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Suitcase Series

Suitcase Series: Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, Founder of MARYSIA

MARYSIA is one of the chicest swimwear brands around and is easily identified by it’s signature hand-cut scallop trim design.

A trained ballerina, and a keen surfer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves knew what she needed from her swimwear: it had to sculpt, support and define, whilst also looking fashion-forward.

Here, we delve into Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves’ suitcase psyche for a dose of sartorial escapism.

What is the first trip you remember taking?

Turkey with my parents when I was little.

What’s your most memorable trip and why?

China: it was the most different place I’d been to that felt so foreign.

Where or what is your escape?

Going back to California where we have a home.

What is your favourite hotel?

Amangiri, Utah.


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If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

Home to Poland to help with the Ukrainian border crisis.

What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

A beautiful setting and an aesthetically pleasing hotel. It doesn’t need to be grand or a five-star hotel; I actually prefer sweet little boutique places.

Where do you get your holiday inspiration?



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How do you switch off?

Swimming in the ocean, but a bathtub will do if the ocean is too far or too cold!

If you could be sat next to one person – dead or alive – for a long-haul flight who would it be?

Michelle Obama.

What is your ultimate bucket list destination?


What’s on your travel playlist?

I have a few playlists on our MARYSIA Spotify page.


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What is your jet-lag recovery tip?

Don’t think about it and go on with the day as normal; it’s all about mindset.

Who is your favourite travel companion?

My husband, Nathaniel.

What is your suitcase stalwart?

A black swimsuit.


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What is your number one packing tip?

Plan your outfits.

What is your most-treasured purchase from your travels?

The land we are building a house on in Harbour Island.

Where is home and what are your must-do’s for any tourists visiting?

Charleston in South Carolina. Must-dos are: the Cypress Gardens and Two Sisters walking tour.

First thing that comes to your mind…

Beach or city break?


Packing: roll or fold?


Music or podcast?


In-flight book or in-flight film?


Time filler on a long-haul flight?

A long movie.

Holiday tipple of choice?

Whatever is a local favourite.

Ultimate holiday treat?

A hot stone massage.

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