Remember Abaeté? The line initially started back in 2003 as a line of swimwear inspired by designer Laura Poretzky’s summers in Rio. The suits garnered a cult following Poretzky expanded Abaeté into a full ready to wear line shown to critical acclaim on New York’s runways from 2007 to 2009. Abaeté quietly shuttered in 2010, Laura Poretzky became Laura Poretzky Garcia (she married musician Diego Garcia and had a baby), and we hadn’t heard much from her…until now.
Poretzky Garcia has returned to her swimwear roots with a new swimwear line, Été Swim, which made its debut on Moda Operandi this weekend. The line came about thanks to Moda’s co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo, who brought Poretzky Garcia together with Lily Dickerson Maddock, formerly the head of knitwear label liDi, who heads up the business side as the President of Été.
So what’s Été all about? Why another swimwear line and why now? We asked Poretzy Garcia.