#AnneColeDestination: Bermuda

Pack A Bag & Come Experience This Beautiful Island With Us

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Where to Stay:

Take a look at the Fairmont Southhampton, offering 8 restaurants, 2 bars, an 18-hole golf course, and a luxury spa.

 Image via gotobermuda.com

Image via gotobermuda.com

What to Do:

First stop should be Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda's most photographed and famous beach, featuring the beautiful pink sands. 

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Image via gotobermuda.com

Next stop should be the Crystal & Fantasy Caves. The caves are covered in crystal formations, and surround a 55-foot deep lake. Bridges run throughout the caves, allowing visitors to experience its beauty. 

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Image via pinterest.com

Last stop, is the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, offering the best bird's-eye view of Bermuda. Its a working lighthouse on a hill in Southampton Parish.

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Image via travelandleisure.com

What to Bring:

An Anne Cole swimsuit is a must-have for any beach vacation and pair it with one of our cover-ups for the perfect look.

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

Follow us on Instagram, @annecoleswimwear.

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.

Manhattan Vintage Show

Vintage swimwear and vibrant printed dresses.

Hunting for vintage swimwear and resort wear. We came across some pretty cool pieces to say the least.

What is it?

The Manhattan Vintage Show is held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th street. The show features NYC's best collection of vintage clothing, accessories, and textiles. It brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage sellers under one roof. It is a great place for any age customer. Not only do you get unique pieces, but styles from a century ago will hopefully expose customers to the inspiration behind today's trends.

Pucci for days.

Vintage shades in fun shapes and colors.

Pucci prints in luxe velvet.

Delicated details on this embroidered straw tote.

Channeling our inner Elton John in these statement sunnies.

Golden mary janes by Christian Dior.

Silk robe, a glamour cover-up.

Straw with wide brims.

Beading details.

 

Want to learn more? Visit Manhattan Vintage, here.

Castle in the Sky

Our 2017 campaign was filled with dreamy locations to shoot, including the breathtaking vision brought to life by Anthony Ingrao and Randy Kemper of New York's top architecture and interior design firm, Ingrao Inc.

Nap time anyone? The palm tree garden, one of many beautiful green spaces on the estate.

The home was the product of several years of construction, and countless tons of local granite.

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Behind the Scenes: St. John, USVI

We ventured to Saint John to shoot the 2017 campaign - tough assignment! 

We're bringing you behind the scenes on our adventure - from our castle in the sky designed by the team at Ingrao Inc, to the white sand beaches of Caneel Bay Resort, the premier vacation destination on the island.

 Caneel Bay Resort.

Caneel Bay Resort.

 Natalia wears the Strapless Ditsy Floral Baby Stripe two piece at Caneel Bay.

Natalia wears the Strapless Ditsy Floral Baby Stripe two piece at Caneel Bay.

A still from the 2017 campaign shoot in Saint John, USVI.

 Our view from Caneel Bay.

Our view from Caneel Bay.

 

Solenborg Saint John, Ingrao Inc.

The genius interior design gurus of Ingrao Inc created this modern-day castle known as Solenborg in the hills of U.S. Virgin Island, Saint John. Primarily crafted of locate granite, this home is equal parts fortress and palace. Want more? Visit Architectural Digest for an inside look at Solenborg.

Photos courtesy of Architectural Digest.
 

Behind the Scenes: Bermuda 2016

We packed up the collection and headed south to Bermuda for our 2016 campaign.

Read on as we take you behind the scenes on set in Bermuda. Warning: blue water as far as the eye can see ahead.

Bermuda, located just off the eastern coast of the US (think parallel to the Carolina's), is a British island territory, known for its distinctive blend of British and American culture.

And let's not forget the famous pink-sand beaches, including Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay.

Fun fact: Bermuda was first discovered in 1503 by Spanish explorer Juan de Bermúdez, and became an official British territory In 1707, following the unification of England and Scotland.

White sand beaches surround the island of Bermuda.

The Reefs, Bermuda.

The Reefs Hotel, Bermuda.

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