Runway and model photos from the L SPACE By Monica Wise collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim by Fashion Photographer James Santiago.

From conception, Monica Wise’s passion was to create trend-setting suits that appeal to a broad range of loyal fans and celebrities alike. As a little girl from a small town in Ohio, Monica would religiously spend winters dreaming of lying on a beach working on her tan; which is exactly what she did when she moved to Florida at age 18. For the first few months in Florida, Monica would sit on the beach and watch tan bodies soak up the sun in barely there bikinis. The women were fit, confident, and she was inspired. Her idea to set her apart from the rest of the bikini world was to create bikinis specifically for mixing and matching body styles, color combinations, and prints so that women could create a look all their own. From this, L*SPACE was created. Even now, having been in business for nearly 12 years and growing every year, Monica continuously draws inspiration from her lifetime love affair with the coastal scenes of Florida, and her present home on the So Cal coastline of Corona del Mar, California. Because of this, the L*SPACE collection has been, and will ALWAYS be made in her backyard in The O.C.. The L*SPACE Swim collection, and subsequent collections of resort wear are known for riding the cusp of surfer-chic and fashion forward in design and style. L*SPACE has been recognized in both the surf industry with 6 consecutive SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturing Association) Awards for “Swimwear Brand of the Year,” and also in the fast-paced world of high fashion by being honored with the title of the first “Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer of the Year” in Miami in 2010. With further plans to expand the L*SPACE experience Monica continues to strive to be one of the foremost designers of luxury swimwear for every mood and occasion and strives to make the world a more beautiful SPACE.