“Luxury, for my brand, is defined by the fabric I use,” says Lauren Amelia Bernacchio-Berteletti, founder of the couture swimwear line Rêve de Rive. “My bikinis and swimsuits feel like silk against the skin. They also keep their shape beautifully and don’t stretch or fade, so you can wear them season after season.”
Bold creative choices like this have defined Rêve de Rive since Lauren launched her company in 2015. Using carefully sourced, eco-friendly Italian fabric, Lauren’s confidence-boosting costumes are celebrated for their distinctive cuts and colours. “The Rêve de Rive woman loves the sun and the water and she loves to be seen,” says Lauren. “She’s confident, charismatic and unforgettable, and she matches her swimwear to each glittering aspect of her personality.”
The bestselling Uma one-piece has diamond side-splits and a deep neckline. “It looks amazing on all women,” says Lauren. The stunning Freya bikini is the piece she wants to be known for. “It’s very sexy, with string ties. I wear mine all the time.” Other collections include the exotic Under The Palms, the elegant Signature line and the classic Weekend Spa range, crafted from special water-resistant fabric.
Lauren’s love of the beach began as a child. She grew up in New York City but holidayed in her family’s village in Italy. “We used to go to the beach every day,” she explains. “That’s when my love of the sun started. It’s also why I chose the name Rêve de Rive, which means ‘to dream of being next to water’.” As she grew older, she spent her vacations with friends, soaking up the vibe of the French and Italian rivieras. “I noticed that the women there want to stand out. They want to be bold. But they would put on a bikini and then wear a cover-up. I decided to make swimwear that they wouldn’t want to cover up; swimwear that would make a statement on its own.”
After completing a master’s in art and fashion management at Milan’s Domus Academy, Lauren moved to Switzerland where she launched Rêve de Rive. A natural fit for the European jet set, the brand is now sold worldwide. “My customers are women who want to turn heads, no matter where they are.”
As well as sustainability, Lauren believes in ethical production. “I knew when I started the business that I didn’t want to mass produce,” she says. “All our bikinis are made by hand in our atelier studio in Geneva. Taking control of the production process also guarantees a high-standard couture finish in our studio.”
Her range for summer 2019, Festive Vibes, is inspired by this mentality. “I’ve used a lot of tassels and vivid colours: oranges, purples, greens. But I’ve avoided any ties at the back, so you can lie down. You have to be comfortable!”
Rêve de Rive’s plans for the future include a spa swimwear range and a bridal collection. “It will give bikini-loving girls that honeymoon vibe,” she says. “I’m going to do it in three colours – white, cream and ivory – and use beautiful lace made from recycled nylon.” For beach-bound brides, there’s no better way to do “something old, something new”.