OLEAN — As younger ladies, sisters Olivia and Noelle Anzivine of Olean cherished drawing footage of garments of their sketchbooks.
After Olivia and Noelle graduated from Olean Excessive College 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 12 months 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 girls 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 presently attends SUNY Fredonia the place she is learning media administration.
“Since we have been little we’ve drawn in sketchbooks and designed garments,” Olivia Anzivine stated. “We all the time wished to do that, however we by no means ended up going to highschool for it … however I’ve all the time wished to enter enterprise, that’s all the time been my dream.”
That dream 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 locally for her founding of the profitable non-profit, The Pink Pumpkin Undertaking, which helps people who find themselves combating breast most cancers.
As for Makai Swim, Olivia Anzivine stated their swimwear for girls consists of a high quality line of things made in a novel method.
“Every thing is made one hundred pc in the USA with recycled supplies,” she stated, 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 girls.
“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 happy with Olivia and Noelle and what they’ve completed, beginning their very own on-line enterprise, Makai Swim LLC,” she stated. “They’ve executed an incredible job at designing their very own swim line. They’ve all the time been type of nonconformists, one of many issues I like about their personalities. They’ve all the time had a ardour for trend and stated they have been going to begin their very own enterprise, so why not in one thing they love. They all the time stated ‘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 impartial, inventive and assured.
“They don’t seem to be 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, received’t or fail, solely, what’s our subsequent transfer, our subsequent stage for Makai Swim,” in addition to how they might enhance on the enterprise they began and the way they might get higher at what they do.
Kay Anzivine stated one other essential issue for her daughters was to verify their swim line could be made in America.
In wanting again, Kay Anzivine stated her daughters have all the time been inseparable.
“I knew that someday they might find yourself creating collectively,” she remarked. “They really began a trend portfolio after they have 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 recreation as a shirt.”