2009 June 23
(NEW YORK) Following in the footsteps of both ready-to-wear and swim greats like Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Yigal Azrouël, Red Carter and CHADO Ralph Rucci, Monica Wise of L*Space has been named the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer for the upcoming Miami Swim season. Wise will show a full collection of swim and resort wear at her show on Friday, July 17, and additionally, her brand will unveil a new capsule collection in partnership with OmniPeace, a humanitarian fashion company that donates 25% of profits to charities promoting peace, human rights, education, and the end of extreme poverty in Africa by 2025. The L*Space for OmniPeace pieces, inspired by the African desert and ocean, are named after African villages affiliated with the charity. The pieces will retail for approximately $130 each, with 20% of all proceeds benefitting OmniPeace.
“I am thrilled to be a Mercedes-Benz Presents designer and to have their support during this major industry show--not only for my swimwear designs, but for my philanthropic collaboration with OmniPeace,” said Wise. “While my designs for L*Space make women feel luxurious, sexy and beautiful, I hope that our connection with OmniPeace also inspires them to make a difference and give back.” In addition to her honor as the Mercedes-Benz presents designer, L*Space by Monica Wise has received the “Women’s Swim Brand of the Year” award from the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association in 2007 and 2008, and is currently nominated for the 2009 Award for both “Swim Brand of the Year” and “Best Marketing Campaign.”
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