Inside the Design Studio with Stephanie Cohen

Meet Stephanie Cohen,

Our Head of Design 

 

How did you get started in the fashion industry? I went to Parsons School of Design and majored in fashion design. My first internship was with Stephen Burrows, an amazing designer from the 60s-70s Halston era. I was fortunate to experience a lot of the ins and outs of the industry working with his team because it was small (only 3 people including him). I had a couple other internships during school and my internship at Ann Taylor loft made me focus my career towards more corporate design jobs out of school. My first job was at Free People I was a Design Assistant for their intimates team. When I moved to aerie that was where I discovered my love for designing swimwear. And the rest is history ! :) 

Who has inspired you most throughout your career as a designer? My dad is my biggest inspiration, even though his career is so different from mine. He started as an engineer and worked his way up to the executive level. He worked and traveled a lot when I was growing up, but that gave me the drive to follow my passion and work as hard he did.

Anne Cole Swimwear lead designer, Stephanie Cohen.

Anne Cole Swimwear lead designer, Stephanie Cohen.

Where do you typically look to find inspiration (online and IRL)? I am most inspired by vintage clothing, accessories and textiles. I have a few go-to vendors who travel around the world curating amazing vintage collections, but I also love going to local vintage shops. I’ve discovered some great finds on Etsy as well. Outside of my vintage obsession, I love for my team to keep current with what’s happening on the runway each season. Looking at RTW is a great way to get inspired by trends happening outside of the world of swim, but also a good way to establish seasonal color and it pushes us to think outside of the box regarding design details etc.

The Anne Cole Design team, pictured from left: Kelly Freund, Stephanie Cohen, and Rachel Hamel.

The Anne Cole Design team, pictured from left: Kelly Freund, Stephanie Cohen, and Rachel Hamel.

What is your favorite part about your job? I have an amazing team and we have a lot of fun in the studio. The most exciting time is when we get to see things come to life. We put a lot of work into fitting and developing each individual style in house, so it’s really exciting when it all comes together as a line and we get to share it with everyone.

Tell us about the current collection... Our 2018 collection was inspired by the “it girls” of the 60s-70s. Our Anne Cole muses were Audrey Hepburn and Patti Boyd. We wanted to capture the spirit of their iconic style and pay homage to that transformative time in fashion. We have some really stunning prints, fun fashion colors, and unexpected details. I think our Anne Cole lady will really love it! 

 

Would you mind describing your creative process? I start by establishing our seasonal brand concept/concepts. This is something that definitely happens organically. I don’t like to force anything and will often explore colors/prints/design elements with my team while establishing big ideas for the season as they tend to go hand in hand. My associate designer Rachel and I built an incredible color library when we first joined the company and we re-fresh it every season based on the seasonal POV. Once I’ve established our brand concept, we move into creating our color and print distortion, which probably takes the most time. We do not have a print/cad artist in house so Rachel, Kelly and I often spend hours tweaking artwork and color positions— moving the pieces around until we establish our strongest story. 

What do you do to get creatively unstuck? It’s important to know when to step away from something and give your mind the space it needs to reset. My team works on a lot of different brands so when we are in the office we are going a mile a minute and we definitely get stuck from time to time. I try to make sure we get out when we can so we get inspired by everything amazing that is around us in NYC. Maintaining a balance between work and life is also important to preserve creativity and is something I am trying to get better at.

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1 cup of coffee or five? Five, but I never finish them! They are typically all half full, so in total probably only about 2.5 cups a day!

Are you an uptown or downtown gal (NYC, or course)? Uptown!

What is your favorite beach-town? There is a little town in Maui called Paia that I love. They have a bunch of really cute shops and an amazing restaurant called Mamas fish house. When I was there last, it was pouring rain, but we still had so much fun. 

Where is the next place you would like to travel and why? I would love to go to Australia. I’ve never been, but it looks stunning and it’s a perfect destination for anyone who loves swimwear and the beach :)

What do you like to do in your free time? I don’t have a lot of free time so when I do, I love to relax with my husband and our two pups! 

What is one fashion item you cannot live without? My leather jacket 

What is your favorite beach must-have? An Anne Cole bikini, of course! 

What can we look forward to in 2019? You’ll just have to wait and find out! 

 

Preview and shop the Anne Cole 2018 collections.

Anne Cole 2018

Anne Cole 2018

STUDIO Anne Cole

STUDIO Anne Cole

Anne Cole LOCKER

Anne Cole LOCKER

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Images by Jonathan Hokklo.

Behind the Scenes: Bermuda 2018

Image via Jonathan Hokklo

NYC >> BDA

Come take an exclusive look at our 2018 Campaign. Bermuda has become a go-to destination for Anne Cole. We just love its breathtaking pink sandy beaches and crystal blue waters.

We took our swimsuits to this amazing island to capture the collection and the surroundings in all their beauty. 

Let's go behind-the-scenes of our shoot.

It takes a village.

Our lovely models Ellie and Katy work with the crew to snap the cover shot of our 2018 catalog.

 
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The Anne Cole Team having some fun while on location.

Some more behind-the-scenes action.

All work and some play.

It's all in the details...

Island hour.

The Bermudian-native rum experts from Goslings joined us on set with classic island cocktails (read: the Dark & Stormy).

 
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And That's A Wrap!

Images by Jonathan Hokklo.

Our Latest Collection: That's A Wrap

Our new favorite moody floral?

Meet the That's A Wrap collection.

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That's A Wrap High Waist Shirred Bikini Bottom

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How She Wore It: Kier Mellour

Washington-native Kier Mellour of Keir Couture rocks the Anne Cole Vintage Maillot in Thailand. 

Want more Kier? Visit her blog, Kier Couture, and follow along for daily inspiration on Instagram.

Shop Kier's look, available on Amazon.

ANNE COLE PLUS, EXPLORE RESORT 2018

Watch the 2018 Anne Cole Plus collection come to life from the pink sand shores of Bermuda.

Featuring model Katy Syme wearing the Live In Color Strapless Twist-Front Bandeau-kini and Shirred High Waist Bottom in New Navy.

SHOP THE 2018 RESORT COLLECTION.

Meet the Anne Cole Resort Collection

Experience the Resort 2018 Collection

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Venture across the sandy pink shores of Bermuda. See the crystaline waters from the helm of our 1958 Riva Ariston, and SHOP the best suits in the biz. 

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And SHOP the best suits in the biz. 

Man Repeller's Leandra Medine in the 1982 Vintage Maillot

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

Photo by Matt Borkowski for Man Repeller.

If there is a more stylish fashion risk-taker,              we dare you to prove it.

Leandra Medine Cohen, the founder of the fashion & lifestyle blog Man Repeller wore the 1982 Vintage Maillot in Lips Red for the shoot of her latest MR by Man Repeller collection in collaboration with Net-A-Porter... and it's GREAT.

Shop the Vintage Maillot at Amazon Fashion. Check out the new MR by Man Repeller at Net-a-Porter.

See the complete story here.

Anne Cole Featured in Holiday Magazine Issue N. 379

Model Hana Jirickova wears the 1982 Vintage Maillot in White.

Model Hana Jirickova wears the 1982 Vintage Maillot in Lips Red.

Model Hana Jirickova wears the 1982 Vintage Maillot in Lips Red.

Photo by Greg Harris, styling by Tony Irvine. Special thanks to Marcus Allen.

The Anne Cole 1982 Vintage Maillot, now available at Amazon Fashion.