and the research began.
Q: You have a bit of a tomboy side to you, like me. So you get the best of both worlds. You can be girly but also active. What makes Duskii different or unique?
From the perspective of having active swimsuits. So you can still be funky, fashionable, and stylish, but you can go into the ocean and go under a wave and your clothes aren’t coming off. They have that sporty element, but they also have that high-fashion element, as well.
They have a sporty element, but also a high-fashion element
Q: Where do you find inspiration, and what inspired this collection?
Hawaiian holiday. So think fun pops of color, and tropical palms. Just a real happy, fun collection. It’s for the resort girl, and the girl who loves to get active. In happy colors that make you look as good as you feel.
It’s for the resort girl, and the girl who loves to get active
Q: They look like they fit very well, and they’re very flattering.
They do. And that’s what I love. Even when we were doing the fittings for the show, all the girls were trying them on and saying, “Oh my god, they feel amazing.” And then I’ve done my job, because that’s what I want. I want a customer to put on a suit and feel fabulous.
Oh my god, they feel amazing
Q: I think you definitely achieved that. And what is your favorite swimsuit from this collection and why?
I love them all. I love the hammock and the high-waisted bottoms, but it depends on what I’m doing. If I’m going to the beach, or sunbathing, I’m going to wear a lot less. If I’m going surfing, I wear a tank suit.
Q: Do you ever encourage people to wear them going out, with a pant?
Absolutely! Beach to bar, that’s what we’re all about. So we have girls wearing them sarongs, with cut-off denims, wearing a skirt. And it takes you out.
Beach to bar, that’s what we’re all about.
Q: Define the ultimate Duskii girl. Who is she, and what is she like?
She’s fun, and wants to look as good as she feels. She’s a lover of the ocean. She’s a water girl.
Stay tuned for our full coverage, coming soon.