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19-Year-Old Finalist For Designer Of The Year

Phoenix Fashion Week announced their youngest designer ever, Marissa Barlow, as a finalist (top 12) to participate in the 2018 Emerging Designer Bootcamp (July – September).

This leads up to Phoenix Fashion Week’s premier showcase at Talking Stick Resort, October 18-20, 2018, where one designer will walk away with the title ‘Lifestyle Designer of the Year’ and a $10,000 prize package comprised of goods and services to help the winning brand succeed.

Marissa will be revealing her Spring 2019 collection at Phoenix Fashion Week on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The brand was discovered by Phoenix Fashion Week among 300 designers when Nani Swimwear applied to participate in the boot camp program.

The Nani brand is made for movement and embraces confidence and strength. Designed with active women in mind, Nani suits are all about getting outside and seizing every moment, from surfing to hiking, swimming to shredding, and diving in head first. Their under $85 price point, durable poly/spandex blend fabric, and unique custom designs have created a niche within the swimwear market.

“I was so impressed by the vision and work ethic of this young designer, Marissa Barlow from Nani Swimwear, that I felt she would be a great addition to our challenging Emerging Designer Bootcamp,” said Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be a fashion designer, let alone the youngest designer to show at Phoenix Fashion Week! I’m so grateful for the opportunity and couldn’t be more stoked to see my new designs hit the runway!” – Marissa Barlow, co-founder and designer of Nani Swimwear.

Nani Swimwear is not only made for movement, it is made to last. The brand transcends, innovates, and creates high-quality swimwear that supports, flatters, and keeps up with active women. Nani was established in 2016 when 19-year-old co-founder and designer, Marissa Barlow, noticed a need for active swimwear that was also fashionable. Nani is the Hawaiian word for “beautiful”, and Nani provides swimwear that empowers women to live a Nani (beautiful) life by seeking adventure, being kind, and striving to give back.

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