We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Marmol and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Leslie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Seeing the lack of diverse representation in the fashion industry as a young girl catapulted my desire to build my own business one day. People come in all colors, shapes and sizes and it was something I desperately wanted to see not only displayed but celebrated. As a mother, it’s imperative that my children be able to see themselves where I could not. My goal is to always create something that will empower all people to be their most confident, powerful selves.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My designs, cuts, and fabric choices are created and selected with purpose. I’m driven to develop products that make it impossible to ignore the beauty that everyone brings to the world. I knew that I wanted to create suits that were cut and made in a way that was comfortable yet flattering. Now we can all have our cake and eat it too!

Needless to say, there were many obstacles and delays I had to endure throughout the product development process. I didn’t have many resources when I began this journey so I had to learn everything along the way through trial and error.

One of the biggest lessons that I took with me is to trust my gut and to stop second guessing myself. You have to learn to trust yourself and move forward with your vision/dream no matter how much your mind tells you that it won’t work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good excuse to get dressed up and hit the town. I would take them to my favorite places to eat, drink and create lasting memories. Friday: An early dinner at Quality Bistro. I would recommend everything on the menu. Especially the Lillet Cup. Its an amazing drink!
Saturday: A late dinner at Rails followed by drinks at their speakeasy.
Sunday: The last day end it with a bang by having brunch at Atera. Their multi course and cocktails are to die for.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As they say, it takes an army. I’d like to dedicate this shout out to my family and dear friends. To my amazing husband, Adalberto, who has believed in me and supported me since the very beginning. To my mother, daughter and sisters who have been my support system since the day I was blessed to call them family.

Website: viragoswim.com

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Image Credits
Bryan Johnson , Zavier De’Angelo, Faruq Adib

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