The story of Dos Gardenias begins with two creative, free-spirited women who have circled each other’s lives for the last 20 years. Dorothy Day grew up in Santa Monica and has spent most of her life in Malibu and Maui, leading an active lifestyle of surfing, diving and sailing. She feels most comfortable in or near the water, and that is where her inspiration stems from. Brighdie Grounds spent her earlier years in Ventura, California, and began her professional journey as a model, traveling the world. Her most influential experience—one that left a lasting impression—was learning how to surf in the late 1990s. Every free moment she had thereafter was spent on beaches, from RV weekends at San Onofre to years living in the jungles of Sayulita, Mexico.
In 2005, Dorothy and Brighdie combined their appreciation of the ocean into Salt Magazine, a beach lifestyle magazine, which they worked on collaboratively. Later, both women went their separate ways and raised families while focusing their energies on more personal projects. Still, their friendship evolved over the years, and eventually, Dorothy approached Brighdie with the concept of Dos Gardenias. The timing was perfect for another partnership—one that would manifest their love of the ocean through a fresh form of creative expression. The two had continued to cling to the nomadic beach lifestyle, and felt that swimwear was an organic evolution, symbolic of what was meaningful in their lives.
The Dos Gardenias collection focuses on monochromatic colors defined by bold design lines with a utilitarian fit. It was important to give the option of separates in the line, allowing women to purchase silhouettes that made sense with their respective body types. Additionally, Brighdie and Dorothy felt that adding a neoprene, surf-inspired element to the high-end brand was essential, as it represented their beloved lifestyle. Made with high-quality neoprene from Japan and other luxury fabrics from Italy and France, the collection of designer, stylish swimsuits is produced in the USA.
Dos Gardenias is not just a swimwear brand; We believe in creating awareness through knowledge. Every year, Dos Gardenias will partner with like-minded charities whose purposes run deep (rather than above sea level). This year, Dos Gardenias is working with Waves For Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting clean water to communities in need around the world.