The People Who Make Miami
JEANINNE AND NATHALIE AZOUBEL, Co-designers and -managing directors, Zingara
Age: 29 and 32, respectively. Provenance: Montevideo.
Bikini 2.0: This Miami- (Nathalie, right) and Mexico City- ( Jeaninne) based sister act is reinventing swimwear with fashion-driven outfits rather than sporty- or surf-inspired styles. “We’re about swim and all things related—from caftans to beach totes and towels, any time of the year, whatever your resort destination,” says Nathalie. We are family: Though the brand’s first US stores opened in Houston and Aventura last year, the girls’ parents launched it 30 years ago in Uruguay; they were inducted into the family business early on as models for Zingara’s kids’ line. “We grew up accompanying our mother to Europe for fabrics shows in our teens,” says Jeaninne. “Good thing for them we hadn’t been boys!” adds Nathalie. Saved by Skype: “We’re constantly on the computer or BlackBerry exchanging ideas, drawings and fabric swatches,” says Nathalie, who estimates that during the creative process they agree 97 percent of the time. “You lose the day-to-day interaction, but maybe it’s healthier to be apart. You value family time more,” says Jeaninne. Perfect fit: The pair are immersed in the company, from expanding the Zingara brand—there are plans to open approximately 20 stores in the US over the next few years, plus an online shop—to trying on the merchandise. “We test drive everything ourselves, so we know what works,” says Nathalie. —Rebecca Kleinman
JUST THE FACTS
NATHALIE: Miami splurge that’s worth the calories: Pisco sours and suspiro de limeña at Cvi.Che 105 or Adriana’s
Swimsuit tip: Less rear coverage actually makes you appear smaller back there.
Bikini-ready routine: Organic oatmeal, fruits, fish and veggies, and alternating weights with runs on the beach
JEANINNE: Favorite Miami spot to sun and swim: The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, where the beach is paradise and the food is amazing
Craziest place you’ve donned a swimsuit: In El Calafate, in southern Argentina. It was super cold!
Favorite all-time swimsuit model: Alessandra Ambrosio for her natural beauty
DAVID BROMSTAD, Host, HGTV’s Color Splash
Age: 36. Provenance: Cokato, Minnesota.
He knows hues: “I don’t mind being known as ‘the color guy’—it’s fun,” confesses Bromstad, the host of HGTV’s Color Splash, which shot its latest—and fourth—season in Miami. “I really do have colors of the moment: This year they’re magenta and purple, but acid yellow has stuck with me for more than just a few years.” A colorful past: The Ringling College of Art and Design graduate worked as an artist for Disney before moving to Miami to design children’s rooms. Four years ago, he landed a spot on the debut season of HGTV’s Design Star, which he won and parlayed into his own show. Surrounded by style: “I’m inspired by what’s around me, which is why I wanted the show to tape in Miami,” says Bromstad, who has plans to launch his own line of furniture and home accessories. “From its architecture, people and culture to how international and young it is, this city is so much fun.” The reality of reality TV: “Sure, it gets a little invasive at times, but the more invasive, the more people watch. And the more people watch, the longer I’ll have a job.” —Bobby Killgore
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARC RICHARDS TOUSIGNANT
WARDROBE COURTESY OF BCBG MAX AZRIA; MAKEUP BY MARIELA BAGNATO FOR MAC; HAIR BY GUSTAVO TUNDELA FOR ROCCO DONNA HAIR AND BEAUTY ART (gonzalez)
PHOTOGRAPH BY SETH BROWARNIK/RED EYE PRODUCTIONS (lieberman)
PHOTOGRAPH BY ELLIOT AND ERICK JIMENEZ (azoubel)
PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE BENSON (bromstad)