By MIKE CHAIKEN
Connecticut designer Kasia Roginska learned about fashion design when she was growing up in Poland.
But when the driving force behind the Berlin, Conn.-based Karo Swimwear came to the United States, she initially left her fashion design ambitions behind.
However, she recently returned to her creative roots. And she now has seen her swim fashions rock the runway not only in the Nutmeg state but in New York City this past September, as well.
“As a child,” said Roginska, “I was interested in sewing simple doll outfits.” From that humble beginning, she moved on eventually to graduate from fashion design school.
“After graduation, I moved to the U.S.,” Roginska said, “and I disconnected from fashion design.”
Roginska said creativity was not entirely left by the wayside. “Sporadically, I would make window treatments,” said Roginska.
But being on the other side of the fashion equation began to rekindle Roginska’s fire.
“Almost two years ago, I modeled for a few local designers and that inner passion for fashion came back and was brewing inside my mind till it exploded toward Karo swimwear in January (2013),” said Roginska.
Roginska said she chose swimwear for her fashion efforts after a friend tossed out the idea to her.
There also was a selfish reason for her to take on swimwear. “I could never find a swimsuit that I loved and fitted the way I wanted.”
Additionally, Roginska said, “I wanted to create something different.”
Asked to describe her line, Roginska said, “The idea of Karo swimwear is to have some type of jewelry built into each piece. So far I have used freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, onyx stones, and many others. Next season will have Baltic amber imported from Poland also stones like turquoise and tiger eye. There are many new pieces on the line for next year.”
The designs are luxurious and sexy. And there also are designs with a little bit whimsy with bumblebee- and sailor-inspired suits.
“My ideal customer is any woman who wants to look unique and rock the beach,” said Roginska
“Designing my pieces is my joy. I can’t stop till the piece is completed and I’m happy with it. Many times I stay up late and just want to wake everyone up to see it,” said Roginska.
As for any obstacles she experienced as a designer, Roginska said the biggest is that not every piece fits every body type. But, she said, “All the pieces can be custom made to fit the client,” said Roginska.
“I had a few orders from the line I designed but also I had a few to design something different. I was also asked to design a fitness competition suit that came out so nice that I decided to branch into that as well.”
Karo Swimwear has been making noise on the fashion scene beyond the Nutmeg state. “So far I have shown at Nolcha Fashion Week on Sept. 11, 2013…, Brooklyn Fashion Week and many other smaller shows.”
If you’re looking to buy Karo Swimwear, it’s available through www.karoswimwear.com
By MIKE CHAIKEN