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Swimwear Designer Wendy Puyat On Her Passions and Design Inspirations
Wendy Puyat, designer of Por do Sol swimwear and resort wear, talks about partying with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, stingray swimsuits, and her beloved Paris.
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What’s the first thing you usually do when you wake up?
I have hot water with lemon, which has an alkalizing effect on the body, and then I put on my wake-up playlist.

What did you have for breakfast?
Two hard-boiled eggs, an orange, and lemon water, though most of the time I just have the lemon water.

Any diet?
I try to eat mostly protein with vegetables and take lots of vitamins and green juices.

Exercise routine?
I try to work out every day or when I’m not feeling up to it, three times a week. I do laps on the field, go to the gym, and play tennis.

How often do you go for a swim?
Only when I’m at the beach.

We hear you spent one New Year at Amanpuri in Thailand partying with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
I was just at the right place at the right time. They had shut down the small Italian restaurant at the resort to have some private fun away from people trying to take their picture. I happened to be there so 20 lucky people including myself got to dance all night as Jay-Z played songs from his phone. The vibe was electric! He has an eclectic taste in music and she can really move. Even the waiters were dancing behind the bar!


Favorite beaches in the world?
There are stunning beaches I have yet to visit but Capri, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Ibiza, and the Philippines are top picks.

You lived in Paris for years. How tough was it to move back to Manila?
I really got used to the French way of life which is very independent, opinionated, and always curious about new things. It took some time to get used to the more laid-back ways here but at the same time, it was nice to settle into a more relaxed pace.

Favorite places to travel in the world?
All the places I have yet to discover!

How do you come up with new designs season after season? Year after year?
It’s fun to do since there is so much inspiration everywhere coupled with an idea of what I would personally like to wear for a particular season.

Most interesting materials you’ve used?
I’ve used semi-precious stones with particular healing properties as well as large polished mother-of-pearl accents.

Where do you get your ideas?
I get inspired by everything, from a color that I like to plants, to images, and of course, from traveling.

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Most far-out idea yet?
A swimsuit made from stingray.

How many swimsuits do you have yourself?
I have three drawers full of swimsuits but always end up using the same ones.


Different styles from Wendy’s swimwear line, Por do Sol

How many essential swimsuits must every woman have in her closet?
I would say a few for the various states your body is in at any given moment. Choose one-piece swimsuits that are still stylish for when you’re not feeling in your best shape and don’t feel like holding your tummy in all day, preferably in solid colors with details that pull the eye away from what you’re trying to hide.

Have a few swimsuits (bikinis or one-piece) in solid colors and prints that are cut well for when you’re feeling in good shape and one or two styles that you dare to wear when you’re feeling extra confident and going somewhere that calls for standout styles. I don’t like anything over-skimpy or too provocative. I prefer styles that you can later blend with a nice cover up or pullover for a more polished after-swim style.

Style icon?
No one in particular but I do love women who are fit and have a glamorous sense of style with a flair for adventure.

What books do you like to read?
I like inspirational biographies about people who started small and ended up becoming larger-than-life characters.

Staple magazines?
On my iPad I have subscriptions to Vogue, Shape, W, and The Economist.

Other passions?
Seeing the world.


Describe your personal clothing style.
Feminine, I would say. I wear dresses very often because they are just so much easier to pack. When some friends see me in pants they applaud because they think I’m that kind of girl that doesn’t like to dress casual (although I also love wearing jeans and went through a period of wearing only pants).

Clothing staple?
LBDs.

Favorite designers or clothing brands?
I love a mix of high and low: Alaïa, Hermès, Topshop, and Charlotte Olympia.

Favorite cuisine?
If there is one cuisine I can eat every day for the rest of my life it’s Japanese, but a good, rich French meal is always a welcome treat.

Drink of choice?
Coke Light or sparkling water during the day, good red wine or a chilled shot of quality tequila—sipped slowly with fresh orange slices—for the night, and margaritas on beach vacations.

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What do you do as soon as you get home?
Hug my dogs. They can never get enough. I have a mini Schnauzer and a Chihuahua-Schnauzer mix that are constantly vying for more attention. Sometimes I just have to stop what I’m doing and pet them until they are satisfied. They let me know when it’s okay to stop.


What does your home look like?
Parisian with a modern twist.

How do you entertain?
I rarely entertain at home. Home for me is my quiet space. I prefer to go out and see people.

Dream date?
Someone dashing with beautiful manners, witty banter, and a devilish smile.

What do you wear on a hot date?
A blowout, a dress that makes me feel confident, and my favorite perfume.

Quality you like most in a man?
Wit.

What’s for dinner?
More protein and vegetables with green juice. I am not on a diet, but I actually enjoy this kind of eating.

What time are you going to sleep?
2 a.m. again.

What do you hope to dream about?
Being a tennis star!

Styled by Carole Cuasay-Tagle

Hair and makeup by Lourd Ramos, assisted by Kenjie and Mark for Creations Salon

Photographer assisted by Jonar

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