STATEN ISLAND, NY - After working with her
own line of custom-made clothing for almost five years, Carla Murino
still has the hint of some anxious nerves before each one of her
tally of runway-like presentations has reached well into the hundreds: Ranging from smaller-scale presentations at local clubs and lounges to the larger venues of the Manhattan hotspot, World, and popular clubs on the showy Las Vegas strip.Her
swimsuits have drawn the attention of photographers from the New York Daily News
and Stuff Magazine
lingerie has been highlighted on the pages of Playboy.Ms. Murino
, who opted for the work experience of managing her
mother's boutique right after high school, describes being around fashion for her
"entire life."After working at the trendy shop for several years, the young designer used her creative resources working as a stylist at department store photo shoots and as a window dresser.And from these experiences, Carla Murino was lead stylist/costume designer for the 2002 Scores Showroom Calendar and designed and produced her very own swimwear calendar, C-Girl Swimwear 2002, featuring her own creations.
But Ms. Murino's
focus remains not on the attention from press and fashion critics, but on how her
customers feel about her
"It was almost an accident the way this all started," the young designer explains."I was just tired of never being able to find a suit that fit, so I decided to do something about it."
So when department stores failed to carry the exact fit for her
body type, Carla Murino
started making bathing suits for herself.Now, almost five years later, Ms. Murino
is making bathing suits, cover-ups, evening gowns and closets full of ready-to-wear clothing for a flock of clients devoted to her
"I don't let the 'in designer' or critics dictate what I feel like designing for the season.""I get inspired from fabrics and then I design the cut around the feeling I get from the specific fabric."When it comes down to it, the fit is what is most important," Ms. Murino
says."I want the girl wearing my clothes to feel confident with what they have on.That's why I concentrate on different body types and custom-made separates."Ms. Murino's
bathing suits besides sexy are realistic.So there are bottoms that are made to fit the hips of real women, not only those pictured on the pages of Vogue.
And the pieces are sold separately so that you don't have to be a size 6 everywhere to make it work.A problem that is all too common to many of her
customers, Ms. Murino
"They come back for the same fit in a different fabric every year," Ms. Murino
said."I work with several different patterns, constantly adding new fabrics into the mix," she
said.Each fabric, as well as photos of the designs available are highlighted on the designer's website at www.carlascloset.com.Each year Carla
adds to her
staples of patterns new, innovative styles.But the designer doesn't stop at bathing suits.She
provides everything from swimwear and cover-ups to eveningwear, active wear and lingerie.
line's general appeal as "trendy sexy" Ms. Murino's
target customer is women ranging in age from their early 20s to early 40s.For more information, product samples, or to arrange an interview, please contact Carla Murino
at 718-980-0777, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.