OLEAN — As younger women, sisters Olivia and Noelle Anzivine of Olean beloved drawing footage of garments of their sketchbooks.
After Olivia and Noelle graduated from Olean Excessive Faculty in 2016 and 2017, respectively, each studied completely different careers, however by no means gave up their love for clothes design. That’s till the pandemic hit final yr when the sisters traveled to the household cabin throughout spring break and quarantined from school. It was throughout that point in March of 2020 they started designing swimwear on the cabin the place there have been few distractions.
What they got here up with was a line of bathing fits for ladies that’s being manufactured by their new swimwear line, Makai Swim, which was formally launched final week.
Olivia Anzivine, who studied enterprise and graduated from SUNY Fredonia, now works for an organization in safety and compliance. Her sister at present attends SUNY Fredonia the place she is learning media administration.
“Since we had been little we’ve drawn in sketchbooks and designed garments,” Olivia Anzivine mentioned. “We all the time wished to do that, however we by no means ended up going to high school for it … however I’ve all the time wished to enter enterprise, that’s all the time been my dream.”
That dream just isn’t all that far-fetched, because the sisters are the daughters of an entrepreneurial household that owns Swatt Baking Firm in Olean. Their father, Leonard, owns Swatt Baking with their uncle, Lee Anzivine.
Their aunt, Lynn Anzivine, is well-known in the neighborhood for her founding of the profitable non-profit, The Pink Pumpkin Challenge, which helps people who find themselves preventing breast most cancers.
As for Makai Swim, Olivia Anzivine mentioned their swimwear for ladies consists of a high quality line of things made in a singular method.
“All the pieces is made one hundred pc in the US with recycled supplies,” she mentioned, noting the swimwear is made by producers within the nation. The high-quality gadgets are comparable in value to different swimwear and uniquely designed for ladies.
“Our second assortment is popping out this summer season,” she added. “We’re simply going to maintain constructing from there, and we’re going to incorporate a males’s line.”
Olivia and Noelle’s mom, Kay Anzivine, additionally commented on her daughters’ enterprise.
“I’m very pleased with Olivia and Noelle and what they’ve completed, beginning their very own on-line enterprise, Makai Swim LLC,” she mentioned. “They’ve executed an incredible job at designing their very own swim line. They’ve all the time been form of nonconformists, one of many issues I like about their personalities. They’ve all the time had a ardour for style and mentioned they had been going to start out their very own enterprise, so why not in one thing they love. They all the time mentioned ‘we’re not going to attend for it to occur, we’re going to make it occur.’”
Kay Anzivine famous her daughters “have all the time been high-spirited and unbiased, inventive and assured.
“They aren’t intimidated by something,” she continued. “I’ve all the time been very impressed with their tenacity.”
She famous her daughters by no means used the phrases “can’t, gained’t or fail, solely, what’s our subsequent transfer, our subsequent stage for Makai Swim,” in addition to how they may enhance on the enterprise they began and the way they may get higher at what they do.
Kay Anzivine mentioned one other vital issue for her daughters was to ensure their swim line can be made in America.
In wanting again, Kay Anzivine mentioned her daughters have all the time been inseparable.
“I knew that at some point they’d find yourself creating collectively,” she remarked. “They really began a style portfolio once they had been in elementary college and nonetheless have it. When Noelle was 9, she had me purchase her some materials. She minimize out a design and had me sew buttons on it. She truly wore it to a soccer sport as a shirt.”