Bright Young Things
If you’re a New Yorker who doesn’t spend every weekend trading in the blistering humidity of the city for the Hamptons, fresh air, or taking the subway to grimy Coney Island to escape the heat, you might not consider a bathing suit an essential wardrobe key. But Williamsburg local Amanda Ferrer’s new line of hand-printed suits might just be the thing that changes your mind. Working Class decided to take it to the good old streets of Brooklyn, where the closest body of water is the fire hydrant on the corner, to show you why.
Ferrer hasn’t always been a city girl. She spent her summers growing up on the beaches of Venezuela imagining herself selling bathing suits by the shore with the sea breeze in her hair. Substitute the sand for concrete and Ferrer’s dreams have come true. Not leaving her childhood fantasies behind, she has taken inspiration from the bohemian lifestyle of gypsies and beach dwellers of the past to design her first line of bathing suits, launching in September.
Ferrer describes her line as free-spirited and something not to be taken too seriously. But with the amount of time put into each handcrafted piece, despite Ferrer’s care-free attitude, you can’t help but be impressed. From personally fitting it to your body (see amandafererr.com for more details), to carving the patterns into the linoleum to be printed, to painting each piece of cloth, the creative process is certainly not simple. Not to mention the fact that the bathing suits just look damn cool. And with all that, each is original and it’s “own little piece of fine art” that only you get to parade around in on the corner of Lorimer and Union.