We had the good fortune of connecting with Marta Motz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marta, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was figuring out what makes me feel alive, and making that the driver for my future. For me, it was a lot of small moments where I felt this sense of excitement like I was a kid again, a lot of my happiest memories were playing sports, or playing games with friends. When I met my now business partner, we’d spend hours in coffee shops talking about things we loved to do, what hobbies we had, what was missing for us girls in sports and the lack of swimsuits that wouldn’t fly off your tush at first contact with water. Brainstorming for hours made me feel alive, discussing how we can get more women to actively spend time outdoors was a huge driver and motivator for me. Spending my time doing things I love while getting others excited about trying something new was exhilarating. I grew up with three brothers, all I did was run around and try various sports, I never felt less than, I climbed each hill and jumped off each cliff, I felt fearless, empowered I wanted to bring that feeling into our brand, and that resonated. I say, do things you love and do them often, feel alive, consistently.
What should our readers know about your business?
We definitely solve for women’s pain points, we wear our products religiously, and they’ve become a uniform for doing anything. We’re in a specific category, swim is often over sexualized and that was very off-putting to me as a customer, I wanted pretty and functional. I wanted my swimsuit to take me from any adventure to every adventure. I wanted it to fit seamlessly under a hiking outfit, for those spontaneous trailside dips, I wanted to take a surf lesson and feel great also resting from that lesson on the beach. Likewise, I wanted solid, flattering colors and a buttery soft fabric. Our swim fits like a glove, so you can move freely doing things that are exciting. I’m so proud of encouraging women to go out into the world and explore.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A four-hour drive from Warsaw is the masurian lake district, I’d grab my car, stop at a bakery to grab some fresh sourdough bread and hit the road. We’d spend a few days wakeboarding and water skiing, hit the local restaurants and enjoy the lake life. Then back in the city, I’d show her the best vegan ramen place, we’d go bar hopping on the river in our beat up NIKE low blazers, and dance the night away to some ’80s songs. I’d spend the next morning taking our coffee to go and taking a walk to the Lazienki park, if it’s a Sunday there are blissful Chopin concerts in the park. After that I’d pack up for a lazy day and head to my family house in the countryside where we’d cook and play with my dogs. There’s always people at the house, we’d end the day with a few rounds of knock out, played too competitively by my brothers.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my mom for being the most lovable support, and to my dad for keeping us outside doing things