When it comes to designing glamorous poolside attire for the jet-set clique, model Jennifer Stano has definitely done her homework. When she isn’t taking jaunts to her homes in London, Switzerland and the Greek Isles, Stano returns to Beverly Hills, where she founded Have Faith Swimwear with her husband Alki David in 2010. Before making the move into design, Jennifer began her career as a fitness model and it was her keen eye for what enhances a woman’s best assets that inspired her to create the luxe leisurewear line. “I wanted to create a product that makes a woman look and feel like a goddess no matter the time or place.”
Q: Why did you choose to name your swimwear line ‘Have Faith’? How did the line come about? The line started from my background in fitness. I always trained to be competitive and never let myself get down if I didn’t win. The Have Faith line is about making any woman feel good about herself. She has to have faith in her beauty and feel confident.
Q: You have homes in Beverly Hills, London, Switzerland, and the Greek Isles. Do you find a lot of your design inspiration during your travels? I am greatly influenced by the diverse cultures of the world, and especially the glamorous life and style of poolside elegance. I believe every woman should be a chameleon, fitting in wherever she goes, whether stylish in St. Tropez, bohemian chic in Greece, or the life of the party in Las Vegas.
Q: What are some of your favorite pieces from the summer 2011 collection? I love the all over lace bikinis in coral and blue- the brighter the color, the more tanned your skin will look.
Q: Your popular blog features daily ‘mirror pics’ capturing your outfits – how would you describe your style? Do you work with a stylist? I love the store Intermix. I have a sales girl who knows just what I like, every time I walk in. I like to be youthful, yet classy and chic. My style is very young and fresh.
Q: Prior to designing, you were a professional fitness model – what are your top training and nutrition tips? Is fitness still one of your passions? While training, I do a lot of squats, lunges, and a ton of leg lifts and crunches for abs. I eat really clean, which means no sodium and no sugar. No whites! If I could stay in one place long enough, I would compete professionally again.
Q: What advice do you have for looking hot in a bikini? Oil for sure. I use a spritzer bottle to mist myself when it gets really hot. A simple pair of gold hoops always make a great style statement as well.
Q: What are your beauty must-haves? An eyelash curler, my Mac gel eyeliner and my Smashbox liner brush, and a good bronzer – I like Smashbox and Bobbi Brown.
Q: Your husband is a very successful businessman – what was his best piece of advice for starting your own business? And what’s the best and worst part about being an entrepreneur? His advice is ‘always do what you love doing and you will succeed.’ This was my passion. I’m designing things that I love and would actually wear. In regards to entrepreneurship, it’s a lot more blood, sweat and tears than I thought it would be… but the feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? I love to go to the beach when it’s warm and enjoy the scenery. Shopping is always an addiction I can’t fight. My weekends are meant for relaxation time and taking a breather from the work week. I enjoy working out and always make time every day to put in a couple hours for a work out.
Q: Will the Have Faith Swimgerie line be expanding? Are you working on any other upcoming projects? Yes! The Have Faith Swimgerie line will definitely be expanding. We have plans for a men’s line and an active wear line. We have just launched our bridal package for the new women’s collection. It includes a veil, a ‘booty veil’ that attaches to any bikini, and a garter belt.