Classic looks transcend time, and nothing proves that point more than Jessica Reys exquisite line of swimsuits inspired by the vintage looks of the 40s and 50s.
An actress who also holds a masters degree in business from Loyola Marymount, Jessica launched Rey Swimwear three years ago online, and has recently acquired a space at 131 South Glassell in Old Towne where her office/studio is now based.
Jessicas penchant for classic suits began when she didnt want to wear tiny bikinis anymore. Admiring the styles of Audrey Hepburn, Jessica searched for authentic vintage suits to wear, but couldnt find one that fit. As luck would have it, her roommate at the time was a fashion student. Jessica designed a suit and her roommate sewed it. The rest is history.
I never thought Id use my business degree, but here I am, said Jessica, who got into acting when she was working on her MBA, and has continued a successful career ever since with roles on everything from Days of Our Lives and the Power Rangers to Rules of Engagement, Las Vegas and General Hospital, to name a few.
In fact, it was on General Hospital that Jessica wore one of her own swimsuits in a scene that took place in Cancun.
I played the character of Marita, who was the love interest of Sonny Corinthos son, Michael, Jessica said. When wardrobe called me for the fittings, they asked me to bring a bikini. I told them that I dont wear bikinis, but that I happen to design my own line of suits. The stylist liked them so much, she actually bought one of my suits.
Growing up in Anaheim Hills, Jessica was always drawn to Old Towne Orange. After she and her husband married, they found a home in Old Towne and settled here.
For the vintageinspired swimsuit designer, living and working in Old Towne is the perfect fit.
I enjoy walking to the Plaza and talking to my neighbors and friends. Ive always loved Old Towne; it really feels like home.
Published in the Nov/Dec 2011 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill
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