Patty Mills’ girlfriend Alyssa Levesque making waves with new swimwear range

Patty Mills’ girlfriend Alyssa Levesque making waves with new swimwear range
With excellent service and attention to detail, Straits Café is the ideal place to sip on a cocktail and watch the sun set.
With excellent service and attention to detail, Straits Café is the ideal place to sip on a cocktail and watch the sun set.

SHE might be the girlfriend of Australian professional NBA player Patty Mills but Californian-born Alyssa Levesque is making waves in her own right, creating swimwear label StraitSwim as an homage to her partner’s heritage.

Levesque, a former basketball player, met the San Antonio Spurs point guard while attending Saint Mary’s College of California 10 years ago. Since then they have travelled back and forth to Australia, a place where she draws inspiration for her designs.

“Upon meeting Patty, it was evident that his Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture was a part of his everyday life,” she said.

“Living and experiencing life together for the last 10 years, it has naturally become a part of me as well.

“Since my very first ferry ride from Horn Island to Thursday Island, I have been impassioned by the Torres Strait culture.

“Every aspect of the tradition, I am truly inspired by, from the fishing, dancing, late-night singing, and the traditional cooking. Even the landscape, from the beautiful waters, the hills, and the colourful flowers, were so uplifting.

“With all these understandings, I felt inspired to combine my experiences with a true passion of mine, swimwear.

“So, I took a chance in designing swimwear that brought meaning and told stories of this beautiful remote culture and heritage.”

Describing the label as a chic, sophisticated and customary swimwear line inspired by the islands of the Torres Strait, Levesque said she hoped to educate her followers about the Torres Strait, as well as provide gorgeous swimwear along the way.

“While the suits are modern, StraitSwim captures the unique culture of the Torres Strait islands by telling a story in each of its designs,” she said.

“We aim to combine the old traditional island style with a new and stylish appearance.

“With high-end fabrics and simple, clean, comfortable cuts to frame your body, we are looking to create an ‘Island Gypsy’.

“Above all, we strive to deliver an experience.”

Levesque is looking for stockists in Australia but in the meantime the collection can be found online at www.straitswim.com.